HoPE Hero Spotlight: Arjuna

Arjuna A. Ramnarine MBA, CPA, CMA, is Tripura Foundation’s volunteer CFO, and whose story stems from gratitude for his personal experience of change and fortune, and his desire to give back as a result of these blessings.

In sharing my story, it is my hope that you will be inspired to:

  • believe in a world of all possibilities and that you, too, can experience positive life changes;
  • nurture compassion for others; in giving, the Universe flows endless opportunities to you for your expansion;
  • take purposeful action – to join in our mission to transform the lives of those in underprivileged circumstances and care for children and seniors in meaningful ways.

I met Dr. Pillai in 2005.  At that time, I thought I was experiencing life challenges.  Little did I know at that time, that it was going to get worse.  In brief, it did.  Three years later, I lost everything, including my home.  I was emotionally tired from, frustrated with, and challenged by a personal perspective that desired change, yet faced with a hopeless day-to-day reality that reinforced the impossibility of manifesting that change.

It was the compassion and super-intelligence of Dr. Pillai, a Great Master / Teacher / Father, who helped me out of this life situation with grace and untouched by harm’s ways.  With Dr. Pillai’s blessings and the disciplined practice of his very scientific teachings, I regained everything.

The mental, emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual turmoil I went through are no different from what the children and elders we serve experience day in and night out.  There are so many who are in dire need of a gentle, guiding and compassionate hand, just like I did.

Tripura Foundation is that Divine Hand in action!

Today, I’m happy to give back by serving in a strategic capacity and being part of the Tripura team that is focused on bringing positive change to these lives. With 20 years of comprehensive experience in both the for-profit and not-for-profit industries, I bring leadership to adopting best practices, so we can continue to build a transparent and healthy financial and operational framework, which ensures its long term growth, success and sustainability.

Through the creation and implementation of programs, Tripura Foundation can make a significant difference today in the lives of those in greatest need.  Fortunate to have personally seen the growth and success of these programs over the years, I am convinced that every dollar you contribute gives way more hope to each child and senior than that dollar could ever purchase otherwise.

Please join Tripura Foundation to help us bring our programs to every village in India.  Donate today!

Be a part of our conscious and deliberate effort to manifest a vision of well-being, love, compassion and joy – to transform villages and give HoPE one child and one senior at a time.

- Arjuna A. Ramnarine MBA, CPA, CMA


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Charity is Born of Sympathy

“Charity is born of sympathy. By sympathy, a quality of Omnipresence, a person may transfer his consciousness to that within suffering men; and experience, as his own, their griefs and limitations. It is then that the charitable desire to offer help springs forth.

Selfishness cramps the omnipresent soul in a miserable prison of limiting material desires. You should desire salvation so that you may give it to everyone else. You should desire to drink God’s nectar of bliss so that you may share it with all. That is true charity.” ~ Yogananda

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[PHOTOS] HoPE Learning Center Students Celebrate International Women’s Day

On March 8th each year, people worldwide celebrate a holiday called International Women’s Day, which began in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland.

This means International Women’s Day began during the industrial revolution – a time of great chaos, population growth, and the forefront of the women’s rights movement. In 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter work hours, better pay and the right to vote.

In honor of International Women’s Day 2015, the HoPE Learning Center students of Velur held a big celebration.

Students of our Velur HoPE Learning Center invited their parents, the Panchayat Ward Member and the Chief Guest to attend this event.  During the celebration, students and parents participated in planned sporting events.  Some students spoke about the importance of this great holiday, while other students sang and presented their kavithaikal (poems).  The Chief Guest gave prizes to the winners of each category, and everyone involved celebrated in happiness and joy!

DID YOU KNOW?  Bringing HoPE to a child is easy!  Will you open your heart by contributing just $10 each month to sponsor one child, $30 each month to sponsor 3 children, or even $300 per month to sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center?  In return for your contribution, you’ll receive quarterly updates about the progress of these precious HoPE Center children and, of course, the inner peace that comes from serving others.  Donate here.

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Successful Implementation of Our First Phonemic Intelligence Pilot in Detroit Michigan

In Detroit, Michigan, three 5th grade classes (100 students total) were trained in the implementation of Tripura Foundation’s Phonemic Intelligence (PI) program.

Training the students to use the technique was delightful, easy and enjoyable. The children were all positive in their responses.  Their hearts were BIG, open and ready for the future!

Below are quotes from some of these Detroit 5th grade students after their very first time practicing the PI technique:

“It felt breathtaking.”

“I feel that I’m ready to take my reading test.”

“I feel like I can do anything.”

“I feel like I just woke up.”

“I feel energized.”

“I feel tingly.”

“I feel confident.”

“I feel weird.” [said with a big smile!]

“I feel like I’ve just been born.”

When the student who stated “I feel like I’ve just been born.” was asked: “Can you tell us more about what you mean?” he said: “Everything’s new, everything’s possible. I could do everything new.”


Detroit Public Schools’ Chief Innovations Officer, Lamont Satchel, had this to say:

“The meeting today with the principals and teachers went extremely well; far better than I imagined. Alice did an outstanding job of explaining PI, and the PI practice she led was both powerful and peaceful. The interaction of Meena and Alice with the principals and teachers during and after the presentation was key to solidifying their level of comfort and embrace of PI. We look forward to the results of the Pilot and eventual expansion of PI to all our schools.”

With positive feedback and response such as this, together, we’ve set the stage to potentially help many more students in Michigan and beyond, who will benefit from brain-enhancing education!

