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Introducing Project SAVE

One of my favorite things to hear about is children helping others.  There’s something just so inspiring about it!

So, naturally, I’m excited to share a very special new initiative that Tripura Foundation is launching, called Project SAVE.  And what better way to introduce it than to show you the following video!

In this video, Yadeesh, our Tripura trustee who works on the ground in India and has created new lives for many children and elders, shares a story about Project SAVE and three HoPE Heroes.

Press PLAY below to watch and be inspired by the heroic LIFE-SAVING efforts of these young girls and boys…

Stay tuned for more heartwarming stories to come and to learn more about the children featured in this video.

In the meantime, please consider taking a moment to visit www.tripurafoundation.org/donate_8 to discover how you can contribute to our efforts in creating HoPE for everyone! 🙂

Warmest Regards,

Chandra Sullivan
Tripura Foundation Team Member

HoPE Heroine – Jeevetha Takes Action

Jeevetha
A HoPE Center is made up of students, like Jeevetha. She is from the village Puducherrymedu, which is north of Chennai and has 120 houses.  It is very dry, so agriculture is entirely dependent on rains.  Jeevetha is in 9th grade.    Every day, she and 50 other children from her village used to walk 6 kilometers to school because there was no method of public transportation.  Last January, when the District Collector visited a nearby town, she wrote a petition requesting a bus facility for her village, got signatures of friends and then submitted it. Needless to say, the Collector was impressed by her self-initiated leadership and immediately passed orders for a nearby transportation department to run busses during school hours.  The entire village is proud of Jeevetha for taking initiative when so many others felt resigned to accepting conditions as they long had been.  She is now a role model for youngsters and adults. She is a living example of what is possible when HoPE is in the mix. In upcoming months, Tripura Foundation will launch a program to encourage young people to take actions to help themselves and others as HoPE Champion Super Heroes.

Volunteer of the Month – Varakulan Kantharaja

Varakulan Kantharaja
As you are probably now aware, a HoPE Center is many things; but, Tripura Foundation’s 37 Centers wouldn’t exist if kind-hearted skillful volunteers didn’t set them in place and keep them up and running via a multitude of services. Varakulan Kantharaja tops this month’s list of volunteers who bring HoPE to thousands of children in rural India. He was born in Sri Lanka but has lived near Chennai for 27 years. He had no experience working directly with poor children, but came to work as IT Project Manager for Pillai Center and Astroved over five years ago and has since been inspired to build up Internet presence as HoPE initiatives continue to develop.  Varakulan has yet to walk away from a challenge, whether late at night or early in the morning. He offers solutions to countless problems but modestly requests that we acknowledge his teammates for all successes on the techy front.

It’s Official: 7 HoPE Centers Launching

OUR OFFICIAL LAUNCH!

“A Bright Future For The World’s Children”

What if you could actually help a child to change his/her destiny?

Gummudipoondi (Kannan Kottai) Centre

Our HoPE Learning Centers are opening this month in India – 4 have opened already and 3 are opening at the end of month, serving a total of 245 children! They will provide poor children living in unimaginable conditions with the chance to learn educational tools to sharpen their minds and open their hearts, to play creative games, to enjoy food with taste and nutrition, and to expand the scope of their world.

These children come from families that have been living in a cycle of poverty caused by lack of education, disease and abuse.  Most of the children are being raised by a single parent and they have been exposed to horrific stories of alcoholism, addiction, malnutrition and inhuman living conditions.

This month we would like to share a few inspiring stories about the power of education and the creation of our Learning Centers. We also invite you to meet a few of the children and families in need of hope.

In India, there is a special day for honoring the teacher, known as the Guru in Indian tradition. The Guru is the one who guides you in life. The day is called Guru Purnima as it is marked by the Full Moon. As the Moon reflects the light of the Sun, giving light to the world at night, a Guru or teacher sheds light on the students intelligence, brightening their future.

This year it falls on July 14th, the beginning of the school year in India. A child needs benevolent supporters who take an interest in their well-being. Be that beacon of light for the children and in turn “give back” to the Gurus in our life. Transform our world by giving the basic human necessities of love, nutrition, exercise and education to those who will carry us into the future – the children.

