“We travel, not to escape life; but for life not to escape us”. I feel this quote is extremely relevant to my trip to Kolkata. This unforgettable week has made me realise how fortunate we are, and how we should appreciate what we have. We visited numerous homes, crèches and the HOPE Hospital, and were struck by the wonderful affection of the kids towards us. Their beaming smiles and hugs will remain in my heart forever, as well as their appreciation for the little gifts we brought, (not to mention the time we spent with them)! You gave us your time, the most important gift of all. Probably the happiest and sunniest kids I’ll ever meet.
HOPE has been working with secondary schools and thousands of students all across Ireland since 2003 through fundraising and awareness programmes. Many schools have a strong tradition of facilitating charity work and we are fortunate to be invited to speak in schools all around the country about our work in Kolkata.
There are numerous ways a secondary school can become involved with HOPE, including our national fundraising event, our hugely popular Schools Immersion Programme or hosting miscellaneous fundraising events.
To find out how you and your school can get involved, please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org