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 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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Celebrate Love in New Ways

As we continue the Month of Love, remember that THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOVE TO CELEBRATE! Even the successfully coupled, probably wish that Valentine’s Day was as great as it was in second grade, when we simply handed out cute little cards to all of our friends. Sure, some of us cringed a bit when parents forced us to give them to even the two weird boys (who made armpit fart noises in the back of the room) so that their feelings wouldn’t be hurt, but we usually emerged unscathed with lots of little envelopes in hand.

Back then, there wasn’t pressure to couple up in a hurry. It wasn’t obligatory to buy presents for someone that we really couldn’t afford. No one had to hide for three days when feeling awkward and not knowing what to say (or not say) to various others. I don’t recall anyone feeling left out or lonely. We indeed had up and down days, but the idea of “LOVE” pretty much felt good.

Moving ahead, it can still feel this way because THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO CELEBRATE LOVE! We can choose to make this month a month of HoPE by performing random acts of kindness. In addition to making others feel good, when you help someone, you will feel amazing. There’s a scientific explanation for this: helping others activates the pleasure center of your brain. People who commit random acts of kindness are significantly happier than those who don’t, and spending money on others makes you happier than spending money on yourself. Plus, happier people give more, which makes others happy and inspires them to give more.

So, go forth and be kind to others around you. Kiss your partner. Compliment your mother-in-law. Run an errand for your elderly neighbor or feed someone who is hungry. It is also a great day to sponsor a HoPE Center child (for only $9 a month), an entire HoPE Learning Center (for $360 a month), or an elderly person in dire need (For just $30 a month).

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Wish Dr. Pillai a Happy Birthday!

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Looking Forward by Looking Back

February 1st is Dr. Pillai’s birthday, so it won’t be long until we again get to celebrate with him!

To help prepare for this occasion, here are some of our favorite photos of past birthdays that were celebrated in India at HoPE Learning Centers…

Moving ahead, we encourage you to sponsor a HoPE Center child (for only $9 a month), an entire HoPE Learning Center (for $360 a month), an elderly person in dire need (For just $30 a month), OR, we also hope that these photos will inspire your heart to think of a special recurring monthly amount to thank our beloved founder for all that he brings into our lives every day!



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Uma Gains New Awareness

Uma was a baby in her mother’s arms when her father died and she and her mother had to move to a village called Kizhavanam in search of any means of survival. They lived with Uma’s grandfather, who took care of them both for a short period of time until he died and left them with only the thatched hut they lived in (which leaked during the rains and was unbearably hot during the summer).

Due to a lack of money, Uma’s mother was forced to go out for work to provide for her infant daughter. Uma was cared for by neighbors. As she grew older, she deeply longed for her mother’s attention and care and she was often angry that she was left behind each day. She stayed up late every night to watch her worn out mother eat leftover food scraps and get ready for bed. Uma also woke up early in the morning while her mother slept to cook breakfasts that weren’t really enough for two people, before she got ready for school.

Uma says that only after she was welcomed into our HoPE Learning Center did she learn what really happened outside of her home. After spending long days being angry at her mother for leaving her home alone, she now understands why. She now helps her mother during weekends at work so that they have time together to catch up.

Uma says she feels grateful for her teachers and friends who helped her better understand her mother’s situation and choices. She is also grateful for career guidance, nutritious snacks, inner confidence and a greater sense of awareness about her power to take actions and make decisions about her life.

It doesn’t take much to help a special child, like Uma. 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!


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Resolution Solution!

While many of us struggle to lose weight, quit smoking, go back to school, or stick to goals aligned with other popular New Year’s resolutions, children all over the world struggle to make it through each day while hungry and living in dire circumstances.

Within our HoPE Learning Centers alone, 4040 children face many challenges associated with poverty, but these children also thrive among friends while they receive daily nutritious snacks, traditional academic tutoring, and innovative lessons that help transform the ways they think and act.

They also work to set and stick to their goals, and the overwhelming reports about the HoPE Learning Center children this month showed how much they get involved in creative activities:

Nandini’s speech in English for National Youth Day was inspiring.

Pavithra shared her divine mission to help elderly people.


Nithesh Kumar’s celebrated Pet Day by sharing interesting stories about how he admires and takes very good care of his parrot.

These are just three of the 4040 stories of children who have so little, but do so much to lead exemplary lives, often centered on helping others.

While doing whatever it takes to stick to your personal New Year’s resolutions, here is a possible solution: setting and keeping a resolution centered on others is a great way to reduce karma! 

It doesn’t take much to support and feed a special child like Nadini, Pavithra or Nithesh Kumar. 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 (which will cover the daily costs for 40 children)!

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It’s Not Too Late!

As 2016 comes to an end, many of us feel like the holidays flew by too quickly to accomplish everything that we wished to accomplish. Some of us made heartfelt donations to non-profit organizations. Others were not able to do so.  Either way, it is never too late give a gift of any size to benefit children or elderly people.

Also, if you live in the USA or India, you have until midnight on December 31st to make a 2016 tax-deductible contribution to one of our programs:

Give the Gift of Education: Help underprivileged children create a new destiny through Phonemic Intelligence, a unique education that can help to enhance intellectual, social, and emotional intelligence in just six minutes a day. Sponsor a child for an entire year for only $108!


Give the Gift of Dignity: Help forgotten and abandoned elders live with dignity.  Support an elder for one month with necessities like medicine, food, clothing, and hygienic supplies. Sponsor an elderly person for an entire year for just $480!



Give the Gift of Food: Help children, adults, and elderly people who live with daily hunger nourish their bodies and minds with nutritious food. $1 provides five meals to those who need it most. Serve 500 nutritious meals for just $100!



Give the Gift of 40 Futures: Feed, clothe, and educate 40 children throughout 2017. Sponsor a HoPE Learning Center for a full year for $4,320!




P.S. Thank you for all of the needs you’ve filled and the dreams you’ve helped come true. We look forward to doing more of this with you throughout 2017!



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