“We have been through difficult days at HOPE over the years, today is the absolute worst of them. Today, in complete shock and devastation we announce the untimely and sudden death of our beloved Geeta Venkadakrishnan. There will never be anyone like Geeta, this loss is almost impossible for us to put into words. She…
Reza Beyad, HOPE Ambassador and philanthropist, will engage in conversation with award winning TV and BBC Radio broadcaster and HOPE Ambassador, Andrea Catherwood; current Miss England and frontline NHS doctor, Kolkata born Bhasha Mukherjee; Shashi Tharoor, acclaimed author and member of the Indian Parliament, and from the frontline of HOPE’s Covid-19 response in India, Geeta Venkadakrishnan, HOPE Kolkata Director.
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us and creating our very own sangha to support ‘KEEP HOPE ALIVE’ via Zoom on Saturday 9th May. Our theme of ‘Connection’ reflected beautifully the sentiment of the day and linked our practice with our hearts and minds and all those in…
Since operations began around 6 weeks ago our Emergency Response Teams in Kolkata and surrounding rural areas have distributed food packs and daily provisions to over 12,000 families, which equates to approximately 60,000 individuals.
Due to all your generous donations more than 8,500 families have received supplies and managed to stay in quarantine to stop the spread of the virus. That is approximately 40,000 people who would otherwise have nothing to eat.
Geeta Venkadakrishnan, Director of HOPE Kolkata Foundation, our implementing partner in Kolkata, has sent us this heartbreaking and heartfelt observation from the frontline in Kolkata.
Our amazing team at HOPE Hospital continue their emergency response work on the ground in Kolkata. We urgently need to distribute food packs to families who now have no income due to the lockdown and we also need to provide them with basic protective supplies and equipment so that we can fight this terrible virus and slow the spread.
This week the city of Kolkata has been placed in lockdown for 21 days. Because of this, all our projects in the slums and working with street communities have been temporarily placed on hold because of the governments directive. The HOPE hospital and our protection homes are fully operating at present and will continue to do so.
We know that these are very difficult and uncertain times, at home in the UK and for our friends, colleagues and beneficiaries in India. We need to remember that we’re all in this together and by playing our individual parts we’ll come out the other side sooner rather than later and we can all be…
On behalf of HOPE UK, we wish to inform you that our colleague Chloe Seymour is leaving her role as our fundraising officer on 28 February 2020.