NEWS-2016

Celebrated the release of the film - Dangal

Our girls from Girl2B home were taken for the - first day, first show of a great biographical sports drama - Dangal by Aamir Khan official FC Kolkata!! They celebrated the release of the film - which shows the struggle and journey of world champion wrestlers - Babita Phogat and Geeta Phogat. The idea was to inspire girls to fight for themselves and realise their strengths. Post movie, happy girls were given gifts for Christmas and were treated to sumptuous lunch.


Christmas celebrations at all our protection homes

Cream Centre Kolkata in collaboration with Mind Body Soul and Vyoma Innovus celebrated 31st Dec 2016 treating our boys to sumptuous food alondside an amazing magic show. We heart their gesture!


Christmas celebrations at all our protection homes

Like every year, Christmas celebrations took place in full swing at all our protection homes. Kids decorated their homes with the help of their care-givers and exchanged good wishes. The Hotel Hindusthan International made it even more special by treating all the kids with lip - smacking biryani and sweets.


Christmas Celebration on 25th December, 2016

The children of Hope Foundation of India were a part of Christmas celebration by Auris Hotel Kolkata. Our children themselves decorated the huge tree put up at the Hotel. Her Highness Meeryung Hall, sang Christmas carols and played few games with the kids.
Famous designer Koneenica Bandyopadhyay was also there to encourage our children. Auris Hotel Kolkata also organised a lavish lunch for all of them followed by a surprise hamper from their bakery.


Titan house celebrated Christmas

Christmas brings the joy of gifts and special cakes along with itself! Employees of Titan house celebrated the festival by buying handicraft items from the Hope Boutique. We sold ample of our hand-made products, as well as savouries from our bakery at Hope Kolkata Foundation - Cafe and Training Unit at their office premises.


The Hope Skill Unit conduct computer training and other development classes

On Dec 14th, we inaugurated The Hope Skill Unit Chetla for the local youth with support from Concentrix India and The Hope Foundation. The unit would conduct computer training, interactive English and personality development classes catering to 30 children. We plan to reach out to 60 children in the coming quarter of the year. The container cum classroom set up would definitely lure our needy friends from the local slum community, to acquaint themselves with digital literacy, financial accounting and other vocational skills.


17th Annual Cultural & Educational Programme on 9th November, 2016

The annual function was a great opportunity for 3000 underprivileged children to come together and pay their heartfelt gratitude to St. Teresa with the theme – “Rhythm : The Spirit of Humanity”. This year 300 of our beneficiaries passed Class X, XII and Graduation. We encouraged them by awarding them a certificate and wished them all the very best for their future endeavours.
The day witnessed a wonderful amalgamation of music, drums and dance.
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Football training by Leicester City Football Club and Swilly Rovers Archives

Kolkata and football has always been closely intertwined.
Children never deny when asked for a football training session or a match!
Much thanks to Leicester City Football Club and Swilly Rovers Archives for extending their support, along with HOPE volunteers Araf Mohammed and Barry Mooney for training our kids.


Workshop organized by Streets of India

The Hope Foundation India kids participated in a body scrub making workshop organised by Streets of India: Kolkata's biggest Fashion & Food Festival.
They also got some quick tips on cleanliness and hygiene.


Moeloco donates 1000 shoes for children

Kathy Wong, Chief Energy Officer at Moeloco was on a mission to donate #1000shoesforIndia. The enthusiastic woman has left no stone unturned, to run her campaign and successfully delivered 1000 shoes to The Hope Foundation India, to be distributed amongst our needy friends. Until now we have reached out more than 600 children, gifting them a bundle of surprise couriered for them direct from Australia.


Visit to Breathing Earth

Brian Flanagan, founder of Bekind Ireland took our children to Breathing Earth this week, welcoming the mild winter mornings, in a faraway place from the city. He indeed added some memorable pages to our children's daily diary.


Learning Rugby

Araf Mohammed along with Khelo Rugby and Jungle Crows Foundation conducted some Rugby sessions for our children. They thoroughly enjoyed interacting with the professionals and learning the new sport.


Tom Mac Bean and David, representing EDUCO, Ireland visits our Life Skill Unit

Tom Mac Bean and David visited our Life Skill Unit on behalf of EDUCO, Ireland.
They donated us this building in 2006, which today reaches out to 200 children, helping them inculcate values and train them to take up a vacation in future. Our Life Skill Training Unit caters to Hope Cafe in the ground floor, tailoring unit and beauty parlor in the first and computer training unit in the second floor. Here, children from community are trained in the field they are interested in and are placed on the completion of their course.


