Last week we were privileged to have both Chris Stubbs MBE, co-founder of our Sri Lankan partner, MENCAFEP, and Sanjay Gupta, director of our Indian partner, CHETNA, visit the Hope for Children office.

Dr Bob Parsons OBE with Chris Stubbs MBE

HOPE founder, Dr Bob Parsons OBE, (L) with Chris Stubbs MBE (R)

HOPE has worked with MENCAFEP since 2003, and Chris spoke to our team about how his organisation is helping change the perception of children with disabilities in the Batticaloa and Nuwara Eliya districts of the country. In Sri Lanka it is common for disabilities to be viewed as karmic punishment for sins committed in a past life, which means that those affected are not given the emotional and physical support that they require. Our work with MENCAFEP in these two districts ensures that over 5,000 children receive the education and assistance that they need to have a happy childhood.

Sanjay gave us a presentation on CHETNA’s draft 2015-2018 strategy so that we can see how we can continue to work together in the next three years. He also spoke about the impact that we are currently having on the lives of street and working children in New Delhi. Our Realising Rights project helps 8,200 children by offering them outreach support and education sessions across 82 dedicated contact points located in the slums. By supporting and empowering these children we are helping to create a society that ensures that they have their fundamental rights recognised.

Posted on June 22nd, 2015