Students from Castlecomer Community School last month presented a cheque for E1,120 to the Hope foundation.
The Hope Foundation is a registered charity working with street and slum children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India. They work to free children and poor families from lives of pain, abuse, poverty and darkness.
Living on the streets, children are exposed to horrendous physical and sexual abuse. Those who survive are left to fend for themselves, with no promise of a safe future.
They are forced to work from as young as five years of age to earn money for food and so cannot go to school. Hope works to free them from child labour. At the moment there are around 250,000 children living on the streets or in slums in India.
Set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girls’ home, the Hope Foundation is a registered Irish charity with offices in India, the UK, Germany and the USA. To date, through education alone, Hope has reached out to almost 25,000 children.
All of this would not be possible without the generosity from the public and donors who year after year continue to give so that these children can have a better future. For as little as €5 you can change a child’s life by buying a gift of hope this Christmas. There are many gifts available ranging from school shoes, uniforms, winter cardigans, hospital care packs and various animals which support a rural family. These gifts make a huge difference and can be purchased at www.giftsofhope.ie.