Karmaveer Puraskaar Global Award
HOPE Kolkata director wins 'Karmaveer Puraskaar Global Award'

The Hope Foundation is delighted to announce Geeta Venkadakrishnan, Director of HOPE Kolkata, has received the prestigious Karmaveer Puraskaar Global Award for her commitment to supporting the developing street communities of India over the past number of decades. The Karmaveer Puraskaar Global Awards, instituted by iCONGO Confederation of NGOs, seek to celebrate and inspire individual citizen social responsibility, justice and action initiatives.

Speaking about the esteemed recognition bestowed upon her, Ms. Venkadakrishnan said she had a lot to be thankful for.

“I would like to thank my family, my mentor Maureen Forrest (who I was lucky to meet when I was just 24 years old!), Father Godfrey Fernandes who introduced me to Mother Teresa when I was just 15 years old and to Asia’s biggest Leprosy Centre for allowing me to volunteer and reach so far in my life.”

Gift of Shoes
Give the Gift of Shoes: a Child needs them!

How many children in this world grow up barefoot: at high risk of infections and diseases?

Most of us have shoes to suit every occasion, weather and season. But shoes are far more important than their fashion credentials. Imagine having no shoes, not even one pair? What difference can they make?

As many as 150,000 children die each year in the developing world from intestinal diseases. A child walking barefoot or going to the toilet in open areas can pick up hookworm, because the ground is laden with its larvae. This gets into the young skin on the child’s legs and feet. It travels in the blood to the heart and lungs and causes anaemia, abdominal pain, diarrhoea and weight loss. It also holds back growth. The incidence of hookworm can be reduced by wearing shoes.

And that’s not all. There’s also Tetanus. Walking barefoot can cause cuts, which if not treated can be fatal. Bacteria and viruses multiply especially in stagnant water where barefoot children jump and play and wash, not knowing of the great risk of infection. Wearing shoes saves a child from Tetanus.

How would shoes make a difference in Kolkata?

International Rose of Tralee, Nicola McEvoy, has come back from her first visit to Kolkata and says: "visiting the slums built on and around the city’s dump, Baghar dump, was the most upsetting. There were vultures flying over us and pigs everywhere. The smell was awful and it was so hard to believe that anyone could actually live here. The river was black with pollution and waste and yet the kids were still walking around, with no shoes, risking stepping on medical waste and needles. It was shocking."

Do you want to do something to stop this injustice? Give a HOPE Gift of One Pair of School Shoes. Thank you on behalf of street children in Kolkata.

Inauguration of Bekind Hope Boys Home
Inauguration of Bekind Hope Boys Home - 4th April 2012

Hope Kolkata Foundation has added a new boy's home at Kasba, Rajdanga Main Road, Kolkata. The Home already has 19 children from the most underprivileged socio-economic background. Bekind Boy's Home was inaugurated on April 4, 2012 by Mr Brian Flanagan, Director, Bekind, Ireland. The Home is fully funded and supported by Bekind, Ireland.

In line with Hope's holistic care policy the chidren are provided with nutritious food, education, healthcare; sports and cultural activities are taken care of in addition to love and care which binds them to Hope.

Annual Hope Emerald Ball
HOPE EMERALD BALL - 31st March 2012

Hope Emerald Ball 2012, an annual fund raising event organised by Hope Kolkata Foundation, was held on 31st March 2012 in Hotel Hyatt Regency, Kolkata. The Event was marked by the presence of dignitaries from Ireland and India who have always supported Hope's activities, objectives and goals.

The Programme started with an introductory address by Geeta Venkadakrishnan, Director, Hope Kolkata followed by a Welcome Address by Mrs Maureen Forrest, Founder Director, Hope Foundation. Maureen also gave a video presentation of Hope's activities and future plans.Hope Emerald Ball 2012 was organised in support of Hope Hospital for the poor in Kolkata.

Child artists from Hope Kolkata and artists from Ireland performed at the Event followed by dinner.