Workshop for the teachers by Sukanya Chakrabarty , Oxford University Press India

Sukanya Chakrabarty from Oxford University Press India was at our Hope Kolkata Foundation - Café and Training Unit today, to train our special educators on "Inclusive Education - a gateway to effective learning". Her teaching techniques along with her excellent communication skills inspired our teachers to understand that the role of the teacher is to take the student to their self-learning phase. It's self motivation which enables the students to learn in a long run.


Heal the World - a play performed by our children

Children of Hope Kolkata Foundation - Café and Training Unit performed 'Heal the World' - a play based on the theme of the futility of war.
It gives us immense pleasure to see the children perform in English, who considered it to be a difficult language until few days back. Much thanks to their spoken English teacher, Sanjana Vakharia, who instilled the lost confidence and encouraged these children to put up the play. Founder Director, Maureen Forrest embraced the occasion by her presence on the day.


Project Kindness with Calcutta International School on the 11th & 19th November, 2016

Students of Calcutta International School initiated a project with children of our foundation where kids can choose any subject of their own interest and learn dance, drama, music, sports, art & craft, infact anything under the sun. The school provides children an opportunity to explore their talent and also provides transport and healthy snacks.


The Tollygunge Club and The Hope Foundation India organised Golf for Hope

The Tollygunge Club and The Hope Foundation India organised Golf for Hope - Edition II, on 18th November 2016, supported by DARA Entertainment & Media, in Association with Dream Home Makers and Golftrade.net, Co-Sponsored by QualSquad Infotech Pvt. Ltd., Luxury Partner - Audi Kolkata, Personal Care Partner - Fiama, Sports Partner - Decathlon Howrah, and Felicitation Partner – Right Florist. 65+ golfers played for the cause and joined us for a gala dinner post the tournament for the prize giving ceremony and a musical concert by Vedatronics and the talented children of the Hope Foundation. The event took place in the most prestigious club in the city - The Tollygunge Club. Arjuna Award Winner 2016, Mr. Sourav Kothari and the champion golfer Siddhi Kapoor to tee-off the tournament, at the club. Along with these two phenomenal players we also had few children from Basa. The event focused on sponsoring girl child education. The charity fundraiser was graced by Maureen Forrest, Hon. Director, The Hope Foundation, Geeta Venkadakrishnan, Director, Hope Kolkata Foundation, Loretto Kennedy, Sporano singer from Ireland, Indrajit Bhalotia, CEO, Golftrade.net, social activist Shreya Pandey, Moubani Sorkar, actress, daughter of P.C.Sorcar, Abhishek Basu, Rohit Wadhwa and Kunjalik Balwani, Audi, Mr. Jonathan Burke, Managing Director, Qualsquad Infotech Pvt. Ltd.
We thank all our supporters and sponsors!


Born 2 Help – Health & Hygiene Drives

Born 2 Help - a volunteer group from Bangalore has organized 4 sessions on Health & Hygiene so far with Hope Kolkata Foundation. First two sessions were held in our protection homes and next two sessions in Panchanantala, Dhakuria, where they catered to 150 slum children. Along with theoretical tips, not only the volunteers donate toiletries to help children practice what they learn but also treat them to yummy snacks. Born 2 Help has plans to conduct similar sessions every month.

Diwali Celebration

Diwali Celebration at Bekind Boys Home by @OyoKolkata, on the 29 October, 2016

The Kolkata team of Oyo -India's Largest Branded Network of Hotels, for a change checked, in at Bekind Boys Home, one of our protection homes for boys, to celebrate Diwali - the festival of lights, in the true spirit! The team gifted our children with cricket sets, crackers, chocolates, colour pencils, crayons, puzzle sets and brought beautiful smiles on their face and glimmer in their eyes. Oyo Rooms Kolkata team also donated towards nutrition and education of children.


AMRI Walkathon

The Hope Foundation India was invited to be a part of this massive AMRI Walkathon where the motto was to “Walk for a healthier heart and awareness". Our children enjoyed the activity and one of them even spoke to The Telegraph Metro.


Winters call for picnics!

All the kids of Hope Kolkata Foundation were taken for a day out.


The Hope Foundation India appealed to various Corporate/Schools

The Hope Foundation India appealed to various Corporate/Schools to donate blankets for the needy this winter. RGICL TAB Page donated 64 blankets and also spent some time with the kids knowing about their stay and education with us.


