The Hope Foundation

250,000 children live on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata, India. These children, some of the most vulnerable in the world, are denied the joys and freedoms of childhood and instead are forced to fight for survival in an uncaring, dangerous world.
The Hope Foundation works with these children to offer them the education, protection, nutrition and stability they lack in their day-to-day lives. In our projects across Kolkata and West Bengal, we have helped thousands of children get back into school, avoid malnutrition and given them a chance to build their own brighter futures.

Over the past 15 years HOPE has grown from having a single children’s home to having 64 projects across West Bengal, including anti-trafficking projects, education centres, children’s homes, a hospital and other protection projects. We aim to give children a holistic education that focuses on their mind, body and spirit.

HOPE Patron Simon Low says that, “Yoga is India’s greatest gift to the world”, and we are thrilled that he and so many others in the yoga community have joined with us to return the gift of HOPE to the poor and marginalised in Kolkata.

Over the past year, we have been grateful for the support of Liz Lark, Jean Hall, Gary Carter and Gill Lloyd, and the many yoga teachers who took part in the Yoga Garden Party – organised by Simon Low, Vikki Stevenson and Ruth McNeil. We were able to raise more than £8,000 to support our efforts to educate minority children, and to provide medical support and education for children suffering from HIV/AIDS.

HOPE’s efforts to support the forgotten children of Kolkata go on. If you are a yoga instructor who may be interested in holding an event for HOPE or would consider sponsoring a child, please contact us at [email protected] 

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