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No Bar For Little Acts Of Kindness


Published On: February 23, 2014

MADURAI: When 11-year-old N Archana was asked to help someone as part of her after-school activity, she chose to help Periyandi, an elderly woman neighbour. What started as an occasional activity in November involving a neighbour, turned out to be a regular affair with more elderly woman coming to her fold. On Saturday, the resident of Idayapatti was honoured with the Hope Hero Award for 2013 at a function held here.

B Yadeesh, trustee of the Tripura Foundation which has picked up Archana for the award, said she had won the maximum number of votes in an online poll conducted among its donors in December 2013. Archana was chosen from among three children nominated for their inspiring acts of kindness within their communities, he said.

Archana attends the after-school activity centre run by the Tripura Foundation. The volunteers at its Hope Centres were asked to do a compassionate act last Diwali. Archana suggested Periyandi’s name for offering sweet and dress. “After that, she started helping regularly elderly woman who is said to be even 100 years old,” Yadeesh said.

“Periyandi was old and helpless without anyone to take care of her. So I started helping her,” Archana said. She fetches coffee and breakfast to the centenarian before she leaves for school. Once she returns, she gets her tea and tiffin prepared at her home. Her father Nagaraj is a catering worker in Palani, while her mother is labourer.

Archana is a class 6 student at the Panchayat Union School in Idayapatti. “My mother and granny support me in the charity work,” the little girl said. She plans to buy some gifts for Periyandi using the cash received as part of the award.

“We wanted to honour her as hers will be an inspiring story for many children,” Yadeesh noted.

Ten visitors from Singapore who attended the award function lauded the awardees and the work of Tripura Foundation. They had come down here to learn about the Hope Centres run by it. The Foundation runs 90 centres across the country.

HoPE For Mrs. Rajammal

Mrs. Rajammal was an orphan and now lives alone in a mud house with a thatched roof. Her husband died a long time ago and she is often left alone in this mud house, which may collapse at any time due to its poor condition. It has poor sanitation and inadequate ventilation, which has led Mrs. Rajammal to have serious respiratory problems. At age 85, she is unable to work any longer and it’s only a neighbor who provides her with one small portion of a meal every day. Mrs. Rajammal has no income and no savings. She is usually hungry and often afraid.

Please help this poor elderly woman to lead a life of dignity by sponsoring her meals and supplies for only $30 per month:

Be A HoPE Hero

Hi everyone,

We need you! During Diwali, our HoPE Children identified the most destitute elderly people in their villages who require immediate care. Some of these people are disabled, abandoned, unable to care for their bodily functions, or even able to get food or water, and most are all of the above.
It breaks my heart to say, they are experiencing a slow, and incredibly painful death with no one to look after them.

We couldn’t just stand by and watch this happen. That’s why we have started a new initiative “HoPE for the Elderly” where heroes like you can adopt one of these grandparents, and make sure they don’t suffer anymore.

It brings me great pleasure to tell you our HoPE children are leading the way! Just read what our 6th grade HoPE Hero Archana did…

Immediately leaping into action, she identified Periyandi, a 100 year old blind widow living all by herself in a mud hut.

Periyandi has no relatives to look after her, only a local neighbor who gives her the occasional meal when she can spare it. Being blind, Periyandi struggles to do anything without someone’s help.
Out of her immense compassion, Archana was compelled to do something. She discovered that Periyandi enjoyed drinking tea, so on her own, she started to bring her tea every day to make Periyandi smile. Still concerned, Archana ensured our HoPE champions started providing daily, vital food rations to give Periyandi strength and energy.

She could have stopped there, but Archana wanted to ensure her critical needs were taken care of. So every day she travels to a faraway well on Periyandi’s behalf to fetch fresh water. This young girl’s actions just blew us away!

Thousands of our HoPE children are doing heroic feats like this every day. They have taken it upon themselves to provide the love and care these elderly people so desperately need, and have gone out of their way to deliver precious food, water, and clothes – but they need YOU for this support to continue.
It only takes $30 a month/$360 a year to save one of our innocent elder’s lives, and to continue the blossoming of our HoPE children into the compassionate leaders of tomorrow. Without you, none of this would be possible.