Café and Training Unit got placed

Three of our trainees at Hope Kolkata Foundation - Café and Training Unit got placed at a newly opened South Indian restaurant, Paranthe Wali Galli by Bon Appétit, The Cafe. Big thanks to Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel, for sponsoring their course.


Celebrated Completion of the 2nd batch's Beauty Training Course

The Beauty Training Unit under Hope's Skill Unit at Panditiya celebrated completion of the 2nd batch's beauty training course.


Concentrix Kolkata visited one of our protection homes

Concentrix Kolkata visited one of our protection homes and donated stationeries to the girls. Here's a glimpse from the time spent and memories added.


ICICI Lombard conducted an eye check-up

ICICI Lombard conducted an eye check-up for 130 children and donated 15 pairs of specs at one of our communities in Howrah, as a part of their CSR initiative. We try our best to reach out to as many children as possible with the help of such kind corporate.


Quick Heal Technologies conducted their CSR activity

Quick Heal Technologies conducted their CSR activity at one of our protection homes. Children engaged in drawing, outdoor games, and were taught the importance of internet security. “I extend my heartiest appreciation towards Hope Foundation Kolkata for the service they have been providing to the society. Children are benefited with proper education, healthy food, nurturing shelter and hygiene." – Employee, Quick Heal Technologies team.


Mahadevi Birla World Academy donated Pujor Jama and educational materials.

 


Tridhara Sammilani Puja Committee donated Pujor Jama

Tridhara Sammilani Puja Committee, the club renowned for organising Durga Puja in the city, donated Pujor Jama for 75 kids of Hope and treated 59 kids and staff to a sumptuous lunch.


Modern High School donated 478 Pujor Jama

Modern High School donated 478 Pujor Jama and 100 pairs of new shoes for girls this Daan Utsav.


Mr. Anand Agarwal, Patron

Mr. Anand Agarwal, another patron of Hope donated new dresses for girls of various protection homes.


IndiGo spend their valuable time

IndiGo - in addition to being on 'time' with their flights, also intends to spend their valuable time for a good cause. In 2016, we saw their amiable crew members engaging with our children, 5 months in a row, motivating kids to complete their education and helping us with nutritional and educational support as well as sports goods.


Sit and Draw competition

A global financial services company organised a sit and draw competition for our girls at one of our protection homes and awarded the winners with attractive prizes. They donated Pujor Jama for 39 girls and treated all the staff and children to delicious snacks and drinks.


Mrs. Sangeeta Bajoria, a patron of Hope

Mrs. Sangeeta Bajoria, a patron of Hope since years, donated Pujor Jama for 61 girls at one of our homes for younger girls.


Lets Meet Tours organised Puja Parikrama

Lets Meet Tours organised Puja Parikrama for our kids and took them to Sovabazar Raj Bari, Chatu Babu Latu Babu, Rani Rashmani, Nilmani Mitra Puja Bari followed by awesome lunch at Lalit Great Eastern. Children participated in fashion show and were gifted new dresses, too.


Birla High School gifted children

Birla High School gifted children of one of our boys home brand new clothes for Pujas and treated them to yummy snacks.


Future Campus School helped us make our flagship event

Future Campus School helped us make our flagship event Pujor Jama a big success by donating beautiful dresses for the less fortunate.


PRAN Litchi Drink - the luscious lychee people arranged exciting games

PRAN Litchi Drink - the luscious lychee people arranged exciting games, yummy breakfast, delicious lunch and distributed 60 packs lichi drink and potato chips!


Erevmax Technologies Pvt Ltd, DLF Rajarhat donated grocery

Erevmax Technologies Pvt Ltd, DLF Rajarhat donated a full month's grocery to one of our protection homes this Daan Utsav.


Mount Litera Zee School, Maheshtala and Dhulagarh celebrated Daan Utsav

Mount Litera Zee School, Maheshtala and Dhulagarh celebrated DaanUtsav big time this year. They donated not just Pujor Jama but also stationery, educational materials, snacks and toys, with unquestionably praiseworthy enthusiasm


The PDP Group brought grocery and beautiful Durga Puja greeting cards

The PDP Group brought grocery and beautiful Durga Puja greeting cards for all the children in the home.


Shri Shikshayatan School planned to help us

Shri Shikshayatan School planned a huge drive with the help of their children to help us with good amount of grocery for the disadvantaged kids.


Sun Dew Solutions celebrated Daan Utsav

Sun Dew Solutions celebrated Daan Utsav by donating Pujor Jama, sports & fitness equipments, toiletries and first aid materials to our children in two of our protection homes.


