Category: HoPe For The Elderly

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!

 

 

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!

 

 

Gifts That Keep On Giving!

Gifts are thoughtful and to be appreciated. Some last longer than others, like: recipes, perennial flowers, fruit of the month clubs and gift cards. These are gifts that seem to keep giving back to the recipients long after they are given.

Yet, there are other types of gifts that keep giving back to the recipients and to the world. Choose one or more options below to provide relief and empowerment to children and elders. Select the “gift donation” option to also send a nice e-card to loved ones to let them know that you did this in their name.


Give the Gift of Education -
Help underprivileged children create a new destiny through Phonemic Intelligence – a unique kind of education that can help enhance intellectual, social, and emotional intelligence in just six minutes a day. Sponsor a child for one month for just $9!


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 just $40!


Give the Gift of Food - Help those living with hunger on a daily basis nourish their bodies and minds with nutritious food. $1 provides five meals to those who need it most. Serve 50 nutritious meals for just $10!

 

P.S.  Have a very happy holiday season!!!

 

Christmas In India! (Part II)

Q: Do people celebrate Christmas in India?

A: Some do, including the 4040 children within our 101 HoPE Learning Centers!

Every year, children celebrate the occasion with talents shows, feasts, trees and even gifts. They are taught about Jesus and Santa Claus, but mainly they learn the importance of giving and gratitude.

Here is what Christmas in India is all about…

It doesn’t take much to transform the life of a child… or the lives of 40 children! Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, daily mini meals and CHRISTMAS for a child. For only $300 a month, you can bring the spirit of Christmas to an entire HoPE Learning Center all year long!

 

 

Widower Embraces Warm Support

Karuppaiya lost his wife a few years ago.  He lives alone in a small decrepit hut and receives a government stipend of approximately Rs. 1000. This is not enough to cover the costs of daily rations of watery rice.

In addition, Karuppaiya walks half a mile to fetch water because there is not a nearby community pipe.

Rainy season presents more challenges because Karrupaiya has asthma but cannot afford basic inhalers.

Karuppaiya’s health may have fully declined if HoPE Center children had not identified him as an elder “in need.” Supported by their teachers, the children requested that he and 76 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, they know that they are cared for and not completely forsaken by humanity.

With this warm support, Karuppaiya is leading a better, healthier life, with three meals a day plus companionship. He feels that his pride and dignity have been restored, and he deeply thanks his sponsor for uplifting his life.

For only $30 a month, you can feed, clothe, and provide comfort and companionship to a destitute elderly person like Karuppaiya. Save a precious life today! 

Lepers Gain New Leases On Life

Chandra and her husband do not have children to look after them. Other relatives deserted them because they suffer from Leprosy. Due to long-term illness, neither can return to work as laborers. All they can do is beg for alms here and there to survive.

They live in a single room built by the government for people with Leprosy. They suffer the effects of the numbing cold and scorching heat most nights and days because they do not have warm blankets or bedspreads to cover them up. Chandra is anemic. She does not have access to clean water or sanitary hygienic materials within walking distance.  This poor elderly couple in rural India cannot afford the most basic necessities to maintain a “dignified life”.

It is our HoPE Center children who identified this couple and their plight. Supported by their teachers, the children requested that Chandra and 76 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, they know that they are cared about and not completely forsaken by humanity.

For only $30 a month, you can feed, clothe, comfort and restore dignity to a poor elderly person like Chandra.  You are empowered to save a precious life! 

A Little Boy With Enormous Heart and Courage

Santhosh is a seventh grader who lives with poor, elderly grandparents because his parents died shortly after he was born. Even though he barely has any food to eat, he has great compassion for his animals, and he aspires to become a police officer so that he can fight the wave of crime that has been occurring within his small rural village.

His grandparents work very hard for daily wages, no matter what the work is, but the food they are able to provide is hardly enough to satisfy three people’s hunger. Santhosh says he cannot bear to eat knowing that his grandparents worked hard for it and need it more than he does to survive.

While he skips meals and says that he is not hungry, he goes out to spend time with his animals. He has a pet cow, a cat, a dog and a hen. He and his grandparents earn a very small amount from milking the cow and selling the milk.  He says that despite being so poor and hungry, he finds food to feed his animals, as they bring him so much happiness and peace during conflicting times. He feels that when he spends time with them he can momentarily forget about being so poor and hungry and all his other worries.

His house is very poorly constructed using tarp and sticks. Even the slightest rain drenches his family, threatening to fall over head. He thanks his fellow HoPE Learning Center students and coordinator for saving up money and helping him construct a better house which protects him and his grandparents against the weather.

He says that HoPE Learning Center was one of the best things that have ever happened to him. He has learned a lot of good habits, which has greatly improved his life. He is thankful for the snacks which have helped him regain his health after long being malnourished.

Santhosh is grateful to his sponsors. He says he will use this wonderful opportunity to grow into a respectable person. He also says he will grow up and become a police officer to protect poor people from becoming victims of crime.

