Category: Personal Transformation Program

A Ray of HoPE for Pavadharini


Pavadharini is 11 years old.   When she came to one of Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Centers, she shared her story in a voice that was barely loud enough for us to hear.

She shared that her mother committed suicide when she was just 7 years old.  Pavadharini was left with her father, who married another woman not long after her mother died.

She felt that she didn’t have time to mourn her mother’s passing before she moved to a new home with a new family.

Her step-mother and step-brother had no intention of taking her in, until her father insisted.  Even so, he didn’t take care of her in any other way.

She was not allowed time to study, so she lost all interest in planning her future. She had no time to touch books because she went to bed right after finishing countless household chores and caring for her step-brother.

This was her daily routine until she heard about her local HoPE Learning Center from friends.

She says, “It was the luckiest day in my life when my father let me go to learn in HoPE Center.”

She now has friends who help her through her studies and teachers who encourage her to look forward to her future.

Through Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Centers, Pavadharini has finally found a ray of HoPE in her bleak situation, and is thriving rather than merely surviving.

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Dear Mohini,

We arrived on Sunday night at La Paz, about 2 hours away from Cabo by road on the Mar de Cortez side. It is a semi desertic ecosystem.

On Monday we drove approximately 35 minutes to the city of La Pasion, where the Hope center is located, the poverty is extreme, the houses are made of plywood, most of them have one room where they cook and sleep. There are no paved roads and no running water, the temperature was 105 degrees, I believe Lucia told me the population was 400 and 200 hundred are children!!!!!

The PI and PTP are held in the town’s rec center which was donated , it is a plywood building consisting of two adjacent rooms, one aprox 12 X 24 and the smaller one that serves as a storage room mostly, there is a small bathroom which frankly i didn’t see.

We proceeded to visit some homes so I could meet the families, we visited 4 homes, we sat and talked to the moms, I guess dads were working. All the mother’s answer were very similar, I asked all of them if their kids had been attending the program from the beginning? What changes have you noticed? Have their grades changed? Are you happy and will they continue to attend?

Absolutely all of them answered the same thing, all of the kids had been there from the very beginning. They all had seen a difference in their character , calmer, more cooperative, less aggressive. All of them had improved their grades, they were very happy to be a part of this and planned to keep their children in the program.

Then we went to the rec center for the day’s session. I met all of the children and 2 of their teachers. There were 22 that day, we did the sounds in English. The PTP lesson for that day was personal safety, and then we did the sound again in Spanish! We handed them their snacks , guided by one of the girls they prayed and recited the ARUT PERUM JYOTI mantra. It was very touching. I’m in love with those kids!

We left and drove about 1 hour to the opening of the other center in the Colony called Ciudad del Cielo (city of heaven, go figure) where Lucia gave a short presentation, we did the sounds, I gave a little talk expanding on TF , today was the opening and they had 10 very enthusiastic kids!!!!!

Overall, I firmly believe that Lucia and her Tripura team (I met most of them) have done an amazing job. They all have put their hearts into this project and it really shows. The children know the sounds and participate eagerly. The teachers agreed that all the kids have changed tremendously since they have been participating in the program. One of them even wants to grow up to be a teacher of HOPE centers!!!!!!!

The Kids needed a sink and I left Lucia  $100 to buy it. We also bought them 2 fans (the heat is extreme) and an extension cord!! We will pay for the extra electricity charges too. I cannot imagine the summer there.

Thanks so much for allowing me to be  a part of this amazing experience. I feel truly blessed!!!!!!!!

Love, K

Here is a link to a video of K’s drive to the Learning Center: Drive To La Pasion – June 2014 Give it a couple of minutes to load.

Joana, one of our brightest stars


By Lucía Briseño Haro

Joana has assisted to the HoPE center since the day we started, almost one year ago. She has always been very smiley and smart, but she was always ready to fight when the others made fun of her. Her mom, who is an employee in a convenience store, said that before to go to the HoPE center she used to be playing out of the house all day, but now she stays at home doing her homework, playing with her younger sister and doing handcrafts. Thanks to her new behavior at home, her mom decided to send her other two sisters to the center too.

She is 10 years old and attends 4th grade at the local school and has the highest grades of her class. Her professor always puts her as an example and asked her to remind him to do the PI exercise every day in the classroom.

For months she said that she wanted to be a singer, and recently she said that she wanted to be a teacher of HoPE centers.

I am Lesly Berenice García Ortega

I am 11 years old. I remember that before to come to the HoPE center I was confused and I used to fight with my   sister, who is 7, and with my mother. Now, with the practice of the sounds, we get along much better; I feel more free and confident. I am studying in 6th grade. I already was a good student, but now I am better, my general     grades  are 9.6 out of 10.

My favorite lesson of the Personal Transformation Program is the one about assertiveness. Now I have moved from aggression to dialogue and I can solve my problems in a better way.

My mom is a housewife and my dad is a mason. We all practice the sounds together on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; because the other days we go to church. During the vacation time I was sad, because I wanted to come to the center; I wait all day to come.

I feel happier; I know I’m in a better path now.

HoPE center La Pasión, México. April, 2014

Note: She answered to an open question about her life before and after the Sounds Technique and the Personal Transformation Program. The testimony reflects her own words –not common in children of her age and environment.

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