About Us

Human Organisation for Pioneering in Education (H.O.P.E.) is a non-governmental organization (NGO), registered No. MAH- 724 / Public Trust Registered No. F-1990 (Pune). It was founded in 1974 by Sr. Noelline Pinto of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Cross of Chavanod in Vadgaon Sheri, Pune, where it is still located today. From the very beginning until today H.O.P.E.'s main focus is the empowerment of women.

The Scope of H.o.p.e.

Our main goal is to work for social transformation through education of Indian women. Built on the premises that the poor remain poor because of the darkness of ignorance and fatalism, which make them the victims of an oppressive and exploitative society – the thrust of H.O.P.E. is education, albeit the non formal one. The long term goal was social transformation, making every endeavor to create a just and humane society. The family is the building block of society and in the family the woman plays a vital and pivotal role; hence the focus in this work is the woman.

“To educate a woman is to educate a family and to educate a family is to educate a community and a community is the foundation stone of a society.” Sr. Noelline Pinto.

Staff consists of Sr. Noelline (Managing Trustee), Sr. Flory (Directress), Sr. Mangal, 20 social workers as well as numerous volunteers and helpers. H.O.P.E. is funded by donations and in-kind contributions.