Selva Kumar was three years old when his parents discovered he had a medical condition. He suffers from partial paralysis.
After learning of his condition, his parents abandoned him when he was four years old. They left him in the care of his 70-year-old grandmother. He and his grandmother had no place to live, and so, knowing their plight, the local villagers gave them a small thatched-roof house to stay in. His grandmother performs labor work, but earns nowhere near enough to support both herself and Selva Kumar. She is old and doesn’t have much to offer him — they are given food by caring neighbors to help see them through.
Selva Kumar has recently been attending his local HoPE Center and our HoPE teachers have been helping him with his studies. When he first arrived, he neither recognized what was spoken to him nor replied when questioned. Though he is a 7th grader he barely knew the alphabet before attending our Center. Our teachers have been making special efforts to teach him the alphabet and he has been making slow progress.
He had not been able to concentrate on his studies because of his medical problem, and his mind always seemed to wander toward playing rather than studying. Practicing Tripura Foundation’s Phonemic Intelligence techniques has helped him improve his studies and concentrate better. Practicing yoga and Phonemic Intelligence has been helping him calm his mind.
The younger children who attend our Tripura Foundation HoPE Center spend time playing with him to help cheer him up. He generally doesn’t talk with the children he plays with, but lately he has been conversing with his teachers and friends. It’s slow but steady progress.
His parents visit him once or twice yearly, usually during festivals, and leave him some money. They have no intention of taking him back with them or assuring him of a better future. It is truly heartbreaking that he has been forsaken in this way, and that he has grown up without any medical assistance to help him live a better, more hopeful life.
Tripura Foundation is a budding lifeline to this young man and many others like him, but we can only continue doing so with YOUR help. Please click here to make a recurring donation of as little as $10 a month. Your regular contribution helps us ensure a brighter future for children in greatest need. Thank you.
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.
Today is Babaji’s Birthday. Today, in avery special way, he is radiating Love and Blessings to everyone.
As you think of him and feel gratitude for all the miracles you have experienced with him and his teachings, this opens your heart to receive the Blessings.
Thank you so much for making this Birthday the best one ever for Babaji. It is deeply fulfilling to see his students give so generously to help his people suffering on the island of Rameshwaram, his birthplace.
I’m happy to share that next week, we will be opening 5 HoPE Centers for the fishermen children of Rameshwaram, with more HoPE Centers and a daycare coming soon. We will also be starting a cottage industry for the widowed women of Rameshwaram who will be employed to prepare healthy packaged food for over 3000 HoPE children throughout India.
It feels like a miracle to me – thank you for being a miracle-maker to give a new life to people who really need your help, and are
near and dear to Babaji’s heart.