Hope and Joy Foundation was created in 2001 inspired by the spiritual principles of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and is characterized by its commitment to the disadvantaged people in vulnerable situations. Without distinction of origin, creed, ethnicity, culture, race or gender, we try to transform poverty into self-sufficiency, promoting sustainable development and expanding opportunities for the beneficiaries of our projects.
Maria Moreno, president of Hope and Joy Foundation, volunteered in different organizations working on various projects from a young age. This, and the good fortune to meet Mother Teresa of Calcutta, inspires and encourages Maria to continue a great humanitarian work for years, initiating projects, even before creating the Foundation.
Brother Gaston Dayanand, friend of Mother Teresa, has dedicated his life for more than 50 years helping the disadvantaged people in Calcutta, his work is reflected in the work of Dominique Lapierre, made into a film, “The City of Joy”. It was in 2000 when the Brother Gaston sent a letter to Maria explaining the deadly floods that were taking place in the Ganges Delta and despair finding himself alone collecting the victims of the river, mostly belonging to the caste of Dalits ( or “untouchables”), because nobody wanted to get involved in the recovery of bodies.