A Beacon of HoPE

Malayayi and her daughter

Malayayi, a single mother, has gone from from feeling utterly hopeless and attempting to take her own life, to shining as a beacon of hope to all of the women in her village.

Malayayi was born into a family of ten whose elderly parents had little to offer their children. By the time she came of age, Malayayi was married, but her marriage didn’t last. After four months, her husband abandoned her while she was pregnant.

She was left heartbroken and alone. With no one to depend on, Malayayi took refuge with members of her family until she gave birth.  Malayayi was blessed with a baby girl, but was in no emotional state to celebrate the birth.

Malayayi tells us, “I had attempted suicides a number of times and failed. I had no hope and had no desire of living. Even though I had my daughter I was in no position to offer her a future. I felt useless.

Then a ray of HoPE shined into Malayayi’s life.  She continues, “When I thought all was lost, I was offered the priceless position to work as a teacher in a HoPE Learning Center. I have the skills for teaching and I speak very well. I thanked God for answering all my prayers and took this as a sign from the almighty to live a life for the sake of my only child.

The salary given to me was very essential to feed myself and my daughter every day as I had no other means of survival.

As I became a teacher, I started realizing that there’s more to life than what I had thought. My life gradually changed from a woeful one to a contented one. Seeing the children every day, watching them smile made my days. Every day when I woke up, my first thought would be what more can I do for the children? I found happiness in their happiness. I temporarily forgot my miserable life and started making the best out of my time with the children.”

By working at her local HoPE Learning Center for 3 years, she has brought about remarkable changes in the children. She says that Phonemic Intelligence and yoga helped her become calm and peaceful. She practices them regularly and says they also help her focus.

Her previous struggles not only strengthened her, but they also helped her show everyone that with dedication and hard work anyone could achieve their goals.

She currently lives happily with her daughter and continues to teach at her local Tripura Foundation HoPE Learning Center, spending time with the children to help make their lives better.

Sponsor a HoPE Learning Center student for as little as $10 a month by clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

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Help Preynitha Realize Her Dream of Becoming a Doctor

Preynitha with her grandmother and little brother

Preynitha was seven years old when a deadly viral fever hit her village during the winter. Like many others in her village, Preynitha’s mother passed away.  Soon after, Preynitha’s father abandoned her and her little brother to go live with another woman.  At this time, Preynitha and her brother started living with their maternal grandmother.

Preynitha is now 10 years old and bears the great burden of taking care of herself, her grandmother and her little brother.

At first, her grandmother began working in neighboring houses as a maid.  However, she earned such a small amount that she could not afford daily meals for herself and the children.  The villagers took pity on the kids and gave them leftovers at the end of each day.  When Preynitha saw that the food was only sufficient for two, so she skipped meals to let her grandmother and little brother eat.

As the days passed, her grandmother could do nothing but helplessly watch her granddaughter grow thinner and thinner. Meanwhile, Preynitha came to the realization that the only means to put an end to their suffering was to study hard enough to earn money to support her family.  On top of studying, she also tried to work as a maid in other houses in the neighborhood to meet immediate needs.

At first, because she was only 10, no one wanted to hire her, but she persisted and showed that she was responsible. Little by little, the number of houses increased and she began earning enough to eat every day.

She says she realized that God had not given up on her when she was introduced to her local Tripura Foundation HoPE Learning Center.  After attending regularly, she was able to concentrate better on her studies and eat a very healthy snack every day.  She also now practices yoga at home, which has helped her regain her health.

Preynitha was barely able to contain her tears when she spoke about her life before attending her local HoPE Learning Center, and how she is so very thankful to our HoPE sponsors.  She wants to become a doctor in the future and says that she will never give up on her dream of healing the sick people in her village.

Help us continue to give Preynitha HoPE for her future, and expand our reach to give HoPE to even more children living in poverty and distress.  With as little as $10 a month, you can make a huge impact in the life of a child.  Click the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

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Assisting Rosetta and her Granddaughter

Rosetta

Rosetta, a resident of the South Bronx for over 40 years, has been attending the Melrose Mobile Market (one of Tripura Foundation’s partner food banks) since its launch in October 2004.

