The Ever Smiling Boy!

This ever smiling boy is César Adrián Romo. When he started coming to the HoPE center, his grades were 6s or 7s out of 10s. Now he is having 9s and 10. He is 12 and is about to finish elementary school.

He said that he likes to be in the center better than in his house, that this is a good place to be. When he was asked about the practice of the sounds, he answered that he gets sleepy and starts recalling happy moments like Christmas, birthdays.…and his girlfriends.

The subject that he has mostly enjoyed was one about poetry in the philosophy class, because he found a way to express what he feels.

He still does not know what he would like to be. But he got really excited talking about science and an experiment where he had to explode a potato and the battery exploded instead!


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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.

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“The kids are growing up…” we feel inspired by their compassion

There we were taking care of children from the poorest of poor neighborhoods in rural India. We tried our best to support their growth through our HoPE learning centers and also our most innovative Phonemic Intelligence program. But who would have thought that these children would inspire us in turn with their 360 degree transformations and such lofty levels of compassion. Look here, our children, feeding the poor abandoned elderly of their villages. We say proudly, the kids are growing up… We feel inspired, don’t you?

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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.

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HoPE Children Rally Around Their Hurt Friend…

Meet José Francisco.

 He was hit by a drunk driver at the end of May that resulted in a broken cranium, and left him in coma for over 48 hours.

 To his and his family’s joy, his fellow HoPE Children rallied around him in support…

José Francisco recovering from the accident. He is surrounded by some girls from the HoPE center and a Buddhist nun who came by to visit that day.

 While he was recovering, they visited and helped him with the lessons and homework from school to help catch him up. They also practiced the phonemic intelligence with him to help his brain recover!

 Once again, our HoPE children went above and beyond even our expectations, displaying extraordinary levels of compassion…Proving that HoPE Centers are transforming them from the inside out.

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Visit to HoPE Learning Centers at Gururajapet and Pattabiramapuram in April 2014

By Valli Wells

Tripura Foundation is Dr. Pillai’s non-profit organization that has several service projects up and running in various counties. He has a great vision for how simple sounds can change the destiny of children.

In April, 2014, I had the great joy of visiting two of the Tripura Foundation HoPE Learning Centers in Tamil Nadu (a state in southern India) which include children using simple sounds as part of their on-going program:

  • Guruvarajapet (sponsored by Ms. Stacey Lawson of USA)
  • Pattabiramapuram (sponsored by Ms. Jo Magnani of UK)

We first started with a visit to the Muruga temple at Tiruttani. This is a famous vortex for peace which has been visited throughout the centuries by various saints and siddhas, including the siddha Agastya who is said to have worshipped Muruga here and received the divine gift of the Tamil language. At the end of our visit, we saw some peacocks (a bird associated with Muruga and symbolizing Infinite Light). I looked at the largest peacock and said the word “Mayil” (Tamil word for peacock). He immediately turned toward us and opened his tail feathers to their fullest spread. My guide smiled and said, “Muruga has given you a special darshan!” It was a delightful omen for the rest of the day.

The two HoPE Learning Centers we went to are in villages in a rural area which traditionally has had agriculture as a mainstay. However, due to the watershed levels dropping lower and lower over recent years, employment options in that field are becoming greatly reduced. The up and coming generation needs to learn new skills to break out of poverty cycles.

I was accompanied by my guide, Mr. Duneshakar, who has himself experienced positive transformations in working for Dr. Pillai’s companies. When I first met him several years ago, he was a young and rather shy packing clerk in the Shipping Department of AstroVed. Now he has matured into someone who is a candidate for a Master’s degree and confidently carries a United Nations card showing his involvement in relief work which is a big jump in “status” for him.

The children at Guruvarajapet greeted us warmly with flowers and smiles. They had organized a program for us that included dancing, singing, acrobatics, yoga, sharing of science exhibits, mime performances and more. I was impressed with how bright and alert all the children were. If it was not their turn yet to perform, they were sitting patiently and giving their attention and support to the ones who had the spotlight. There was no boredom or mindless chattering or fighting. They were demonstrating great teamwork. The children themselves were serving as emcee, coordinating the music to play and getting the next group ready for their turn. We commended them and their teachers for doing such a good job at this Center as this has helped create a model for other Centers.

