Gifts That Keep On Giving!

Gifts are thoughtful and to be appreciated. Some last longer than others, like: recipes, perennial flowers, fruit of the month clubs and gift cards. These are gifts that seem to keep giving back to the recipients long after they are given.

Yet, there are other types of gifts that keep giving back to the recipients and to the world. Choose one or more options below to provide relief and empowerment to children and elders. Select the “gift donation” option to also send a nice e-card to loved ones to let them know that you did this in their name.


Give the Gift of Education -
Help underprivileged children create a new destiny through Phonemic Intelligence – a unique kind of education that can help enhance intellectual, social, and emotional intelligence in just six minutes a day. Sponsor a child for one month for just $9!


Give the Gift of Dignity - Help forgotten and abandoned elders live with dignity.  Support an elder for one month with necessities like medicine, food, clothing, and hygienic supplies. Sponsor an elderly person for just $40!


Give the Gift of Food - Help those living with hunger on a daily basis nourish their bodies and minds with nutritious food. $1 provides five meals to those who need it most. Serve 50 nutritious meals for just $10!

 

P.S.  Have a very happy holiday season!!!

 

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A Genuine HoPE Center Santa Claus!

In 2012, we shared stories about Jiccky, a true HoPE Hero and role model. He is a successful businessman who works hard to share his prosperity with the poorest of poor people.

Gifted with authentic passion to help the rural poor learn how to live fulfilling and empowered lives, he is personally involved in innovative community initiatives.  He is also one of the first sponsors of our HoPE Learning Centers.

It is now nearing the end of 2016, and he is still interested in every aspect of the lives of HoPE Learning Center children.  In fact, in addition to directing his businesses, he generously sponsors 440 children within 11 HoPE Learning Centers!

Tripura Foundation and the children heartily thank you, Jiccky!

It doesn’t take much to transform the life of a child… or the lives of 40 children!  Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, daily mini meals, and CHRISTMAS for a child.  For only $300 a month, you can be like Jiccky and bring Christmas to an entire HoPE Learning Center all year long!

 

 

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Christmas In India! (Part II)

Q: Do people celebrate Christmas in India?

A: Some do, including the 4040 children within our 101 HoPE Learning Centers!

Every year, children celebrate the occasion with talents shows, feasts, trees and even gifts. They are taught about Jesus and Santa Claus, but mainly they learn the importance of giving and gratitude.

Here is what Christmas in India is all about…

It doesn’t take much to transform the life of a child… or the lives of 40 children! Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials, daily mini meals and CHRISTMAS for a child. For only $300 a month, you can bring the spirit of Christmas to an entire HoPE Learning Center all year long!

 

 

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Christmas In India!

Q: Do people celebrate Christmas in India?

A: Some do, including the 4040 children within our 101 HoPE Learning Centers!

Every year, children celebrate the occasion with talents shows, feasts, trees and even gifts. They are taught about Jesus and Santa Claus, but they mainly learn the importance of giving and gratitude.

Here are a few colorful examples of cards that children made to express how grateful they are to the sponsors of their HoPE Centers.

It doesn’t take much to transform the life of a child… or the lives of 40 children! Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials and daily mini meals for one child. For only $300 a month, you can bring the spirit of Christmas to an entire HoPE Learning Center all year long!

 

 

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Rathisha Thrives

Rathisha is a typical fifth grader from Karaikalmedu. She has five best friends. She most enjoys playing volleyball and carom between studies. Her favorite color is ocean blue.

She excels in most academic subjects, especially English, but this hasn’t always been the case.

When Rathisha first came to our HoPE Learning Center, she was shy, withdrawn and an average student at best. Her teacher and mentor, Ms. Revathi, noticed that she had a tough time concentrating, possibly due to hunger, a common challenge to children within our Centers.

Even though millions of children go to school hungry every day, few people realize how side effects of hunger significantly limit their social and academic abilities.

