Kolkata is currently enjoying a period of major development with greater prosperity, a growing middle class and new opportunities opening up for many but not, sadly, for the destitute. Urban sprawl has led to an increase in the number of slums and forced mass evictions that have driven a growing number of people to live on the streets. Accurate census information is difficult to obtain but in 1992 the Indian Ministry of Social Welfare put the number of homeless children in Kolkata at between 75,000 and 200,000. The consensus is that the numbers have increased dramatically since then.
The need for Future Hope remains as great now as it was when it first started in 1987. By providing a stable home environment and good education to some of the city’s street and slum kids, Future Hope is putting these opportunities within the children’s grasp.