The Hope Foundation

The Hope Foundation is an Ireland-based non-governmental organisation which has been working in India since 1999. The organisation aims to improve the quality of life of severely underprivileged communities, and is dedicated to ensuring their most basic human rights.

Hope is dedicated to a holistic approach to development and has intervened in the lives of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. These interventions include the support of 12 residential child protection centres and 50 projects in child protection, healthcare, nutrition, education, vocational training, micro-credit, emergency healthcare, counselling, drug rehabilitation, anti-child trafficking and anti child-labour programmes.

 

The organization works alongside 12 grassroots non-governmental partners in Kolkata, Howrah and 24 Parganas in West Bengal, to achieve long term sustainable development. Over the last 16 years, it has reached over 30,000 children through education and protection projects and touched the lives of over 300,000 individuals who are associated with these children.

 

The children who are placed in Hope’s Protection Homes are vulnerable children living on the streets and in slums, rescued by our Night Watch ambulances, referred by the Child Welfare Committee or Childline as well as cases put forward by Hope social workers and staff working in slum projects. They have often been subjects of exploitation owing to the dangers of living on Kolkata’s streets or in its slums.

 

The Homes offer a safe environment and an integrative approach to all aspects of child care, covering shelter, health, nutrition, and education for their emotional, social, economic, cultural and cognitive development. The homes ensure services with standards of the highest quality, and aim to improve children’s developmental readiness to start and complete primary schooling.

 

Education and awareness would prevent these children from being oppressed and exploited in the future. With this in mind, Hope ensures that they are admitted to schools and given extra personal coaching whenever it is required.

 

With the help of TFWA Care, Hope will this year make a big difference to the education of children residing at two of the Foundation’s Protection Homes in Kolkata: Kasba Girls’ Home and Ashirbad Boys’ Home.

Project in 2017

With the growth of HOPE’s Protection Programme, the girls that once resided in its Panditya building have been moved to a larger protection home, a more secluded and peaceful area of Kolkata.  This year TFWA will continue its assistance and enable Hope to renovate its Panditya building and turn it into a much needed training center.  The newly renovated space will cater for the growing demand of HOPE’s Computer Training Course where 240 adolescents and young adults between the ages of 15-25 years can receive quality vocational training in basic and advanced computer skills and English classes.  The new construction will also provide space for the staff and a meeting room, which will be utilized for more workshops and trainings held throughout the year.

The Kasba Girls’ Home is a residence for orphaned, abandoned or high-risk girls, from broken or dysfunctional families, aged 5-14 years. There are 69 girls, of whom 54 travel to school from the Home and 15 stay in Hostel facilities. Ashirbad Boys’ Home houses 72 boys aged 14-18 years, of whom 34 stay in the Home and the rest in hostels. 

 

The present transportation facilities for both these Homes are old and need to be replaced as soon as possible. Suitable transportation is essential for the security of the children, to avoid exposure to exploitation and abuse.

 

TFWA Care’s support in 2016 is enabling the purchase of two dedicated vehicles that will provide dedicated transport facilities for the children in both homes, ensuring a safe, secure, cost-efficient and punctual daily journey to and from school.