Rosetta lives with her granddaughter and says that the free produce distribution at the market helps her get through the month, whereas she and her granddaughter would otherwise be struggling and hungry.

She says: “The green vegetables are fresh,” and “We all work together and the food is delicious. And the food is fresh. I feel comfortable out here because everyone is so nice. They help me.”

Rosetta attends the Mobile Market twice a month and cooks the items she receives with her granddaughter.

We are happy to be able to assist many elderly folks in making ends meet each month, helping them live with more dignity.  However, we are only able to continue assisting people like Rosetta with donations from kind and generous hearts such as yours.

For just $10 a month, you can make a huge difference in the lives of those in need.  Click the ‘Donate Now’ button below to make your contribution.  Thank you.

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Restoring Dignity to the Elderly

Ms. Vellayammal

Senior citizens who are poor and live alone or with dependent children find themselves vulnerable, powerless and are often neglected by their own family and grown up children. These senior citizens are too old or physically weak and thus unable to find work. They are forced to beg, and are often homeless.

Moved by the plight of these destitute single men and women, Tripura Foundation spearheaded a program of sponsoring elderly ones on an urgent basis. Our HoPE for the Elderly volunteers and staff members conducted surveys and identified destitute men/women over 60 years of age.

Of note, elderly women are often widows or have been abandoned by their husbands. They do not have money for food, medical care and other basic necessities. HoPE for the Elderly has been supporting such elderly men and women by providing food rations and other necessities every month at their door step.

Under this program, Ms. Vellayammal of Kumbakonam region was identified as a neglected senior citizen.  Each month, HoPE staff and volunteers drop off a ration kit to her, consisting of 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.

With this support, Ms. Vellayammal now has food three times a day.  It makes her happy that she is able to live with dignity, and with a feeling of pride.  Ms. Vellayammal thanks the HoPE for the Elderly donors and expresses her sincere gratitude toward such kind assistance.

Find it in your heart to make a kind and generous monthly donation to help another elderly person live with dignity and pride.  Click the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

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HoPE for the Elderly

Kannathaal

Kannathaal, a 73-year-old widow, has been affected by Leprosy for the past 40 years.
After she was diagnosed with Leprosy, her only son abandoned her, fearing that he might contract it.
Alone, she lives very meagerly on a minimal pension provided by the government.

Her hands were most affected by Leprosy, so much so that she was not able to use them. With no one to take care of her, she began visiting her local Primary Health Center to obtain medicine. She is now partially able to use her hands again.  Sadly though, she cannot walk properly and has difficulty moving around.

Kannathaal lives in a small hut built by people in her village. For a while, she survived by begging food from her neighbors. Those who felt pity for her would give her their leftovers.

About the time she began to lose all hope for survival, her sufferings were put to end when Tripura Foundation found her and began helping her.  She now receives monthly food, clothing and basic living supplies from our HoPE For The Elderly program.

She wholeheartedly thanks our program sponsors and is grateful for our help after her family abandoned her and she thought all hope was lost.

There are many more elderly folks like Kannathaal, who are in need of care, assistance, love and HoPE.  Sponsor one today for as little as $10 a month by clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button below.
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From Stress and Sadness to HoPE and Happiness

Srividhya

Srividhya comes from a family that lives in the outskirts of the village Nachiyarkoyil, Kumbakonam, India.  She is the sixth child, with two elder brothers, three elder sisters, and a younger brother and a younger sister.

Her father is paralyzed, and the only wage-earning member of Srividhya’s large family is her mother, who works as a maid in various neighborhood houses. The small amount her mother earns is nowhere near enough to her family’s daily needs.

When asked about her family, Srividhya said, “My eldest brother works in Thirupur.  Two of my elder sisters are married. One works in Thirupur along with my brother. I study in 8th grade at a local government school and my younger siblings study there too.”

