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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.

Thank You for Diwali & Everything!

Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. At HoPE Learning Centers, every year, the children enjoy the feasts and new clothes provided by our generous sponsors. They are ever thankful for the blessings which your donations bring to their lives during Diwali and all year long.

Here are a few examples of what they had to say (and show):

What Is Diwali?

Diwali is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. It is a time of feasting, families, and festive decorations much like Christmas in the West. Diwali is aptly called the Festival of Lights.

All across India, people celebrate by hanging millions of lights on their windows and doors, along their rooftops or anywhere else imaginable. While people in different parts of India tell different stores about the origins of Diwali, all of them celebrate the victory of good over evil, the banishment of darkness by light, and the hope which ends despair. The festival itself spans five days, each with its own theme and traditions:

Day one brings a fresh start as people clean their homes, decorate and shop for gold and kitchen utensils.

On the second day clay lamps are hung around the home and design patterns known as rangoli on the floor with colored sand.

The third day brings the main festival with savory feasts. Families gather together for the Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi.

Day four is the first day of the New Year, celebrated with fireworks.

On the last day of Diwali it is customary friends and relatives gather to exchange greetings and gifts of new clothing. Brothers visit the homes of their married sisters who greet them with loving hearts and lavish feasts.

At HoPE Learning Centers, the children look forward to the feasts (and the new clothes) provided by our generous sponsors. They are ever thankful for the blessings which your donations bring to their lives.

 Even if you are a regular sponsor of a child or a HoPE Learning Center, you can still make a bigger difference in their lives on this day of light! Please make a special one-time gift to provide food and clothing on this very special day.

Tharani Radiates Light On Diwali

Tharani is an 8th grade student at Atchampatti HoPE Learning Center in Tamil Nadu, India. She enjoys learning about Phonemic Intelligence, Nutrition, and Yoga. Her goal is to become a nurse so she can encourage and uplift the patients in her care. She recalls watching her uncle die of cancer. Despite good medical treatment, he lost hope after a nurse told him to give up.

All the children in Tharani’s class are excited about Diwali (an Indian holiday with the cultural significance of Christmas in the West), which is held on the darkest new moon night of Kartika. Since Diwali is The Festival Of Lights, millions of lights all over India decorate houses and rooftops in celebration. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

As part of the traditional celebration children are customarily given new clothes, but the poorest families cannot afford them. Not receiving new clothes like most other children causes great shame to many poor families on what should be a joyful day. Fortunately, due to the generosity of our sponsors, Tripura Foundation has been able to provide new clothes for our HoPE Center children and holiday feasts for their families.

On behalf of 4040 wonderful kids like Tharani, please consider making an additional heartfelt gift to provide food and clothing during this Festival of Light. Even $10 can bring HoPE and further banish the darkness of poverty for young people like Tharani.

Rekha Inspires Generosity & Sustainability On Diwali

Rekha is from Karaikalmedu, Puducherry and is attending the same school as her younger brother. Her mother is a housewife and her father is unemployed.

Her community is officially designated OBC (Other Backwards Community) by the Indian government due to poverty and lack of educational opportunities in the region. So, the local HoPE Learning Center is a valuable resource to all ages of people.

As part of her studies for the Diwali holiday, Rekha’s teacher explained the concept of Removal of Evil which teaches children to put away bad behaviors and replace them with good ones. Therefore, Rekha realized that she had a bad habit of watching TV at the neighbor’s house and decided to instead start focusing more on her studies.

In addition, Rekha recently has been more involved with conservation and helping the elderly. Her teachers and parents are proud of her and decided to create a conservation themed Diwali celebration at her HoPE Learning Center to instill sustainable values while celebrating the Festival of Lights.

In honor of the Spirit of Diwali, please consider making a special one-time gift (of $10, $40, $108 or more) to provide food and clothing to children, their families, and local elders. Even if you are a regular sponsor of a child or a HoPE Learning Center, you can still make a bigger difference in their lives on this day of light!

Mohini’s Diwali Birthday Wish

A special message from Mohini, Global Director of Tripura Foundation:

This year my birthday, October 18th, is the same day as Diwali.  Diwali is the Festival of Lights here in India, and it signifies the end of darkness, greed and poverty.  In India, it is the happiest day of the year for children, as it is their “Christmas”.  People receive gifts of new clothes and wear the clothes on Diwali to symbolize a new beginning.

Diwali is an important day for me because there are 4040 children here at our HoPE Centers in India, and it’s my responsibility to give all of them a new set of clothes.  For my children, this new set of clothes is very precious, as they come from the worst circumstances of poverty and experience suffering of every kind.  Everyone loves gifts, but to my children, this gift is truly a symbol of HoPE.

To give my children the Diwali gift of new clothes on this day means everything to me, as it is the highlight of joy in their entire year.

I’m asking for your help in giving my children their Diwali gift.  Every $10 donated provides a new set of clothes for my children.  If you all could join me in giving $10 for a Diwali gift for one of my children, it is certainly the greatest gift of their year and the greatest Birthday gift for me.

Every dollar helps so much – thank you for giving what you can and truly spreading the Festival of Lights with my children who deserve it the most.

Love, Mohini

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!

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!

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.

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!


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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