Friday, May 20, 2016

With the Global Warming, natural disasters are becoming more and more common and severe at the same time. Recent Cyclone has caused our brethren in Sri Lanka tremendous agony and pain.
Sewa International plans to work on the Relief and Rehab of the affected people in Sri Lanka and request your kind support for the same.
Together we can make a difference to the lives in pain!!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Sewa Sandesh
 
 
April 2016
KERALA TEMPLE FIRE RELIEF: GROUND REPORT

During the early morning hours of April 10 a massive explosion took place in Puttingal temple during a fireworks display . It claimed more than 114 lives and caused injuries to about 1,100 persons. The accident happened in Puttingal temple ground in Paravoor, a coastal town in Kollam district of Kerala. The impact of the explosion was felt in a radius of one kilometre. There was total darkness as the power supply went off under the impact of the explosion. Sewa volunteers were among the first responders to the site of the accident. When Sewa volunteers reached the spot, they could see burnt body parts scattered all around, seriously injured pleading for help and large number of dead bodies lying on the ground. Sewa volunteers swung into rescue operations. They mobilized several vehicles, including their own ten ambulances, to shift the injured to various hospitals. They collected the scattered body parts from the temple ground, roof of the houses and wells in the nearby places. They helped in sending the bodies for postmortem working in tandem with the Police in the rescue and relief operations. On many occasions, police men sought the help of Sewa volunteers to collect the body parts from the nearby places for sending it for the DNA test.
About 1,000 Sewa volunteers took part in the rescue operations. They helped extracting dead bodies and injured victims from debris of buildings. Within hours, hundreds of Sewa volunteers thronged hospitals to donate blood, medical kits and food materials. About 1,500 volunteers registered for blood donation at Trivandrum Medical College itself. The pictures of the Sewa volunteers queuing in front of the Medical hospital have gone viral in the social media. Due to scarcity of beds and other facilities at Kollam District Hospital, the volunteers arranged additional beds and clothes with the help of sponsors. Soon after the tragedy, help desks were set up by the Sewa volunteers at the accident site,Kollam District Hospital, Kollam Medicity, Kottiyam Hollycross, NS Hospital and Trivandrum Medical College to help the relatives of the victims and the contact numbers were informed to the public through the media and social platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook.  Volunteers helped the bereaved family members to identify bodies of their beloved ones in the hospitals. Proper arrangements have also been done for helping the relatives to cremate the bodies in their respective places. The next challenge was to provide water and food materials to the patients admitted at 18 hospitals and also to the affected families residing around the temple. About 1,100 people including patients and their relatives are being given breakfast, lunch and dinner during the entire length of relief operation. This daunting task was carried out by the effective and prompt involvement of the Sewa volunteers.
 The wells surrounding the temple were badly contaminated; with body parts being dispersed into the wells. So high was the contamination level that water has turned black due to burnt body parts, ash and burnt explosives. The Sewa volunteer also made immediate arrangements for bringing drinking water from nearby places in auto rickshaws and other vehicles. Daily 5,000 liters of water was distributed to the houses near the temple. Later, they launched a massive drive to clean all the wells in the area.
Around 300 houses in the immediate vicinity of the temple were damaged in the impact of the explosion. Locals feel that it may take months for the place to recover from the ghastly tragedy. Destroyed houses, contaminated wells, chemicals and concrete chunks left suspended in the aftermath of the massive fire tragedy, are now a cause of concern for people living in the locality. Many families in the area have either moved to houses of relatives or are busy repairing damaged portions of their residences. They also demanded compensation from the Government to repair it.
 