Tripura HoPE Centers Launch:

Mohini – Our Global Director – Shares from India

Hi Everyone,

I had a most heart-warming and eye-opening experience during my visit to the sites of our Chennai HoPE Learning Centers.  I learned a great lesson from the poor about the value of education – how education is the key to creating a new destiny for the poorest children.

I met the local champion of each center – a school headmaster, or politician, or social service worker or simply a dedicated person seeking to give back to the children who will be our future leaders.  I was so impressed by our champions’ hard work in the careful selection of the neediest children with fully supportive mothers, of neat buildings that were being painted beautiful, bright hues of purple and green, of passionate and caring teachers who are excited about this opportunity to help children to blossom into their highest potential.

And of course, I was most impressed by meeting the children and some of their parents.  Even though living in huts and hovels that are below human living conditions, most children being deserted by a father due to alcoholism and the family living on only 1 dollar a day through the hard labor of a dedicated mother- these children have bright faces, light in their eyes, eager interest and an expectation they are embarking upon something wonderful.  I see these children as the great heroes of India- living each day with HoPE for a brighter future despite their current life.

Truth was revealed to me in one final meeting.  I visited the homes of several children who will be attending our HoPE Center.  The mothers stood in front of their tiny, meager huts with no water, power or toilets- deserted by their husbands and working as servants.  One mother spoke for them all, “We are illiterates, so we suffer.  Please give our children a chance, so they don’t have to suffer like us.”  She held her hands in a pleading posture.

In privileged countries, we often take education for granted.  For these mothers, they viewed the alternative education we would be providing their children as their child’s only chance to live a new life, a new destiny.  Education is the difference between a destiny of a maidservant or laborer, and a destiny as a future engineer, teacher or computer operator

We have already been requested to open 3 more centers, beyond our 7 centers already opening.   Champions of other poor communities are so eager for our help for their poorest children.

Please help us accomplish our goal to open more centers as quickly as possible by sharing your financial support.

Peace, Mohini

Share in the Passion for the Children


Structure and Nourishment for the Mind – Body – Consciousness

The primary focus of our HoPE Learning Centers is to provide supplemental education and support for disadvantaged children so that they may develop the necessary skills, values and character to rise above their present circumstances.

  • Classes are conducted 6 days per week and include these daily practices:
  • Enhanced Education Techniques including Mind Sound Technology (MST) and Personal Transformation Program (PTP) created by Dr. Baskaran Pillai
  • Physical Exercise and Yoga
  • Tutoring and Guidance with academic subjects
  • A healthy and nutritious snack
  • Each center serves 30-35 children who are enrolled in grades 5-8
  • Facilities are painted in beautiful bright colors to provide an environment for creativity, joy and imagination.

An Insider’s Glance: Yadeesh Introduces Families in Need of HoPE

Tripura Foundation’s Indian Trustee, Yadeesh, has played an integral role in the development of these new HoPE Learning Centers.  He has had the opportunity to visit some of the children and their families at home.  Yadeesh shares two profound and heart-breaking personal experiences of his first meeting with two of these children.

Meet 11 year-old V. Rajesh. He is currently in the sixth grade.  We went to visit Rajesh’s home with the coordinator of the HoPE Learning Center and we were shocked to see that his “house” was merely an 8 x 6 foot covered enclosure with only one small light bulb. Rajesh’s mother, Bhanumathi, worries constantly about her children’s safety because snakes frequently enter their small dwelling.

Rajesh’s father is an alcoholic who used to beat Rajesh, his sister and his mother every single day.  His father has left the family and married another woman. Bhanumathi said she is happy that they no longer suffer at the hands of an alcoholic.  She works as a house maid for a meager living.  Bhanumathi’s daily prayer is that God will keep her alive until her children are grown up.  She expressed her confidence in the Learning Center and hopes this education will provide Rajesh with the courage and strength to stand up on his own two feet and find success.

Meet 13 year-old Santhiya. She is in the 8th grade and she has a congenital disorder prohibitting her from walking properly.  We met Santhiya’s mother, Bakkiyalakshmi, who described the torture that she suffered at the hands of money lenders.  Her husband is an alcoholic who borrowed money from these money lenders and gambled it all away.  When he was not able to repay his debt, her husband simply ran away, leaving his family vulnerable to the violent retribution of the money lenders.  She was then forced to give these lenders everything she had to repay what her husband could not.

