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.

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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 giving them a better future.

Funding over 60 projects, HOPE reaches out to those 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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Kolors for Kolkata

We have teamed up with some of Ireland’s most prolific and talented creatives for a very special street-art project in Kolkata, India entitled “Kolors for Kolkata”.

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Maureen Wins Charity Leader Award

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our founder and Honorary CEO Maureen Forrest has won The Graham Norton Gin Inspiring Charity Leader Award for 2019! The award recognises Maureen as one of Ireland’s most inspiring women. Everyone at HOPE is incredibly proud!

Below is the official announcement transcript.

Cork Lunch Official Launch

Renowned singer/songwriter Brian Kennedy will be this year’s special guest at the annual lunch in aid of The Hope Foundation. The event will take place from 12 noon on Friday September 27th at The Maryborough Hotel & Spa in Cork.

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Inspiring Awards 2019 Nomination for Maureen

Our founder and Honorary Director Maureen Forrest has made the final nomination list for the prestigious Graham Norton Gin Inspiring Awards 2019 as one of Ireland’s most inspiring women. 𝗪𝗘 𝗡𝗘𝗘𝗗 𝗬𝗢𝗨 to help Maureen to win this award in recognition of her tireless dedication to 20 years of HOPE! We want to mobilise our…

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Day of HOPE 2019

October is a special month in The Hope Foundation’s fundraising calendar and a vital time to raise much needed funds for our projects supporting street and slum connected children and their families in Kolkata

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Photography Workshop Kolkata with Mark Carey

Spend 5 Amazing days with Mark Carey from 10th to 14th March 2019, capturing and documenting life on the streets of Kolkata. This is a unique cultural experience and is a professionally organised course. It covers a variety of inspiring locations which are sure to result in a unique portfolio.

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Pranic Healing for HOPE 2020

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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Cycle for HOPE

We are delighted to announce that Cycle for HOPE takes place on Saturday, September 7th 2019 at 9.00am, and will see over 200 cyclists get on their bikes as they make their way along the coastal route from the Butlers Chocolates Visitor Centre, Clonshaugh, Dublin to Louth and back

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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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