Thanks to expert tutoring and daily mini meals, Rathisha now aspires to become an English professor. Rathisha says that she is very grateful for her tutor. She also continues to enjoy her favorite food item, Biriyani, a dish of long-grain rice served with vegetables and yogurt.

Her father, Ramakannu, a deep-sea fisherman who risks his life on most days to feed his family, and her mother, Tamilselvi, a homemaker, are both very grateful for the improvements that they see in their daughter’s grades and behavior. They can now work in peace, knowing that Rathisha will continue to grow and thrive.

While enjoying fine feasts with family and friends this Thanksgiving Holiday, remember that it doesn’t take much to support and feed a special child like Rathisha.

Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials and daily mini meals. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center (which will cover the daily costs for 40 children)!

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Babu’s Grades Improve

Thanks in part to Tripura Foundation sponsors and teachers, Babu is about to successfully complete his eighth-grade education this academic year.

When Babu was enrolled in our HoPE Learning Center last year, he was labelled a “dull student.” His grades were far below average and he did not socialize with other kids his age.

From the first day of his enrollment, teachers made time to tutor him in Math and Social Studies while his new HoPE Center peers gave him encouragement and confidence during social events and planned activities.

Most importantly, he was given nutritious mini meals every day, which helped increase his span of concentration.

Even though millions of children go to school hungry every day, few people realize how the side effects of hunger significantly limit their social and academic abilities.  

In the case of Babu, this was proven true. Due to tutoring, social encouragement and healthy food, Babu successfully passed all five of his required classes and also made friends.

He says that he loves coming to the HoPE Learning Center and he likes eating chick peas most of all.

While enjoying fine feasts with family and friends this Thanksgiving Holiday, remember that it doesn’t take much to support and feed a special child like Babu.

Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials and daily mini meals. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center (which will cover the daily costs for 40 children)!

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Diwali Lights Outshine Darkness in 2016!

Diwali is like Christmas in India but with some unique twists. It is “The Festival of Lights,” which commemorates the triumph of knowledge over ignorance. It is an occasion of feasts and festivities, when people gather together to eat and receive new clothes to wear during the upcoming year.

Diwali is a time when people rejoice all over India. It is also a time when the most vulnerable children still go hungry and feel ashamed and lonely because they did not receive new clean clothes to cover their bodies.

We at Tripura Foundation are proud that all 4040 of our children at our 101 HoPE Learning Centers shared great feasts with their parents, received sets of new clothes and celebrated the 2016 Festival of Lights!

Here are photos of some holiday highlights:

Children at all our 101 HoPE Learning Centers enjoyed feasts and celebrations with their friends.

All 4040 children received sets of new clothes to wear during the upcoming school year.

Many of our HoPE Learning Centers held talent shows with classical dances and skits about their Indian heritages to delight their parents, much like these children from five Centers within the Kumbakonam Region.

More importantly, like these children from the Nilgiris Region, many students spoke about being good citizens and what they would need to do in the future to make India the most wonderful place to live.

Yet, despite our numerous proud achievements, we have over 400 children in need of someone to sponsor their ongoing education at HoPE Learning Centers.  This is an incredible opportunity, especially as we celebrate Diwali!  You can now take action to forever uplift the destiny of one of these children for only $9 a month on an ongoing basis, because the greatest LIGHT of all is EDUCATION.

We also still welcome any and all $9 one-time donations to achieve our Diwali fundraising goal of $12,000. We have raised over $10,000 but still need to cover our costs for the food and clothing. So, any and all support that you can provide will be  greatly appreciated!

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Aarthy Climbs To New Heights

Until 7th grade, Aarthy was, at best, an average student.

She is the daughter of an unskilled  construction site laborer who struggles to keep food on the family table. Like most of her classmates, Aarthy has struggled with challenges and hardships. Yet, since joining her local HoPE Learning Center, she has ranked among the top academic performers in her class. 

She told us that her recent achievements were mainly inspired by friends, teachers and the role models that she has met at the HoPE Learning Center.