HINDU HELP LINE TO SERVE SENIOR CITIZENS
 Hindu Help Line (HHL), the 24 x 7 nationwide Emergency Service, on its fifth anniversary launched a special service for senior citizens on March 5. Launching the service, VHP working president Dr Pravin Togadia said the senior citizens in emergency can call at 020-6689330 and 07588682181 to get urgent help within 15-20 minutes depending on the type of emergency. The Help Line covers the emergencies like medical, travel, legal, administrative and cultural. Since beginning, the HHL has received over 2,00,000 calls and the emergency help rate has been over 98 per cent. Today, due to nuclear families and various social aspects, the elderly face genuine problems that are not only loneliness, but also practical problems like day care, medical reports collection, utility bill payments, caring company for a daily walk and so on.
SEWA INTERNATIONAL SEED KITS DISTRIBUTION DRIVE
SEWA INTERNATIONAL Uttarakhand completed its Seed kit distribution drive in the Narayankoti Mandal of Rudraprayag district, under its SEWA KRISHI programme. To consolidate and strengthen the agriculture and its local practices keeping in view of the ecological balance of the region Sewa International launched its program Sewa Krishi with the same objective. An integral component of the programme is the Seed kit distribution drive before the Kharif and Rabi sowing season,the two major crop season in the country, with a view that the farmer doesn’t have to purchase seeds from the market and hence cutting down on the cost of farming, the ultimate aim of the project is to diminish the farmer’s dependence on the market for purchasing seeds and other ingredients of farming and promote organic farming in the State. Starting from 2014 the Seed Kit Distribution has picked up pace in the Rudraprayag and Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. This year the seeds were distributed in the Narayankoti Mandal of Rudraprayag district among the women Farmers of the region. Seeds distribution for the current Kharif Crop included seeds of Ginger, Turmeric, Beans, Ladyfinger and Kidney Beans.
With a view to provide maximum benefit to be derived from the initiative and for the farmers, Sewa International Uttarakhand formed a taskforce which did an extensive survey among the farmers about their exigency and expectations and considering this the seed kits were prepared this year by due ratiocination of the local demand .
Seed Kit distribution was done by Kailash Goswamiji, A Local Farmer of Narayankoti who has been a state awardee among other honours, for his innovative farming and work in the field. 
 
VOLUNTEERS  RESCUE KOLKATA FLYOVER COLLAPSE VICTIMS
 A part of under construction Vivekananda Road Flyover suddenly collapsed on March 31 injuring many and killing 27 people.  Rescue operation began immediately to clear and remove the dead bodies buried under the debris. As the news spread, more than 200 RSS swayamsevaks immediately rushed to help the victims along with the NDRF team and defence personnel. The swayamsevaks also arranged blood for the victims and rescued and controlled the crowd. Police Commissioner who was present at the site appreciated the work done by the RSS workers and requested them to remain there.
 
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP A REALITY
- Nirmala Sitharam
 
 Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry (Independent Charge) Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman exhorted the women to utilise their entrepreneurial skills. She said women entrepreneurship is a reality, as many women entreprenuers can be found in the society. She was addressing a gathering of women at 4th Annual Day celebration of Chetana Conscience of Women on April 3. She referred to many Start Ups by women in different fields like engineering, medicine, information technology, agriculture and urged the women to also master the other areas apart from professional ones like social sciences. She praised ‘Chetana’ for helping women become self-reliant. President of Chetana. Advocate Jyotika Kalra highlighted the importance of women empowerment and also underlined the activities being taken up in this regard by ‘Chetna’. The event left the audience spell bound by the dance events specially choreographed by Padma Bhushan Dr Saroja Vaidyanathan portraying the theme through four different forms of classical and contemporary dance. 
 
NATIONAL ARCHERY COMPETITION BY KALYAN ASHRAM IN DECEMBER
 
 Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram will organise National Archery Competition in the last week of December in Mumbai. Vanvasi Archers from different parts of the country will participate in the competition. The decision was taken at the Pratinidhi Mandal meeting of Kalyan Ashram. Kalyan Ashram president Shri Jagdev Ram Oraon, vice presidents Shri Kripa Prasad Singh and Neelima Patte, general secretary Shri Chandrakant Dev, and other office bearers were also present. Shri Chandra Kant Deo presented general secretary’s report, while Shri Atul Jog and Shri Somayajulu presented reports on various programmes. Shri Shatipad Thakur presented a report on 7th National Vanvasi Sports meet held in Ranchi. A report on birth centenary celebration of Naga freedom fighter Rani Gaidinliu was also presented. Today a total of 1,25,490 students are getting education in various educational projects of the Kalyan Ashram. A total of 9,94,367 patients were treated by health workers. A total of 329 daily and 3,322 weekly sports centres are being run in Vanvasi areas. There are 90 Agriculture Development Projects, 68 vocational trainning centres, 2,560 Self-Help Groups, and village development activities in 108 villages.

