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Saturday 20 October 2018

Rose of Tralee finds hope among shocking poverty of India's slums

2017 Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne meets children at a Hope crèche in a slum in Kolkata
2017 Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne meets children at a Hope crèche in a slum in Kolkata
Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne shares a smile with the slum children of Kolkata during her first overseas trip in the role.

There she witnessed the shocking conditions endured by Kolkata's most vulnerable children, those who live in the slums, dumps and streets of India's second most populous city.

She was joined by actress, singer and model Nadia Forde who is an ambassador for Hope.

Forde said: "It was shocking to see the scale of the poverty that these people are living with on a daily basis. It is just really difficult to see innocent children in that kind of environment and coming here has definitely been an eye- opening experience for me. I had seen photos of places like Bhagar dump before but nothing can really compare to seeing it for yourself."

The pair visited many of The Hope Foundation's projects, ranging from hospitals and medical clinics, to life skills training cafés, children's homes and education programmes.

Over the coming weeks Hope will be encouraging people to buy a Gift of Hope, or donate to help continue the work in Kolkata - see www.giftsofhope.ie.

The #WEARELISTENING campaign is also asking people to support the work of Hope this Christmas.

Irish Independent

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