Category: Our People

Nagajothi – A Wise Teacher

Nagajothi grew up as one of four children in a family that struggled each day to survive.  As the youngest child, Nagajothi was bought up with great love and care by her family.  She studied more than her siblings and made it to the 12th grade.

Yet, by the time Nagajothi reached her late teens, survival became the family priority over education.

Nagajothi’s brother watched as she slowly sank into depression while home, and recommended that she join a tailoring class.

So in 1993, she did.  Nagajothi began to like tailoring and wanted to continue learning.  However, the course that she attended was just 30 days and only covered the basics. Unable to afford to learn from any other private sources, Nagajothi was forced to give up.

In 1996, she was married off to a young, supportive man, who helped her join a 60-day tailoring course. Happy with that, Nagajothi continued where she had left off and learned more.  Unfortunately, after the tailoring course was through, she had a hip operation which left her bedridden for four months.

She says, “I finally understood the pain of being bed ridden. It hurt being in one position so long. When I was finally able to walk, I had to use a walking stick, and each step I took gave me unbearable pain in the lungs.”

On a much happier note, Nagajothi was blessed with a baby boy soon after she recovered.  She now has three children, two sons and a daughter, whom she adores.  She says, “They are the best of God’s gift to me. I absolutely adore them. They are the happiness of my life. Not only are they my children, they are my best friends who advise and support me through difficult times.”

Nagajothi went on to learn many new techniques in tailoring and started training women in her neighborhood. This gave them hope and strength that they can create beautiful dresses and help sustain their families.  Around this time, Tripura Foundation asked her to become one of our tailoring teachers.

Nagajothi says, “I was more than glad to help and took the offer immediately, because I was going through a rough phase and this opportunity gave me hope of better survival and a chance to prove myself. My dream job has now come true and I am finally happy. It gives me great pleasure teaching young women. It gives us confidence and a means to earn a living through tailoring.”

Help us here at Tripura Foundation give confidence and HoPE to more women like Nagajothi and those she teaches.  Click the ‘Donate Now’ button below to make your monthly contribution.  Thank you.

A Million Dollar Journey of HoPE

On our most recent Ambassadors of HoPE trip, our Ambassadors visited HoPE learning centers in Rameswaram to find out how the widows and children had transformed over the 12 months since we began our support initiatives there.  Our initiatives included: 11 new HoPE Centers to educate and care for 450 children and 2 Tailoring Centers to train 30 women with entrepreneurial skills.

It’s always refreshing to hear great testimonies from our Ambassadors of HoPE, sharing the love, happiness and joy they experience during their trip.  Most often, having given of their time, finances and hearts to attend one of our Ambassadors of HoPE trips, they feel as though the journey itself and the interactions with the children they’re helping to support are indeed priceless!

Today, I’d like to share with you one such inspiring story from Jnani, one of the attendees of our most recent Ambassadors of HoPE trip.  

“Ever since the first HoPE Center was created, I knew this is an idea whose time has come – this is a movement that will change the world.   I have been happy to support HoPE through donations and prayers, and when I discovered I could attend the Ambassador of HoPE trip in November, I eagerly signed up.  What a great opportunity to learn firsthand the effect of Phoenemic Intelligence (PI) on the forgotten children of this world.

As we global emissaries gathered in Swamimalai for breakfast the first morning, we were instantly bonded in eager anticipation to see the children and experience the great work HoPE Centers is achieving for the planet.

First we visited the temple of Goddess Lakshmi’s birthplace.  As we said our prayers for the day, we could feel her blessings pouring out on us and our mission as Ambassadors of HoPE.

We arrived at the first HoPE Center.  There were the children, standing tall and proudly wearing their bright purple HoPE Center shirts. We were greeted with big smiles, cheers, flowers and even fireworks.  It was immediately evident that these children’s lives have been forever made better by the work of HoPE PI.  Even though some of these children had only been in the program for a month, there was an intelligence in their eyes and speech, a confident handshake, and gracious manners.  As we passed out a HoPE Gift Pack to each child, they said, ‘thank you’ in clear English and an open heart.

Through the weekend, we heard children’s stories, met dedicated teachers, honored scholastic achievement, taught new hygiene practices.  We viewed clever art and science projects made especially for this day of celebration.  From bending and harnessing energy from water, beautiful painted butterfly wings made from seashells, to the many happy faces, the effect of HoPE was seen everywhere.  Together we learned, laughed, danced, and played games all united in our hearts of love for each other.

As we were saying our final good-byes, one little sweet girl dressed in her best baubles and bangles and with a light in her eyes, shyly threw her arms around me and whispered in my ear, ‘you are my best friend’.

We gave $500 and received a Million in return!”

What a touching story and powerful testimony to the positive changes HoPE Centers and our Ambassadors of HoPE bring to the world, wouldn’t you agree?

Wishing you HoPE and love,
Chandra Sullivan
Tripura Foundation Team Member

Happy New Year 2015!

As 2014 comes to a close, we here at Tripura Foundation want to wish you a happy, peaceful, prosperous and blessed new year!

We’d also like to thank you and let you know how much we truly appreciate your support throughout the past year to help us move closer to making Heaven on Planet Earth (HoPE) a reality for all.

I very much look forward to continuing to connect with you here on the HoPE Post Blog (and the Tripura Foundation Facebook page) throughout 2015, bringing you more stories from our Ambassadors of HoPE, Project SAVE Heroes, Miracle Makers and much, much more.

Your continued support means the very world to us and to those we’re able to help with the generous donations we receive.  Even if it’s just a few dollars a month, your recurring monthly donation goes such a long way toward eradicating poverty, educating the young and caring for the destitute elderly.

If you feel called to do so, please consider setting up a recurring monthly donation.  Together, we can keep the compassion and love of the holiday season alive throughout the New Year by blessing the lives of others less fortunate.

In Gratitude,

Chandra Sullivan
Tripura Foundation Team Member

Gifts of HoPE Enliven the World!

I just love to hear stories from Ambassadors of HoPE who visit our HoPE Centers around the world.  I hope to make my own visit when the time is right!

One such recent story comes from our Jai Radha (Gina Guerrieri) and I’d like to share it here with you today:

“Recently I had the honor of visiting one of Tripura Foundation’s rural HoPE Centers.  As we approached, the children were lined up and we were presented with a bouquet of local flora.  

They started out a bit shy, as I imagine it’s not a regular occurrence to have a westerner visit their rural town.

 Once they began to warm up though, the enthusiasm was unleashed! They were eager to show us how they do Phonemic Intelligence, followed by some yoga poses.

Then we shared snack time with them, which I have to say was quite tasty!  The “talent show” portion of our visit was by far the most energetic performances I have ever seen. These children are examples of unbridled joy and enthusiasm!