HEALTH CAMP BY JHANDEWALA TEMPLE
Patients undergoing treatment at the Nature Care and Accupressure camp
 
 Famous Jhandewala Temple organised a series of health camps in the temple premises. On March 6, the temple organised a blood donation camp in which 46 people donated blood. On March 13, an eye check-up camp was organised in association with Kailash Eye Care. Apart from eye check-up, some blood tests were also conducted. About 200 patients were checked-up at the camp. Equally, a nature care and acupressure camp is being organised in the temple on every Sunday for the last six months. A total of 82 patients availed the facility on March 13.
 
SEWA BHARATI VOLUNTEERS CLEAN TEMPLE PREMISES AHEAD OF SHIVARATRI
 Ahead of Shivaratri, a team of 142 people including 70 RSS and Sewa Bharati workers from local Tambaram unit in Tamil Nadu actively participated in the cleaning of Jambukeswarar Temple on February 21. The common public and devotees too eagerly joined hands with the swayamsevaks in the activity. Tambaram Bagh Sewa Pramukh Shri Soundarji coordinated the activity.
 
PROTECT COW TO SAVE THE NATION - SHANKARLAL
 RSS Akhil Bharatiya Gausewa Pramukh Shri Shankarlal appealed to the government and the society to take all possible efforts to protect the cows and her progeny as they are the backbone of the Bharat’s economy. Addressing a function in Jodhpur on February 21 he said preservation of the cow is in the interests of all and if ignored it will prove to be very costly to all. The function was organised by Go Vigyan Anusandhan Samiti. Shri Navranglal Sharma on this occasion apprised the gathering of 18 scientific facts about the cow milk. He also stressed on organic farming. Shri Otaram Devasi, Cow Minister in Rajasthan Government stressed the need to create cow ministries all over the country. He said the cows truly be preserved at the home of the farmers and not in the goushalas. Mahamandaleshwar Shri Dati Maharaj Madanji also spoke on the occasion.
 
CAMPAIGN TO CLEAN KURUKSHETRA
Gita Manishi Mahamandaleshwar Swami Gyanananda Maharaj launched Divya Kurukshetra Mission on April 18 to make the historic city Kurukshetra as a clean city. Under the campaign, 26th day of every month will be observed as cleanliness day. Speaking at the launch function Swamiji said cleanliness drive should not be seen with political glasses. Such campaigns are must to maintain glory of the nation. He said the campaign is aimed at making Kurukshetra as a model city. He administered an oath to the people on this occasion to keep the city clean and also to join the drive. He said every citizen needs to change their habit and none should do any work, which denigrates the nation. Organising Secretary of VHP Shri Dinesh Chandra said the campaign would prove to be a success as it has the blessings of the saints. Mahamandaleshwar Swami Dharmadev Maharaj also spoke on the occasion. Himanchal Pradesh Governor Acharaya Dev Vrat expressed his best wishes for the success of the campaign.
 
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Monday, April 11, 2016

SEWA INTERNATIONAL
KERALA TEMPLE FIRE RELIEF APPEAL
 
In the worst-ever pyrotechnics tragedy to strike Kerala, 110 persons were killed and close to 400 injured, many of them critically, on Sunday (10th April,2016).

Around 3:30 am, disaster struck the crowded premises of the Puttingal Devi Temple at Paravur, south of Kollam, when an entire dump of fire crackers meant to be burst to mark the conclusion of the Meena-Bharani festival exploded, killing over 40 persons instantly, badly injuring hundreds more and causing horrible damage to nearby buildings and houses.


Sewa International has resolved to serve the fire-tragedy affected people and their grief-stricken families with the help of its on ground partner organizations in rescue and relief efforts.
Sewa International appeals to the benevolent donors to be generous in contributing towards immediate relief to the fire-tragedy affected brethren in Kerala. Your timely contribution in this hour-of-need can help provide necessary aid to the hurt and bereaving families.

We need your support to spread the word and multiply the impact. 
We really appreciate your help in this hour of need!!

