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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Without Hunger, Pethandi May Cure Cancer!

Pethandi is an enthusiastic student who really gets excited about her studies. She loves to watch National Geographic Channel and Discovery Channel so she can learn more about science and English.

After seeing those around her struggle to pay for hospital bills and medicines, she hopes to become a doctor and to provide the people of her village with free medical care. Someday she is confident she will find ways to treat cancer and wants to provide no-cost treatments to people who cannot afford to pay.

Recently Pethandi and the children in her class celebrated World Health Day. The children drew charts and created placards to raise health awareness and took part in rallies around their village. They also shared what they had learned about healthy drinks and food that taste good in the summer.

An important part of health is proper nutrition. HoPE Learning Centers provide over 1,000,000 mini-meals to kids like Pethandi throughout India. September is Hunger Action Month. Your contribution to HoPE Learning Centers can keep amazing kids like Pethandi and her classmates healthy and happy.

Please take the time to sponsor a HoPE Center child (for only $9 a month) or an entire HoPE Learning Center (for $360 a month)! Your modest contribution can not only change a child’s life, but perhaps it might even provide new hope for hundreds of sick, suffering villagers in years to come!

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Varshini’s Ambitions Depend On Nutrition

Varshini’s parents are illiterate and cannot not help him with his studies. His lessons on Yoga and Phonemic Intelligence have been very helpful to his development, in fact he is now helping his friends with their studies as well.

He is also grateful for the mini-meals he gets at school so he can concentrate on his work instead of being distracted by a hungry tummy.

Varshini says his ambition is to become Civil Servant so one day he will be able to help the poor and downtrodden. He feels that as an IAS Officer he would have lot of opportunities to serve the people and make their lives better.

But those aspirations can seem distant for millions of kids who are facing hunger. Children who have gone hungry at least once in their lives are 2 1/2 times more likely to suffer long-term adverse health effects than those who had proper nutrition.

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 nutrition than food during the remainder of their days.

Take Action! Help eliminate hunger! Sponsor a HoPE Center child (for only $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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Malathi Strives and Thrives

Malathi is an 8th grade student at the Kizhavanam HoPE Learning Center. She attends classes with her two siblings. Her parents work as day laborers and don’t make enough to provide for the family, so the resources of the HoPE Learning Center have been really important to her health and development.

Before coming to her local HoPE Learning Center she was an average student, but classes in Yoga and Phonemic Intelligence have helped improve her academic performance. Daily mini meals have also helped her to physically and mentally thrive. Malathi has been scoring good marks ever since and now demonstrates motivation and diligence in her studies.

September is Hunger Action Month.

Part of helping kids like Malathi grow and succeed is making sure they get adequate nutrition. Fortunately, through our Million Meals of HoPE program, Tripura Foundation annually serves nearly a million mini-meals to poor children at our HoPE Learning Centers. Many of these kids would otherwise subsist on watery rice most days.

This September, in addition to sponsoring a child or an entire HoPE Learning Center, in honor of Hunger Action Month, please make a heartfelt contribution to our Million Meals of HoPE Program. We are able to serve 5 meals for every dollar donated.


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Hunger (and HoPE) Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month, a time when people across the world take stands against hunger in tangible ways!

No one should have to go hungry, and Hunger Action Month reminds us that there are those out there who need the help of kind people with open hands, because there are more than enough resources in the world for us all to eat well. Isn’t it time we all take action for the hungry in our community and our world?

There are many ways to take action and celebrate this holiday:

For one, you can sponsor a HoPE Center child (for only $9 a month) or an entire HoPE Learning Center (for $360 a month).  Your modest contribution will not only provide academic tutoring, Phonemic Intelligence lessons, physical activities and career-oriented events, it will ensure that each child receives a nutritious daily mini meal. This is often more than the child receives during the rest of their days.

Another option is to sponsor a poor elderly person in India for $30 a month. For this amount, each destitute elder receives 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). More importantly, they know that they are cared about and not completely forsaken by humanity.


Or, make a one-time heartfelt contribution to our Million Meals of HoPE program. We are now able to serve 5 meals for every dollar donated.


If you are short on money, you could volunteer at a local food bank or share this call-to-action on your Facebook and Twitter pages to encourage your friends to reach out and feed at least one other human being as an act of rebellion against hunger!

 

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Thangaraj Strives for a Better Life

Thangaraj lives with his parents and sister. His father is a farmer and his mother is a housewife.

He was accepted into a HoPE Learning Center last year and is grateful for support from caring teachers and an opportunity to reach his goal of becoming a teacher so he can help other children end generational cycles of deep poverty and the daily hardships that come with it.

Despite this educational support and daily mini meals to stave off hunger, his family is quite poor and there is never enough for all of them to eat. He had to go to work distributing newspaper in the early morning hours before going to school to earn extra money so his family can eat. He innocently says that, “If I study well, I can help many others when I grow up.”

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

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Sanjana Shares Stories of Success

Sanjana has two siblings and her entire family struggles to make ends meet. Regardless, she never complains and chose instead to tell us about all of the good things in her village and her life.  

She said, “Nowadays, I concentrate on studies and also excel in sports after coming to HoPE Center due to constant encouragement and training given by teachers.

Lots of flower gardens and vegetable gardens are in my village. Mangrove is one of the most prevalent around my village and during the Mango season plenty of different varieties come to the market for sale.

Pure water was once a shortage in my village, but we now have a big water tank which supplies plenty for consumption. All the villagers are very happy.”

It doesn’t take much to help a grateful child in need like Sanjana. Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, themed activities, and daily mini meals for one child. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center filled with 40 children.

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Kowsalya Cares For Her Mother

Kowsalya is in 7th grade in Agalanganallur. Her mother is has severe epilepsy and can no longer bring in even the meager wages she used to earn as a laborer. Kowsalya’s father divorced her mother for this reason.

Kowsalya does most of the household chores before going to school. She washes clothes and dishes, and sweeps the floor. She also struggles to find odd jobs to bring home money so she and her mother can eat.

Despite this level of responsibility at such a young age, Kowsalya is friendly toward all and cares for everyone. She has learned yoga, phonemic intelligence, and meditation through her local Tripura Foundation HoPE Learning Center. During weekends she takes her mother to temple nearby where her mother loves to spend time.

Kowsalya wishes to become a teacher when she grows up, but she is open to most courses of study. Her main goal in life is to earn enough money to be able to take care of her mother and perhaps others in need, too.

It doesn’t take much to provide light and sustenance to a special child like Kowsalya.

Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, themed 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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Dinesh the Bully Becomes a Hero

Dinesh has been a 9th Grade student of our HoPE Learning Center for the past four years. During this tenure he learned Phonemic Intelligence and yoga.

He used to forget what he learned, but now he is able to retain his school lessons and score good marks in all subjects.

More importantly, before joining our HoPE Center, Dinesh used to pick quarrels with strangers and even his friends when he was frightened and anxious.  He was identified as being a bully by other children.

Yet, after joining the HoPE Center, his attitude changed, particularly when he was asked to identify poor, elderly beneficiaries in his village. In fact, Dinesh stepped way up and volunteered to give away rationing kits within our HoPE for the Elderly program. He and his friends in the village now help destitute elders by getting them supplies and picking up their pensions at the post office for them.

Also, last year, Dinesh and his friends arranged a cultural program for the people of his village during the Diwali festival, during which they demonstrated silamban (Indian martial arts). These days, Dinesh is described much more as a hero than a bully.

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

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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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