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.

Click the Donate Now button below to make your contribution.

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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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Our HoPE Learning Centers Inspire Confidence

Lalitha

Lalitha joined one of Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Centers about three years ago.

She is the youngest of six children.  She lost her mother at birth, and as the sole wage-earner, her father struggles to provide the basic necessities for himself and his children.

When she joined our HoPE Learning Center, Lalitha was a shy, nervous child. She never spoke to anyone other than her family and was clearly seen having a tough time making friends.

We found out that this was because she thought that children with mothers would never want to be friends with her.

Lalitha says, “I never had friends in my neighborhood before coming to HoPE Learning Center. On the very first day coming here I remember sitting alone in the corner and being very nervous seeing all the new faces. But, as my fellow mates started introducing themselves, I gradually came out of my shell. I found out that children liked me despite my extreme shyness.  They helped me overcome my fears, and my teachers helped a great deal in making me who I am now.”

“I am very grateful to the sponsors of HoPE Learning Centers for providing us daily snacks. For me and many others like me who suffer without a proper meal once a day, the snacks are the chief reason for our health.”

“The yoga and Phonemic Intelligence have helped me concentrate in academics, and I enjoy all the monthly activities held here. Studying in a local government school, my English was very poor, but I have been learning a lot from the HoPE Learning Center and it had greatly improved my language skills. Now, my father proudly says his daughter speaks English.”

“I can never really express how thankful I am to Tripura Foundation because it has given me a chance to survive and hope for my future. All of my happiest memories come from the time I’ve spent in the HoPE Learning Center, and I am very grateful for that.”

Help us bring HoPE to more children who are struggling right now, thinking no one loves them or would want to be their friend.  Sponsor a child for as little as $10 a month by clicking the ‘Donate Now’ button below.

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Help Children Realize Their Full Potential

Pir used to behave in ill-mannered ways, causing trouble for his teachers in class and refusing to study or do his homework. His grades suffered and so did his sense of self worth.

That is, until he began practicing Tripura Foundation’s Phonemic Intelligence (PI) technique at the HoPE Learning Center he attends.

After consistent practice with the PI technique, Pir told us, “I feel like doing good work. If I look at someone who needs help, I can’t stop.”

Since attending our HoPE Learning Center and practicing the PI technique, Pir has realized that he is a good person and that doing good work makes him feel better.

The core PI technique consists of a series of sounds that are vocalized and visualized in different parts of the brain and eyes.

This practice balances the right and left hemispheres, creating balanced brain functions, improved academic performances, greater emotional intelligence, reduced behavioral issues and happier, more well-adjusted kids.

Practice of the technique takes less than 10 minutes a day and can dramatically improve a child’s environment for learning.

Help us ensure that more children like Pir benefit from our Phonemic Intelligence program and realize their full potential in life.  Click the Donate Now button below. 
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The Passing of a HoPE Hero

A few months ago, we shared the story of Sabreesh, one of Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Center students and a 2014 HoPE Hero awardee.

Sabreesh suffered from a rare blood disorder and other health issues that often left him weak, and ultimately shortened his life.  Our hearts are heavy at the news of his recent passing due to health complications.

Sabreesh was a role model of compassion in action, because he never hesitated to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.  He was nominated for a 2014 HoPE Hero Award after he saved the life of an elderly woman in his village who needed emergency medical attention.  He inspired students and teachers alike at the HoPE Learning Center he attended, and the champions of his District.

Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Centers give children living in poverty and adverse conditions a true sense of purpose, strength and compassion.  Sabreesh was a shining example of what can happen when a child is supported and inspired to help others no matter their own circumstances.

It is our wish that every child living in poverty be given the opportunity and blessing of time spent in one of our HoPE Learning Centers or with our Phonemic Intelligence educational program, so they have the best chance at living their fullest potential, no matter how long or short their lives may be.

To honor Sabreesh’s life and legacy, help us reach out and inspire even more children who are living in adverse conditions.  You can sponsor a HoPE child for just $10 a month, or an entire HoPE Learning Center for $300 a month.  Click the Donate Now button below.

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Building a Bridge to a Brighter Future

Through our Million Meals of HoPE initiative, we’ve become a vital umbrella organization with a national commitment to feed the hungry. To strategically consolidate efforts, we partner with food banks that have local community reach.

One of our partner food banks, Feeding America West Michigan, shared the following story of HoPE from Brandy, one of their clients:

When her husband was injured and couldn’t work, Brandy became the sole income-earner for her family of five.  Now in the last semester of her bachelor’s degree program, she looks to the Mobile Pantry at Rockford, Michigan’s American Legion (one of many food bank locations we partner with) to help her bridge the gap between finishing college and beginning her career.

Because of your kind and generous donations, Brandy isn’t forced to give up on her career goals and future financial security to ensure her family can eat today.  Instead, she can continue working on finishing her degree to better the financial future of her family.

Your contribution can make a huge difference. Even a $1 donation can have a significant impact on humanity.  Commit to making a monthly donation to Tripura Foundation to help more people like Brandy build their own bridge to a better future.  Click the Donate Now button below.

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From Despair to HoPE

Karupaathaal did not have a great start in life. She has no memories of her childhood, and she was married in her early teens. Life felt cruel to her because she was never blessed with a child. She only had her husband to lean on throughout her life, until he passed away.  Since then, she has been living a miserable, lonely existence.