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Sewa International
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Sewa International also provides Income Tax exemption under IT Act 80G for domestic donors.
 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sewa Sandesh
 
February 2016
                                                                                                                      
 
 
PROUD TO BE PART OF KALYAN ASHRAM
 – TR Zeliang, Nagaland CM

Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang expressed happiness to be a part of the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram. “I cannot express my pleasure at this moment, as some feelings can just be felt and not expressed in words. Rani Maa played a leading role during the freedom struggle. I express my sincere thanks to the government of India and the Kalyan Ashram, which observed the birth centenary of the great freedom fighter all over the country,” he said while addressing the birth centenary celebration of Rani Gaidinliu in New Delhi on January 24. Kalyan Ashram president Shri Jagevram Oraon was also present on the occasion. Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani declared to publish books in various Bharateeya languages compiling the heroic stories of Rani Maa. The books will possibly be published by National Book Trust to apprise the younger generation of the life and work of the great freedom fighter.
 
 
TN SEWA BHARATI FELICITATES SANITARY WORKERS

Tamil Nadu unit of Sewa Bharati organized a series of events across Chennai to felicitate sanitary workers who cleaned up the mess left over by the deadliest Chennai floods. On January 21, a function was organized at Manali. Vibhag Pracharak Shri MD Sankar Felicitated the workers. Shri Boopalakrishnan of Vallalar Peravai presided over the function. District Revenue Official Shri M Mohammed Badsha along with Sewa Bharati State coordinatior Smt Kanchana Mala also graced the occasion.
 
 
MEALS TO PATIENTS AT NO PROFIT NO LOSS BASIS BY SEWA BHARATI

Jaipur unit of Sewa Bharati launched a project in Jaipur on January 30 to provide meals to the patients of mental hospital run at Sethi Colony. Apart from patients, their attendants will also be provided meals at just Rs. 10 per person. Earlier the Sewa Bharati used to provide dry rice, dal and flour to the patients, but people faced the problem of cooking that dry meal. Therefore, the decision was taken to provide cooked food at no profit no loss basis. The project was formally launched by Health Minister of Rajasthan Shri Rajendra Singh Rathore. State BJP president Shri Ashok Parnami, Principal of SMS Medical College Dr. US Agarwal, businessman Shri Mahendra Derawala and Sewa Bharati leaders were also present on the occasion. It is third of its kind project run by Sewa Bharati in Rajasthan. Two other projects are run in Bikaner and Ajmer.

SHKSHAM’ CONDUCTS LEPROSY ERADICATION CAMPAIGN

Jaipur unit of Saksham, a leading organization dedicated to the cause of differently-abled people, organized a leprosy eradication campaign in Jaipur to educate people about various aspect related to the disease. Under the campaign, a function was organized in Jaipur. Dr. Gajanand Ojha apprised the people about some facts about the disease. Senior leader of Saksham Shri Kamlakant Pandey also addressed the participants. Dr. Pankaj Jain was felicitated on the occasion for conducting successful operations for cancer. Co-convener of Saksham Shri Rajesh Chedwal apprised the audience of the activities being conducted by the organization for eradication of blindness. It is to be noted that Saksham is working for making Bharat free from blindness by the year 2018.

NINE-DAY CAMP TO PROMOTE SOCIAL VOLUNTARISM

Samartha Bharata, a voluntary organisation dedicated to promote social voluntarism, organised a 9-day residential camp from January 23 to 31, called Social Transformation Empowerment Programme (STEP) in which 67 youth participated. Eminent personalities including Dr Deviprasad Shetty, Swami Paramananda, Shri Mukul Kanitkar, Dr MK Shridhar, Shri Ravi Iyer guided the youth. STEP focuses on empowering and connecting college students and professionals to various social organisations which are already into different facets of social transforming initiatives.STEP was divided into two phases. Phase-I was a week long orientation camp to enable volunteers to understand the lifecycle of social transformation initiatives, and to interact personally with leading social activists and their activities. Phase-II was a six month long execution activity where social volunteers pursued and worked in a social project of their choice under the guidance of a social activist or NGO. Volunteers submitted a social impact report regarding their social transformation initiative by the end of Phase-II. This camp focused on topics from 8 social segments (Education, Health, Rural, Urban, Policy, Media, Environment, NGO enablement), covered 32 sessions by 28 eminent speakers. The topics covered, sector specific issues, motivational and ideological concepts.  

