In 2016 we teamed up with charity partner, The Hope Foundation, to sponsor hospitality traineeships for young people from the streets and slums of Kolkata in India.
Hope's Skills for Life programme offers young people a 12-month traineeship through the HOPE Cafe in Kolkata, giving them the opportunity to learn invaluable skills in food and beverage, cooking, front of house, restaurant management and marketing to establish a career in hospitality.
To date we have funded hospitality traineeships for four young people, three of which gained their certificate and moved on to work within city hotels and restaurants.
The harsh reality of life is that not all programmes work for all and one young person dropped out due to personal issues, however he continued to be supported through difficult times by HOPE.
The Hope Foundation works inside the slums and on the streets bringing life-changing services and support to the poorest children. The charity runs 60 on the ground projects in Kolkata, 12 of which are protection homes, working with children and their wider communities to effect positive and sustainable change. It is Hope's goal to break the cycle of poverty through the provision of healthcare, crèches, counselling, life skills, training, drugs rehabilitation and education.