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The Hope Foundation Launch Yoga For Hope 2017



A 5-day Yoga retreat in the Himalayas, Pranic Healing, a 2-day workshop with a Yoga Master, meditation withYoga in the Himalayas and Kolkata, sightseeing including SaintTeresa’s and visits to HOPE’s projects to practice yoga with the children in their care. Sound intriguing to you? Then come join us on our recently launched ‘Yoga For HOPE’ programme in aid of The Hope Foundation (HOPE). This spiritual journey will take place from 22nd October to 4th November 2017.


Unlike other experiences,a unique aspect of this itinerary is that you will also get to visit some of HOPE‘s Projects with the street and slum children in Kolkata and see your fundraising in action.An opportunity to meet the children who have been given so little yet have so much joy to share.


Yoga For HOPE was born in 2009 when Mella Murphy, a Yoga teacher with over 40 year’s experience,set out to raise funds for HOPE, an Irish charity working with street and slum children in Kolkata, India. It was Mella’s way of saying thank you, having met her husband, Donal, on HOPE’s Himalayan Walk in 2006. Last year they celebrated the 10 year anniversary of their meeting with a blessing in the foothills of the Himalayas and as it was such a success a 5 night Himalayan retreat is being incorporated into the itinerary once again this year.


‘Yoga for HOPE’ is guided by group leaders Suzi von Mensenkampff and Gillian Houlihan who say ‘Yoga For HOPE is a unique opportunity to share your love of Yoga and connect with like-minded people. Our vision is to accompany you on an authentic life changing journey to meet the wonderful light filled street and slum children of Kolkata whilst funding and supporting the incredible ongoing work of The Hope Foundation.’


Yoga for HOPE is a Yoga experience unlike any other. It is a programme designed for Yoga enthusiasts and teachers to engage in a spiritual journey of healing and, to share their knowledge and pass on the gift to the children in The Hope Foundation’s protection homes.


To take part in Yoga For HOPE or for more information, please visit the events page, email: susan@hopefoundation.ieor call Susan on 021 4292990.





Over 250,000 children go to sleep each night on the street and in the slums of Kolkata (Calcutta), hungry and without proper shelter or protection.  Over the last 18 years, The Hope Foundation has continuously worked to raise funds to support over 60 on the ground projects, helping to lift Kolkata’s most vulnerable children out of poverty, cruelty and destitution. HOPE engages with these children, and their communities, via child protection programmes, education, nutrition, drugs rehabilitation and training centres. HOPE is proud to say, we now employ over 500 skilled local people in West Bengal.

The Hope Foundation is 501(c) Compliant, a registered Irish charity (CHY 13237) and is governed by the Dóchas Code of Corporate Governance. The HOPE Honorary Director, Maureen Forrest, does not take a salary.

Media Contact:

Charlotte Nagle, PR and Communications

E: || T: 087 3666937


Programme Organiser:

Susan Forrest, Marketing & Events Manager

E: || T: 021 4292990



Twitter: @HopeFoundation