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December 2010: A Retrospection of Accomplishments 2010

December 2010
Year End Edition:

We Built HoPE
With Each Brick…
With Each Sound…
With Each Morsel…
With Each Donation…
With Each Loving Gesture…

We had an amazing year…all thanks to YOU!
2010 was an incredible year for Tripura Foundation. Thanks to your generous contributions, we helped thousands of deserving individuals with our programs. Here are just a few highlights we’d like to share with you as we ring in the New Year together!

  • Tripura HoPE Town Program

With your incredible support, we built 30 beautiful new homes for families previously dwelling in abject poverty and slum conditions in Manila, Philippines. This first HoPE Towns to be completed touched the lives of over 120 residents and hundreds of volunteers, all who contributed to the effort. Tripura provided provision packages containing one week’s groceries for 200 families at the HoPETown opening ceremony.



  • Girlstown, Boystown & Education Programs

Tripura Foundation

With your help, Tripura provided year-round residential housing to 35 underprivileged girls at our Girlstown facility and 50 underprivileged boys at our Boystown facility. In addition to the children’s traditional schooling, we provided over 900 sessions of supplemental educational programs, including Mind-Sound Technology, Grace Light empowerment, values formation, creative arts projects, and other mindfulness and meditation practices.


  • Poverty & Hunger Relief Programs
Tripura Foundation

Through your generosity, Tripura provided meals to over 24,000 spiritual pilgrims at Mt. Arunachala in Thirvanamalai, India. In addition, we provided hundreds of meals to homeless people in the U.S. and India, through the efforts of our devoted staff as well as our Indian partner Arul Jyoti Trust. We also held Medical Camps for remote Indian villages to deliver much-needed medical services and, with your help, we hope to expand this program in 2011.


  • Animal Aid Programs
Tripura Foundation

We are proud to deliver animal relief programs through selected Indian grantees, including Animal Aid and Blue Cross of India. Tripura provided meals, twice daily, to an average of 160 dogs, 40 cows, 40 donkeys, 4 monkeys, 10 cats, and 30 birds (wow, that’s a lot of tiny mouths!)…for a total of 2,750 individual meals.


  • Spiritual Well-being Programs at our Retreat Center
Tripura Foundation

Given the essential role of consciousness transformation in all Tripura program offerings, our Retreat Center in San Diego (and satellite in San Rafael) are important delivery centers for our transformational tools and models. In 2010, we led over 400 community gatherings (in-person and teleconference) involving over 10,000 people worldwide. We also performed over 1140 sacred ceremonies, including fire rituals, prayers and blessings to benefit humanity in the areas of planetary peace, global prosperity and abundance, personal and environmental health, social justice, and human evolution.


As you can see, 2010 was an incredible year. Thank you so much for your support! Please remember Tripura Foundation for your year-end giving. We deeply appreciate your contributions – your kind generosity will help us expand our programs even further in 2011.

From all of us here at Tripura Foundation, we wish you a joyous, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Peace & Warmth,
The Tripura Team

Tripura Kids Get a Clean Bill of Health

Last Sunday, July 25th, our boys and girls were part of a bi-annual Medical Camp co-sponsored by our partners in our first HoPE Town India, the Rotary Club of Madras.  The kids were given ENT check ups and treated to a fun interactive session with a local Physio Therapist on general health care.

Providing free health care for the community is one of the core visions of  the HoPE Town Initiative.  Our partners are well practiced in this and together we will be giving medical attention to one of the poorest most needy of marginalized groups in the state of Tamil Nadu, the local tribal people.

Many doctors lent their time to check the children as well as other professionals donating their time to take their turn at administrative duties for the day.

The common cold was the most serious ailment presented by our children.  A family from the community brought their little girl who was born with a cleft palette and uses a hearing aid.  She underwent a corrective operation some time back and we are happy to report that she too only suffers from a seasonal sniffle and a little shyness.

Parents and others from the community came in early to help prepare lunch for all from donated produce.  It was a community effort to execute this and a big thank you goes out to all for the community spirit and  generous support.

HoPE Town Manila Completed and HoPE Town India Ready to be Born!

Last year, many of you donated generously and heartfully for our first HoPE Town in Manila.  Our GK Tripura HoPE Town was just completed a few weeks ago.

Thirty families are now living a new life of HoPE in HoPE Town Manila.

Just imagine their feeling everyday when they wake up to a beautiful new home and walk out into a beautiful new neighbourhood!  Our HoPE Town residents are enjoying ongoing values formation classes so they learn to take good care of their beautiful new homes and environment.  They are also participating in community governance and opportunities to do volunteer work in the community- wonderful ways to build a sense of pride and responsibility.

We thank our partners, Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines, for their great service in nurturing and building GK Tripura HoPE Town every step of the way, and continuing to offer our families a helping hand in improving their lives in every way.

HoPE Town India Ready to be Born!

Many of you know we have been working this entire year to create the plans for our first HoPE Town in India.  We are now ready to give birth to HoPE Town India- building is slotted to begin after August 15th!

I would like to introduce you to some of the faces and stories of HoPE Town India.  These people need a helping hand to enter a life of HoPE.  Their lives thus far have been the worst conditions of poverty, suppression, the lowest possible caste and little HoPE that life would ever change.

