A HoPE Center is made up of students, like Jeevetha. She is from the village Puducherrymedu, which is north of Chennai and has 120 houses. It is very dry, so agriculture is entirely dependent on rains. Jeevetha is in 9th grade. Every day, she and 50 other children from her village used to walk 6 kilometers to school because there was no method of public transportation. Last January, when the District Collector visited a nearby town, she wrote a petition requesting a bus facility for her village, got signatures of friends and then submitted it. Needless to say, the Collector was impressed by her self-initiated leadership and immediately passed orders for a nearby transportation department to run busses during school hours. The entire village is proud of Jeevetha for taking initiative when so many others felt resigned to accepting conditions as they long had been. She is now a role model for youngsters and adults. She is a living example of what is possible when HoPE is in the mix. In upcoming months, Tripura Foundation will launch a program to encourage young people to take actions to help themselves and others as HoPE Champion Super Heroes.
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