Organization Profile

Hope Kolkata Foundation

The Hope Kolkata Foundation strives – with the help of partner organization – to create a just and equitable society where people can live a quality life with dignity.

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

Registered under West Bengal Societies Registration Act 1961( Registration no. S-96057), Registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India and registered under Section 12 (A) and 80 (G) of Income Tax Act, 1961, Govt. of India.


Hope Kolkata FoundationDear Friends,
"Since I was given so much help from Hope in my life and for my education, it is my joyful duty to help other children in the same way". — Joyeta Deb Roy
I, Joyeeta Deb Roy would like to thank Hope Kolkata Foundation for nurturing me for the last 10 years in to what I am today. I am now doing my second year engineering from Techno India.
I was a very shy girl, lacking self confidence. Over the years, the education and the ample opportunities provided by HOPE made me excel not only in academics but also have groomed to be confident and all-rounder. I have participated in number of programs and have won prizes. I enjoyed every moment I have spent in Hope Girls Home. Thank you HOPE for making my life.
My friend Mithu would also like to thank HOPE for making her a sensible, friendly and confident girl for last 12 years. She said, "I am achieving my aim, step by step, by graduating with the help of the Hope Foundation. I aspire to stand with my education and working."


Maureen Forest - Founder Director

Dear Friends of HOPE,
Firstly I want to thank you most sincerely for your incredible generosity in supporting the work of The Hope Foundation over the past fifteen years.
Our Charities in Ireland have been going through a particularly hard time for all the wrong reasons. Just when we thought we were coming through the recession where individuals, families and companies alike were desperately trying to claw their way out of recession, we have been assailed by a crises of confidence in the entire charity sector. People are angry and rightly so having always donated to Charities so generously and those of us who are committed to the highest levels of International best practice in Governance are angry. At the end of the day the people who will suffer as a result of this fallout are the most vulnerable in our global society – those who need us most: the children, the homeless, the old, the sick, the poor and the most underprivileged.
I would like to take this opportunity to give key governance information on The Hope Foundation. I do not take a salary, I am not saying that all people in the charity sector should not take a salary; this is something that I choose to do. I feel that people are entitled to a fair salary. We are a fully subscribed member of the ICTR, Dochas, Comhlamh, The Wheel and Credibility Alliance, ensuring full transparency, accountability and adherence to good governance and best practice. These organizations ensure that we are supported in keeping up to date on all our Policies and Procedures.
Our audited accounts are available on our website using the SORP system as part of the recommended account keeping procedure, along with our annual reports. We continue to be committed to keeping our administration costs as a low as possible and we rely on the generosity of a number of pro-bono service providers. We recognize our responsibility to you the donors, sponsors, our many visitors to India, school students, volunteers and our many fundraisers who have supported HOPE so generously over the past years.
Throughout the terrible difficulties of the past years of recession, we have succeeded in honouring all our commitments to the streets and slum dwellers and the children that we had committed to help. This could not have been done without your wonderful generosity and loyalty, of that of our volunteers and our amazing staff both in Ireland, India and UK who give tirelessly of their time. I thank you almost sincerely and I ask you for your continued support, the children that we help do not have anybody else to call on, we are their only lifeline to survival.
Every Blessing and good wishes.

Maureen Forrest
(Founder & Honorary Director)

Jenny Browne - Overseas Director Today The Hope Kolkata Foundation runs a wide network of services to extend support to thousands of children and families living in extreme poverty. Initially it focused on Child protection and its target area was children from the street and slum areas. The organization has expanded its focus to address the health, livelihood and education and needs of the communities.

No time was lost over the past ten years to ensure that children do not continue to pay a huge price for society's absorbance in itself. Everyone has a gift to bring to our world and we must struggle so that everyone finds his or her unique way to deliver it. Over the years many young people have and are contributing back to society in hugely positive ways. Their dreams are no longer shattered but have become a reality.

