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 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

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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Annual Cork Lunch 2018

The Annual CorkLunch 2018 is taking place on Friday, 21st September in the luxurious surroundings of Maryborough Hotel & Spa in Douglas

There will be a prosecco reception at 12 noon followed by a 3 course meal with wine and raffle. MC for the day will be TV presenter and fashion designer Brendan Courtney.

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Huge Turnout for Calcutta Run

There was an amazing turnout in glorious sunshine for the 20th anniversary Calcutta Run last Saturday! HOPE is privileged to be partnered with such a great event, organised by the amazing people at the Law Society of Ireland. Thank you to RTE’s Nuala Carey and also to Alison Canavan for taking part and supporting the event this year.

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Calcutta Run NYC

Well done to all who organised and took part in the inaugural NYC Calcutta Run last Sunday! The start/finish was at Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan. They braved the threat of lightning storms and ran from City Hall Park to Brooklyn over Manhattan Bridge and back via Brooklyn Bridge (a little over 5k).

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Dublin Lunch a resounding success!

Last week we welcomed over 180 guests to The InterContinental Hotel in Ballsbridge for our annual Dublin fundraising lunch. We were absolutely delighted with the huge show of support from new and returning corporate and individual supporters.

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VHI Women’s Mini Marathon

Planning on running the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon on June 3rd? 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.

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Notice

The Board and Staff of The Hope Foundation wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family of the late Marie Kennelly.

Marie was a Director of the Board and a long and cherished supporter of HOPE.

Rest in peace dear Marie

All-Star Accreditation

  We were delighted to be awarded an ‘All Star’ for our work in International Development at the All Ireland Business Summit recently. The Business All-Star program is an annual competition designed to identify and recognise Irish companies and individuals that have distinguished themselves in the conduct of their business over the last 12 months.…

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HOPE You Can Paint 2018

HOPE U CAN PAINT 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.

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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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