In this podcast we hear about a project connecting children from schools in Ireland with children in India.


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Maureen Forest, who runs runs the Hope Foundation which helps street children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), speaks to Miriam Gormally.


HOPE & Irish Schools

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One of HOPEs most valued ways of raising awareness of the terrible plight of the street children is through our involvement with Irish schools and every year Irish students involved with HOPE derive great benefits from the worthwhile experience of children helping children.

We believe that all children and young people everywhere deserve a chance. Education is one of the tools that can give them a chance to escape poverty, to enjoy better health and a longer life, to have a decent standard of living, to live free from exploitation and a chance to have fun. HOPE, working with Indian NGO partners, now funds over 55 projects working for street children and their community in the areas of education, healthcare, shelter, nutrition and counselling.

HOPE & The CSPE Programme in Irish Schools

The Civic, Social & Political Education course in second-level schools is divided into 4 units of study.

Under Unit 4: Ireland & the World: World Development Issues, students can take a closer look at the development work carried out by an Irish charity organisations such as the The Hope Foundation.

School Visits

Would your school like to help or find out more?

A representative of Hope is available to come and visit your school. They can give a talk to pupils, show a short film and answer your questions about the work of HOPE.

To set up a visit call (021) 4292990 or email: