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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World Food Security Day

Even though we are now in the thick of July, we have stories and photos from October that we just have to share.

In India as well as other nations, October 6th is celebrated as World Food Security Day.

Within HoPE Learning Centers, teachers and children spoke about the importance of food and our need to cultivate land for food to meet the need of growing populations.

Creatively repurposing vacant lots in villages and unused niches in urban areas to grow food was emphasized over deforestation.

Children understood the importance of food. They grew crops and prepared their own meals from the ground up.

They promised that they will never waste food and instead will give away delicious and nutritious leftovers to poor, infirm and elderly people in need.

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

Sponsor a HoPE Center child (for only 30 cents a day) or an entire HoPE Learning Center (for $360 a month). Your modest contribution will uplift their lives and destinies as well as everyone who will benefit from their knowledge and generosity.

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Nivetha

Nivetha is a big-hearted, outgoing girl who has attended HoPE Learning Center classes regularly for over a year. Initially, she was grateful for daily mini meals, but not very interested in traditional academic studies. Yet the longer she attended, the more she began to pay attention, until she became hooked and soon improved her grades tremendously.

Her father is a cattle rearer. In their community, girls are usually not allowed to pursue higher education. Females are expected to take on roles of household work and raising families.

Since Nivetha joined her local HoPE Learning Center and became excited about her studies, she has expressed fervent interest in becoming a teacher and starting her own HoPE Learning Center so she can inspire children like herself to seek higher education.

She continuously asks questions about how she can succeed in making her dream come true and tells her teachers about the challenges she currently faces.

At this time, we are not sure if Nivetha will find ways to achieve her dream or if she will instead play the roles most desired by her parents and community. Either way, she is now a woman on the crossroads between tradition and change, and we support her in every way!

It doesn’t take much to help a special child like Nivetha reach for her dreams. Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials and daily mini meals. That’s only 30 cents a day!  For only $360 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center, including Nivetha’s Center, Vellanaipatti!

 

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Make Every Day a Holiday to Fight Hunger

Q: What is the date of the holiday to celebrate the fight against hunger?

A: It depends…

On May 28, World Hunger Awareness Day is celebrated in the UK and a number of western nations. It emphasizes how better nutrition builds better citizens.

In 2008, Feeding American established September as World Hunger Month with a goal of raising awareness about the effects of hunger and encouraging people to take action all month to finds ways to take action to fight it.

World Food Security Day is celebrated on October 6 and World Food Day on October 16. Both have similar themes about growing populations, climate change and what shifts in agricultural and economic trends are necessary to keep people fed, especially in third world countries.

There are many other holidays dedicated to hunger and feedings as well as the fact that most holidays feature celebratory feasts with special seasonal foods.

Surprisingly, even with our current high human population, hunger is not caused by a lack of resources. The world produces enough food to feed the planet’s 7 billion-plus people, so why are so many going hungry? Poverty and disparity in incomes are mostly to blame. According to experts, hunger exists mainly because most hungry people don’t have the resources to grow or buy food.

On the plus, we at Tripura Foundation teach lessons about the importance of cultivating healthy food as well as annually serve almost a million mini-meals to poor children at our HoPE Learning Centers and staple foods to elderly people in nearby villages.

We believe that every day should be a special holiday to fight hunger. So, we invite you to join us in this fight by sponsoring a HoPE Center child (for only 30 cents a day) or an entire HoPE Learning Center (for $360 a month)! Your modest contribution will help tip the scales in favor of the eradication of hunger and starvation!

 

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Fireworks Of HoPE

Fireworks were invented in ancient China in the 7th century to scare away evil spirits with natural applications of gunpowder. Rather than being scary, as intended, they were dazzlingly beautiful and an instant hit with people from all walks of life.

They are still a hit throughout many nations, including the United States and India.

So, on July 4th, while many people in the United States celebrate Independence Day with pyrotechnic displays to commemorate winning battles of The Revolutionary War, we at Tripura Foundation share these photos of wide-eyed children enjoying the same beauty and wonder during Diwali, the Festival of Lights, last November, at several of our HoPE Learning Centers in Trichy, India.

It doesn’t cost much to bring HoPE and joy 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 30 cents a day covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship for one child, including tutoring, academic lessons, materials, daily mini meals, and spectacular holiday activities that could indeed forge brilliant life-long memories.

Happy Independence Day to those in the USA and de-LIGHT-full wishes to all!

 

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Elders Should Be Respected, Not Forced to Suffer

Since elderly Vellimalai does not have any income, his son and his daughter-in-law sent him out of their house several years ago. The villagers claim that Vellimalai is 90 years old.  Due to his advanced age he cannot walk or even stand up. He cannot bathe or even attend to nature’s call unless he crawls to a nearby pond.

Before Tripura Foundation learned of Vellimalai’s struggles, he lived on the pavement with hardly any cover over his head, and when it rained, he had to cover himself with a waterproof banner.  During winters, the old man shivered with cold.  There was no protection from insects or poisonous snakes.  The old man survived with just one meal a day.  He was ill, lonely and hungry.

Like Vellimalai, millions of senior citizens who are poor and live alone find themselves vulnerable, powerless, and neglected by their grown-up children. Elderly women are often widows or have been abandoned by their husbands. They are physically weak and thus unable to find work. They do not have money for food, medical care, or other basic necessities. They are forced to beg, and are often homeless. Moved by the plight of destitute men and women, Tripura Foundation made a program to sponsor elderly ones on an urgent basis.

Now Vellimalai and other destitute elders receive monthly groceries (including rice, Toor dal, sunflower oil, chili powder, pepper, cumin seeds, mustard, pickle bottle, bath soap, washing soap, shampoo, tooth powder, coconut oil, cough syrup, and pain relieving gel) to help keep them fed, groomed, and in less pain. They also receive occasional items of clothing. More importantly, these otherwise forsaken elders know that they are cared about and not completely forgotten by humanity.

Though his living conditions are still rough, Vellimalai is leading a better life, knowing he will receive food three times a day. He feels that his pride and dignity are restored. He is thankful to his sponsor for uplifting his life.

For only $40 a month, you can feed, clothe, comfort, and provide companionship to a poor elderly person like Vellimalai. You could save a precious life! 

 

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We Can Feed Our Future Leaders!

  • Surenthar aspires to become a teacher to educate the children in his village when he grows up.
  • Pradeepa excels in Biology and would like to become a doctor so she can help heal people who are ill and poor.
  • Kishore is shy but very grateful for friends and endeavors to one day become a policeman.

So, what do these three children have in common in addition to being potential future leaders? They are happy, fulfilled children who now thrive within HoPE Learning Centers! Yet, up until recently, they had something in common with 66 million other children – they often attended classes while hungry.

Childhood hunger often leads to stunting (restricted height), wasting (lessened height to weight ratios, and restricted abilities to learn and thrive. Worse, 3.1 million children die from acute hunger each year!

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

Sponsor a HoPE Center child for only 30 cents a day ($9 a month) or an entire HoPE Learning Center for $360 a month. Your modest contribution will uplift the lives and destinies of our future leaders!

 

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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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