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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

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HoPE Hero Rakesh is a Lifesaver!

Tripura Foundation’s Hope Learning Center students continue to impress and amaze all those around them with their heroic and brave acts of compassion, love and selflessness.

Take, for example, Rakesh, a ninth standard student at our Murukkampattu HoPE Learning Center.  In the short video clip below, discover exactly what makes Rakesh one of our bravest HoPE heroes yet!

With your continued support and generous donations, more and more children like Rakesh will have the resources and support they require to have the presence of mind to watch out for those around them, to create a brighter, happier future, and to spread compassion and HoPE wherever they go – to help end poverty and suffering everywhere!

To make your donation, visit the Tripura Foundation donation page, and select ‘HoPE Child’ in the ‘Designate To’ drop-down menu to ensure your contribution goes to another child with the potential to become our next HoPE hero.

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Project SAVE : Meet HoPE Hero Sabreesh

Tripura Foundation’s Hope Learning Centers have given students in various villages in India a true sense of purpose and strength, and these children continue to perform acts of compassion and love.

In the short video clip above, discover exactly what makes Sabreesh an inspirational HoPE hero. Though he suffers from a condition that often leaves him tired and weak, he not only finds the strength to keep up his grades and school attendance, but he also recently performed a heroic act that saved the life of an older woman in his village.  Watch and share the video above to inspire and be inspired!

With your continued support and generous donations, more and more children like Sabreesh will have the resources and support they need to begin creating a brighter future for themselves, leaving poverty behind, and spreading compassion and HoPE wherever they go.  Click the button below to make your contribution.  Thank you.

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Project SAVE : Meet HoPE Hero Santhanalukshmi

The students of Tripura Foundation’s Hope Learning Centers in India continue to perform acts of bravery and compassion!

In the above video, we introduce Santhanalakshmi, another amazing young Tripura HoPE hero attending 8th grade in the Trichy area in India.  Click PLAY above to find out exactly what makes her a true hero, especially to two of her classmates who would have otherwise drowned in a nearby river if it wasn’t for her quick thinking and fast action.

Your recurring monthly donation (no matter how small!) makes all the difference in the lives of children like Santhanalakshmi and her two classmates!

To make your contribution, visit the Tripura Foundation donation page, and select ‘HoPE Child’ in the ‘Designate To’ drop-down menu to ensure your contribution goes to another child with the potential to become our next HoPE hero!

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Dr. Pillai’s Birthday Wish : Brain Education for All Children

Dr. Pillai’s birthday is on February 1, and he has a very personal birthday wish, a monumental vision for a new world.  This vision includes a special kind of education that can teach children to help others and give back to people in need around them, thus creating a new world where compassion rules.

“Going forward in the 21st century we have to really get together as one race.  The Human Race.”

Dr. Pillai envisions a world where 1 billion poor children are given exactly what they need to have a better quality of life.  Tripura Foundation is working toward making this a reality.

DID YOU KNOW?  We can literally change our brain state, allowing for a more compassionate, calm, intelligent existence.  Scientists continue to prove that Phonemic Intelligence (PI) practices WORK.

“The highest intelligence lies in sounds, and when children access that intelligence, it changes their entire destiny.”

What we’ve discovered is essentially that regular practice of the PI sound exercise not only balances the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which creates a hemispheric synchronization where the brain systems can work more coherently, but it also activates the anterior cingulate, which is the part of the brain that regulates emotions, learning, memory.  It also lowers anxiety and irritability and enhances social awareness, intuition and empathy.

Watch the video above to find out how Tripura Foundation’s Phonemic Intelligence practices have already made a huge difference in the lives of children around the globe and how you can help extend the reach of this very valuable brain-changing education!

To making Dr. Pillai’s vision a REALITY,
Chandra Sullivan
Tripura Foundation Team Member

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Project SAVE: Meet HoPE Hero Pothiraja

Pothiraja is in the 8th grade and lives in Veerapandi Village (Madurai) India.  This young boy has undergone lot of struggle in his life prior to joining Tripura’s HoPE Learning Center. He lost his father at a very young age and his mother is mentally ill. He used to stay hungry and would wander aimlessly, because he and his mother had no permanent home. They would spend their cold nights in an unprotected bus stop for shelter.

Pothiraja would help homemakers in Madurai village, and he was fed in return. He ran errands for others and did not attend school regularly. The villagers utilized his innocence by making him do household chores for them.

The bus stop shelter where he and his mother were staying is near one of Tripura’s HoPE Learning Centers.  When a girl named Kaveri, a 5th grader, asked Pothiraja why he wasn’t attending school, he told her that there was no one to care for him or help him in his studies.  So this girl took him to one of the HoPE Lerning Center teachers, who asked him to attend classes at the center regularly and requested that he rejoin school.

Four months after he joined the learning center we noticed a miraculous change in his overall attitude. He now attends classes full of confidence and is doing well at his school.  He carries a sweet smile on his face, leaving behind bad memories of the past and is looking toward a bright future.

He one day wishes to become a police officer.  There is a spark and a drive within Pothiraja which gives us no doubt that he will achieve his goal.

You have an opportunity to be a part of Project SAVE by making a donation to sponsor other children just like Pothiraja, who are in need of food, shelter and education, so they’re able to not just survive, but truly THRIVE.

Kindly make your donation at this link:  http://www.tripurafoundation.org/donate_8

With love,
Chandra Sullivan
Tripura Foundation Team Member

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