Welcome to Hope Kolkata Foundation

The Hope Kolkata Foundation (HKF) was established in Febraury 1999 for the protection and development of children on the street and in difficult circumstances.
HKF works for the all round development of street children by providing:

  • Shelter
  • Nutrition
  • Education
  • Medical & Health care
  • Counselling
  • Recreational activities
  • Awareness generation about issues relating to children’s rights
  • Life skills training
  • Reintegration into family life
  • Support and love

 Our Mission:

Holistic care and development and protection of human rights of severely underprivileged children/persons in India.

The four approaches we take as an organization are:

  • Protection
  • Education
  • Health care
  • Skill based training for livelihood

 Our Vision:

A world where it should never hurt to be a child

What We Do

The Hope Foundation works to free street children and poor families from lives of pain, abuse and poverty

Over 250,000 children are forced to exist on the streets of Kolkata (Calcutta). Around five million people live in horrific conditions in slums. They do not have clean water; children are often hungry and diahorrea and skin diseases are common.

To survive, children scavenge in rubbish dumps to find scraps to sell or beg on the streets. Most are not in school and have poor health. Many children are abandoned and are at high risk of abuse, exploitation and child trafficking.

We work with committed people and organisations to change these children’s lives. We fund and support projects in health, nutrition, child protection and education. We also advocate for better services and seek ways to support access to Government programmes.

HOPE believes in sustainable development. We partner with 16 local Indian NGOs and currently fund over 60 projects for street and slum children and their families in: education, healthcare, child protection, nutrition, drug rehabilitation and vocational training.

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Our Protection Homes directly benefit abandoned children; runaways, orphans, victims of child trafficking, children of sex workers and at risk street and slum children.


Out of 38 Girls, 27 girls are in the age group of 10 years to 18 years. They get direct benefits of 24 hours care and protection, education, nutrition, medical insurance, health care, counselling support, celebration of their birthdays.


One of the strategic goals of the organization includes early intervention in the life of the a child living in the streets and slums and providing them adequate facilities to bring them out of cycle of poverty.

Child Watch - NABADISHA

253 street children yearly have access to "Right to Education, Play, Expression, Skill Enhancement programme" through Nabadisha - Center at four police stations in Kolkata.


The Hope Foundation takes several approaches and strategies to ensure improvement to the health conditions of people living in South, North and Howrah Kolkata regions.

Hope Hospital

Aims at ensuring proper medical treatment to the underprivileged people below poverty line and is deprived of required medical treatment, in and around Kolkata and Howrah.

Child Watch

The HOPE Child Watch programme aims to create a safety net for vulnerable children, through ensuring child protection through Rescue, Rehabilitation, Repatriation and Restoration.

Life Skills Projects

Lifeskills Training Program for disadvantaged young people has the aim of helping every young Indian to be employable, have selfworth and lead a dignified and productive life.


How You Can Get Involved

Latest News

HOPE Know-how Quiz 2015 at ILead

International Street Children's Day 2016

Maureen Forrest, Founder Director of The Hope Foundation, started off International Day for Street Children by visiting one of our Nabadisha projects in Gariahat. the morning listening to children about their means of livelihood, their aims in life.

Hope Musical Night held on 19th March 2016

Hope Musical Night held on 19th March 2016

The Hope Foundation in collaboration with Aauris Hotel organized a fundraising musical evening with Irish Bella voce - Amanda Neri and renowned pianist Jennifer A. Heemstra on 19th March 2016. Amanda became Hope’s Ambassador last Autumn and plans to support Hope in future projects.

Hope Soccer Aid held on 17th March 2016

Hope Soccer Aid held on 17th March 2016

Following our mission to provide holistic development to each and every child, Hope Kolkata Foundation organized a under 15 football match for our protection home children on 17th March 2016 at Mount Litera Zee School, Maheshtala.



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