Posts tagged: Volunteer

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.

Tripura Foundation’s Volunteer of August – Meena Mulloy

Meena met Dr. Baskaran Pillai, the founder of Tripura Foundation, while working at Credit Suisse. She soon took a trip to India and her life took on all new dimensions. She noticed that 12-year –old children looked like 6-year-old children in the USA.  She soon moved to India to run the Corporate Communications division for Office Tiger. In 2008, she decided to sponsor Tripura Foundation children with a pledge of $300/month because she was impressed with TF’s thoughtful decision making processes, vision and integrity. Meena Ann Marie Mulloy is Director of Corporate Communications for AstroVed.com and a new Board Member at Tripura Foundation.

Seven Ways YOU Can Help Now

 1)Make a Commitment to a Monthly Sponsorship- Be Our Partner in HoPE

2) Give a One-time Heart-felt Donation to TF

3) Encourage friends to register for our Newsletter      

4) Forward this Newsletter to your friends and family

5) Volunteer to Take Up Collections for HoPE in your community-Spread the Word        

6) “Like” Tripura Foundation Builds HoPE on Facebook

7) Copy,paste and post Tripura Foundation info, photos and links on your Facebook wall

Sunny- Volunteer MST Teacher at Selaiyur Boystown

At age 20, Sunny is a student in the second year of university studying Bio-informatics.  His career objective is to bring down the cost of drug discovery.

He volunteers at the Selaiyur Boystown.  In his own words:

“I am very excited about the new MST. Its a delight to teach the techniques to the boys as I get to witness first hand the transformation in the lives of these children. Its heart warming to see these children glow with light.

Whenever I go to Boystown, and the boys see me, they welcome me with the sounds. They are very enthused about it.

I have witnessed increasing levels of self-esteem and “can-do” spirit among the boys as they continue to do the techniques.

In the past I have explored NLP and other mind training programmes but I have never seen anything work like this. I always remind the boys to keep saying the sounds throughout the day, that way they become “friends” with the sounds.

The management at Boystown inform me that they have seen an increase in the well being of the boys as reflected in better grades and better athletic performance. It gives me incredible joy to be part of this transformation. It is transforming me too.

But most importantly it is teaching the boys to dream and to let go of their fears and take action.

In particular, they love the sound “Ah” and the technique “Ara Kara”, it gives them a strong dose of energy and positivity and they demand more and more of it.

I wish every institution concerned with Child welfare experiment with the MST.

From my own experience, I consider MST the most effective tool to transform the lives of these children.

Thank you

Sincerely

Sunny Dasgupta

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