She also lists the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Kamarajar, who has been called the “Black Gandhi,” as a major influence in her life. She and other students learned about him and how he brought free education and food to young students during a speaking competition held on his birthday.

Thanks to all of these motivating individuals, Aarthy now strives to become a civil engineer so she can construct buildings high enough that she can climb up to see the entire world.

It doesn’t take much to help a special child like Aarthy reach new heights. Right now, only $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials and daily mini meals. For only $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center, including Aarthy’s Center, Sakkudi!

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Kalairasu Fights Cancer With Compassion

Kalaiarasu was ten years old when he was diagnosed with bone cancer. What started as a minor pain in his joints soon led him to being hospitalized three days a week. Despite pain and suffering, he has a story to tell about all the love, care and support given to him within his HoPE Learning Center…

It all begun when Kalaiarasu, usually an energetic child, started to complain about leg pains. His parents pinned his complaints on the fact he usually spent a large amount of time playing various sports. Yet, Kalaiarasu soon started withdrawing from sports or any kind of activities which involved standing, until HoPE Center teachers noticed his behavioral changes, asked him about them, and went to his house to meet with his parents.

Kalaiarasu’s father was a local driver and his mother was a day laborer. With three children to feed, on low wages, it wasn’t an easy option to take Kalaiarasu to receive medical help, but the HoPE Center teachers talked them into taking him to a local hospital.

The doctor who initially observed Kalaiarasu gave him simple painkillers and sent him home without running further tests, until the HoPE Center teachers advocated on his behalf and made sure that he received proper tests, which revealed that he had Stage II Bone Cancer.

Kalaiarasu was finally admitted to a special cancer ward for children and was given the necessary treatments for several months until he was able to come in on just a weekly basis to receive chemotherapy as an outpatient. Within days, he began to lose his hair and had to shave his head. He lost weight and grew weaker.

Some villagers thought that he was not going to survive, but his HoPE Center friends and teachers decided otherwise and made time to pray for his improved health and full recovery every day They also sent for herbs from a special factory in Kerala. The herbs quickly lessened his pain and reduced side effects of his cancer treatments. His doctors were amazed and his family happy.

Kalaiarasu is now eleven years old and still undergoing treatment. He has immense love and care for and from all his friends and family. He firmly believes that his health has improved because of his friends’ and family’s compassionate care and prayers. He is grateful for such love and support from all his HoPE friends and family who still pray for his well being every day. We all wish Kalaiarasu the very best on his road to recovery!

It doesn’t take much to uplift the life of a special child, like Kalaiarasu. Right now, just $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials and daily mini meals. For just $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center, including Kalaiarau’s’s Center, Velur I!

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Anu Masters English and Matter

Anu is a lively 7th-grade girl who is well loved by all of her classmates. Despite living in dire poverty, she always shares a bright smile. She enjoys Science more than all other school subjects and longs to follow in the footsteps of her role model, Madam Marie Curie, the scientist who discovered the radioactive element Radium.

Though she was an average student before coming to Tripura Foundation’s local HoPE Learning Center, Anu now spends her free time studying chemistry equations and memorizing formulas, like atomic weight.  She proudly states that she mastered Mendeleev’s Periodic Table regarding the arrangement of elements.

Despite all of this progress, her dreams of becoming a great scientist would unlikely come true if she didn’t learn to speak English, because the worldly arena is less open to her native tongue.

Fortunately, Anu says that her HoPE Center teachers helped her improve her English vocabulary as well as her academic grades in subjects other than Science.  Due to the help of her classmates, teachers and generous sponsors, Anu is tremendously grateful to have the opportunity to turn her life dream into reality.

It doesn’t take much to help a special child, like Anu, reach for her dreams. Right now, just $9 a month covers the costs of HoPE Center sponsorship, tutoring, lessons, materials and daily mini meals.  For just $300 a month, you can sponsor an entire HoPE Learning Center, including Anu’s Center, Vellanaipatti!

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