In addition to the children’s project, we saw another program at Guruvarajapet for women who are enrolled in a tailoring class. They are learning to sew and make garments which is a skill they can use at home and make extra income for their family. Their instructor showed us the various kinds of stitching and garments the women are learning to make, and the women had sincere messages of thanks for the Tripura sponsors and their heartfelt request for the tailoring class to be continued in their area. This pathway to economic relief is deeply appreciated by the local women.

At Pattabiramapuram, we found out it was a local festival day, and some of the children had participated earlier in a kind of “fire walking”, so we admired their courage for that. The ones who had done this had a special thread tied around their arm with a turmeric root.

The children greeted us with homemade cards and local flowers, and despite the heat and their earlier exertions for the festival, they rallied to share a happy program with us. Their laughter and smiles were wonderful to see. The Center was clean with evidence of various artwork projects in different mediums as well as various lessons in chalk on the walls. The children carried themselves with confidence, and it was clear their teachers are leading them with love.

We praised them for becoming positive role models in their area.

Dr. Pillai has a passion for feeding people, and we were at Pattabiramapuram in time for the children to have their “snack”, a tasty dish of very healthy mix of cooked channa (garbanzo beans) with some delicious local greens and spices. The children were nicely organized and did not mob for their snack. They waited with patience to be served. Before eating, the children pray their gratitude, including regular prayers for the Tripura sponsors. This was very touching to watch.

I have met the wonderful sponsors Stacey Lawson and Jo Magnani on previous trips to India, and I send them both waves of gratitude from the Centers and add my thanks to them for their generosity in supporting these programs which are simple, yet effective, in truly changing the lives of many in this area.

*All Photos by Parthiban

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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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Hope for students who are suffering

Sounds for Hope US

By Alice Moore

I suffered a great deal in my youth from anxiety and fear. This directly affected my studies in a negative way. I was not able to concentrate. My mind was always somewhere else. I would daydream to comfort myself or find myself caught in fear in my mind. My ability to succeed in certain subjects was blocked by these challenges. I was elated to learn as an adult that my challenges could be alleviated and eliminated by changing the condition of my brain. I learned that there were parts of the brain that could get stronger and over time, solve the problems of overwhelm and anxiety.

In my first experiences with practicing Phonemic Intelligence’s brain-strengthening exercises, I immediately felt calmer and more focused in the present moment.These discoveries have lead to my passion for sharing the Phonemic Intelligence brain changing education with as many students as possible, especially those students suffering in school.

I have the great joy of my job being: sharing these simple and profound brain- changing exercises with students all over the US. I get to watch students (and teachers!) change and grow as they become empowered by a balanced whole brain state.

What’s even more exciting is the proven science behind these experiences. The facts are the facts! Neuroscientists and doctors continue to explain what exactly is happening in the brain and why regular practice of these sound exercises makes us feel better. In addition to the scientifically proven facts we have the experience that it works.

Our science based tools strengthen the anterior cingulate with enhances compassion and empathy.

There was one student recently who made me laugh and warmed my heart.  She is a 2nd grader and has a 4 year old little brother who tends to always hit her. She told me she practiced the brain exercise at home with him in the room and he calmed down. She reported: “He is not hitting me anymore!”

Our exercise does more than just focus the person who is practicing and this is the experience we have in the classrooms. Even those who don’t participate are positively affected by the practice.

My heart is also deeply moved by a high school student who seemed the most resistant and unlikely to participate in the exercise. He sat in the back of the room, with anger on his face, at least it seemed. He did not seem alert or interested. For some reason he became willing to participate and after practice of the exercise he looked at me with bright eyes. He shared that he definitely was skeptical and didn’t think it would work at all, but was happy to feel a “deep sense of calm inside” that he doesn’t usually feel. He said he felt clear and awake. He was surprised and said he looked forward to trying it again.

These are only a few of the positive daily responses I hear from students, teachers and from our Phonemic Intelligence Champion Volunteers around the globe. There are hundreds of stories of people healing and strengthening their ability to learn.

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Celebrate Principals, Teachers and Volunteers who truly are dedicated to the best interests of their students

Sounds for Hope US
By Alice Moore

One of our star pilots this year is at Hope Rural School in Indiantown, Florida  US. This pilot was started by Dr. Becky Prostko and Brent Cooper, along with assistance from Mary Ann Unger, Jodie Hartshorne, Rosemary Murphy and Dot Vanderhoff- our Phonemic Intelligence Volunteer Champions in Florida.