Selvi’s Story

Selvi belongs to a tribe that catches snakes.  They are called Irula tribes.   She is 19 years of age and married.  She has a daughter.  Her husband Munian is 22 years of age.  She and her husband live with her father and mother in this small hut.

Her husband works as a labourer in a wedding hall 20 kilometers away.  He earns Rs.60 (little more than $1 USD) per day.  Selvi’s father works at a farm as a labourer.  The monthly income of the family is Rs.2500 (about $50 USD) and they struggle to survive.  It costs Rs. 4000 ($85 USD) per month to feed a family of four.

Previously they used to catch snakes and sell the skin.  Since the Government has banned catching the snake and export of the snake skins, now the women catch rats and eat the meat.

Dorai and Gangamma’s Story

Dorai and Gangamma live in this small hut.  Dorai works as a labourer in a fruit garden which is 5 kilometers away.  He has no formal education.  He belongs to the nomadic hunting tribe known as Narikoravas.  He, his wife and their infant child survive on his meagre income of Rs.1,500 (about $30 USD) per month.   They live in this tiny hut which has no electricity.

Anita’s Success Story: Future of HoPE Town

Anita is 17 years of age and she is in the 12th grade.  She studies Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and she wants to become a teacher.  She also belongs to the Narikorava tribe. She is the first girl in her community living in that area to be educated till 12th grade.

It is indeed remarkable for Anita to have come to this level with nobody to teach her from her family or locality.  She is dedicated and wants to help other children of her community to come up in life.  Anita will be a great role model for the young children of her community to transform their lives.

Anita’s family live in a small dilapidated house and her father has health issues which prevents him from doing hard labour.  It is only her mother’s hard work that helps her family to survive.

Anita’s mother Mariamma is an enterprising lady who would love to raise goats for livelihood.

Conditions Before HoPE Town

This settlement of tribal people is in a remote rural area called Gumudipoondi, about 1.5 hours drive north of Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

These people migrated from living in the forest when the government banned them from catching and selling snake skins.  Many of them had to survive by catching and killing rats- eating the meat.

They are from the untouchable caste, which is considered the lowest social status in India.

All of them are struggling to survive financially on a typical combined family income of the equivalent of $50 USD per month.  Even the cost of food sufficient to feed a family of four is $100 USD per month.

Their houses are huts and shacks made of mud, thatched roof, and plastic sheets and tarpaulins to somehow seek shelter from the elements. The houses are 6 foot by 6 foot.  The height of the house is also 6 feet.  They have to crouch to enter the house.

Open-air Kitchen Bath Room and Shower Typical House

After HoPE Town- A Model Community

Thirty families will receive the gift of a new, lovely home built in community style of 2 rows of 15 houses, with a common paved area in between with flowering plants and benches.

Small plots of land are allocated for kitchen gardens for all residents.  Fruit trees will provide greenery and nourishment, as well as extra income from the sale of the fruits in the future.

A  Community Hall will be constructed for community meetings, Mind-Sound Technology sessions, and classes on health, motherhood and child-raising.

Transforming from the Inside Out

Mind-Sound Technology (MST), Dr. Pillai’s educational program for enhancing both intellectual and emotional intelligence, will be practiced by all residents twice per week.

MST has been implemented with over 5000 children and adults around the world, and has demonstrated very positive results with higher test scores, greater focus and concentration on schoolwork, cooperation and participation, feelings of peace and happiness and overall well-being.

Practicing Leadership

Residents will participate in a community system of governance modelled after the local government.  People will have the opportunity to serve the community in roles of leadership and accountability.

Go Green!

HoPE Town will feature the following green initiatives:

-Rain water harvesting

-Waste water treatment with banana plants

-Recycling and composting

-Aluminum is replacing almost all timber in construction of houses

Nutrition for Healthy Bodies

Kitchen gardens and fruit trees will provide healthy fruits and vegetables for residents.

We will provide goats and chickens to all families.  Goat milk will help to nourish their bodies, and breeding goats provides an excellent income opportunity.  The eggs from the chickens are valuable as high-quality sources of protein to combat malnourishment.

Social Entrepreneurship

-Micro-loan systems will be used to encourage families that are motivated to start simple entrepreneurial endeavours.  An example of an appropriate endeavour is the packaging of dry provisions like pulses and cereals.

-Men will be trained in simple, cost-effective and innovative building technologies that can be the basis of a new livelihood.  Our future plans for HoPE Town include construction of a girl’s hostel and a school to benefit residents and nearby villagers.  So our men of HoPE Town can have the fulfilment of literally helping to build their community, while they have a new livelihood.

Preventive Health Care

Medical camps will be provided on a yearly basis to help screen residents for potential health issues, and connect them with caring organizations providing free healthcare for the poor in need.

How You Can Help

An entire house can be sponsored with $3000.  Half a house can be sponsored with $1500.  Or you can donate $100 to give a pair of goats to a family and give the gift of daily nourishment and an additional income source.  Even just $25 will provide a family with 10 chickens to provide valuable daily nutrition.

Donate

  • $3,000- sponsor a home in Hope Town for a family
  • $1,500- sponsor half of a home in Hope Town for a family of 4
  • $700- sponsor a quarter of a home in Hope Town for a family of 4
  • $100- sponsor a pair of goats that will help a family with nourishment and a steady income
  • $25- sponsor 10 chicken for nourishment for a family

For more information on our HoPE Town Initiative or to donate, please go to http://www.tripurafoundation.org/programs.html.

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