Hope Initiative was started in 2004 when Dr Gourdas Choudhuri witnessed firsthand the need to serve school children. The original idea of Hope Initiative was to educate students about the healthy practices that one should follow. Dr. Choudhuri, former Professor and Head Department of Gastroenterology SGPGI, felt that if an awareness could be created about basic health practices among the school children, not only would it affect them by making a dent in the basic practices followed in their formative years but also help spread the message in the community at large.
So applying this philosophy of School to Community, Dr Choudhuri began working in Uttar Pradesh from November 2004. He was joined by few likeminded citizens, Justice DK Trivedi, Dr UC Ghoshal, Mr Kiron Chopra, Mr Elton D’Souza, Mrs Manju Tayal, Mrs Sandhya Singh and Mrs Surabhi Kapoor who were equally committed to carrying out various health education programmes in schools and colleges in the city, cutting across the social strata.