Category: HoPe For The Elderly

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.

Help us reach out in compassion to more elderly members of our human family:

Introducing the HoPE Survival Gift Pack

Hi everyone,

Thank you so much for your love and support for our HoPE for Chennai initiative! In Phase 2 of our initiative, we are delivering HoPE Survival Gift Packs to the poorest people who have been hit the hardest by the Chennai floods.  Their tiny huts have either been washed away or badly damaged, and the few belongings they had are gone as well.  No work has been available for at least 6 weeks due to the rains and then the flood, so they literally have no money for food.
Introducing the HoPE Survival Gift Pack!

Chennai Gift Packs

Give a HoPE Survival Gift Pack for Just $30
(Choose “HoPE for Chennai” When Donating)

Yesterday, after completing a distribution of HoPE Survival Gift Packs to 100 people in a village near Chennai, our Tripura India Trustee Yadeesh called me. He shared that he was deeply moved by the plight of the people – most of them were abandoned by relatives, some were blind, others were suffering from leprosy, or very old.

 Learn About the People Who
Will Be Receiving the Survival Packs

Gift Pack Recipients

One particular elderly lady whose roof collapsed in the midst of the cyclone was stranded in her hut and trapped in water, alone and helpless.  Since the flood, she has not been able to walk due to being trapped in water for so long.

Yadeesh told me that he was so grateful that our HoPE Survival Gift Packs were going to people who were so carefully selected by our HoPE Center champions on the ground, and so very deserving.

Our HoPE Survival Gift Pack is certainly the greatest Christmas gift these good souls could ever receive. We greatly appreciate all donations made to “HoPE for Chennai” so we can continue to bring HoPE to those who need it the most in the aftermath of this disaster.

Love, Mohini

Thousands Abandoned and Live Without HoPE

When we told you about the neglect and extreme poverty that elders living in India’s rural villages were experiencing, you responded with kindness.

Like the HoPE Learning Centers children that devised this program, you recognized the need and took action.

Because of your generous support we were able to care for 65 elders in 11 regions.  Elders such as Adirammiah and Chandra received food, clothing, medical care, and basic necessities.

You are a true HoPE Hero.

Short-Term Goals, Long-Term Vision

This is just the beginning. There is still much work to be done and we cannot do it alone.

We are able to care for 65 village elders a month, but there are still thousands who have been abandoned and who live without hope. We want to reach all of them.

Please consider making a recurring monthly donation of $40 or more to support our continued efforts.

Our immediate goal is to increase our reach and assistance to 85 elders a month.

Your monthly gift will help us do just that. One hundred percent of donations will be used to expand and enhance our existing HoPE For The Elderly program.

The Difference Only You Can Make

Your monthly donation of $40 will provide daily meals, new apparel, and medicine such as cough syrup and pain relieving gel. Donations above $40 help us do even more!

So, for less than $1.50 a day you will be able to connect a destitute elderly person with a village of compassionate children and help us reach our goal of caring for 85 elders a month.

Will you help us not only meet this goal, but exceed it?

Help Us Change 85 Elders’ Lives

Our elders are the backbone of every community. They hold the knowledge, culture and heartbeat of villages and communities, passing their legacies onto the next generation for years to come.

Which is why, when our elders suffer and lose hope, our entire community suffers with them. Yet, when elders are supported and given a glimmer of hope, entire communities rise up.

We know that there are millions of elders silently suffering with hunger, weakness and neglect throughout India. These women and men are now left to suffer alone.

It’s sometimes easy to get lost in the numbers. Yet, each of those numbers represents a life, a story, a face and they deserve to be remembered and supported. They deserve dignity.

Women like Srimati are often widowed or have been abandoned by their husbands. All alone, the are without money for food, medical care and other basic necessities.

Through the Tripura Foundation, we can restore Srimati’s dignity and give her hope that tomorrow is worth living for. We can show her that the world is full of people who care about her.

Our HoPE for the Elderly Program: Tripura Foundation reaches elders right in their community – going door to door to provide them with food, clothing, medical care and basic necessities. Hope delivered right to their door.

For just $40 a month, a woman like Srimati will be able to share her stories, enjoy the company of her friends all while receiving nutritious food, medicine and home support. You can be one of those people who supports women like Srimati.

Give a Recurring Donation Here.

Much like Srimati, Adirammiah was an elder suffering in silence. He was hungry and lacked the basic essentials to live his life clean and nourished.