Bakkiyalakshmi was fortunate to meet a kind-hearted woman who helped her move out of her old village and settle down near Selaiyur.  She is presently working as a house cook and earns Rs. 2500 per month.  After paying her monthly rent of Rs. 900, Bakkiyalakshmi has to take care of her family on the meager amount of Rs 1600  (about $40 USD).

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2010-2011 School Year Wrap Out For Our Girlstown

This Saturday, March 26th,  was the Wrap Up Outing for our girls.  The 12th Standard examinations have completed and those girls will be heading back to their families in their native places for the summer holidays.  The girls in the other standards still have examinations to write over the next 2 weeks however we had the outing now so all could join in.

The girls got to decide where to go.  They chose a few places to make a full day.  1st stop was Birla Planetarium where they were thrilled to see the universe on the ceiling and watch a scary 3D movie about dinosaurs.  Next to a beautiful park in the center of Chennai to enjoy lush green gardens, a gold fish pond and a playground.   Here they enjoyed ice cream and played in the sprinklers to beat the heat.

Then off to a beach where they played around in the water and sand.  Their highlight was to visit a beach to visit a Goddess Temple and a Mother Mary Church.

It was bitter sweet farewell as some of the 12th standard girls will not be returning to Girlstown.  If they have the required entrance marks, then they will go on to college.  For some this may be the end of their education- it is up to their family and them what they wish to do.  Tripura will continue to sponsor the next step, whatever that is.

Tripura  offers any and all the girls a paid position in the foundation if that is something they would be interested in.  The girls have been doing the MST program for 6 years and they are eligible to be MST trainers, teachers, administrators and ambassadors.

For the remaining girls….see you in June!

Brotherly Love for Valentine’s Day!

‘Brotherly Love’ was the message we had for the kids of Tripura yesterday.  We visited Girlstown in Madambakkam, the Boystown in Selaiyur and then traveled to the other side of Chennai to Gumudipundi Boystown.  It was an all day love and cake fest!

The annual day is thought of for ‘lovers’ only but we reminded the kids how much love that people (their supporters both financial and through good wishes) have for them.  Love for No Reason– just because that is part of being a good human being.

The girls sang some Tamil Love Songs, the Selaiyur Boystown  demonstrated their Mind Sound classes that they do daily, and their in house cricket team posed proudly for pictures and went off to play a game.  The boys from Gumudipundi also demonstrated the MST and gave us an impromptu dance performance the when we left the country-side property the boys lined both sides of the driveway and showered us with pink flowers.  We can still feel the LOVE form all the ‘Kidstowns’!

Happy Valentine’s Day to All of Our HoPE Friends!

A Street Rat and a Princess Make Magic for Our Girls

Today I watched Disney’s Aladdin with the girls.  Thank you Jaya for bringing the DVD from CA.  They understood most of it- some of Robin Williams’ ad-libs got by them but for the most part it was wonderful to watch them watch the movie which at one level is the story of a ‘street rat’ with a good heart, playing fairly and winning at the game of life.  And, classic good triumphs over evil.  Gotta love Disney.  I showed them some of the recent photographs of the trip to Egypt with  Dr Pillai; the camels, inside a Pyramid, the Sphinx etc.  They took a magical trip without leaving home!

MindSound Music- US Musician George Stass Brings it to India

Mind-Sound Technology is our core enhanced education programs taught at Girlstown, the 2 Boystowns, and to many other children in India and other parts of the world.  We were blessed in Chennai with the visit of George Stass, an American musician who has written songs and music for  MST.  The kids love the new method of learning sounds through music, song and dance!  Ah ah Ee ee Oo oo!

Fun Day for Our Future Leaders

April 10th (ya a bit late with the post!)  we took the girls and caretakers to ‘DizzeeWorld” and amusement park near Chennai.  I watched them enjoy being terrified and then overcome their fear by hopping on the ‘scrambler’, the ferris wheel and even the small roller coaster.

It was amazing how the girls looked out for each other so no one became lost and how they made sure that each one drank enough water.  There were other big groups of kids there from different schools in the city but I have to say that our girls stood out as the most well behaved, well groomed, well mannered and the most vocal on the rides!  Ahhhhhh!

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