Welcome To The Hope Foundation Ireland

The Hope Foundation is dedicated to promoting the protection of street and slum children in Kolkata and the most underprivileged in India. HOPE works to effect immediate and lasting change in their lives.

By extending support to children and their communities via 60 on the ground projects, HOPE provides sustainable holistic solutions to protection and development. By providing healthcare, counselling and education, HOPE ensures children in its care enter adulthood equipped with the tools and support they need to live healthy and happy lives.

To date HOPE has helped over 2.7 million people.

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What We Do

The Hope Foundation rescues thousands of children from the streets and slums of Kolkata, helping to improve their quality of life and give them a better future.

Funding over 60 projects HOPE reaches out to the most forgotten and vulnerable.


We work to prevent abuse and exploitation of children by rescuing children from starvation and providing life-saving healthcare.

Drugs Rehabilitation

Solvent abuse is a major problem for many young people in Kolkata and Howrah Station is home to many homeless people.


The Hope Foundation believes that education is the passport out of poverty. It is the key to building an independent, successful life.

Vocational Training

We are committed to sustainable development. Being able to earn a living from a skill is a long term solution to poverty.


Improving the health of street children and families living in the slums of Kolkata is a priority in our fight against poverty.


The combination of malnutrition and infection is the leading cause of death among young children in developing countries.

How You Can Get Involved
Latest News

We made a wish and YOU came true!

“Christmas Spirit is more powerful than you could ever imagine. People need Christmas to remind themselves how good they can be” – Charles Dickens

During the season of hope, as Dickens called it, we have a beautiful heartwarming story to tell you which embodies Christmas Spirit like no other.


Buy a Brick for HOPE Hospital

We are delighted to announce that work on the extension to the HOPE Hospital in Kolkata is well underway and we ask for your support by “Buying a Brick” package as a donation towards the construction costs.


Calcutta Run 2018 – Official Cheque Handover

We were delighted to attend the official cheque handover ceremony by the Calcutta Run 2018, in association with The Law Society of Ireland, to their two appointed charity partners (the Peter McVerry Trust and The Hope Foundation) recently at the offices of William Fry Solicitors.


Christmas Campaign Launch

This Christmas we are asking you to help a child to live a life in colour!

What do we mean by this? Well, we all need colour in our lives, we need love, we need food, healthcare and education.


Day of The Girl Child

October 11th marks the International Day of The Girl Child. Please take a minute to read this piece by Maureen Forrest on the difficulties faced by young girls in India and about what HOPE is doing to help.


Day of HOPE 2018 Launch

2018 Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher and inspirational campaigner Vicky Phelan, International Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Maher, and TV presenter Brendan Courtney took part in the launch of The National Day of HOPE for The Hope Foundation.


Cork Lunch a Resounding Success!

The Hope Foundation’s annual lunch, kindly sponsored by O’ Flynn Group and Horner APG took place on Friday 21st September in the luxurious surroundings of The Maryborough Hotel and Spa in Cork. The lunch was a celebration of resilience, solidarity, friendship and of course 19 successful years of HOPE’s work, improving the lives of vulnerable street and slum children in Kolkata India.

What People Say
  • The Schools Immersion Programme is an amazing accomplishment and I’m proud that our school has had the opportunity to get involved. The HOPE Staff provide a detailed overview of the project from the off, and students are given a clear fundraising aim. The sum is substantial but achievable. Organisational and entrepreneurial skills are developed quickly, but the true winners are the Junior Students being plied with cake, quizzes and sports tournaments!

    Immediately on arrival in India the students are greeted with a garland of marigolds and immersed into Kolkata. A diverse team of HOPE leaders support the students, encouraging questioning to develop a deep understanding of the complex cultural and economic society in India. The students expect to see poverty and sadness. The poverty is certainly there, on an unimaginable scale, but what is unexpected is the level of joy and happiness found in the children’s homes. The Immersion Programme has become an integral part of our TY Year, and for all the students involved it has been a most positive and rewarding experience.

    Kelly McEntee, teacher in Rochestown College
  • I heard of HOPE through a girl who previously went and was inspired by her experience. I chose to sign up because I felt like it was time to give back to those in need. I’m 16 years of age and to think I travelled to Kolkata, India! I got to know a different culture, met the children HOPE work with, made loads of new friends and had THE BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE. It is not something everyone can say they’ve done at such a young age. I’m glad and grateful I had the opportunity to be part of this AMAZING EXPERIENCE. HOPE has been life changing for me, and many others too.
    Helping One Person Every day is my new motto. HOPE has changed me for the better – I’m more determined now to appreciate life, as good as I have it and to be glad of such wonderful things in this world.

    Katie Wallace, Glanmire Community College, 2016 Schools Immersion Programme participant.

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