In The Eye Of The Beholder

Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder.

At a recent summer vocational training class held at a HoPE Learning Center in Coimbatore, children were taught how to recognize inner beauty and how to make everyone more beautiful on the outside as well.

Long-time beautician Mrs. Nithya, taught eager girls and boys how to use readily-available natural resources to beautify the hair, skin and nails of clients. She spoke about how healthy foods and fitness keep bodies and minds youthful and how different kinds of skin and hair require different beauty regimens.

She trained the children in creating different types of hair styles and Mehandi designs.

All of these skills could significantly enhance the incomes of these girls and boys in years to come.

It doesn’t take much to fill the lives of children with wonderment and beauty.

For only $10 a month, you can sponsor a HoPE Center child all year long, including attendance at summer workshops. For a one-time gift of $30, you can cover the costs of a local child during one of these transformative summer trainings.

Keep an eye open for more upcoming stories with photos about our children learning other  skills within their special chosen trade groups!

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Instilling Skills, Transforming Lives

At HoPE Learning Centers, children are taught many things – traditional academics, innovative life lessons, physical fitness, cultural awareness and skills that will possibly improve their abilities to support themselves in life.

During May, at RG Pudur Center, sixty children (40 HoPE Center students and 20 locals) were inaugurated into one of Tripura Foundation’s voc-ed summer training camps, where they welcomed esteemed volunteers, experts in their fields, with hand-made bouquets of flowers.

After initial presentations, like one about how to practice and  improve listening skills, the children were broken up into small groups to learn about basket making, cake making, crafts using waste materials, glass and fabric painting, jewelry making, hair styling and tailoring.

At the end of the program, all of the children were happy that they learned trades that were enjoyable and could spare them from hard futures trying to eke out wages as unskilled laborers.

Unfortunately, despite enormous popularity, we had to limit attendance at these popular workshops.  However, it doesn’t take much to transform the lives of children. For only $10 a month, you can sponsor a HoPE Center child all year long, including attendance at summer workshops. For a one-time gift of $30, you can cover the attendance of a local child during one of these transformative monthly training events.

Also, keep an eye open for upcoming stories with photos about our children learning skills within their specially chosen trade groups!

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HoPE for the Children of the World: How it All Began

About 20 years ago, I began my work in India.  I stayed in a room that had large ceiling-to-floor windows.  Across the street at an apartment complex, there was a young girl who was 8 years old who sat on a pile of dirt all day and opened the gate for all the cars of the residents.   She and her family lived in a tiny tomb-like enclosure in a pillar next to the gate.  Her mother cleaned the apartments and her father did maintenance work there.

The young girl had a very bright, beautiful and lively face.  Since I witnessed her daily life of monotonous work from her station on the pile of dirt, I began to wonder about her future and if she ever dreamt of going to school and creating a different life for herself.  I became attached to her and contemplated how I could sponsor her education.  Our staff invited her to our house, and I asked her about her dreams.  She wanted to be an accountant.  I offered to her and her father that I would pay for any school fees, and even offered that she could stay with us, since we had electricity, for her to study at night and people to tutor her.

Her father refused my offer, and said she needed to continue with her work as the gate-keeper.  The years passed by and she grew to be a young lady, and daily she still sat on a pile of dirt and opened the gate for the residents.  I wondered at her inner life- how did she face each day knowing that it would be a day of grinding poverty and monotonous chores, and that her dreams were hopeless to achieve without education?  What was it like to live in a tiny tomb in a pillar with 4 people, and see life from a station on a pile of dirt?  How many other children were living the same desperate lives, unseen and unheard and no opportunity in sight?  I could have been that young girl, instead of growing up in the US with everything I needed to be anyone I wanted to be.

