Category: Million Meals Of HoPE

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!!!


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

Guru Purnima: An Auspicious Time to Give

July 31, 2015, signifies a most remarkable day of the year. It is the first full moon after the Summer Solstice and is customarily known as Guru Purnima – a day to give gratitude to your Guru.

Dr. Pillai founded the Tripura Foundation to change the world by eliminating extreme poverty and hunger while empowering children and women with holistic education opportunities. In just four years, we have gone from six HoPE Learning Centers to 100, serving 4040 children in India.

Children like Sarala, who started off in the program as a young high schooler and immediately thrived in computer science – a field she never would have had access to in her other studies. With help from the Tripura Foundation, she recently earned her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science while serving as a mentor for younger students at the HoPE Learning Center. Sarala now attends a prestigious College in Chennai and is working on her Master’s degree.

Stories like this from the Tripura Foundation don’t have traditional endings – in fact, they hardly have endings at all. What starts off as a single donation becomes a rippling effect across the globe. One child receives hope, kindness, and a life-changing opportunity, then continues to pass that lesson on to more children. The cycle continues.

This is the lesson we learn from Dr. Pillai – one action, one click of a button, can have a massive impact on the entire world. And it never stops. The pledge you make today continues to grow in magnitude as more and more people across the world work together to eradicate extreme pain and suffering.

Celebrate Guru Purnima with us and Dr. Pillai by making a donation to support one of 17 currently unsponsored HoPE Learning Centers. Through the center, children are given education, mini meals, extra curricular activities, outings, basic medical care, and other basic necessities.

A monthly gift of $350 provides funding for one center’s monthly services, so consider a recurring gift. We are grateful for any amount during this particularly auspicious time of year.

To learn more about the HoPE Learning Centers needing sponsorship, visit this link.

A Beacon of HoPE

Malayayi and her daughter

Malayayi, a single mother, has gone from from feeling utterly hopeless and attempting to take her own life, to shining as a beacon of hope to all of the women in her village.

Malayayi was born into a family of ten whose elderly parents had little to offer their children. By the time she came of age, Malayayi was married, but her marriage didn’t last. After four months, her husband abandoned her while she was pregnant.

She was left heartbroken and alone. With no one to depend on, Malayayi took refuge with members of her family until she gave birth.  Malayayi was blessed with a baby girl, but was in no emotional state to celebrate the birth.

Malayayi tells us, “I had attempted suicides a number of times and failed. I had no hope and had no desire of living. Even though I had my daughter I was in no position to offer her a future. I felt useless.

Then a ray of HoPE shined into Malayayi’s life.  She continues, “When I thought all was lost, I was offered the priceless position to work as a teacher in a HoPE Learning Center. I have the skills for teaching and I speak very well. I thanked God for answering all my prayers and took this as a sign from the almighty to live a life for the sake of my only child.

The salary given to me was very essential to feed myself and my daughter every day as I had no other means of survival.

As I became a teacher, I started realizing that there’s more to life than what I had thought. My life gradually changed from a woeful one to a contented one. Seeing the children every day, watching them smile made my days. Every day when I woke up, my first thought would be what more can I do for the children? I found happiness in their happiness. I temporarily forgot my miserable life and started making the best out of my time with the children.”

By working at her local HoPE Learning Center for 3 years, she has brought about remarkable changes in the children. She says that Phonemic Intelligence and yoga helped her become calm and peaceful. She practices them regularly and says they also help her focus.

Her previous struggles not only strengthened her, but they also helped her show everyone that with dedication and hard work anyone could achieve their goals.

She currently lives happily with her daughter and continues to teach at her local Tripura Foundation HoPE Learning Center, spending time with the children to help make their lives better.

Sponsor a HoPE Learning Center student for as little as $10 a month by clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

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.

“Where Will My Next Meal Come From?”

“Where Will My Next Meal Come From?”

Every day, millions of people come face-to-face with this very question.

And all they can do is HOPE…

Hope that their next meal will come from SOMEONE.

Someone like you.

Click below to listen to our Hunger Song:


Join your hands with ours to help feed the hungry.

