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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Our Gift to YOU

Dear Tripura Family,

We’d like to say thank you for your generous support enabling Tripura to positively change lives and alleviate human suffering.

In the spirit of keeping with Dr. Pillai’s dream that we all commit to sharing $1-a-day, we are delighted to honor your commitment with a gift in return.


A Gift For You

A Gift For YouThrough the generosity of our partner, Pillai Center, anyone signed up as recurring sponsor giving at least $1-a-day ($30 monthly) or more by May 3rd will receive the following:

Both gifts are opportunities to increase your wealth consciousness and multiply the abundance you share.

How Do I Receive My Gift?

Click here to visit the Tripura Donate page and begin your recurring donation of $30 or more no later than May 3rd.

  1. In the DONATE section, select at least $30 or more
  2. In DONATION FREQUENCY, select “Charge my card monthly”
  3. In PROGRAM ALLOCATION, select the initiative that speaks to you most, or simply select General Fund
  4. Click DONATE NOW – and you’re done!

If you are already signed up to donate $30 or more monthly, sit back and relax!

Once the May 3rd deadline for sign-up has passed, we’ll be sending all those who qualify instructions via email on how to access your gifts via the Pillai Center website.  Keep an eye on your inbox!

Continue Giving and ReceivingTripura is committed to giving back more often to generous sponsors like you on a monthly basis.Once you sign up as a recurring sponsor, donating $30 or more per month, you’ll receive more special gifts like these from our growing list of Tripura partners.

At the beginning of each month, keep a look-out for a special Tripura member’s mailer sharing what gifts are available for redemption.

In Service,
Your Tripura Team

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World Forestry Day = Yay!

It was recently World Forestry Day! In March, children at our HoPE Learning Centers participated in activities that demonstrated the importance of environmental stewardship. Rather than write about how each zone chose to participate in its own unique way, we will let these beautiful photos do the talking!


Forest rangers gave speeches and distributed free tree saplings for students in 13 HoPE Learning Centers in the Gummidipoondi Zone (including these bright children from Kannanbakkam) to plant in barren areas of their villages.


In the Coimbatore Zone, Veeriyampalayam children presented colorful rangoli depicting the theme “Forest Day “using the natural vegetables and fruit colours. They planted vegetables and were instructed to gift roots and tree saplings to their friends and relatives on their birthdays and other important functions.


Students from the Madurai Zone created innovative logos and banners, conducted drawing competitions among children, planted trees in public places and sowed seeds.


In the Trichy Zone, children made and wore colorful masks while giving inspiring speeches. They also made sure that older, already-existing greenery was taken care of, which is even more important than planting new bushes and trees.


In Goa, children created innovative containers for saplings and planted them in bare places in their communities. They also drew colorful charts depicting the importance of trees and how bad deforestation affects Mother Earth.


Children from Tiruttani Zone Centers made miniature models of forests and animals, which made it easy for the younger children to understand natural cycles.

Kumbakonam Zone children helped identify houses which were without trees, planted saplings and requested that the residents take care of them. This not only created awareness but also helped increase the green counts.


Save The Forest and Animals and Trees? Yes, please! By sponsoring three children for only $30 per month ($10 per child), you will also help ensure that the earth + her flora and fauna are safely stewarded for years to come! Click the ‘Donate’ button below to make your contribution today.

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Threads Of HoPE

Q: What might Selvi’s future look like without the intervention of a caring neighbor and Tripura Foundation’s Tailoring Center program?

A: Probably quite hopeless. Even though we should never underestimate the determination of a mother to feed a hungry family, Selvi was fighting numerous disadvantages due to a lifetime of poverty without much support.

When Selvi was eight years old, her mother wasn’t able to recover from the shock of her husband’s early death. She struggled with depression and didn’t take care of her three children. As the middle child, Selvi was cared for by an older sister but had to watch over her younger brother. Survival meant hard work and quick thinking. so young Selvi hardly had time to embrace life.

Without many options available to improve her conditions, Selvi got married and became a mother in her teens. She had no idea how to raise her two female babies. Unsupported and without education, she lost all hope of giving her daughters a brighter future than the one that she had endured.

Eventually, a neighbor took pity on Selvi’s plight and stepped in to teach her basic sewing skills. For a while, Selvi earned meager wages mending the clothing of neighbors, but this was not enough to feed her children. Due to poor stitching skills, people soon realized that Selvi was not well trained and stopped giving her work.

Fortunately, Selvi heard about Tripura Foundation’s tailoring program. With professional help, she is excelling in her work at home and has been earning enough to feed her hungry family.

With threads of HoPE, support and great effort, Selvi has been transformed from a terrified, young girl into a confident, mature woman. She is grateful to be able to build a secure future for her children.

This is indeed a story with a happy ending, but millions of women and children are stuck in cycles of poverty similar to Selvi’s. With your support, Tripura Foundation is able to empower women like Selvi with tailoring skills so that they too can afford to feed their families. A one-time donation of $30 will go a long way to add HoPE to the future of a woman like Selvi.

