On our most recent Ambassadors of HoPE trip, our Ambassadors visited HoPE learning centers in Rameswaram to find out how the widows and children had transformed over the 12 months since we began our support initiatives there. Our initiatives included: 11 new HoPE Centers to educate and care for 450 children and 2 Tailoring Centers to train 30 women with entrepreneurial skills.
It’s always refreshing to hear great testimonies from our Ambassadors of HoPE, sharing the love, happiness and joy they experience during their trip. Most often, having given of their time, finances and hearts to attend one of our Ambassadors of HoPE trips, they feel as though the journey itself and the interactions with the children they’re helping to support are indeed priceless!
Today, I’d like to share with you one such inspiring story from Jnani, one of the attendees of our most recent Ambassadors of HoPE trip.
“Ever since the first HoPE Center was created, I knew this is an idea whose time has come – this is a movement that will change the world. I have been happy to support HoPE through donations and prayers, and when I discovered I could attend the Ambassador of HoPE trip in November, I eagerly signed up. What a great opportunity to learn firsthand the effect of Phoenemic Intelligence (PI) on the forgotten children of this world.
As we global emissaries gathered in Swamimalai for breakfast the first morning, we were instantly bonded in eager anticipation to see the children and experience the great work HoPE Centers is achieving for the planet.
First we visited the temple of Goddess Lakshmi’s birthplace. As we said our prayers for the day, we could feel her blessings pouring out on us and our mission as Ambassadors of HoPE.
We arrived at the first HoPE Center. There were the children, standing tall and proudly wearing their bright purple HoPE Center shirts. We were greeted with big smiles, cheers, flowers and even fireworks. It was immediately evident that these children’s lives have been forever made better by the work of HoPE PI. Even though some of these children had only been in the program for a month, there was an intelligence in their eyes and speech, a confident handshake, and gracious manners. As we passed out a HoPE Gift Pack to each child, they said, ‘thank you’ in clear English and an open heart.
Through the weekend, we heard children’s stories, met dedicated teachers, honored scholastic achievement, taught new hygiene practices. We viewed clever art and science projects made especially for this day of celebration. From bending and harnessing energy from water, beautiful painted butterfly wings made from seashells, to the many happy faces, the effect of HoPE was seen everywhere. Together we learned, laughed, danced, and played games all united in our hearts of love for each other.
As we were saying our final good-byes, one little sweet girl dressed in her best baubles and bangles and with a light in her eyes, shyly threw her arms around me and whispered in my ear, ‘you are my best friend’.
We gave $500 and received a Million in return!”
What a touching story and powerful testimony to the positive changes HoPE Centers and our Ambassadors of HoPE bring to the world, wouldn’t you agree?
Wishing you HoPE and love,
Tripura Foundation Team Member