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The Hope Project was founded in 1980 by the Sufi teacher, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. Moved by the extreme poverty of the people living near the mausoleum of his father Hazrat Inayat Khan, he envisioned a program, which would enable the poor to help themselves.
Located in Basti Hazrat Nizamuddin, the Hope Project currently runs a community health centre, a creche, a non-formal school, vocational training courses, a thrift and credit program, and a women’s micro-enterprise unit.
The project has 70 staff members, many of whom come from the community. It is financed largely by private donations from the international Sufi community and other donor agencies.
Guided by the spiritual ideals of Hzt. Inayat Khan, the Hope Project is driven by the spirit of service to humanity and respect for all religions. It strives to provide people, especially the poor and vulnerable, with opportunities and resources, so that they can realize their hidden potential and determine their own future.
To this end, it focuses on the following areas:
● Livelihoods & Income Generation.
The Hope Project emerged from the vision of Pir Vilayat to translate Sufi values, guided by the spiritual ideals of Hazrat Inayat Khan, into practice.
To realize and spread the knowledge of unity, the religion of love and wisdom, so that the bias of faiths and beliefs may fall away, the human heart may overflow with love, and all hatred caused by distinction and differences may be rooted out.
To discover the light and power latent in all human beings, the secret of all religion, the power of mysticism, and the essence of philosophy without interfering with customs or belief.
To help to bring the world's two opposite poles, East and West, closer together by the interchange of thought and ideals, that the Universal Family may form of itself, and people may meet beyond narrow national and racial boundaries.