Titbits
  • In a gesture of love to people suffering from cancer, 13 students from the Providence Women’s College, Kozhikode (Kerala, Bharat) donated their hair at a programme organised on campus. Beauticians from a leading beauty parlour in the city came to help the girls to cut and pack the hair for donation. Archana Sebastian, a student from the same college who coordinated the initiative said the collected hair would be donated to some of the selected hospitals in Kerala for making quality wigs for cancer patients. “For You, a non-governmental organisation working for the welfare of children in Kerala, is currently coordinating the initiative on the campuses and more number of students from various colleges have expressed their willingness to join the initiative,” she said. Last year, around 60 students from Providence College had donated their hair expressing solidarity to the wig-making programmes. Though the participation was comparatively less on Wednesday’s programme, organisers said it was due to some new quality parameters fixed for the selection of hair for donation. The side-effect of chemotherapy is most visible on the hair. For a woman, it is really a painful experience. The programme coordinators believe that the voluntary support of young girls would be a big consolation for such struggling women.
  • Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways,  rescued an accident victim on January 29, 2016 and got him admitted to a hospital at Chinthamani near  Neelambur on way to Kerala. When Radhakrishnan’s convoy was near Chettipalayam (Tamilnadu, Bharat) around 11 a.m., he found M. Balakrishnan (44) lying on the road with injuries on his head and hand. He immediately stopped the car, took the victim in an escort car and had him admitted to a private hospital. Mr. Balakrishnan of SIHS Colony was riding pillion on K. Gandhirajan’s two-wheeler when the accident happened. The police said that. Gandhirajan lost control of his motorcycle and fell to the ground after hitting another two-wheeler. That two-wheeler had a few minutes earlier rammed a lorry that was parked on the road side and was lying on the ground. . Pon Radhakrishnan also visited the hospital,' said a police officer. Balakrishnan was given treatment for the injury and his condition is said to be stable. 
  • Weaving khadi through solar charkhas has changed the life of Geeta Devi, 50, and Komal Devi, 40, of Dausa (Rajasthan, Bharat). Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned their names and their success stories in his `Man Ki Baat', his monthly radio broadcast over All India Radio. The Khadi Commission had started a training programme for solar charkhas which both Geeta and Komal had attended. “Tailoring and weaving is our ancestral profession. With regular use of charkha one gets a pain in the shoulder in old age. But this (solar) is easier to operate. Earlier I used to earn Rs 80 a day but now I am making Rs 150 to Rs 200,“ said Geeta. During the radio programme, the PM said, “The experiment with the solar energy based charkha has been successful. The (physical) labour has gone down, production has increased, and there has been a qualitative change. Those using a solar charkha have been sending me lots of letters. Geeta Devi and Komal Devi of Rajasthan and Sadhna Devi of Nawada in Bihar have written to me saying that their lives have changed drastically because of the solar charkha. They say their income has doubled.” (Courtesy:Panchaamritam)
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sewa Sandesh
 
January 2016
 

FIFTH INTERNATIONAL SEWA MEET HELD IN INDORE, MP

Fifth International Sewa Baithak(ISB) was held from 3rd Jan – 5th Jan 2016 in Indore,MP. 41 Delegates from various countries including Bharat, UK, USA, Kenya, Myanmar, Singapore, Australia and Sri Lanka participated in the meet. Biennial meeting is conducted with the purpose to understand the progress and issues faced by all Sewa International organisations, including Sewa International Bharat(SIB), and ways to grow the Sewa movement into other countries.

Shri Shyam Parande, Global Coordinator of Sewa International, introduced the Adhikaris and other dignitaries present while representatives of Sewa International associate countries introduced themselves.