Now it’s your turn to be a Hero. Take a moment and click the yellow button below to not only save a life, but to be a Heroic role model for our HoPE children. Choose “Hope For The Elderly” from the “designate to” box, and send our children, and the destitute elderly in their communities, the financial support they need to end this suffering.

Every penny you donate for this program goes to saving these people’s lives. HoPE for the Elderly- $30/month or $360/year to save a life with daily food, clothing, and essentials to restore dignity and HoPE.

You’ve heard the inspiring story of our HoPE Hero Archana, and her commitmentto saving Periyandi’s life. Our children have identified thousands of other severely impoverished elders just like Periyandi, and now we’re asking for your commitment to save the rest. Our children have stepped up to make sure these people get the loving care they need, but they can’t do it without you

Be A Hero And Help Our Children Continue To Save Lives. They Need You >>

Shocking Truth – Millions of Americans Go Hungry on Thanksgiving Day!

1 Tragic Tale

 In our last newsletter, we shared the heartbreaking tale of Mrs. Jayammal – a 70-year-old woman abandoned by her children who lives in a mud hut and has to work as a labourer earning barely enough money to feed herself, let alone buy a clean new sari.

+ 2 Fairy Godmothers


 1) A designer from Singapore named Mrs. Prasad donated 80 saris for our HoPE Center children to deliver to poor elderly people in India, including Mrs. Jayammal.















 2) A long-time donor to Tripura Foundation from the USA, Maggie Conley, sent an email stating that she
felt “inspired” to sponsor this poor elderly woman. Maggie’s $30 per month will be used to cover the costs of Mrs. Jayammal’s food and essential

= Many Happy HoPE-Full Endings

 This outpouring of heartfelt generosity inspired a new initiative to feed and clothe poor elderly and disabled people who are often discarded by their loved ones.

 Mrs. Jayammal looks radiantly transformed and proudly beams in her new sari with a belly full of nutritious food, but countless others need our help. This is where you step in…

 Pick up your magic wand to create a happy ending for someone like Mrs. Jayammal for only $1 A Day/$30 A Month

This Is Mr. Ponnuswamy

“When Someone Asks For Help, Don’t Say ‘No’ If You Can Do It.”  — Dr. Pillai

Receiving AND Giving!

 Last year, we provided food and clothing to all of our HoPE Center children in India. This year, we armed them with food and clothing for the abandoned poor and crippled elderly people. In this photo, our children are delivering clothing and food to 97 year-old Pannaiyura of Poovanthi Village. Please help us cover the remainder of costs to make this all possible:


Special Significance Of Diwali – Nov. 2, 2013


Diwali is one of the most sacred festivals celebrated by millions of people around the world both young and old. It marks the triumph of good over evil; of light over dark. People celebrate Diwali just like how Christmas is celebrated in other parts of the world. On Diwali, it is a time honoured tradition to wear new clothes to symbolise starting anew.

However, on this joyous day, thousands of the forgotten poor across India can never dream of a new set of clothes (costing as little as US$5).

Take for example, Mrs Jayammal, a 70 year old widow whose children abandoned her. Mrs Jayammal lives in a mud hut, is blind in one eye, and despite her age, has to work as a day labourer earning 60 rupees (US$0.97) a day just to survive.

As work is not regular, Mrs Jayammal barely has enough to money to feed herself, let alone dream of buying a new saree for Diwali. A simple saree costs 300 rupees (US$5) but this is money which Mrs Jayammal does not have.

In our feeding and educating the poor children throughout India each day, we have come across many similar heart-wrenching stories of elderly men and women struggling such as Mrs Jayammal to survive each day.

That is why for this Diwali (2 November 2013), besides all our 2,900 HoPE Center children, we want to give 200 elderly poor people a joyous Diwali and we are asking for your help to make a difference in their lives.

This Diwali, besides a nice hot meal, we want to give the gift of a new set of clothes to 3100 young and old poor people that we serve in and around in our 83 HoPE Centers across India.


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