Click the Donate Now button below to make your contribution.

Building a Bridge to a Brighter Future

Through our Million Meals of HoPE initiative, we’ve become a vital umbrella organization with a national commitment to feed the hungry. To strategically consolidate efforts, we partner with food banks that have local community reach.

One of our partner food banks, Feeding America West Michigan, shared the following story of HoPE from Brandy, one of their clients:

When her husband was injured and couldn’t work, Brandy became the sole income-earner for her family of five.  Now in the last semester of her bachelor’s degree program, she looks to the Mobile Pantry at Rockford, Michigan’s American Legion (one of many food bank locations we partner with) to help her bridge the gap between finishing college and beginning her career.

Because of your kind and generous donations, Brandy isn’t forced to give up on her career goals and future financial security to ensure her family can eat today.  Instead, she can continue working on finishing her degree to better the financial future of her family.

Your contribution can make a huge difference. Even a $1 donation can have a significant impact on humanity.  Commit to making a monthly donation to Tripura Foundation to help more people like Brandy build their own bridge to a better future.  Click the Donate Now button below.

Sisters In Need of HoPE

Panjaliammal, Chinnaponu and a neighbor receiving rations from Tripura Foundation.

Panjaliammal and Chinnaponu are two elderly sisters living in India.  They both grew up in dire poverty.  Their parents barely earned enough to feed the family, so as soon as the sisters were old enough, their parents got them married, and they moved to different areas in India with their husbands.

Chinnaponu had a very short married life.  Problems with her husband forced her to leave him.  She arrived at her sister’s house with nowhere else to go.  Panjaliammal lived with her husband, who worked in a tannery, and also had a young son.

They were struggling to earn enough just to get by, but they accepted Chinnaponu into their home.  Panjaliammal would cook for her husband, son and sister, even though she was partially blind.

As the years passed, Panjaliammal’s vision started to rapidly decline.  Her husband was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with Cancer.  This meant he could no longer work and had to be taken care of at home.

Panjaliammal’s son, who was now a grown man, abandoned his parents after he got married.

Chinnaponu worked in the neighborhood wherever she was offered a wage, but as she aged, she was unable to continue working.  Life became even more difficult for Panjaliammal after her husband passed away.  The sisters had to resort to begging their neighbors for food.

Tripura Foundation’s India HoPE Learning Center students are often the ones who find or know of the elderly members of their villages that are in desperate need of a helping hand.  So, as soon as the sisters were found, we stepped in to aid them with food, supplies, clothing and home support.

Like these aging sisters, there are thousands of other elderly people, abandoned by their families, suffering ill health, and struggling to survive.  We depend on donations from kind hearts like yourself to give help and HoPE to these elderly folks living in lonely, destitute circumstances.

Click the button below to donate generously to our HoPE for the Elderly initiative, so we can extend a helping hand to more aging people in need of HoPE.

Helping One Family Has the Power to Uplift an Entire Community

Through our Million Meals of HoPE initiative, we have become a vital umbrella organization with a national commitment to feed the hungry. To strategically consolidate efforts, we partner with food banks that have local community reach.

One of our partner food banks, City Harvest of New York City, recently shared the following wonderful story of HoPE from one of the clients they serve:

After living in a shelter for some time, Lenora moved to the Melrose Section of the Bronx, where she has been living for nine years now.

Last March, Lenora was laid off from her job as a nurse’s aide and began to worry about how she would be able to support herself and her five children, with a sixth on the way, without any government assistance.

Although she was skeptical at first, a good friend convinced her to attend their local Mobile Markets.

This initiative has since turned into a family activity for Lenora and her children. Her kids love bringing back food and enjoy trying new foods.  Because of Mobile Markets, Lenora and her children were able to try zucchini for the first time and all of them now enjoy eating it.

Lenora has also started volunteering at the Markets.  By picking up food for elderly residents who are unable to attend the market and delivering it directly to them, she is proudly able to give back to her own community.

Please consider a generous DONATION HERE to help us continue to uplift other women, children, families and communities like Lenora, her children and their neighbors.

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