About Hope

What is HOPE?

The Hope Foundation is a registered charity working with street and slum children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India.

We work to free children and poor families from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness.

Living on the streets, children are exposed to horrendous physical and sexual abuse. Those who survive are left to fend for themselves, with no promise of a safe future. They are forced to work from as young as five years of age to earn money for food and so cannot go to school. HOPE works to free them from child labour.

HOPE funds and operates over 60 projects. We reach out to those most forgotten; offering protection, healthcare, nutrition, education, rehabilitation and a family for life.


Cork Office

Maureen Forrest – Hon. Director

Madeleine Cummins – Office Manager & Schools Coordinator

Margaret Doyle – Office Administrator

Serdar Suer – Financial Accountant

Eunice Tait- Accounts Manager

Pauline Coffey – Reception

Fiona O’Callaghan – Fundraising, Projects & Volunteer Coordinator

Susan Forrest – Marketing Coordinator

Louise Haughney – Fundraising, Education & Programmes Coordinator

Pádraig Fitzgerald – Fundraising, Third Level & Schools Coordinator

Dublin Office

Susan Boyle – Office & Fundraising Manager

Jayann Maher – Fundraising and Events Coordinator

Fania Stoney – Fundraising, Education & Programmes Coordinator



Set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girls’ home, The Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity with offices in India, the UK, Germany and the USA. We now work with 14 Indian partner organisations to rescue thousands of children from the streets and slums of Kolkata. We work to enable them to have a better future.

To date, through education alone, HOPE has reached out to almost 25,000 children. Our primary healthcare programmes, in partnership with Irish Aid, have reached hundreds of thousands of the poorest children and vulnerable families.


The holistic care and development and protection of human rights of severely underprivileged children/persons in India and other developing countries.


To support the development of underprivileged sections of society through partnership, support and capacity building.


A world where it should never hurt to be a child.

Director’s Message

For the poorest people in our global community, the recession has meant a stark reduction in even the barest essentials for living. This means going from a life of bare subsistence to one of uncertainty, insecurity, more suffering and quite often, premature death. There are no safety nets, such as social welfare, for the families we work with. Their survival is determined by your generosity and kindness in reaching out and responding in whatever way you can. I ask you to remember the street and slum children and to support our work.”

Maureen Forrest, Honorary Director (voluntary), The Hope Foundation


The Hope Foundation is committed to the highest levels of international best practice in governance.

We recognise our responsibility to donors, sponsors and fundraisers who support HOPE. We equally recognise our responsibility to those whom we support and therefore insist on transparent operations in all activities in Ireland, the UK and in our offices and projects in Kolkata.

Our membership of Dochas (The Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations) and The Consortium for Street Children ensures we are supported in keeping up to date on policy, procedures and actions which impact on our work.

HOPE is also a signatory of the Comhlámh Code of Good Practice for organisations sending volunteers overseas.

Committed to safeguarding children, HOPE implements best practice guidelines, including child protection training and staff capacity building for all those who work directly with children and vulnerable adults.

HOPE is also a member of the Good Governance Code, principles of which are outlines below:

We welcome feedback and your questions. Please email: jp@hopefoundation.ie