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.

Protection

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.

Education

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.

Healthcare

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

Nutrition

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

Dive into HOPE’s Santa Splash this Christmas!

The Hope Foundation is looking forward to their annual Santa Splash for HOPE this Christmas in Cork!

Whether you want to wrap up warm with a wetsuit or brave the cold in the bare essentials, HOPE is encouraging all their supporters to come out on Sunday 2nd December and splash into the cold Atlantic Ocean.

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Annual Cork Lunch 2018

Brendan Courtney will be this year’s special guest at the Annual Cork lunch which takes place from 12pm Friday September 21st at The Maryborough Hotel & Spa in Douglas.

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Annual Limerick Lunch 2018

Vicky Phelan, Dr Sinead Kane and Georgia McGurk will be among this year’s special guests at the Annual Limerick lunch in aid of The Hope Foundation. The lunch will take place from 12pm Friday September 14th at The Savoy Hotel in Limerick.

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Day of HOPE 2018 – Volunteers Wanted

The Hope Foundation’s National Day of HOPE is just around the corner and we want you to get involved!

This year our National Day of HOPE will take place on Thursday October 11th and we need YOUR help to make this campaign even bigger and better than before!

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HOPE USA Launch Night in NYC

We are very excited to announce a very special evening of HOPE in New York on Wednesday September 26th. You are invited to Gossip Bar & Restaurant, 733 9th Avenue, for the official launch of The Hope Foundation USA!

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Pranic Healing for HOPE 2019

Pranic Healing for HOPE was established in 2018. It is the brainchild of Pranic healers and friends of HOPE, Joan Hunt and Amanda Connell, with the aim of raising much needed funds to support HOPE’s projects with the street and slum children of Kolkata.

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Educational Sponsorship Programme Campaign

  We urgently need child sponsors for our programme in Kolkata. We have 49 children and 29 teenagers and young adults on the Educational Sponsorship list waiting for sponsors. Can you help us?  For as little as €5 euro a week you will change a life. The Hope Foundation’s Educational Sponsorship Programme was set up to…

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Peaches Kemp in Kolkata

Domini and Peaches Kemp have become two of Ireland’s leading food entrepreneurs after opening the popular Itsa café on Abbey Street in 1999. The company has now expanded to include seven branches of Itsa stores and six Itsa cafés, an outdoor catering company and speciality coffee outlet, Joe’s.

Peaches took her entrepreneurial skills to Kolkata in 2018. In this piece Peaches talks about her volunteering experience and her renewed faith in kindness.

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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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