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Jute Bag Manufacturing Workshop

We conducted a vocational training program in making jute products on March 25 & 26, 2016, in the Alladipatti HoPE vocational training center in Kodaikanal to improve the economic conditions of the capable and deserving women in that region.

About 15 women were trained in making hand purses and shopping bags.  This is an initiative program from our Hope Centers which is planned to be extensively carried out in other zones, too.

Click the arrows on the photo below to view more photos from this workshop:

TF Jute Bag Workshop

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Madhan: From Mischief to a Passion for Art

Madhan is a mischievous 7th grade boy. He has two younger siblings and his parents work as laborers in the city.  In the past, after coming home from school, Madhan would play with his brother and sister. Their playing often ended up with them quarrelling. Madhan would get furious and would sometimes beat them up.

He would waste his time by watching television in the neighborhood and would never read his daily lessons or do his homework. His parents, Sabeena and Yesuraj, were very worried about him. Through a friend, Yesuraj came to know about our HoPE Learning Center in their town, and enrolled Madhan right away. Initially, Madhan was reluctant to come to the center, but he quickly made friends and came to at least chat with them.

Then our center teachers gradually helped Mohan understand the importance of studies and made sure he read his daily lessons and did his homework properly.

Now, after attending the HoPE Learning Center for one year, Mohan enjoys drawing and craft work, which he learned during our center’s monthly activities. He is now learning technical aspects of drawing and his grades have much improved.

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HoPE Learning Center’s Aspiring Pastry Chef

When Krishnaveni first joined her local HoPE Learning Center, she did not know how to read even a single line in English, and she struggled with her studies.  After a year-long effort taken on by the HoPE Learning Center mentors, Krishnaveni is able to pass all her subjects.

For any event announced at the HoPE Learning Center, Krishnaveni volunteers herself and earnestly gets into full swing to prepare for the event, whether it is oratorical, competition, or arts and crafts related.

Though a small girl, Krishnaveni shows great interest in preparing different kinds of food.  She watches cooking shows on TV and tries cooking at home. Krishnaveni says she likes cakes and muffins very much, and last year her maternal uncle took her to a bakery shop and bought cakes and muffins for her to eat.

Krishnaveni aspires to run a pastry shop of her own.

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HoPE Learning Centers Instill Confidence and Responsibility

Arunkumar (Arun) is in the 6th grade.  He astonished his schoolteachers and parents by getting good scores in all subjects on his last term exams.

Before joining his local HoPE Learning Center, he had no interest in studies.  Instead of studying, he used to play after school hours, simply wiling away the time pelting stones at a mango tree and returning home late without bothering to complete his homework or any assignments given to him.

Arun’s parents were in distress until they learned about the HoPE Learning Center in their village. They decided to give it a try and signed their son up to join the center.  HoPE teachers grabbed his attention regarding his studies by creating a timetable for him to complete them.  Teachers also gave him worksheets to complete after each lesson, as well as some responsibilities at the center itself.

All of this guidance has helped Arun tremendously and the result is good marks in all subjects. Arun now understands his capabilities and is confident that he too can go to college for higher studies.

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Hemalatha – From Depressed to Blessed

Hemalatha is currently in 7th grade.  She especially loves walking to school on crisp mornings.  She comes from a large household, with three siblings, her parents and her maternal grandparents all living under the same roof.  Her father suffers from alcoholism and spends all of his earnings on drinking.  Her mother, the only other income-earner of the family, struggles to provide for the large family.

Hemalatha was born with a disability – her right leg is partially bent and hinders her ability to walk correctly.  She tells us she has been harassed and teased over her disability all the way through her school years, from kindergarten onward.

All those years of being teased and abused led her to believe that she was different, wrong, defective, and that was why she had no friends.  She never realized that what the other children were doing to her was wrong.  She never thought to stand up to them, and no one stood up for her either.  It wasn’t until she was in 6th grade and joined her local HoPE Learning Center that she learned to accept herself just as she is.

When Hemalatha was readily accepted and treated with dignity and respect by the staff and students of the HoPE Learning Center, she was overwhelmed by the love and care showed to her.  She tells us that whenever she cried to her mother about being born different, her mother would assure her she was perfect, but she never truly believed it.  Finding friends who cared for her rather than teasing her was a huge step for Hemalatha, and so she had trouble trusting at first.

Gradually, as the years have passed, she has learned to accept the love and care provided to her and she has even learned to love herself, just as she is.

Hemalatha is thankful to her friends and teachers at the HoPE Learning Center, and her mother is very proud of how far she has come in the past few years.  Hemalatha helps everyone in her village, and now works alongside her mother doing household chores for village neighbors to help provide for her family.

Even though her family still struggles financially, she says she is very happy and eternally grateful to Tripura Foundation for helping change her mind, change her life, and love herself despite the hate she received for so many years.

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Compassion Makes All The Difference