Karupaathaal is now nearly 90 years old, lives alone in a small thatched house, and has no family to care for her. Suffering a partial loss of sight has made it difficult for her to provide herself even the most basic necessities. Adding to her sorrow and loneliness, she has a medical condition that doesn’t allow her to stand or walk properly. To get anywhere in her house, she has to crawl.  She also cannot speak continuously without taking breaks in the middle of sentences.

Until a couple of years ago, even in her poor health condition, she still worked tirelessly for her daily survival. As she has aged, her medical condition has worsened and rendered her unable to continue working.

As part of the Tripura Foundation HoPE for the Elderly initiative, and through your generous donations, we are able to provide her with food, clothing, shelter and other basic necessities.

It’s also heartwarming to see our HoPE Learning Center students reaching out to Karupaathaal with such compassion and care.  Some of them cook for her and help her with chores. They also visit her regularly just to keep her company and spend time with her. This encourages her and gives her HoPE.  It has even helped her regain her health to a certain degree.

After spending the majority her life alone and in poor health, Karupaathaal is thriving with the support of Tripura Foundation and our HoPE Learning Center students.

Like Karupaathaal, there are many thousands more elderly people suffering ill health in solitude, struggling to survive, living in despair.  We depend on donations from compassionate souls like you to continue providing help and HoPE to aging members of our communities.

Make your generous donation by clicking the button below.  Thank you.

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Sisters In Need of HoPE

Panjaliammal, Chinnaponu and a neighbor receiving rations from Tripura Foundation.

Panjaliammal and Chinnaponu are two elderly sisters living in India.  They both grew up in dire poverty.  Their parents barely earned enough to feed the family, so as soon as the sisters were old enough, their parents got them married, and they moved to different areas in India with their husbands.

Chinnaponu had a very short married life.  Problems with her husband forced her to leave him.  She arrived at her sister’s house with nowhere else to go.  Panjaliammal lived with her husband, who worked in a tannery, and also had a young son.

They were struggling to earn enough just to get by, but they accepted Chinnaponu into their home.  Panjaliammal would cook for her husband, son and sister, even though she was partially blind.

As the years passed, Panjaliammal’s vision started to rapidly decline.  Her husband was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with Cancer.  This meant he could no longer work and had to be taken care of at home.

Panjaliammal’s son, who was now a grown man, abandoned his parents after he got married.

Chinnaponu worked in the neighborhood wherever she was offered a wage, but as she aged, she was unable to continue working.  Life became even more difficult for Panjaliammal after her husband passed away.  The sisters had to resort to begging their neighbors for food.

Tripura Foundation’s India HoPE Learning Center students are often the ones who find or know of the elderly members of their villages that are in desperate need of a helping hand.  So, as soon as the sisters were found, we stepped in to aid them with food, supplies, clothing and home support.

Like these aging sisters, there are thousands of other elderly people, abandoned by their families, suffering ill health, and struggling to survive.  We depend on donations from kind hearts like yourself to give help and HoPE to these elderly folks living in lonely, destitute circumstances.

Click the button below to donate generously to our HoPE for the Elderly initiative, so we can extend a helping hand to more aging people in need of HoPE.

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Orphaned Twice – Kanavalli’s Story

Anyone who looks at Kanavalli for the first time would have no idea that she has endured so much pain in her 12 short years of existence on this earth. She doesn’t know who her biological parents are, as she grew up in an orphanage from infancy.

It’s equally hard to believe her story as she narrates how she came to live with Mariyayi, who she fondly calls her grandma.

Kanavalli says “I don’t remember when I came to my grandma’s house. My father [Mariyayi’s son] adopted me from the orphanage. He was the only child to his parents. He grew up in this village and he was married. Even after several years of their marriage my foster parents were not blessed with a child and they decided to go for adoption. When they thought that everything was going on well suddenly my mother died of an ailment. Since my father was so attached to my mother he did not wanted to marry and he wanted to fulfill her last wish, so he came to the orphanage and adopted me.

My father and my grandma took good care of me. My father was so affectionate and he took good care of me. I thought that everything was going well. However God had different plans for me. A few years ago my father met with an accident and was severely injured. Before he left this world he called my grandma (his mother) and asked her to promise him that she will take good care of me.

My grandma takes good care of me. We are only left with each other for support. I feel both sad and happy for my grandma. I am sad because she is already 80 years old and partially blind. But she does so much for me. I am happy that she is the only person who is there for me.

I have to thank God for bringing me to Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Center. My teachers Ms. Sudha and Ms. Kasthuri, in HoPE Learning Center are the main source of my strength. Till recently, we were surviving only on the old age pension of Rs.1,000 ($18) a month given by the government. I wanted to thank our HoPE coordinator Mr. Saravanan for providing a monthly ration under the HoPE for the Elderly scheme to my grandma. Also I wanted to thank my sponsors for giving us a daily snack.  Till last year I would not go out anywhere since I did not have a proper dress to wear, now I am happy to go out as HoPE learning center provides us good dress clothes during Diwali festival. With this help and support of Tripura Foundation, I believe that I will come up in life and will take care of my grandma.

My only prayers these days to God are that my grandma should live long so that I will not be orphaned again.”

Make a donation to our HoPE Learning Centers or HoPE for the Elderly initiatives at the button below, to help more orphaned children and elderly folks living in destitute circumstances, like Kanavalli and her grandmother.  Thank you.

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