HoPE (Heaven on Planet Earth) is possible.

At Tripura Foundation, we are committed to inspiring and building HoPE for as many lives as we are able to reach, with each generous donation we receive.

This blog was created as a means to give you — our friends, supporters and donors — a more interactive look and feel into our HoPE projects and programs.  A window into how your heartfelt donations are being best used.  We invite you to get to know us and the people we serve on a closer and more personal level.

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What is the Number One Cause of Death in the World?

Hunger remains the Number One cause of death in the world. Currently, there are 820 million chronically hungry people in the world.

One third of the world’s hungry live in India. Ten million people die every year of chronic hunger and hunger-related diseases. Over 7,000 Indians die of hunger every day.

At Tripura Foundation, we annually serve almost a million mini-meals to poor children at our HoPE Learning Centers. Many of these children subsist on watery rice, so the mini-meals are more in quantity and nutrition than their food during the remainder of their days.

In addition, we serve over 75,000 meals each year to destitute elderly people who have been abandoned by loved ones and cannot afford to feed themselves on meager monthly pensions.

Join us to save the lives of vulnerable, hungry children and elderly people RIGHT NOW! It doesn’t take much time or cost much money to save lives. In fact, every dollar you donate places healthy food into the hands and mouths of hungry children and elderly people.

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What is the Greatest Single Thing Each Of Us Can Do?

Tripura Foundation began with the mission of feeding the poor. Our founder, Dr. Baskaran Pillai believes that the greatest thing each of us can do is to serve a meal to someone who is hungry.

He founded Tripura Foundation U.S.A. in 1989. In 1999, dedicated volunteers prepared and delivered hot meals to dwellers in low-income neighborhoods of Chennai, India. Since then, we have been feeding the underprivileged and destitute all over India.

Currently, we annually serve almost a million mini-meals to poor children at our HoPE Learning Centers. Many of these children subsist on watery rice, so the mini-meals are more in quantity and nutrition than their food during the remainder of their days.

In addition, we serve over 75,000 meals each year to destitute elderly people who have been abandoned by loved ones and cannot afford to feed themselves on meager monthly pensions.

Feeding hungry people seems quite basic. It is, and it is also extremely essential, especially because as regions of the western United States recover from years of drought due to the generosity of recent storm clouds, people in India pray for rain, since they are now facing water scarcity, damaged crops, food scarcity and widespread hunger.

Yet, even in times of drought and hunger, solutions are at hand to keep the poorest people fed and alive. YOU are the solution. Every dollar you donate sets healthy food into the hands and mouths of hungry children and elderly people.

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World Water Day

World Water Day is observed each year on March 22 to promote the responsible use of water and access to safe water for everyone.

Water is necessary to sustain all forms of life.

Sadly, one in ten people around the world still do not have a safe water supply close to home.

At HoPE Learning Centers, children were taken to nearby springs. Teachers explained the different sources of water and the water cycle. Children discussed different ways of conserving water and how they can contribute toward it.

It doesn’t cost much to bring HoPE and knowledge to children. It costs only $300 a month to sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center. If that is not within your budget right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship for one child, including tutoring, lessons, materials, daily mini meals, and national holiday activities.

 

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Vaibhavi Encourages Greatness

Courage is at the center of the word “encouragement.” A courageous person does not lack fear, but s/he moves ahead despite its existence.

Within our HoPE Learning Centers, educators often create theme months that challenge the children to dig deep inside of themselves to become better citizens. It is our hope that they will develop thoughtfulness, contemplation, compassion, and courage to deal with challenges that arise in everyday life.

One of our reoccurring themes is the upliftment of  women and girls. In past months, children of both genders participated in school activities centered on gender equality. Many took this beyond our classrooms to help their friends and families raise voices against injustice toward females of all ages.

Vaibhavi, a 7th grader, especially took this theme to heart. She spoke about it to people throughout her small village. She challenged her strict, traditional family by insisting that her talented aunt compete at a singing competition despite past gender-based restrictions. She kept pushing until her aunt competed and won a prize. This was the first time that a female participated in this type of competition.

Against all odds, threats, and consequences, Vaibhavi exemplified courage by encouraging her aunt and others.

It doesn’t take much to encourage a special child, like Vaibhavi. Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, theme activities and daily mini meals. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center filled with 40 children.

 

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Children Display Preparedness on World Health Day

World Health Day is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the founding of The World Health Organization (WHO).  The World Health Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations that focuses on international public health.

It was established on April 7, 1948, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.

At HoPE Learning Centers, children explain the necessity of keeping everyone in good health through speech and essay writing competitions. They practice first aid techniques and attend lectures by local health care workers.

They also receive healthy, nutritious mini meals, like they do on all other HoPE Center days throughout the year!

It doesn’t cost much to bring HoPE and Health to children. It costs only $300 a month to sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center. If that is not within your budget right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship for one child, including tutoring, lessons, materials, daily mini meals, and national holiday activities.

