Welcome To The Hope Foundation Ireland

The Hope Foundation is dedicated to promoting the protection of street and slum children in Kolkata, some of 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 their 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.

View & Download The HOPE 2018 Newsletter

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 giving them a better future.

Funding over 60 projects, HOPE reaches out to those 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

“Working With What You Have”

In conjunction with Glandore flexible workspace, Sara de Miguel Hernandez, Personal and Business coach and Yoga teacher and Sharon Huggard, The Style Coach, bring you a relaxed fun evening all in aid of The Hope Foundation.


Calcutta Run 2019

This years Calcutta Run takes place on 18th May. 2019 is HOPE’s third year as a charity partner of The Calcutta Run. Now celebrating it’s 21st year, the Legal Fundraiser has raised €4 million in that time.


A Journey with HOPE

D&D Productions, in association with The Hope Foundation, are proud to present ‘A Journey with Hope’. Join us for a glorious evening of songs, interviews and chat to celebrate the work of The Hope Foundation and our many student ambassadors. Learn a little about what we do and share in the experience of our students…


A Taste of HOPE – Photo Gallery

Thank you to everyone who attended and supported our recent event in New York, A Taste of HOPE. It was an incredible event! We really appreciated all of the help and the big welcome for HOPE in the USA. Here are a selection of photos from the evening.


VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

Planning on running the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on June 2nd? If so why not consider running in aid of HOPE!

The VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, an annual 10k charity road race, occurs each June bank holiday weekend in Dublin and is the largest Women’s event of its kind in the world.


Butlers HOPE Bar – Price Increase

Our projects in Kolkata have benefitted immensely from the sales of thousands of Butlers HOPE bars since we started the relationship with Butlers Chocolates in 2003 and we want to thank, most sincerely, all of you who have sold the bars on our behalf over this time. We have not increased the price of the…


HOPE U Can Paint – Oct 2019

HOPE U Can Paint 2019 promises the journey of a life time as participants will visit HOPE projects in Kolkata and as a team help paint some of the children’s crèches and homes.

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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