To have achieved so much in such a short space of time is testament to the persistence and dedication of Hope Kolkata's staff, under the Directorship of Geeta and the ongoing support from the Branch office staff. The driving force and commitment of Maureen Forrest and the HOPE team in Ireland makes it all possible. Our sincere gratitude to the many overseas and local donors, visitors, and volunteers who help by their incredible generosity and support. I realize how important the help, understanding and courage of so many people has been in overcoming challenges and expecting the best from ourselves and the children. The children have enriched all of our lives and for which we are very grateful.

"God sends each person into this world With a special message to deliver, With a special song to sing, With a special act of love to bestow." - John Powell

The following letter is a special message from one of the girls in the Hope Home -

"The word 'hope' means dreams and these dreams do come true. It is a place to have dreams and fulfill it. We all stay here, it is like our house. We have our house mothers and house fathers, who give us love, support, care and many things which a child needs to grow. From the age of very small to 18 or 22 we stay here. We all love it very much. We have all age group children and everyone goes to school like some go to Loreto Convent Entally, Modern Public, Blooming bud, Saraswati Bidha Bhavan etc. Some children stay in hostel like St. Ninians, Mass Education, Bijoy bhumi and many other hostel, except for education we learn many other things like dancing, singing, swimming, Karate etc. We also learn to stitch and do handcraft. Few children are there who do beauticians course. We are very proud to be here, and see such good people around us who guide us so much. This is a place where we can express our feelings. We all stay together. Staying together gives us the skill of cooperation. It helps us to develop leadership and also to become self dependent. We all have fun, we go out for weekends. We went to many places on summer vacation for tour - Shimla, Kalingpong, Gantak, Dega, Puti etc. We have different religions here and all are from different religions. We celebrate all festivals, this helps us to respect each beings. We also meet our parents, aunties and uncles once a week. We feel very happy. We eat very nice and healthy food that our house mothers prepare for us. They do a lot of good and hard work for us. We have 2 girls homes and I boys. Girls who are less than 13 stay in Kasba home and the rest stay in Panditya. There is a time for all of us to go to the hostel, this system helps more and more children. We love to be here and we also thank God for everything he has given us and we promise this that we all had a dream he will fulfill it and grow us a good human being and also to be the future leaders of the world. This is all we had to say about my sweet hope."

My experience in HOPE has led me to conclude that the real miracle is this - the more we share the more we have.

Jenny Browne
Overseas Director

Geeta Venkadakrishnan - DirectorDear Friends,

Social Change is constant, continuous, unavoidable and inevitable. Social transformation is the result of positive actions to improve the environment in which marginalised / afflicted / affected are assisted to progress. Hope Kolkata Foundation is a Change Maker and the communities which benefit are change recipients. The organization has successfully completed its fifteenth year and we are very much proud to share our impacts created and changes achieved in the lives of twenty thousand children and one and half lakh population, through Education, Health, Care and Protection, Vocational Skill based programs and emergency services covering 34 wards in Kolkata and Howrah in West Bengal.

HOPE continues to see change among children, who were illiterates, run always, abused, exploited, denied of their fundamental rights and who got transformed to become educated, skilled, employed, independent, self-reliant, contributing to their families and communities.

We have enabled youth who would have been rag pickers, unskilled labour, into addiction and out of school etc, now into university graduates, skilled professionals, lucratively employed, and capable of taking care of their family in a positive path.

HOPE is being committed to things that we can change and to areas where we can make difference as Mahatama Gandhi said “We must be the change we wish to see". Our on-going commitment to Health, Education, Protection, Skill enhancement programme is paramount in breaking the cycle of poverty.

We have being firm in pursuing our values, recognizing our short comings and we have been open to new learning and experiences from the communities and our supporting partners with whom we work with. Our achievements are shared in the annual report for the year 2013-2014.

