Project information

Into Work

Future Hope plans to provide careers advice, training and mentoring for vulnerable young people originally orphaned or abandoned from the streets and slums of Kolkata in India.

September 2012 - September 2013

Charity information: Future Hope (U.K.)

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  • Need


    Street and slum children in India do not generally have the support from families to enable them to continue education or training once they have completed school.


    This project aims to bridge that gap between school and the workplace, by supporting these youngsters from very poor and vulnerable backgrounds whilst they continue their training and education or seek employment. Into Work provides support in the form of advice from mentors, skills training, financial support and accommodation where necessary.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To help young adults who have come from the streets and slums of Kolkata to full independence


    » Mentoring - Involving local business people, friends of Future Hope and other adults to provide guidance and a listening ear and to monitor progress
    » Keeping a handbook - participant will keep a record of meetings, courses attended, qualifications
    » Provide careers advice and training - to give the youngsters the tools to find a good job
    » Provide financial assistance - to enable the participants to pursue further education where possible

    What success will look like

    Success will be to be able to report that each young person has secured a job and is fully independent of Future Hope.

  • Impact


    For each street or slum child who becomes fully independent and fruitfully employed, he or she will be able to support not only themselves but their wider families. In turn communities benefit and there is no doubt that the advantages of a good education will be passed from parent to child for generations.

    The long term benefits will be measurable by keeping in contact with all our alumni - which we do.


    Participants could become aid dependent; some may take longer than others to achieve independence; some may never really become fully independent because of learning difficulties or health problems.
    IntoWork requires a contractual agreement between the youngster and Future Hope; an agreed time limit for each participant ; mentors provide monitoring and motivation; none with severe problems will be abandoned; each will be encouraged to take up part time paid work whilst on the scheme


    Quarterly progress reports will be required from participants and this information, along with financials will be circulated regularly to major donors.

    Future Hope publishes a website, bimonthly email newsletters, an annual report and an annual print newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £80,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £20,000 Salary A careers adviser
      £6,000 Home set up One off allowance for each participant, to cover costs of cooking pots, gas ring, bed, chair, bike
      £4,000 admin costs Printing, IT, office space etc
      £50,000 education/training University/college tuition fees, training costs
  • Background


    There are estimated to be between 75,000 and 100,000 children living on the streets of Kolkata. The children are vulnerable to disease, sexual abuse, violence and drugs. Whilst India's economy booms, access to good jobs and a secure future is open only to those with an education. Future Hope takes these children off the streets and provides them with the opportunity to take advantage of India's growth.


    The children themselves turn their lives around, obtain good jobs, graduate from University, marry and give their own children a good education. Many are reunited with family members, are able to support destitute parents, encourage mothers and sisters away from prostitution. A number of our youngsters have returned to their villages and enabled the whole community to thrive. Future Hope's alumni remain part of the family, return regularly and inspire the younger children.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Future Hope has been taking children off the streets of Kolkata for 25 years. Our alumni have graduated from universities, work in international banks and hotels. They become teachers, sports coaches, business men and women. Our success means that growing numbers of youngsters emerge from Future Hope School in need of support into the workplace. This project formalises what we have been doing well informally for years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tim Grandage

    Tim is the founder of Future Hope. He will oversee the appointment of the right person as careers adviser and the engagement of mentors.

Up to 100,000 children live on Kolkata's streets

Up to 100,000 children live on Kolkata's streets


Helps a young adult set up home