Thanks to the generous support of a donor, Adirammiah received:

toor dal,
sunflower oil,
washing soap,
tooth powder,
coconut oil,
cough syrup, and
pain relieving gel.
While someone may look at these items as simple staples, our help provided for a life-changing circumstances for Adirammiah. His pride is restored, alongside of his dignity. All because someone cared enough to remind Adirammiah that he mattered.

We know the need is great, which is why we are growing our program.

We want to be able to reach at least 85 elders every month and change their life just like we have for Adirammiah.

For just $40 a month, you could change a life by sponsoring someone like Srimati.

Click here to head straight to our donation page to get started.

In order to reach 85 elders every month, we need to raise $40,800 this year for our HoPE for the Elderly program.

Will you help us not only meet this goal, but exceed it?

Their lives, their dignity, their hope- all can change because of you. By restoring their hope, we ensure the backbones of our communities remain strong for the next generation.

Together, we can remind our elders that they matter.

We appreciate your ongoing support.

Thank you.

Assisting Rosetta and her Granddaughter


Rosetta, a resident of the South Bronx for over 40 years, has been attending the Melrose Mobile Market (one of Tripura Foundation’s partner food banks) since its launch in October 2004.

Rosetta lives with her granddaughter and says that the free produce distribution at the market helps her get through the month, whereas she and her granddaughter would otherwise be struggling and hungry.

She says: “The green vegetables are fresh,” and “We all work together and the food is delicious. And the food is fresh. I feel comfortable out here because everyone is so nice. They help me.”

Rosetta attends the Mobile Market twice a month and cooks the items she receives with her granddaughter.

We are happy to be able to assist many elderly folks in making ends meet each month, helping them live with more dignity.  However, we are only able to continue assisting people like Rosetta with donations from kind and generous hearts such as yours.

For just $10 a month, you can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need.  Click the ‘Donate Now’ button below to make your contribution.  Thank you.

Restoring Dignity to the Elderly

Ms. Vellayammal

Senior citizens who are poor and live alone or with dependent children find themselves vulnerable, powerless and are often neglected by their own family and grown up children. These senior citizens are too old or physically weak and thus unable to find work. They are forced to beg, and are often homeless.

Moved by the plight of these destitute single men and women, Tripura Foundation spearheaded a program of sponsoring elderly ones on an urgent basis. Our HoPE for the Elderly volunteers and staff members conducted surveys and identified destitute men/women over 60 years of age.

Of note, elderly women are often widows or have been abandoned by their husbands. They do not have money for food, medical care and other basic necessities. HoPE for the Elderly has been supporting such elderly men and women by providing food rations and other necessities every month at their door step.

Under this program, Ms. Vellayammal of Kumbakonam region was identified as a neglected senior citizen.  Each month, HoPE staff and volunteers drop off a ration kit to her, consisting of 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.

With this support, Ms. Vellayammal now has food three times a day.  It makes her happy that she is able to live with dignity, and with a feeling of pride.  Ms. Vellayammal thanks the HoPE for the Elderly donors and expresses her sincere gratitude toward such kind assistance.

Find it in your heart to make a kind and generous monthly donation to help another elderly person live with dignity and pride.  Click the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

HoPE for the Elderly


Kannathaal, a 73-year-old widow, has been affected by Leprosy for the past 40 years.
After she was diagnosed with Leprosy, her only son abandoned her, fearing that he might contract it.
Alone, she lives very meagerly on a minimal pension provided by the government.

Her hands were most affected by Leprosy, so much so that she was not able to use them. With no one to take care of her, she began visiting her local Primary Health Center to obtain medicine. She is now partially able to use her hands again.  Sadly though, she cannot walk properly and has difficulty moving around.

Kannathaal lives in a small hut built by people in her village. For a while, she survived by begging food from her neighbors. Those who felt pity for her would give her their leftovers.

About the time she began to lose all hope for survival, her sufferings were put to end when Tripura Foundation found her and began helping her.  She now receives monthly food, clothing and basic living supplies from our HoPE For The Elderly program.

She wholeheartedly thanks our program sponsors and is grateful for our help after her family abandoned her and she thought all hope was lost.

There are many more elderly folks like Kannathaal, who are in need of care, assistance, love and HoPE.  Sponsor one today for as little as $10 a month by clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

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