In his inaugural address, Dr. Shankar Tatvawadi, Patron, Vishwa Vibhag said that we all need to reach to the most downtrodden of the society and work in places where no or little help has reached. Service before Self motto needs to be incorporated firmly in our ethos.
Program Structure & Topics
The whole program was divided into approx 90 minutes sessions throughout 3 days, starting from 4 pm on 3rd Jan till 11 am on 5th Jan. The participants presented their topics via Audio-Videos/Powerpoint Presentations, Written Speeches, Reports etc. Intense discussions were held with participation from all present members resulting in useful insights into the inner workings, issues, challenges faced by all Sewa International members as well as suggested action items to work towards possible solutions.
Following were the major topics that were presented and deliberated upon during the meeting,
  • Overview of Sewa Work being conducted in each represented country.
  • Disaster Management – Past, Present and Future plans and strategies.
  • Meeting minutes for the last SIB meeting in Vrindavan in 2013.
  • Sponsor-a-Child Program – A flagship program promoted by Sewa USA for supporting education for needy kids to be scaled up in coming years and targeting almost 5,000 students/year by 2020.
  • Volunteering – Ways to encourage and promote volunteerism.
  • Sewa Day – Global or Local? Challenges and Way Forward.
  • Discussions on Sewa Logo, Vision, Mission statements.
  • Fund-Raising – Experiences shared by associates and best practices to be followed.
  • Yuva for Sewa – Current state and Future plans.
  • Pioneers and Role Models for Sewa – Sewa Activities done by Indians abroad by Shri Ravi Kumar Iyer.
  • Empowering associate countries with Sewa Concept – Sending sewa karyakartas from India to neighboring countries for providing training to locals there as well as local exposure.
  • Updates on the work done in other countries not represented in the meeting by Shyam Parande.
  • Expectations of associate countries from Sewa International Bharat for more effective engagement.
  • Sewa Yatra – Exposure cum Volunteering Concept to be expanded to all associate countries.
  • Family Services Projects – Assist our brethren abroad with various programs for outreach like SDM (Stop Diabetes Movement), Yoga for Sewa, Visa Assistance etc.
  • Evolution of Sewa International Bharat – Need to provide centralized resources for managing back-office work of various associate countries.
  • Integrated Social Media/Web Strategies – Common website linking all associates maintained by Bharat.
  • Doctors for Sewa – Challenges and Opportunities. Huge interest in Indian Diaspora to do good and contribute to society through volunteering at hospitals/camps in India.
  • Vaanprasthi – Supporting our elders abroad who need support and also willing to help in Sewa Activities.
  • Baudhik by Shri Shyam Parande and Valedictory address by Shri Saumitra Gokhale.
Action Items for Follow-up
 As part of the 3 day intense deliberations, following points came out in open which required further focussed action and need to be updated before the next meeting (proposed to be in 2018),
  • Improvements in Communications –Need to ensure that all our Sewa International donors and karyakartas are getting the updates and the email lists are updated.
  • Disaster Rapid Response Team –Evaluate and propose the feasibility of Disaster Response team. Faster response to Disasters by our AV person, Shri Shashidhar.
  • Sewa Yatra- Need to promote this concept in other countries also. Need to build Online Digital Portal for active engagement, Social Media promotion etc. Need to identify Sewa Projects in Gujarat (Ahmedabad) also for Sewa Yatra due to high number of donors there.
  • Mangal Nidhi- Need to promote Community Celebration like donating for Cataract Operations, Community Marriages, Planting trees etc, for personal events like anniversary, birthday etc.
  • Sewa Call CenterExplore possibility of establishing Sewa Call Center in India for donation calls, donor management and act as back-office.
  • Reports/Proposals/Marketing- Need to evolve an effective strategy for Reporting, Proposal Writing and Marketing for Sewa International for better quality documents for approaching  CSR, Foundations, Corporates, Govt for grants.
  • Websites Support/CiviCRMNeed for better integration among Sewa Websites as well as Donor database management using CiviCRM.
  • Doctors for Seva (DFS)- Easing the process to get the doctors in India for initiatives like Cleft Surgery. Need to formalize process and work with Ministry of Health in India to see how to streamline the permission process which takes few months now.
  • Brand Ambassador- For better promotion of Sewa Events/Campaigns, there is need for a Brand Ambassador to vouch for us.
  • New Sewa International Associations- There is a need for a formalized process to be defined for incorporating new Sewa International associations. This will help get other Sewa associations started.
  • YFS Training- Need to explore ways to find volunteers and empower them to do sewa work effectively.
  • Common funds for Big Projects – Evolve a Mechanism to allow for maintaining a Common Pool of funds designated for supporting Large Sewa projects like Schools, Colleges, Multi-Year Support Projects.
  • Impact Reports – Need to generate more analytical reports with numbers showing the visible impact created by Sewa work. It is required now when approaching corporates for CSR and bigger donors.
  • Empanelment with United Nations(UN)- Sewa should try to get empanelled with UN for Disaster Relief as well as Rehab activities. This will help in our expanding its reach to millions more people and resources which can be put for better use.
  • Sewa Delhi Expenses- With increased work demands for faster outputs, it’s required to increase the staff strength in Delhi. Presently, only Sewa USA supports Delhi office which is insufficient and needs to be supported by other members also. To better serve the needs, 2 more offices are being planned, one each in Mumbai and Hyderabad.