An IT giant celebrated Daan Utsav

An IT giant celebrated Daan Utsav by doing Sandwich Seva for our younger lads at one of our protection homes for boys.


Dynamic rotarians from Inner City Kolkata

Dynamic rotarians from Inner City Kolkata, headed by Smarajit Mitra, President; and Suman Chakraborty, Secretary donated new “Pujor Jama”, stationery, chocolates and food packets to our aspiring learners!


South City International School donated "Pujor Jama" for our needy friends!

 


Daan Utsav on 30th September, 2016

Daan Utsav Press Meet 2016, organised by The Hope Foundation India on 30th September 2016, in association with the Hotel Hindustan International was a grand affair in town ! Students from top schools addressed the audience on how they would celebrate the joyofgivingweek with their "needy friends". We also saw few representatives from corporate houses, sharing their joy at celebrating Daan Utsav back at their work place. Hope’s flagship event this year - ‘Pujor Jama’ for every child this durga puja has been a major success with the help of our valuable donors. We also felicitated our supporters for helping us achieve our goal, being our CSR partners. READ MORE


CSR with Oxford University Press India

The Hope Foundation India is glad to announce that the world's largest university press with widest global presence - Oxford University Press India, is helping us with educational material and stationery items for all our in-house children this year.
The team from Oxford University Press India - Mr Sanjoy Majumder, Associate Director, School Education (East & North); Mr Kaushik Mitra, Operations Head, East; Mr Amit Gupta - Head , Communications; Mr Mohd Sajid – Senior Area Sales Manager (Kolkata / Bihar & Jharkhand); and Mrs Angela Chater – Administration In-charge (East) came down from Delhi to meet our kids and exchange ideas on importance of education in today's era. We thank the team and Oxford University Press India for their donation and support.


CSR with Everest

There are more than 11 million abandoned children in India, out of which 90% are girls. Everest Industries organised an "Ann Daan" drive in their office premises for a week. From CEO to office help, none stepped down from doing something for the society. Their contribution would help run a home, for a month, which caters to 50+ children. We thank them for their support.


Vital For Children, UK in Kolkata

Some lively visitors from @VitalForChildren, UK were in Kolkata - hopping from one project to another exchanging smiles, and spending some quality time with our children.


Oil & Gas Conservation Awareness

Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. organised a rally to create awareness on the conservation of oil and gas. 15 children from Hope Kolkata Foundation participated in the march which was covered on foot from Indian Oil Bhawan to Nazrul Mancha. It was a nice initiative to spread the word on the need of eco-friendly environment in days to come.


Mother Teresa Canonisation

Mother Teresa was canonised on Sep 5, 2016. Our honorary Founder Director Maureen Forrest fondly remembers meeting her, several times in Kolkata. Mother was a source of inspiration for Maureen’s own work with street and slum children. She dedicated her life to the most poor and downtrodden in society, setting up her first home for the dying; allowing abandoned men and women from the streets to die with dignity.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is less than a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop." - Mother Teresa. Pictured here is Maureen (top right), with Sister Nirmla Marie (top left), Former Irish Ambassador in Delhi Jim Flemming and Mother Teresa. Maureen is delighted to be in Rome this weekend to mark this momentous event.
Our Overseas Director, Jenny Browne has been featured in the popular daily The Times of India for her presence at the Mother House yesterday. The article talks about the great work The Hope Foundation India does taking forward Mother Teresa's legacy.

Special Mother Teresa Bags
IGP unit of The Hope Foundation India joins the canonization of Mother Teresa by designing special bags in her name. Grab one from Hope Boutique at 39, Panditya Place priced at INR 100 - 200/- only !
Children visit to Mother House - "Intense love does not measure, it just gives." - Mother Teresa. Commemorating her ideals, The Hope Foundation India children attended the celebration of Mother Teresa's canonisation at the Mother House in Kolkata.


National Nutrition Week with D. S. Research Centre

Most of the underprivileged children in India are malnourished and subject to health hazards. The Hope Foundation India in collaboration with D.S. Research Centre conducted a nutrition camp for the local community children at our Panditya creche.
After a general check-up by a doctor, children's parents were advised to improvise their diet chart helping them have a healthy life ahead.


Happy Teachers’ Day

Students would always be grateful to their Teachers - be it in school or to their private ones at Home. Kids at Hope protection homes, organised a short programme for their beloved teachers.
They danced, they sang, they performed expressing gratitude to someone who shows them the path to be a better individual tomorrow !