The organisation is grateful to The Hope Foundation Ireland for the continuous support since the inception for the needy children and people in Kolkata, India. The organisation would like to express gratitude to the community we serve as well as to individuals, other network organisation and donors–The Hope Foundation UK & Germany, Irish Aid, Vital for Children, Bekind Ireland, Lotus Child, Frobel, G2B Foundation, Butterflies, Porticus, Volunteers, Friends of Hope, HSBC, Corporates, Schools, Colleges and Government Institutions. I would like to thank indivduals, staff and Board members for the dedication towards the organisation.

Together we ensuring that positive changes is possible by giving HOPE to the most needy children and people in our society.
Geeta Venkadakrishnan
Director



Our Main Targets

  • Street & Slum Children
  • Child Labour
  • Children of Sex Workers
  • Child Beggars
  • Homeless Children and People
  • Homeless Children and People
  • Female Children
  • Children and people from disadvantaged communities
  • Children with HIV/AIDS

Our Objectives

  • Ensuring the rights of the children
  • Ensuring quality of life for the most vulnerable sections of society.
  • Empowering women through social and economic development.
  • Supporting local institutions working for underprivileged children and families by providing technical assistance and capacity building support.
  • Sensitizing the local government to issues surrounding the health, education and protection needs of impoverished communities and developing effective relationships between local communities and government agencies at different levels.

Our Values

Hope Kolkata Foundation (HKF) is committed to providing sustainable development for the underprivileged and vulnerable members of the population with special focus on children and persons living in difficult circumstances by acting as a facilitator through community development providing education, vocational training, health awareness and service, shelter, nutrition counseling, recreation, rescue and rehabilitation, repatriation awareness on rights, emergency relief, capacity building, fundraising, socio-economic, cultural and spiritual development regardless of race, sex, religion or politics to achieve goals.

The Hope Kolkata Foundation is Funded by The Hope Foundation Ireland.

Our core values

  • We celebrate the potentials of all children.
  • We believe in a rights based approach to development.
  • We are committed to social justice.
  • We believe in being accountable and transparent to all donors and sponsors.
  • We are committed to empowerment as a tool to break the cycle of deprivation.

Future Plans

  • Supporting Residential Care for mentally challenged children
  • Supporting Primary & Secondary level School cum Boarding for Street Children
  • Setting up Home for homeless
  • Fundraising for Education and Health Sponsorship

Our Board Members

Sl. No. Name Of Member Designation Occupation
1. Mr. Vijay Bhandari President Business
2. Joy Kar Vice President Business Consultant
3. Swaran Chaudhuri Secretary Social worker
4. Mr. Dipak Biswas Treasurer Social Worker
5. Mr. Anand Agarwal Member Business
6. Mrs. Shiela Banerjee Member Psychologist
7. Mrs. Geeta Venkadakrishnan Member (Director) Social Worker
8. Sr Tina Farias Member Educationist
9. Mrs. Pushpa Basu General Member Social Worker
10. Pradip Dutta Member Business
11. Dr. Ujal Debnath Doctor Member

Friends of Hope Advisory / Cultural and Communication Board Committee

Mrs. Soumi Gupta Banerjee Mr. Barun Chanda
Mr. Pradeep Dutta Mr. Santanu Ghosh
Dr. Ujjal Debnath Ms. Sharmila Ghosh

None of the Hope Kolkata Foundation Board members are related by Blood or marriage. Hope Kolkata Foundation held (4 No. of Board meetings) suitable spaced in the year 2011-2012.

Transparency Disclosures

  • No remuneration, sitting fees or any other form of compensation was paid to any board member except for ED.
  • No Travel reimbursement made to Board members attending board meetings and other office meetings.
  • No Remuneration paid per month.
  • Remuneration paid to the three highest paid Staff members Rs. 28000/-, Rs. 18199/-, Rs. 16000/-, ` 15755/-.
  • Total cost of National travel by all staff during the year: NIL
  • Remuneration of the lowest paid staff member is Rs. 3800/-.
  • Total Cost of International travel by all staff & Board members during the year: Nil.
  • Details of Board Members who have received remuneration/Reimbursement during the Last Financial year: Not Applicable