Who We Are


HOPE FOR THE HOPELESS is a Chennai (South India) based non-profit organisation working with dedication for the upliftment of the underprivileged in our society.

It was the initiative of a retired couple, Mr. Milton Peters and Mrs. Patti Peters, who started off by helping a few homeless people with monthly provisions and giving them the comforts of cots, mattresses, pillows etc. As Founder Members, they then started talking to friends for donations in either cash or kind and found the response overwhelming. The number of families being looked after, slowly started increasing and it was decided that something concrete had to be done by looking out for younger and enthusiastic persons who could take the project forward. Mr. A Sagayaraj, who was already involved in charity work started supporting these efforts and it was decided to get the project registered and in 2009 Hope for the Hopeless Trust was born.Mrs. Malini Sagayaraj also joined as Member Trustee subsequently and both of them helped a great deal in getting over all the initial teething problems. However, their decision to relocate overseas cropped up and they had to resign from the Trust. Mrs. Mallika Michael and Mrs. Asha Jose, two very dynamic and dedicated ladies came on board and their background of helping people in need proved to be assets to the Trust.

Many families in the slums are pushed into unfortunate circumstances where the mother is left to take care of the children by working as a housemaid or a daily wage labourer. The burden to fend for the family falls on her, since there is minimal or no support from the father. HFTH seeks out such families and provides them necessary assistance as far as possible. While HFTH assists some families with basic provisions and medical assistance, we try our best to educate at least one child in a family.

Educating underprivileged children is our priority and we are now able to help and sponsor over a hundred kids - some have graduated and are employed in a managerial cadre. Quite a few are in college at present. In addition, we sponsor the boarding fees for kids in rural parts of Tamilnadu. We provide medical assistance to the extent possible and have identified a Dentist and an Ophthalmologist who do free service.

Festival get-togethers are held and gifts are given annually to all our sponsored families.

Our motto is "to serve with love" and we honestly believe that the more you give the more you receive.

How about joining us to bring a smile to the faces of our underprivileged brothers and sisters?

Start with making a small donation - help us reach out to more people. Please note that all donations are eligible u/s 80G of the I.T. Act 1961.