The conference concluded in the morning of 5th Jan, 2016 by inspirational baudhiks and margdarshan by the adhikaris.Valedictory speech was delivered by Shri Saumitra Gokhle, International Coordinator of HSS. He said, “This sewa baithak has been much better than the earlier baithaks and we need to continually progress in making it better for years to come. Sewa International needs to grow in many more countries where Indian-origin people are resident. We should all make efforts towards that end. Bharat, due to its age-old history has the responsibility of leading the world. We already have given “Yoga”, which is now recognized world-over for its effectiveness in leading a healthy spiritually rich life. Now, we should also teach the concept of “Sewa” which is selfless service for humanity. Key thing to understand is that Sewa is not done to provide help to others but to purify our own souls and for our own betterment and in turn make the whole world a better place. Sewa International needs to recognize and grow its Thought Potential, Growth Potential and Creative Potential in order to fulfil its responsibility towards the society. We need to be rooted firmly to our values while conducting our work and also educate the world on the same. There is a need to creatively engage people and design sewa programs which could provide maximum benefit to the downtrodden.” Next Sewa Baithak is tentatively being proposed to be outside India, probably in Sri Lanka in early 2018, and would include Sewa Yatra also.International Sewa Baithak proved to be a great platform for different Sewa International members to collectively learn and contribute towards cumulative growth. The conference concluded on the positive note of building up an effectively serving network of Sewa organizations and activists across the countries, building up required resources and reaching out to newer avenues. 
 
THIRD PHASE OF REHABILITATION OF FLOOD VICTIMS IN CHENNAI
 
Under the third phase of rehabilitation of flood victims in Chennai the Sewa Bharati on January 10 distributed livelihood material at Mathur, Manali, one of the worst flood affected areas in Chennai. Prior to distributing the material, a survey was conducted by the volunteers to assess the need of the victims. Material worth Rs 6 lakh was distributed.
In a unique way, cow along with calf were distributed to the locals who requested for the same. Items like printer, scanner, Xerox machine, tailoring tools, electrical tools etc. were also distributed. Items including Iron box, grinder, water tank, tricycle, electrical tools, and chairs for saloon shop, fish net, rickshaw, plastic table, chair etc worth 14 lakh was distributed to nearly 700 flood affected people who lost their essential tools/machines for their job surviving. Senior Pracharak Shri Sethu Madhavan, Chennai Mahanagar Sanghachalak Shri Kalyan Singh, Prant Sewa Pramukh Shri Ramarajasekar, State secretary of Sewa Bharati Shri Rajesh Vivekanandan, etc distributed the  material.
 
ANUP JALOTA SINGS FOR VANVASIS
In order to sensitise the people living in cities to help their Vanvasi brethren, Shri Hari Satsangh Samiti Delhi and Shri Hari Vanvasi Raksha Parivar jointly organised a Bhajan Sandhya by noted singer Shri Anup Jalota at Civic Centre in Delhi on January 9. Union Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar and senior Pracharak Shri Shyam Gupt were also present on the occasion. Chief Guest Shri Ramesh Juneja, chairman of the Mankind Pharma, declared to adopt 2,500 Vanvasi villages. Many other people also declared their support.
Shri Manoj Arora, president of Shri Hari Vanvasi Raksha Parivar, apprised the audience of the positive changes surfacing in 223 districts of 23 states through the Ekal Vidyalayas. Shri Shyam Gupt said the soldiers provide external security while the Vanvasis provide social and cultural security. He said the day we have one lakh Ekal Vidyalayas and two lakh Satsang Kendras in the country will be no trouble to the internal security of the country. The satsang has the power to eradicate social inequalities.
 