Mozilla conducted their HelloWeb workshop

Mozilla conducted their HelloWeb workshop for approximately 200 of our inhome children to acquaint them with cloud computing, writing e-mails, using google drive and its various features! The amiable volunteers from Kolkata Bloggers spent their valuable time with our children helping them learn the clicks and tricks of the eworld!


Usha with their newly launched Sewing Machine

The team from Usha with their newly launched sewing machine visited Hope's Tailoring Unit and gave free demonstration to 19 trainees. It was an informative workshop on automatic machine embroidery, and a variety of stitches that could be done.


Maureen Forrest, has been nominated for the prestigious World of Children Award in the area of Protectio

We are proud to announce our inspiring Founder and Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest, has been nominated for the prestigious World of Children Award in the area of Protection.
Maureen has worked tirelessly all her life for those less fortunate, and set up The Hope Foundation in 1999 with the aim of funding one child protection home in Kolkata for girls.


Jenny Browne's presence at the Mother House

Our Overseas Director, Jenny Browne featured in the popular daily, The Times of India for her presence at the Mother House. The article talks about the good work The Hope Foundation India does taking forward Mother Teresa's legacy.


Hope’s Children at Pink Ball Match

With the match excitingly poised, Hope Kolkata Foundation’s children were invited to witness the frenzy at the historical Eden Gardens. The event was exclusively covered LIVE, on Star Sports 2!


Joy Global Inc. supported Hope Kolkata Foundation

Joy Global Inc. supported Hope Kolkata Foundation set up an Eye OT for the underprivileged. Mr. Shib Bhowmick - Managing Director of Joy Global India Limited inaugurated the same at Hope Hospital.


WWE India superstar Alberto Del Rio came to meet our children

WWE India superstar Alberto Del Rio came to meet our children at one of our protection homes.
While he shared some fitness tips, our boys showed him some of their Karate moves! Children were all excited to know his favourite move and the secret of his body-build.


Hope Children met West Bengal Governor to celebrate Van Mahotsav

 


Joy Global Donated a new equipment to HOPE Hospital

This operation table is compatible for all kind of surgeries and will help us to provide better emergency care.


CSR with TCS

CSR might be a mandate to follow, however when the employees enjoy the few hours dedicated to social service - it's very much evident on their face ! IT giant Tata Consultancy Services, visited our BeKind boys home. We were very happy to see their excitement to know more about the kids, do something for them and extend their support to HOPE.


CESC celebrates International Literacy Day

Muktangan Project funded by CESC Limited organised a quiz and sit and draw competition at Budge Budge and Pujali field to celebrate International Literacy Day. Children of standard 8,9 and 10 were inducted on the importance of literacy. Almost 150 children participated in the competition. We encouraged the winner and runner's up team by arranging some gifts for them.


Maureen Forrest nominated for World of Children Award

The health workers of The Hope Foundation India are posted in 20 community fields with 50+ volunteers, educating the local slum dwellers on various health hazards due to lack of cleanliness and sanitation. We organised a motivational workshop to enlighten them on the importance of safe sex, post natal care and reproductive tract infection. Ms. Rakhi Jyoti, in-charge of Pariwar Seva clinic facilitated the session resolving their queries and explaining the need of the same.


Xavier's Management Society association with HOPE

An enthusiastic bunch of college going students from Xavier's Management Society organised a fun activity for our boys. The youngsters were seen in complete party mode - as they walked in with huge music speakers and variety of savouries. Children really enjoyed the company and had an amazing day!


Workshop for the Community People

The health workers of The Hope Foundation India are posted in 20 community fields with 50+ volunteers, educating the local slum dwellers on various health hazards due to lack of cleanliness and sanitation. We organised a motivational workshop to enlighten them on the importance of safe sex, post natal care and reproductive tract infection. Ms. Rakhi Jyoti, in-charge of Pariwar Seva clinic facilitated the session resolving their queries and explaining the need of the same.


CSR with eRevMax

CSR - being just a mandate to follow is re-interpreted by few Corporate today. The CSR team from eRevMax - a leading hotel technology company, took the initiative to visit one of our protection homes and engage with the kids. The exuberant team divided the children with reference to their age-group and organised different games for them. This included quiz with the eldest kids and pin the tail and darts with the younger ones. With various prizes to be won, the kids gave their best performance in multiple rounds to emerge winners. The eventful day wrapped up with 'pass the passer' where all the kids participated and had a gala time with the visitors.
Their intention to engage with each child and make them feel special was indeed visible. Much thanks for your generous donation and time.


