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No Bar For Little Acts Of Kindness

THE TIMES OF INDIA

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.

On Baba’s Birthday we were able to open up 5 brand new HoPE
Centers and support 200 needy children.

The children that were helped were living in what some of the
volunteers are calling ‘the worst conditions they have ever seen.’

Considering how many impoverished areas these people have
witnessed over the years – that’s saying A LOT.

You see, Rameshwaram has a very unique set of circumstances.

Being an island it’s literally cutoff from the mainland, and the
usual support and opportunities simply aren’t available here.

It has led to a vicious cycle of suffering including:

  • An uncivilized, volatile fisherman community…
  • Rampant alcoholism…
  • Virtually non-existent hygienic standards…
  • A sub-standard education system with the average child
    unable to read till 12 years of age…

But thanks to you it’s all started to change for the better!

Watch this video to see the
difference you’ve made already >>

The local teachers and parents were so thrilled to have Tripura’s
support in uplifting their community, and there have been some immediate
results reported so far.

Remember how I mentioned how poor the hygienic standards were?

We wanted to change that so we also handed out ‘HoPE Gift Packs’
that include essential items such as:

  • Toothbrush & tooth paste
  • Soap & hair oil
  • Nail clippers & shoes
  • Underwear
  • Shirt & pants

Well, the teachers and parents shared how thrilled the children
were to receive everything they need for self-care.

In fact, they reported how the children immediately began brushing
their teeth and washing their hands – something they have resisted in the past!

Find out more about what happened
here >>

Its results like this that have motivated us to aim to uplift the rest
of the island…

That’s why we’ve decided to continue the incredible momentum that
began with Baba’s Birthday Celebrations to fuel an exciting NEW initiative
HoPE For Rameshwaram.

Our goal is to literally transform all of Rameshwaram, and
permanently free it from its current cycle of suffering.

We’d like to start by opening 5 more HoPE centers to help 200 more
children.

I invite you to continue to partner with us to make this dream a
reality.

$10 will support one child and $300 an entire center [per month].

If you’d like to join us in bringing HoPE to Rameshwaram here’s
how you can help:

  1. Click this link
  2. Select donation amount
  3. Designate to ‘HoPE For Rameshwaram’
  4. Click ‘Donate Now’

Thank you for making it possible to change not only the lives of
the current people in Rameshwaram, but of all the future generations to come.

Make A Commitment!

It is always a good time to sponsor a child for only $10 per month, three children for only $30 per month, and an entire HoPE Learning Center for a mere $300 per month! Click here to learn more: http://www.tripurafoundation.org/Education.html

Dr. Pillai’s Birthday Blessings

Today is Babaji’s Birthday. Today, in avery special way, he is radiating Love and Blessings to everyone.

As you think of him and feel gratitude for all the miracles you have experienced with him and his teachings, this opens your heart to receive the Blessings.

Thank you so much for making this Birthday the best one ever for Babaji. It is deeply fulfilling to see his students give so generously to help his people suffering on the island of Rameshwaram, his birthplace.

I’m happy to share that next week, we will be opening 5 HoPE Centers for the fishermen children of Rameshwaram, with more HoPE Centers and a daycare coming soon. We will also be starting a cottage industry for the widowed women of Rameshwaram who will be employed to prepare healthy packaged food for over 3000 HoPE children throughout India.

It feels like a miracle to me – thank you for being a miracle-maker to give a new life to people who really need your help, and are
near and dear to Babaji’s heart.

Love, Mohini

Real Life HoPE Heroes

This is an article from The Hindu. Chennai –

Twelve-year-old N. Archana, a native of Edayapatti village in Pudukottai district, wakes up early, cooks rice and curry, goes to school and often returns home to be beaten up by her drunken father.

In between this all this, she finds time to take care of a 100-year-old blind woman who she fondly refers to as ‘Periyandi paati’ who lives in her village. On Wednesday, she emerged as a winner of the Hope Hero 2013 award instituted by Tripura Foundation, a non-profit organisation that aims to help underprivileged women and children.

“My grandmother asked me to take care of Periyandi Paati. If I don’t, who else will? Every morning, I help her clean herself, buy her coffee and breakfast with the little money I have and call the 108 ambulance service if she falls ill. Now, I want to use this prize money of Rs. 4,000 to help her,” says Archana, who learnt to be optimistic and service-minded at the HoPE Learning Centre, founded by Tripura Foundation.

A.A. Gowtham, who works with Tripura Foundation, said they adopt the phonemic intelligence technique to teach children. “In this method, we teach them sounds with vowels and consonants that activate specific parts of the brain. It helps in improving their concentration, memory, intelligence and even makes them more compassionate,” he said.

Elaine Kueper, global director of Tripura Foundation, said these sound techniques that were taught by Baskaran Pillai, founder of Tripura Foundation, personally helped her overcome depression in her life. “People who have been benefitted by this technique keep sending donations which enable us to keep these centres functioning,” she said.

R. Maithin Raj, another student of HoPE who also emerged as one of the winners, had persuaded his friend Ajit’s parents who discontinued his education to resume it. “Due to poverty, his parents wanted him to work and forced him to leave school. Then, I had a tough time convincing them and took help from one of the HoPE officials to do it. Finally, it worked and he should be back in school very soon,” he said.

Help Make Baba’s Birthday Wish Come True!

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: http://www.tripurafoundation.org/HoPEForTheElderly.html

Miracles Of Compassion

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.

PS:
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 >>

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.

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