WiTR backs The Hope Foundation’s charitable endeavours in 2022

By Luke Barras-hill |

The replacement bus will enable the women in the Hope Foundation’s mother and childcare unit to travel to vocational training centres, take children to school, sports clubs and parks for training, competitions and extra-curricular activities.

Women in Travel Retail (WiTR) will support the The Hope Foundation, suggested by Aisling Walsh of Butlers Chocolates, in 2022.

The Hope Foundation promotes the protection of children living on the streets and in the slums of Kolkata, India, together with their families and communities.

It works to stop the abuse and exploitation of children, rescuing them from poverty and providing life-saving healthcare.

WiTR will raise funds to buy a bus to safely transport women and children to and from Hope’s five homes in the city, which house 100 children, and a mother and childcare unit.

Costing around €15,000/$16,350, the bus will replace the currently used vehicle that is 15 years old and needs to be replaced to comply with government guidelines.

It will enable the women in The Hope Foundation’s mother and childcare unit to travel to vocational training centres, take children to school, sport clubs and parks for training, competitions and extra-curricular activities.

WiTR chair Sarah Branquinho said: “As always, we received very worthwhile nominations this year and only wish that we could support them all. The Hope Foundation in particular resonated with members and met our ambition to support disadvantaged women and/or children, with funds required for a specific purpose.

“The impact of Covid-19 has seriously affected our ability to raise funds over the past two years and we are still unsure as to how best we can meet the goal – but rest assured, we will do everything we can to find that €15,000 for The Hope Foundation bus.”

Butlers Chocolates has a long-standing association with the Hope Foundation, which is based in Cork.

Speaking about the WiTR nomination this year, Mairead Sorensen, Chair of Butlers, said: “We are so thrilled to hear that The Hope Foundation is to receive funding from WiTR for our project this year. We and The Hope Foundation are utterly grateful and thankful to the members of WiTR for supporting this incredibly worthwhile project. It will improve and enhance the lives of women and children in this challenged area of the world.”

Where possible, the foundation will reunite children with their families, but where conditions aren’t suitable or homes do not exist, vulnerable children are placed in Hope Protection homes under the auspices of Kolkata’s Child Welfare Committee.

At the homes, children benefit from a safe and caring environment with support mechanisms such as education, nutrition, healthcare, sports and recreation.

Any companies or individuals wishing to donate to the foundation should contact WiTR: [email protected] or [email protected]

 

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