It doesn’t take much to save the life of a child like Santhosh. For only $10 a month, you can sponsor a HoPE Center child all year long. For $350 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center that meets the basic needs of 40 children!

Chinnaka Sings Songs of HoPE

Looking back with tears in her eyes, Chinnaka described the day when she first heard the news that her son and daughter-in-law died in a motor vehicle accident in which they were traveling.

It was the day that she gave up singing due to sorrow and stress.

Chinnaka was suddenly the full-time guardian of her two grandchildren, a boy and a girl, who were too young to support themselves. She met all of their needs until they were taken into a hostel because Chinnaka was too old to work. She has a government pension, but it is too meager to pay for enough food to even feed herself.

Chinnaka just about lost all hope until she was selected for our HoPE for the Elderly program after being identified by a group of HoPE Learning Center students.

Thanks to our compassionate children for identifying this need, and our generous sponsors, Chinnaka and 75 other destitute elders receive monthly groceries and toiletries (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 an in less pain. They also receive occasional items of clothing. More importantly, they know that they are cared for and not completely forsaken by humanity.

Most importantly, Chinnaka again has a smiling face and once again sings plenty of happy folk songs.

For only $30 a month, you can feed, clothe, comfort and restore dignity to a poor elderly person like Chinnaka. You could be the one to restore a HoPEful song or save a precious life!

From Near Starvation To Sustenance – We Save Lives!

BPL = Below Poverty Line.

This is more than just a term used in government reports; it describes the lives of millions of human beings too.  Many of these are elderly people.  In India, over 23 million elderly people fit this description and 10 million more are classified as “destitute.”

These are not lazy individuals.  Most of these elderly people need to work simply to survive until the day they die, or until they no longer have the ability to work.  Most have been abandoned by families too poor to support them.  Most subsist on only on one meal per day, with no one to help them obtain water to drink from village wells or to help them soothe their aches and pains.

Tulasi and Panjaliammal

Mr. Tulasi and his wife Panjaliammal

 

Mr. Tulasi and his wife fit these descriptions. They live in a one-room mud-walled house with a thatched roof.  When it rains, the earthen floors turn into thick, wet mud.  There is no electricity in their house.  All they have is an oil lamp, but they rarely have oil to keep it lit during long dark nights.  On good days, they are able to eat one small meal, but there are also many days when they have nothing to eat except watery rice porridge.

Mr. Tulasi no longer has the strength or stamina to work outside the home due to a prolonged illness. He tries to help his wife with household chores such as cooking, cleaning and washing because she is currently the sole breadwinner.  Each day, she walks a few miles to a field where she works at hard labor while exposed to the brutality of the sun during summer and high humidity during winter. These relentless daily assignments pay only 40 rupees, which is less than a single US dollar a day. 

Mr. Tulasi

Mr. Tulasi and his wife are grateful for the assistance they receive.

Thanks to our compassionate HoPE Center children for identifying this need, as well as our generous sponsors, Mr Tulasi and 75 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 articles of clothing.  More importantly, they know that they are cared for and not completely forsaken by humanity.

With your help, we can work toward the goal of making categories like “BPL” and “destitute” obsolete. For only $30 a month, we can feed, clothe, comfort and restore dignity to poor elderly people like Mr. Tulasi and his wife.  Will you help?

Compassion Makes All The Difference

Kaaliyamal is an elderly woman living in Madurai, India.  After her husband’s death and being abandoned by her daughters, she lived on her own, isolated, and struggling to provide for her own basic day-to-day needs.  That is, until our HoPE Learning Center students found her and began caring for her.

She shares some of her heart-wrenching story:

Kaaliyamal was married off at a very young age, and she and her husband had five daughters.  The pair struggled to provide for their family, working as hired farmhands.  Kaaliyamal’s husband passed away at a young age, leaving her to raise their daughters alone.  She struggled to provide for them, but gave it her all, working endless hours and sacrificing everything she had for their wellbeing.  Unfortunately, two of her daughters passed away when the flu hit their village.

Kaaliyamal married off her three remaining daughters in the hopes that they would take care of her after their weddings.  All three promised her that they would come back to get her.  She waited for three days without food or water, until one of her neighbors found her on the verge of unconsciousness.

She says she remembers asking for her daughters and being told that no one was coming back for her.  It was then that she knew she’d been disowned by her daughters and came to the realization that not only was she alone, but that her only property, the house she lived in, would also be taken from her, leaving her to live in the streets.

Kaaliyamal’s neighbors did what they could to take care of her, but she got to the point where she couldn’t move around on her own, growing weak and dependent after years of pining after her daughters, suffering intense physical pain whenever she tries to move.

When our HoPE Learning Center students found Kaaliyamal, she was using her sari to cover herself, as she had nothing to protect her against the weather; neither did she have any other basic necessities.

Kaaliyamal is grateful to her Tripura Foundation sponsors for providing her monthly rationing, including the food she loves so much.  She especially loves the food given on special occasions from our HoPE Learning Center.  She says she feels loved and cared for when our HoPE Learning Center students visit her during the evenings and bring sweets to share with her.  She is thankful for the children who take care of her in her old age.

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