Trainee at Hope Cafe got placed at J.W.Marriott

It was a bright sunny day, when an Anglo - Indian gentlemen walked into our Hope Kolkata Foundation - Café and Training Unit and asked if we train people in culinary skills. On hearing we do, he introduced us to Pintu Yadav, a super enthusiast, who aspires to be a part of Food & Beverage Department of a five star hotel. Pintu did his schooling from St.Thomas' School, but dropped out of college due to his inclination towards learning cooking and managing a restaurant. "Within a period of 3 months, Pintu is now placed in J.W.Marriott, in the housekeeping department." - says Renu Singh, Hope Kolkata Foundation - Café and Training Unit. "He was a bright lad in the first place. It was a 6 months training at the cafe, but his hard work paid off!"
"It was precious to work at the Hope Cafe!" - says Pintu. We wish you all the best for future. Keep up the hard work !


Inox 13th Birthday Bash

On a bright Monday morning, 130 Hope kids were at INOX Leisure, Forum Mall, Kolkata watching Storks 3D !!! We are glad to be a part of the 13th anniversary of the entertainment giant !
Mr. Rajeev Chakrabarti - Chief Marketing Officer, INOX Leisure Ltd. specially flew down to the city to meet our kids. He was overwhelmed to see the kids happy.
Parno Mittra - who needs no introduction, motivated the children by her presence. Much thanks to team INOX Leisure Ltd. for their Daan.


Independence Day Celebration on 15th August, 2016

While Independence Day celebration was in full swing across India, here's a quick look at Hope Kolkata Foundation's small contribution to the Grand Day at our Creche and Protection Homes.


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Prosenjit Chatterjee’s visit to Kasba Girls Protection Home

Famous Tollywood Actor Prosenjit Chatterjee was at our Kasba Girls Home to celebrate 70th Independence Day. The ever busy super star spent his valuable time educating our children, on the value of being a citizen of an independent country. The children really enjoyed interacting with him!


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Round Table 227

Round Table 227 Kolkata organised a very well thought activity for the underprivileged children at our protection homes.
It was a step closer to what a boy dreams of, since childhood - a day with high-end cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi, BMW. Children were riding high on ecstasy seeing the cars. They also got branded watch as a gift from the organisers of the event and a treat to delicious food gave a perfect finish to the eventful day!


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Hope Boutique and Tailoring Unit’s exhibition at Erevmax Technologies Pvt Ltd, DLF Rajarhart

Erevmax Technologies Pvt. Ltd., DLF Rajarhart invited Hope Boutique and Tailoring Unit along with Hope Kolkata Foundation - Café and Shop for a pre-rakhi exhibition at their premises.
Greeting cards, postcards, pen stands, jewellery, coin bags, tote bags, sling bags, diary, photo album, stole, show piece and the list goes on! People around were seen very happy with the items and went back with bags full of gifts for their brothers. Representatives from the organisation were very hospitable and the day wrapped up with an excellent sale!


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CSR activity with Bhandari Automobile Pvt. Ltd.

Some enthusiastic employees from Bhandari Automobile Pvt. Ltd. - one of the ventures of Mr. Vijay Singh Bhandari, President of the Executive Committee of Hope Kolkata Foundation, were on a CSR visit to our Kasba Girls Home in the first week of August.
They had a brief interaction with the children followed by a sit and draw competition, leading to a non-veg lunch platter for refreshments. The kids were delighted to receive the colours and chocolates from the team.


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Alliance Club

What would be a better gift during the rainy season than umbrellas, for our school going children! Alliance Club with an excellent 20 member team, donated 100 umbrellas, saving our children from getting drenched and falling prey to the monsoon blues.


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Ekk Pahel

While there is no limit for doing something for the society - Ekk Pahel got in touch with us seeking to organise some constructive evening activity for our young lads at one of our boys’ protection home.
They conducted a session motivating our children to dream big for future and organised a quick quiz competition - brushing up their General Knowledge.
They also treated our boys to some refreshments by the end of the day.


19nd June, 2016

Some fellow volunteers from the IT giant - Cognizant Technology Solutions were in our Kasba Home for some fun and excitement on 19th June.
Cognizant Outreach planned a day long activity. The day began with an art and craft session on best out of waste and an awareness talk on environment. This was followed up with a movie show on children's favourite - Minions! The day wrapped up with a skit competition on various issues. Our children thoroughly enjoyed the day!


18-22nd June, 2016

With the world moving ahead we at HOPE would leave no stone unturned to have our children at par with other privileged ones.
Mozilla's ‪#‎HelloWeb initiative helped approximately 200 of our in-home children to get acquainted with cloud computing, writing e-mails, using google drive and its various features! The amiable volunteers from Kolkata Bloggers spent their valuable time with our children helping them learn the clicks and tricks of the e-world!