“Since my mother cannot take care of us all, she sold me to another family where I work as a maid.  Every day I wake up at 4:30 AM and do all the household chores, cook and clean. I have to finish my work before going to school at 9:30 AM. My daily routine continues doing the work from morning until late night when I go to bed.”

“The family whom I stay with speaks harsh words at times. At those times I desperately wish I was with my mother.  I can understand that she had no other way than to send me for a better life of my own, but still I feel sad at times being alone and away from my family.”

“I had so much stress built up inside me from doing so much work, but ever since I started at the HoPE Learning Center, it has not only become an added joy in my miserable life, but also an outlet from all my stress. My friends make me forget all my worries back home and I feel at peace. Doing Yoga and Phonemic Intelligence has greatly helped improve concentration.”

“I am very grateful to Tripura Foundation and my sponsors for providing daily snacks because I don’t have much to eat other than the leftovers the family gives me. I am also thankful for the opportunity to improve myself  by learning at the HoPE Learning Center. I now have decided what I want for myself. I want to become responsible and lessen my mother’s burden by taking care of my family when I grow up.”

“I am also grateful for new friends who support me through my desperate times and teachers who encourage me not to give up. Above all, am very grateful that there is hope that I can lead a better life if I am determined to work for it”.

What a strong, beautiful, hardworking girl.  Because of Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Centers, Srividhya now has HoPE and happiness in her life, where she had nothing but stress and sadness before.

Give another child like Srividhya a start toward a better life by becoming a sponsor for as little as $10 a month.  Give generously by clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button below.  Thank you.

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From Depression to HoPE

Manikandan

Manikandan is in 7th grade and lives with his father.

After his mother committed suicide a couple of years ago, Manikandan lived in a state of complete sadness and misery.  He wouldn’t eat and he stopped speaking with others, instead retreating to his own depressed world.

His father and other family members tried making daily conversation to get him to speak at least a few words, but after some time, they gave up.  His father tried everything within his power to make his son feel better but nothing seemed to work.

That is, until he found out about Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Center in his village, and enrolled Manikandan.

At first, Manikandan showed no signs of improvement.  But, gradually, as he continued practicing Phonemic Intelligence and yoga, he began to recover from his depression.

Now, he enjoys playing games, participating in activities and studying his academic subjects.

His father has expressed to us his utter happiness and gratitude to Tripura Foundation for bringing HoPE to his child when he thought all hope was lost.

Help us give HoPE to other children who are depressed, sad, forlorn and otherwise hopeless.  Sponsor a child for as little as $10 a month by clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

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Helping Ease the Lives of Overburdened Children

Lokesh

Meet Lokesh, one of our HoPE Learning Center students.  This ten-year-old boy is as courageous and hardworking as can be. 

Lokesh single-handedly takes care of his unemployed alcoholic father and two younger siblings.

His father started drinking after Lokesh’s mother passed away.  At first, he worked wherever he could find a job.  His earnings were already too low to support the family, but now he no longer works at all, and they have no relatives or neighbors to help them.

Because of this situation, Lokesh has been doing all the household chores while also taking care of his younger siblings after school.

The only place he can truly relax and behave like a normal 10-year-old boy is at his local Tripura Foundation HoPE Learning Center.  While there, he forgets his worries and is happy.  His friends love him and his teachers encourage and support him.

He says “For a couple of hours I can forget my entire burden and let other people take care of me. It is very relieving”.

Help us relieve the burden of other overworked, over-burdened children by sponsoring a child for as little as $10 a month.  Click the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

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“Where Will My Next Meal Come From?”

“Where Will My Next Meal Come From?”

Every day, millions of people come face-to-face with this very question.

And all they can do is HOPE…

Hope that their next meal will come from SOMEONE.

Someone like you.

Click below to listen to our Hunger Song:

 

Join your hands with ours to help feed the hungry.

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A Ray of HoPE for Pavadharini

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.

For a small donation of $10 a month, you can sponsor a child like Pavadharini, giving them HoPE and a chance at a better, brighter future.  Click the ‘Donate Now’ button below to make your contribution.

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