We are proud to be working with this progressive school that serves primarily children of migrant workers and fosters values of justice and love. This special school not only strives to educate the children, but also the parents of the students. Their commitment of over 25 years is inspiring!

The Principal of this school agrees with us: giving students tools to strengthen their brains, especially the anterior cingulate, is a powerful gift!

150 students (grades preK-5th grade) and 10 teachers are practicing our core brain strengthening technique every day in the morning before their lessons begin. Teachers report that the less than 10-minute sound exercise has been easy to implement and the students love it.

These brain-changing exercises literally balance both hemispheres of the brain and create an environment for peace and calm, allowing learning to be easier and more effective.

Another star pilot is in Northern California at Dunsmuir Elementary School, Dunsmuir, California started by our Phonemic Intelligence Volunteer Champions: Betsy Hibbits, Sarah Burns and Marrio Romero.

We are proud to partner with teacher Tony Garcia and Principal Helen Herd, and each of the teachers practicing with their students. Many of these children have economic and emotional challenges that affect their ability to learn at school.

These teachers, schools and volunteers are the pioneers out in the field, hands on, experiencing the effects of Phonemic Intelligence. We always ask the students how they feel after they practice the exercise and we hear the most encouraging and amazing responses.

After practicing with the students on a recent visit, to Dunsmuir Elementary a 3rd grade boy responded to our question: “How do you feel, now?” He exclaimed: “I feel excited, because I have a lot of things to do in my life!”  I personally have never heard a 3rd grader say that with such enthusiasm and it was inspiring to learn that this student had a broader perspective and a true sense of hope.

A 5th grade student expresses: “I’m going to start practicing the exercise before I read because I have a lot of thoughts when I read.” When we asked what she meant, she said she had trouble concentrating while reading because there were too may thoughts in her mind, she was distracted all the time and could not focus. This was my experience as a child-reading comprehension was difficult because of so many thoughts in my head and seems to be a common experience for students.

Our experience of practicing the exercise is that thoughts and anxiety slows down (the activity of the amygdala, slows down) and calm and clarity is the most common response as the anterior cingulate is activated.

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Bringing Calm and Focus to students at US public schools with Phonemic Intelligence

Sounds for Hope US                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

By Alice Moore

Every day in the newspapers and on the news we see concern for students who are distracted and unable to concentrate on their studies at school. At the most extreme, students are suffering from ADD, ADHD and other disorders where they are being medicated to help them focus and learn effectively which is only one solution to putting our brains in a balanced state.

We all know there are many reasons for these disturbing challenges and many side effects to the solution of medication, although necessary in some cases, this is controversial and not an option for everyone. Fortunately educators all over the world are passionate about additional solutions for this!

Tripura Foundation is a part of that solution. Through our cutting edge science based education: Phonemic Intelligence, we are changing the way teachers, families and students experience learning and education all over the world. I have had the amazing opportunity this year to work with Tripura Foundation and to pilot Phonemic Intelligence programs in the US.

In my hometown of San Francisco, we have been piloting our programs at several public schools and after school programs where students and teachers are challenged with overwhelm, anxiety and frustration about achieving all that they need to do in a given school day. In addition students face serious financial and emotional pressures that interfere with the ability to succeed at school.

Before our pilots, teachers say: “There is no time, no time to do all we need to do, we just cannot add another lesson.”

These feelings of constant overwhelm and anxiety, create a stressful environment for learning, for the teachers and the students.

We have a solution to support our teachers to create healthy environment for learning.

We encourage the teachers to put the core technique as a priority, setting a specific time each day to practice, so it’s just part of the routine. It takes less than 10 minutes. The results of this structure and continued practice are beneficial and essential for success and progress.

After a few weeks of regular practice teachers report that they now look forward to practicing the brain strengthening core technique and if they forget for some reason, the students are the first to remind the teacher: “Hey, we need to do our brain exercises!”

 At Spring Valley Science Elementary School, in San Francisco, 2nd grade teacher Courtney Cook reports that her students become calm, focused and ready to learn after they practice the less than 10 minute core technique of Phonemic Intelligence, a simple brain strengthening exercise using vocalization of sounds and hand gestures. Her daily practice happens after recess. “It regroups them after they have been outside playing, gets them focused and ready to learn”

No one can deny the change everyone feels in the room from after the exercise. Students are smiling, energized and ready to study. It just makes sense!

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