The Hope Home Calcutta is a non-profit, non-governmental organization (N.G.O.) based in Calcutta, India (with tax-exemption status in India under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961) that desires to demonstrate God’s love by alleviating suffering and need particularly of children, here in Calcutta and throughout other urban centres of our country, India.
Calcutta (now known as Kolkata), is a city of over 16 million people, with more than 40% living in the slums. There are thousands of children who live on the streets of this 300 year old city in utter poverty and helplessness. Many of these children come to the city with their parents looking for non-existent opportunities of livelihood; many other are abandoned by their parents who cannot afford to feed or raise them.
Thousands of them are children of women who have been trafficked and sold into brothels, both in Calcutta and elsewhere, compelled to work as commercial sex workers; their children grow up in its filth, dirt and disgust and are often incorporated into the ‘system’ by the time they are seven or eight. There are still others who are kidnapped or lured from rural areas by well-organised mafia gangs who force them to beg on the streets or train them to commit petty crimes.
Most of these children are emotionally, sexually and physically abused and tortured by their mafia bosses; some are even maimed to gain maximum ‘sympathy’ from unsuspecting visitors. Thousands and thousands of these children live on the streets in this city. Hope Home Calcutta is an initiative to address this pressing need and reality of our city. We realized that these children, out of compulsion, were enduring for a lifetime what most of us would not bear for a day, being deprived of the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, protection, education, love and security.
Hope Home Calcutta seeks to demonstrate God’s love by alleviating human suffering primarily in this city and other urban centres of our country, bringing hope for a bright future to these children by providing them a safe home of refuge where they will receive physical, emotional and spiritual strengthening in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.
Hope Home Calcutta seeks to attain its objectives through a sustained effort in equipping, educating and empowering individuals that would eventually enable them to break free from the shackles and vicious cycle of exploitation, abuse, depravation and dependency.