I vowed to do what I could to bring transformational education to as many poor children in India as possible, and give them the opportunity to learn how to dream of a new life, and take steps in every way to make that dream a reality.  We began our educational programs first in a tutoring center in a slum for the children of fishermen, and then by partnering with the Rotary Club to provide alternative education on the weekends for their Boystown.  Today we have 101 of our own after-school centers throughout India for 4040 of the poorest children living in broken families in remote villages, and we deliver our educational programs in 40 schools for 16,000 underprivileged children in US, Mexico and India- and expanding to more children every day.

What happened to the beautiful girl, my neighbor?  Eventually we moved, and I never saw her ever again.  However, her memory is etched on my heart forever.  Likely she grew up to be a maid like her mother- illiterate and married to an illiterate husband, with children of her own.  She probably stopped hoping and dreaming, and just lived.

Every day there are children all over the world living through hopeless situations that are like a mini-prison- growing up to live in a permanent prison of poverty, lack of opportunity, lack of jobs, lack of money, lack of everything.  At Tripura Foundation, we are dedicated to bringing these children the HoPE of transformational education that empowers their brain, lights up their soul, brightens their faces and inspires inner dreams that blossom into new lives of achievement and fulfillment, and service to their family and communities.

And HoPE is happening every day- we invite you to join our mission to bring HoPE to the world.  To us, HoPE means Heaven on Planet Earth- a world of peace, love and prosperity for all.

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Chinnaka Sings Songs of HoPE

Looking back with tears in her eyes, Chinnaka described the day when she first heard the news that her son and daughter-in-law died in a motor vehicle accident in which they were traveling.

It was the day that she gave up singing due to sorrow and stress.

Chinnaka was suddenly the full-time guardian of her two grandchildren, a boy and a girl, who were too young to support themselves. She met all of their needs until they were taken into a hostel because Chinnaka was too old to work. She has a government pension, but it is too meager to pay for enough food to even feed herself.

Chinnaka just about lost all hope until she was selected for our HoPE for the Elderly program after being identified by a group of HoPE Learning Center students.

Thanks to our compassionate children for identifying this need, and our generous sponsors, Chinnaka and 75 other destitute elders receive monthly groceries and toiletries (including rice, Toor dal, sunflower oil, chili powder, pepper, cumin seeds, mustard, pickle bottle, bath soap, washing soap, shampoo, tooth powder, coconut oil, cough syrup, and pain relieving gel) to help keep them fed, groomed an in less pain. They also receive occasional items of clothing. More importantly, they know that they are cared for and not completely forsaken by humanity.

Most importantly, Chinnaka again has a smiling face and once again sings plenty of happy folk songs.

For only $30 a month, you can feed, clothe, comfort and restore dignity to a poor elderly person like Chinnaka. You could be the one to restore a HoPEful song or save a precious life!

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From Trauma to Triumph – Bharathi Thrives Again!

Traumatic events can happen at any time. The more frightened and helpless someone feels, the more likely s/he is to be traumatized. Victims may experience upsetting emotions, frightening memories, or senses of constant danger. Or, they might feel numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. When bad things happen, it can take a while to get over the pain and feel safe again, especially if the victim or loved one of a victim is a child.

Bharathi is in 7th grade and attends her local HoPE Learning Center after school. According to her teachers, she is a bright and bold student, but Bharathi’s abilities to focus on studies and excel in school were significantly impacted when her father met with an accident which led to the amputation of his right leg.

This was a terrible blow to Bharathi and her mother, who works at a construction site as a laborer. Not only did the family suffer major losses of income, but Bharathi became fearful and stressed. She lost sleep due to nightmares. She was no longer cheerful, and she lost interest in pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher.

Seeing her plight, our HoPE mentors consoled and counseled her. Other students were coached on how to support her with friendship and kindness.

Because of the support she received from her HoPE Learning Center, Bharathi overcame the effects of this sudden, traumatic experience. She recently reported that she is no longer having nightmares and is again thriving in school just before final exams.

Reach out NOW to help us help another child like Bharathi. For only $10 a month, this kind act will also cleanse away layers of your karmic trauma!