10th June, 2016

We had the pleasure of hosting esteemed members of the Rotary Innercity, Calcutta at the Lifeskills and Training Unit last week.
Renowned dermatologist Dr. Bandana Gangulie conducted an interactive session on personal hygiene and skin care.

The Rotarians lovingly indulged in sumptuous lunch at Hope Kolkata Foundation - Café and Shop, too.


9th June, 2016

West Bengal celebrated Child Protection Day at Rabindra Sadan on 10th June 2016. The theme of the occasion was "stop child labour, start education."
State Minister for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare - Ms. Shashi Panja expressed that every child should be ensured of his/her rights.
Hope was invited for the event and our children had put up a mesmerizing show!


8th June, 2016

Summer break calls for extra curricular activities.
Our well wisher - Mr. Joy Kar requested Calcutta Rowing Club - CRC to train 12 of our girls from Girl2B home and 10 boys from Punarjeevan Home in swimming and rowing respectively.
The club has also promised that children who are above 18 year old will be given a part-time assignment in their hospitality and administration section. They would also earn a stipend for their service. Our children had a great time during the training!


2nd June, 2016

Thanks to Nielsen India for celebrating their Global Impact Day on 2nd June 2016 with our protection home children at Kasba.

All our children enjoyed the summer evening watching an amazing magic show arranged by them.
We also appreciate their effort to support the nutrition of these children.


Donation of Cars

Hope Kolkata Foundation has received an ambulance and two school vehicles as donation from Mr. Paul Gleeson of WERS, Galway, Ireland and TWFA in April 2016. The cars were inaugurated by our Founder Director, Maureen Forrest and Fr. Pat Hogan.
The vehicle is a 13 seater Tata Winger which will ensure easy travel to school for 69 girls and 72 boys (residing in our protection homes). This generous donation would be a great help as our children have often been subject to exploitation owing to the dangers of living on Kolkata’s streets or in their slums.


Blue Dart - Empowering Lives

We have added 15 new machines at our Computer Training Centre. It was Blue Dart - who donated 14 lakhs for it’s installation on 26th April 2016. The Regional Head East - Samik Banerjee of the organisation lit the lamp and headed for a brief interaction with our children. The Senior Manager Marketing Subrata Roy by his motivational speech - rekindled the fire in our children to dream big and always strive to achieve their goal. This extension to the training centre will cater to an addition of 90 beneficiaries for Computer, Financial Accounting and English Training classes. The children were inspired by the team. Blue Dart believes in People, Service and Profit and are willing to work for a cause and contribute to the society.


Dadagiri Unlimited Season 6, May 2016

Hope Kolkata Foundation is privileged to hear from one of the famous shows in Kolkata. It was Dadagiri Unlimited Season 6 where our children from the Protection Home competed exceptionally well against other fellow students. Cheers to the young champs for their superlative instinct and alertness!
Watch the entire episode


GuideStar India Transparency Award

GuideStar India Transparency Award

Hope Kolkata Foundation has been awarded the GuideStar India Transparency award following the audit of its financial reports over the past few years.
HOPE is delighted to have received this award in recognition of its work to ensuring that we are transparent as much as possible in all our work.


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Board Exam Result 2016

141 children from our different projects took Class 10 board examination this year. Out of which 128 students have passed with flying colours.
West Bengal has one of the highest drop-out rate in the country. Hope Kolkata Foundation strives to restore such students in the education system.
Congratulations to our hard-working children!


Ashar Alo

Rabindra Jayanti Celebration

"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high ... Where knowledge is free..."
It was the noble laureate's 155th Birth Anniversary - celebrated in full swing at our Protection Homes - Ashar Alo and Kasba.
Our children also got an opportunity to perform at The Heritage School, Kolkata (Calcutta) with the help of Shri Shikshayatan School.


Joy Global Rs. 84 Lakhs donation

Joy Global - Eye checkup camp

Last year, the hospital conducted over 1500 clinics addressing a variety of health concerns. Supported by Joy Global Inc. Hope Hospital this year would roll out “Child Blindness Eradication” programme. The first clinic was held in early April and was attended by 35 children. 8 clinics a month are now running, 4 in the HOPE hospital and 4 in slum areas where patients find it difficult to access the hospital. The programme will see 10,000 children over the year, and anticipates around 240 surgeries.
The programme will provide for early detection of problems, as well as treatment and referrals for cataract and vision-related serious diseases. Children will receive medical, surgical, optical or low-vision services as required.


