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Elaine Kueper (Mohini) selected into 2020 Cohort Of Changemakers For Children

We are proud to share that Tripura’s Global Director, Elaine Kueper (Mohini), has been selected as a Gratitude Fellow for her work through the Tripura Foundation.

Published On: December 08, 2019

Today, the Gratitude Network, in connection with Forbes, announced its 2020 cohort of 30 passionate leaders that will serve as Gratitude Fellows.

These leaders participated in a highly competitive application and judging process. Nearly 1200 outstanding leaders applied.

The Gratitude Network is a non-profit global leadership development organization, whose mission is to identify, nurture and develop highly innovative and scalable organizations focused on impacting the lives of children and youth in the U.S. and abroad.

Read the Full Forbes Article Here

Tripura Foundation Rewards Children With HoPE


Published On: January 30, 2014
Rewards Children With HoPE

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 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.

Using Phonemic Technology To Enhance Brain Functioning


Published On: February 11, 2013

“A person’s socio-economic environment influences the development of their brain,” according to Baskaran Pillai, creator of Phonemic Intelligence, a scientific and brain-based education methodology. “Growing up in a poor neighborhood can impact a child’s learning ability and their mental and emotional well-being in the long run.”

Announcing the launch of 100 HoPE Learning Centers, Pillai, the founder of Tripura Foundation, a non-profit organisation committed to eradicating poverty, said the centers could be the “most effective way out of the poverty trap.”

‘Phonemic Intelligence’ would help overcome the negative effects of poverty by changing the neurology of the brain for the better, he claimed. “It involves using specific phoneme (smallest unit of sound that contrasts with another sound, in any given language) sounds in different parts of the brain. By this, it is possible to enhance the functioning of those parts of the brain. Our study done at a leading brain lab shows positive effects of these sounds on the brain.”

In the pilot study, the participants were made to listen and vocalise four sounds focusing on different parts of the brain. “Using EEG (Electroencephalography), we recorded electrical activity in the brain and found profound changes with the use of each discreet sound,” said  the lead researcher Anbarasu Annamalai, while introducing the methodology of the study via Video.

The sounds were used as part of the Phonemic Intelligence methodology implemented in HoPE Learning Centers. “As many as 2,450 children are using this brain-changing education in 70 centers across three states – Tamil Nadu (58 centers), Goa (10 centers) and Haryana (2 centers),” said Elaine Kueper, Global Director, Tripura Foundation.

“These children, belonging to economically poor sections, have demonstrated very positive results with higher test scores, greater focus on schoolwork, cooperation and participation, feelings of peace and happiness, and overall well-being,” she added.

At a press conference on Sunday, some of the children narrated real-life stories of how the centers enhanced their confidence and expanded their thinking.

Young HoPE Leader with a Heart of Gold


Published On: February 13, 2013

Sindhu lives with her parents in Kannambakkam village in Tamil Nadu.

Her parents are agricultural laborers. Her grandparents live in a village 10 kilometers away. She visits them once a month during weekends to help them.

Once, after visiting her grandparents, Sindhu was on her way home. While she was waiting to board the bus, she found an elderly lady crying. She went and inquired.

The lady replied that she was driven away from her home by her son and she was going to her daughter’s house. The old lady said that she was starving and had no money to board the bus.

Sindhu’s grandparents had given her money to buy ticket and few rupees more for snacks. Without thinking about her own comfort, Sindhu bought breakfast and bus ticket for the old lady. Sindhu herself walked back 10 kilometers to her home.

On narrating this, Sindhu said that she was inspired by the teaching of HoPE Champions and was happy to walk back home as she had helped a helpless person. This inspired all her friends and everyone started doing something good every day.

Sindhu is one of the thousands of inspired children from poverty-stricken rural areas of India who are undergoing a unique intelligence-enhancing program at HoPE Learning Centers. It a novel after-school educational initiative by the NGO Tripura Foundation, founded by global thought leader and humanitarian Dr. Baskaran Pillai.

Revolutionizing education with Mind-Sound technology


Published on: September 7, 2011 – 00:06

New Innovative Program Brings Rapid Advances For India’s Poorest

Tripura Foundation To Expand Centers from 35 to 100 Throughout Rural South India

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2012 
Tripura Foundation

CHENNAI, INDIA:  A new innovative program by Tripura Foundation, a nonprofit 501c 3 charitable organization, has demonstrated rapid advancements in learning and skills for India’s forgotten and poorest folks: disenfranchised families, and single parent families of women and children. Tripura Foundation’s HoPE Learning Centers help children of single-parent families living in abject poverty and untouchable conditions. 

PI, short for Phonemic Intelligence, is a new language program which brings the innate power of sounds, syllables and phonetics, to repair, renew and rebuild children’s emotional and mental intelligence. Children who have gone through the program have placed at the top of their classes and excel in social intelligence, sharing and caring for their fellow students. One such child, Sarala, grew up with the PI program in Tripura Foundation’s Girlstown; in 2012, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Sciences and then wrote her entrance exam to attend the Masters program at a prestigious College in Chennai. Prior to her enrollment in PI, Sarala’s family of six survived on only $20 US per month. With Tripura Foundation’s support, she has been released from a cycle of poverty and empowered to help others. 

The successes of Tripura’s Girlstown inspired Tripura Foundation to rapidly expand its service centers from launching just eight (8) centers in 2011 to eleven (11) more launched in June 2012 and an additional sixteen (16) more in July 2012. Each HoPE center serves 30-35 children. Tripura Foundation’s goal for 2012 is to have 100 Service Centers opened by the end of the year.

It takes $10 a month to support one child in the HoPE program. Sponsors who sign up to support one, three or even an entire center (30 children), receive quarterly updates of progress of the HoPE Center children. These children grow up empowered to be the leaders of their communities, along with the skills to create a better world for their children. Sponsors and volunteers benefit by the peace of mind of helping others. 

Want to know more? Please contact Tripura Foundation at

Visit Tripura Foundation’s YouTube Partner Channel at

Tripura Foundation Global Office: 3945 Forbes Ave, Suite 477, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA

Phone: (888) 241-7337

Tripura Foundation India: S-6, 17th Street, Anna Nagar, Chennai -40, Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: +91-44-2622-0144


HoPE at the United Nations

Dr. Iyer

Tripura Foundation recently participated in the 2011 Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns as part of the United Nations anniversary celebration held in New York City.   This week long event was created to inspire visionary leadership and collective engagement among UN staff members, NGO representatives, and community leaders.

Tripura Foundation

Tripura Foundation board member, Dr. Vish Iyer, was invited to speak at the event: Implementing Responsible Change: Active Visionary Educators, Political, and Religious Leaders Explore the Ethical Impact of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) with Today’s Youth.  This interactive gathering addressed the ethical challenges and the necessary solutions for individuals and organizations to achieve the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Dr. Iyer presented Tripura’s visionary model of HoPE as a sustainable approach to transform impoverished communities. He discussed the success of the new HoPE Learning Centers as well as the positive impact of using the transformational techniques of Phonemic Intelligence (PI) and the Personal Transformation Program (PTP).

It was a great honor for Tripura to participate in this celebration of the United Nations and to engage with visionary leaders working together to create peaceful solutions for the world community. For more information on all of the events held during the Week of Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns, please visit the CSVGC-NY website.