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Marcos Finds A Smile

At Tripura Foundation, one of our greatest satisfactions is witnessing the positive transformation of children; even one small child.

At first sight, Marcos Gabriel García Crespo seems quite serious and shy. This is because he didn’t grow up knowing how to smile. He lives in a small shack in La Paz, Mexico with his parents and three siblings. Life is tough and they rarely have enough to eat or to celebrate.

When we asked him what had changed for him after he attended activities at his local HoPE Learning Center, he replied:Since I started coming to the Center I feel joy. I am happy! I like coming here because I learn many things, play and eat. When we do the Phonemic Intelligence sounds, I see purple, pink and blue lights and I feel great. At home, I’m more relaxed; and, at school, I am learning better.”

Unfortunately, this former HoPE Center is no longer operational due to situations beyond Tripura Foundation’s control. Yet, Tripura Foundation helps many children like Marcos through our Phonemic Intelligence school programs in Mexico, India, the USA and other nations.

For a one-time gift of $108, you too can bring a smile to the face of a sweet child like Marcos for an entire year.  Donate today!

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From Silent Victim To Social Butterfly…

When Manjula first came to her local HoPE Learning Center less than a year ago, she was sad, silent and ignored almost everything that happened around her.

She sunk low to the ground and did not know how to laugh and play with the other children. Now, she is happy, peaceful and enjoying her life in connection with everyone around her.

When first approached, she nervously twitched. She could barely talk with a teacher about her about her favorite flowers. When asked about her family, she immediately tensed and recoiled. Yet, with gentle prompting, she shared bits and pieces of her life story.

Manjula’s father was an alcoholic who came home every day to verbally abuse the entire family. As the oldest child, Manjula felt like she had to take care of her little brother and protect him from her father. She avoided contact with other children so that they wouldn’t see what was going on.

Her mother worked in the neighbourhood and brought home scraps of food, but she had never tried to end this cycle of abuse because she didn’t recognize that it was a cycle that she could help end.

So, HoPE Learning Center teachers stepped in. They spoke to Manjula’s mother about how parental behaviors were affecting her children and gave her tools to make positive changes. Armed with knowledge, she finally took steps to correct the behaviours of her alcoholic husband.

Since then, Manjula’s father stopped drinking and both parents have  been taking proper care of their children.

Manjula talks non-stop about all the beautiful things she has experienced in her life. She says that she finally feels safe and free to soar like a social butterfly among her peers. She is grateful to Tripura Foundation for the changes in her life and aims to make future children at her HoPE Learning Center proud of what she will accomplish when she grows up.

Everyone is pleased about the positive transformation of Manjula; but, for every child who we are able to help find her/his wings, there are many more who still suffer in silence. For only $10 a month, you could help completely transform the life of a precious child.

Help us save one, right now!

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May 8 | One Day-a-Year to Maximize Charitable Actions

On May 8th [Sunday], the effects of our charitable actions are their most powerful during a rare once-a-year celestial alignment known as “Akshaya Tritiya,” or the “Non-Depleting 3rd Moon.”

Ancient Seers have revealed that the charitable work done with a pure heart on this day is the secret to receiving our own material and spiritual blessings.

“Feeding a starved human being and helping the poor with needed items are keys to receive material and spiritual blessings”. – Dr. Pillai

 What can you do on this day to maximize the benefits?

  • Offer to help others, even in small ways, at work or home
  • Feed the hungry
  • Lift up those in suffering in prayer, meditation or intention
  • Donate clothes, home items, or things you no longer need

Tripura invites you to maximize the power of your giving by feeding the undernourished children, women, and men of rural India.  For every $1 you give, 5 meals are fed to those in severe need through Million Meals of HoPE.

Make a small sacrifice by skipping a restaurant meal or an entertainment and look what you can do…
  • $20 feeds 100 meals 
  • $50 feeds 250 meals
  • $100 feeds 500 meals.

