You’re invited to get your walking shoes on this October and join The Hope Foundation on the trip of a lifetime. The HOPE Himalayan Walk will see participants enjoy a breathtaking trek through the Himalayan foothills of northern India, and visit HOPE’s projects which are giving street and slum children in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) a brighter future.
There is no better way of exploring the natural wonders of the Himalayas than on foot and this two week trip (October 22nd – November 6th) offers you that opportunity. Walkers will explore forests, spice plantations, local villages and farmland in the northern state of Sikkim and in the environs of Kalimpong, West Bengal.
A unique aspect of this trip is the volunteer visits to HOPE’s projects in Kolkata. These project visits will take place before and after the trek, and offer you the chance to see first-hand just where your fundraising money is being put to use. You will get to spend some time with the children who live in the HOPE protection homes and meet those who attend projects like schools, medical facilities and craft cooperatives run by HOPE. This is a fantastic opportunity to see fundraising in action and volunteer a little time to help. HOPE promises that you will never forget your time with the children of Kolkata, who have been given so little, but have so much joy to share.
Each walker is asked to fundraise/submit €5,000 between now and mid-October to take part in the HOPE Himalayan Walk, and funds will go directly to HOPE’s projects. Set up in 1999 to raise funds for one girls’ home, HOPE now works with 15 Indian NGO partners to help thousands of children from the streets and slums, improve their quality of life, and give them a better future. Currently funding over 60 projects, HOPE reaches out to the most forgotten; offering protection, healthcare, nutrition, education, rehabilitation and a family for life; and to date has reached out to almost 25,000 children through education alone and hundreds of thousands more through primary healthcare, in partnership with Irish Aid.
This is the charity trip of a lifetime in parts of India not normally visited by Western tourists and your participation will be directly contributing to making a real difference to children’s lives, so get your walking shoes on for HOPE and sign up today.
For further information or to request a Walk Pack and Application Form call Fiona on (021) 4292990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on The Hope Foundation visit www.hopefoundation.ie.