World Environment Day

World Environment Day

Hope Kolkata Foundation participated in a plantation programme organised by Mother Earth on World Environment Day, 5th June 2016. They also organised a colourful music and dance evening on the same day. The programme was held at Science City.


kasba Fair

Kasba Fair

Our Protection Home Children were all excited for Shubho Noboborsho from 11th April – 15th April 2016. The onset of the New Year multiplied the festive mood as all our children from all the homes had put up a beautiful exhibition at our Kasba Home for the mentioned days from 3.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
The fair was very colourful – credit goes to the amazing art work and paintings one could see all around the place. An area full of ornaments, puppets, bookmarks, greeting cards, wind chimes, flower vase and many more handmade items further brightened up the entire set-up. The children tried their best to welcome each and every visitor. Apart from these stalls, there was one seen busy doing nail art while one was busy making puchkas for the walk-ins!
Excellent art work coupled with some amazing crafts had instilled life to the home for these days. Visitors were seen very happy purchasing gifts for their loved ones for the occasion, while the children were too elated to show them their handmade products.


Hope Musical Night held on 19th March 2016

Hope Musical Night held on 19th March 2016 at Aauris Hotel, Kolkata

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.
In addition to the magical evening with Opera – one of its kind happening in Kolkata, we also had our protection home girls home from Ashar Alo sing few beautiful tracks on violin as well as synthesizer with the help of their home coordinator Ms. Sanchali Bhattacharya.
While Kolkata welcomed the Alexandra College on their visit to the city, the latter further embraced the occasion by singing some amazing recordings from their hometown. A special thanks to Ms Barbara Alice, Principal and Ms Liz Frost, Music teacher from the college for the fantastic performance put up by the Irish team!
The event was supported by Anand Bhuwalka Sree Ram Bhakti Trust, Indian Montessori Centre, Bhandari Automobiles Pvt. Ltd., Surinder Films, India Forgings & Engineering Co. Pvt. Ltd., Techtran Electronics Pvt. Ltd and others.
The heart-warming tunes sung by our guest Mr. Bobby Chakraborty, deserves a special mention. Much thanks for your constant support. The occasion was graced by Ms. Suchandra Vanya, too.


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. The event was supported by Tech Tran India Ltd., ABC India Pvt Ltd., Kolkata Spartans Round Table 280 and PDP Group. The event was kicked off by our special guest Mr. Bobby Chakraborty which was followed by a series of match between: –

  1. Punorjibon boys vs. Mohan Bagan Juniors
  2. Ashirbad boys vs. Mount Litera boys
  3. Ashar Alo Girls vs G2B Girls
  4. A friendly match between the Irish boys team
Mohun Bagan team and Ashar Alo girls took the champion’s trophy home while all the participants were awarded with gold and silver medals.

School Immersion Programme

School Immersion Programme

Hope Kolkata Foundation organized a school immersion programme with Calcutta International School in March 2016. The children welcomed the foreign students with an enlightening address on the women power in India – as we were celebrating International Women’s Day on the same day!
Children were paired with the Indian students to help each other know more about their culture. The Buddy session was followed up with a series of activities on maths, art, music and sociology. While the students chose their respective areas of interests, the teachers accompanied them to make the session more participative. The activity ended with a friendly football match between the school students and the Irish team.
Every beginning has an ending – which was not just in Indian style, but had some international flavors too. We saw the Indian students performing garba and bidding thank you to the Irish guests, the latter too expressed gratitude by singing a beautiful song for them!


International Street Children's Day 2016

International Street Children's Day 2016

Maureen Forrest, Founder Director of The Hope Foundation, started the International Day for Street Children by visiting one of our Nabadisha projects in Gariahat. She spent the morning listening to children about their means of livelihood, their aims in life, as well as meeting their families who live under the Gariahat bridge.
Afterwards, Maureen visited G.D.Park, near Kalighat. She had conversations with the street families, which was followed up by an over of cricket with the local boys, causing much entertainment and rekindling the feeling of joy and happiness in their lives.
The latter half of the day saw Hope carry out two campaigns on the streets of Kolkata – one at Park Street and other at New Market. Volunteers and office staff carried out this awareness campaign, educating the publicabout the plight of the street children and the projects we run for them in the city. Along with this, we also supported the Consortium for Street Children throughout the day. We added over 100 petitions towards the campaign to help International Day for Street Children be officially recognized by the UN.
We tried to have an insight on 'a day in a street child’s life' – where we spoke to them about the challenges they face in their daily life.