 

 

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Iswarya Saves for a Brighter Future

Last year, HoPE Learning Center children shared stories about Hundial savings (money saved for the future in small clay banks, much like western piggy banks).

Eighth grader Iswarya set the bar high when she shared her story.  She saved Rs.1500 in one year.  This is a respectable sum, more than what many adult day laborers earn in an entire month.   So, her parents opened a proper bank account in her name.  This transformed her life because she then had power to make decisions about her future.

She still saves most of her money, but she also buys stationery, books, and her school uniforms.

She also loaned her mother Rs.700 when she was unable to pay for a self-employment group loan program from the Village Panchayat. This inspired many of our HoPE students at Marani to start their own savings accounts.

It doesn’t take much to increase the odds of future success for a special child, like Iswarya. Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials and daily mini meals. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center filled with 40 children.

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World Forestry Day

We usually think of a forest as a group of trees, but it is a complex, living community. Beneath the forest canopy dwell interdependent populations of plants and animals, while the soil that forms the forest floor contains a large variety of invertebrates, bacteria, and fungi, all of which play an essential role in cycling nutrients in the soil and the forest.

On March 21, which is World Forestry Day, teachers taught all of these facts to children at our HoPE Learning Centers, and the children were encouraged to plant trees and make posters on recycled materials, including precious Moringa trees, around their villages.

They were also taught to make plant graftings. Each child made one grafting. They were then asked to take care of each plant. The teachers explained to the children about the importance of trees and the effects of deforestation. They enjoyed this session and plan to repeat it each year.

It doesn’t take much to bring HoPE and education to future generations. Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, daily mini meals and world knowledge during special holidays, like World Forestry Day. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center filled with 40 children (and plant 40 trees as well)!

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Heartfelt Feedings to Those in the Most Need

As regions of the western United States recover from years of drought due to the generosity of recent storm clouds, people in India pray for rain, since they are now facing water scarcity. Children at our HoPE Learning Centers are doubling their prayers because the recent drought has also led to damaged crops, food scarcity, and widespread hunger.

Mr. Akash Mahabir, sponsor of the Thippanur HoPE Learning Center, stepped up above and beyond his commitment to sponsor his children’s learning and daily mini meals for an entire year, by treating the eager children to an impromptu feast of delicious vegetable biryani with kurma and jalebi, a national sweet of India made of fragmented wheat flour dipped in melted sugar.

We at Tripura Foundation welcome our HoPE Center sponsors to pay, within their means, for special treats for their children, to write to their children, and/or to schedule a visit with their children at the centers that they sponsor if they are able.

Even in times of drought and hunger, it doesn’t cost much to bring HoPE to children in need. It costs only $300 a month to sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center. If that is not within your budget right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship for one child, including tutoring, lessons, materials, daily mini meals, and national holiday activities.

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National Science Day

National Science Day is celebrated in India on February 28th each year to mark the discovery of the Raman effect by Indian physicist Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman on February 28, 1930. It is one of the main science festivals during which students of schools and colleges demonstrate various science projects and national and state science institutions demonstrate their latest research. The celebrations also include public speeches, radio-TV talk shows, science movies, science exhibitions, live projects, debates, quiz competitions, lectures, model exhibitions, and many more activities.

In addition to traditional academic tutoring, Phonemic Intelligence training, and daily mini meals, Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Centers participate in national holidays like National Science Day, to encourage children to stretch their minds as well as their imaginations.

HoPE Center children worked on science topics, posters, models, and experiments. Some organized full exhibitions with the help of their teachers. Through these activities, children gained knowledge of scientific  facts and greater awareness of the cycles and mysteries of life.

We hope that you will enjoy these photos from National Science Days during the past three years.

It doesn’t take much to open the minds of children to the many scientific wonders of the Universe. Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, daily mini meals, and national holiday activities. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center!

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Future Policeman, Engineer, or Artist?

N. Venkatesh is in 7th grade. He would like to become a policeman one day, but, unknown to him, he would also make an exceptional engineer or artist!

Right now, he has two sisters. His father and mother work as day laborers. They are both illiterate and earn low wages. To make matters more challenging, his father would spend all his money on drinking.

Fortunately, after Venkatesh joined our HoPE Learning Center, his teachers counseled his father and convinced him to seek help to stop drinking. We are hoping this change will be permanent.

Presently, Venkatesh is at the top of his class. He always scores ‘A’ grades in every subject.  He also thrives in sports and games at the HoPE Center, at school, and recreationally with friends. He is interested in law enforcement because he is physically active and he would like to solve the problems of traffic congestion. Between academic and social activities, he makes a lot of handy household items from the waste materials that he grabs from a local dump.

It doesn’t take much to increase the odds of future success for a special child, like Venkatesh. Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, and daily mini meals. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center filled with 40 children with fabulous futures!

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