HOPE for street children: International Day for Street Children 12th April 2012sees global youth unite to be LOUDER TOGETHER
The Hope Foundation in association with The consortium for Street children will mark The International Day for Street Children on Thursday 12th April around the world.
The Inaugural international day for street children was held in 2011 and was a resounding success.The Hope Foundation are delighted to partner with The Consortium for Street Children to celebrate this day on April 12th 2012 as part of a campaign to be ‘louder together’ to help raise awareness on the plight of street children around the globe. Amanda Brunker, International Rose of Tralee Clare Kambamettu 2010 and the reigning Rose of Tralee, Tara Talbot, along with the Minister for housing Jan O’ Sullivan and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald were on hand to lend their support to the campaign.
HOPE have organised a series of balloon releases around the world to symbolise the freedom of childhood, which the street children of Kolkata so rarely enjoy. With an estimated street child population of 250,000, Kolkata’s streets bring many dangers and abuses which its street child population endure on a daily basis. HOPE has been working since 1999 to help restore childhoods, improve futures and support children to access education, healthcare, nutrition, counselling, drugs rehabilitation and protection. With 14 local NGO partners, HOPE continues to deliver the immediate and long term supports to those who most need it.
Speaking about the campaign, journalistAmanda Brunkersays ‘I encourage and appeal to everyone to get involved in HOPE’s awareness campaign, by the very simple gesture of releasing a balloon, we are sending a message of love and support from Ireland to thousands of homeless children living on the streets of Kolkata – they simply have nobody but HOPE’
Also supporting the campaign is Actor Jeremy Irons adding, “In these days when so many Irish people are suffering serious economic hardship, it is easy to forget those even worse off than we are – especially the children, The Hope Foundation has not forgotten, they work constantly to ease the poverty of the street children in Calcutta. But they cannot do it without our help. We must not forget them, Even now.”
Maureen Forrest, Hon. Director, currently in India working on HOPE projects asks “each and every person who can show solidarity to come onboard. We work against daily challenges and can only overcome them with your support. We need to be Louder Together and stand united for the children whose voices are not heard around the world. It should never hurt to be a child…”
The Hope Foundation
Set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girl’s home, today The Hope Foundation funds over 60 projects in education, healthcare, shelter, vocational training, child protection and drugs rehabilitation.
HOPE works primarily with the street & slum children of Kolkata (Calcutta) and the subsequent difficulties that these children encounter. The estimated population of street children in Kolkata is over 250,000. HOPE is currently reaching out to over 18,000 street children in Kolkata.
The Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity (No: CHY 13237).
The Hope Foundation, Silverdale Grove, Ballinlough, Cork
Tel: (021) 4292990. Website:www.hopefoundation.ie. Email: email@example.com
Work of The Hope Foundation
The Hope Foundation is working with 16 Indian NGO partners torescue thousands of children from the streets and slums, improve their quality of life, and give abandoned street and slum children a better future.
HOPE and its partners operate over 60 projects, with the majority of the projects geared towards helping street children and their community. It begins with the youngest children and the establishment of crèches, something that is very unique in Kolkata, which allows the mothers of children to work and support their family. Following this, coaching centres provide children with social and educational preparation for mainstream schooling and support during their schooling.
Vocational training is given to young teenagers and working mothers so that they can have a livelihood; and counselling plays a huge part in helping those who have been abused while living on the streets and slums. HOPE funds a number of children’s homes that care for young children who are deemed to be at high risk on the streets. These homes provide these children with food, clothing, shelter, education, a brighter future but most importantly unconditional love – something that many of them have never felt before.
The Consortium for Street Children
The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) is the leading international network dedicated to realising the rights of street children worldwide and works in collaboration with over 70 International NGO’s.
A world in which the rights of street-involved children are realised
The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) is the leading international network dedicated to advocating, promoting and campaigning for the rights of street-involved children.
We are committed to creating a better and sustainable future for some of the most disadvantaged and stigmatised children by working together to inform and inspire research and action that influences policy and best practice worldwide.