Invite in the biggest blessings, when you commit to regular service to those in need.  Select “charge my card monthly” when you make your donation to become a monthly sponsor.

Click Here to Make a Contribution to Million Meals of Hope.

Take advantage of the one day of the year guaranteed to multiply your ability to help and be helped.

Sincerely,

Your Tripura Team

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From Near Starvation To Sustenance – We Save Lives!

BPL = Below Poverty Line.

This is more than just a term used in government reports; it describes the lives of millions of human beings too.  Many of these are elderly people.  In India, over 23 million elderly people fit this description and 10 million more are classified as “destitute.”

These are not lazy individuals.  Most of these elderly people need to work simply to survive until the day they die, or until they no longer have the ability to work.  Most have been abandoned by families too poor to support them.  Most subsist on only on one meal per day, with no one to help them obtain water to drink from village wells or to help them soothe their aches and pains.

Tulasi and Panjaliammal

Mr. Tulasi and his wife Panjaliammal

 

Mr. Tulasi and his wife fit these descriptions. They live in a one-room mud-walled house with a thatched roof.  When it rains, the earthen floors turn into thick, wet mud.  There is no electricity in their house.  All they have is an oil lamp, but they rarely have oil to keep it lit during long dark nights.  On good days, they are able to eat one small meal, but there are also many days when they have nothing to eat except watery rice porridge.

Mr. Tulasi no longer has the strength or stamina to work outside the home due to a prolonged illness. He tries to help his wife with household chores such as cooking, cleaning and washing because she is currently the sole breadwinner.  Each day, she walks a few miles to a field where she works at hard labor while exposed to the brutality of the sun during summer and high humidity during winter. These relentless daily assignments pay only 40 rupees, which is less than a single US dollar a day. 

Mr. Tulasi

Mr. Tulasi and his wife are grateful for the assistance they receive.

Thanks to our compassionate HoPE Center children for identifying this need, as well as our generous sponsors, Mr Tulasi and 75 other destitute elders receive monthly groceries (including rice, Toor dal, sunflower oil, chili powder, pepper, cumin seeds, mustard, pickle bottle, bath soap, washing soap, shampoo, tooth powder, coconut oil, cough syrup, and pain relieving gel) to help keep them fed, groomed and in less pain. They also receive occasional articles of clothing.  More importantly, they know that they are cared for and not completely forsaken by humanity.

With your help, we can work toward the goal of making categories like “BPL” and “destitute” obsolete. For only $30 a month, we can feed, clothe, comfort and restore dignity to poor elderly people like Mr. Tulasi and his wife.  Will you help?

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A Picture Speaks a Thousand Words

Although advertising and the Bollywood entertainment industry markets in Mumbai seem saturated at present, there is a huge demand for photographers by magazines and online media. With an explosion of communication networks in India, digital photography has become a profession with great commercial value.

This is the world's most prospective line-up of future photographers!

In April, children from the R.G. Pudhur HoPE Learning Center, accompanied by the regional coordinator and mentors, visited the International Photography Exhibition that took place in Coimbatore, India.

Besides traditional photography, they learned about video, digital imaging, signage and advertising.

State-of-the-art cameras and video equipment were also on display by leading branded companies like Sony and Canon.

HoPE children in good cheer asked valid questions, which were answered in great detail.

Mr. Babu Venkataraman from M/s.Tamron (Manufacturers of Camera Lenses) took pictures of our students and then had them printed and laminated so they could take copies home.

In great zeal, our children took notes about what they witnessed during displays of vintage video cameras used during the World War, and Phantom digital high-speed cameras (which fly through the air taking pictures via remote controls).

At the end of the day, several students revealed that they want to pursue photography as a hobby or career.

The statement “a picture speaks a thousand words” is not just a colorful phrase. It is an exceptional medium of self-expression. It is an art form that demands a sense of technical expertise. It is also a potential lucrative career for rural Indian children with limited options.

You can help manifest the possibility of billions of words by sponsoring a child for only $10 per month.

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