RELIEF MATERIAL TO TRANSGENDERS
In a unique drive, Sewa Bharati Tamil Nadu on January 11, distributed relief material to the transgenders affected in the floods. Shri Kumaraswamy, State vice president, Shri Duraishankar, president and Shri Sunil Ramachandran, General Manager of Mathrubhoomi and Padmini Prakash, world's first transgender news anchor, distributed the material to around 400 people. Hailing the services by Sewa Bharati activists during the flood, Padmini Prakash said the support of transgenders to Sewa Bharati would always be there. Shri Kumaraswamy said the transgenders are worshipped as Arthanareeswarar in our culture. Madhoru-bhagan deity in Tiruchengode resembles the same. Being part of the society and children of Bharat Mata, he appealed to the transgenders to participate more to bring social changes.
 
TN GOVERNOR HONOURS
SEWA BHARATI FOR EXCELLENT SEWA DURING CHENNAI FLOOD
Tamil Nadu Governor Shri K Rosaiha felicitated Sewa Bharati for outstanding service during Chennai floods. Shri Duraisankar, president of Tamil Nadu Sewa Bharati, received the Special Achievement Award. Congratulating the awardees the Governor said it is the history of Tamil Nadu people to excel in work. The function was organised by World Tamil Chamber of Commerce at Chinmaya Heritage Centre, Nungambakkam on January 10 to celebrate World Tamil Day. It was a celebration of Tamil art, music and culture of Tamil people across Bharat and world.
 
SOCIAL ACTIVIST LOHANI TO BE HONOURED WITH VIVEKANANDA SEWA SAMMAN
Noted social activist of Kolkata and founder of 'Parivar' Shri Vinayak Lohani was selected for 30th Swami Vivekananda Sewa Samman. 'Parivar' is an organisation to import free education. The Samman, which consists of a cheque of Rs one lakh, a citation and memento, will be presented by West Bengal Governor Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi in Kolkata on January 17. Instituted by Shree Burrabazar Kumarsabha Pustakalaya inn 1987, the Samman is presented to individuals or organisations working for betterment of the society according to the ideals of Swami Vivekananda. After completing B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur shri Lohani obtained MBA degree from IIM Kolkata. Instead of opting for corporate career education to the deprived children to ensure their all round development.
The project today has its own building at Barkalikapur under 24 Paragna District, where more than 1,000 students from jharkhand and West Bengal are getting education.
 
 
Titbits
  • Throat cancer patients who have lost their voice can look forward to speaking again, without having to shell out thousands on an artificial voice box. Dr Vishal Rao, Bengaluru-based (Karnataka, Bharat) oncologist, has invented a voice prosthesis priced at just Rs 50. The device weighs just about 25 grams and is seen as a boon for the poor. The prosthesis available in the market costs Rs 20,000 (to be changed once in six months). The device has been aptly named Aum voice prosthesis. "We decided to term it Aum, as that is the sound which first resonated across the universe. Regaining one's voice is so much like a rebirth," said Rao. He took the help of his friend Shashank Mahesh, an industrialist, to deal with the financial aspect of the project. Ramakrishna, 55, a watchman from Peenya suffering from throat cancer, was the first recipient of the prosthesis."He was a beedi addict. He had been smoking for years to keep awake at night. He suffers from throat cancer and we had to remove his voice box. He was given a Western voice prosthesis. Though it had a shelf life of six months, he used it for two years as he couldn't afford a new one. He came to me with tears in his eyes saying that food was leaking through the prosthesis. Our device innovation was just about ready and we offered it to him for Rs 50. He regained his speech and returned with a million dollar smile, telling me that he was doing fine. That was the biggest gift for me," said Dr Rao. At any given point of time, there are over 1.5 lakh cases of tobacco-induced cancer in the state.
  • Smt K.N. Paru in her late 70s had resigned to a life in her gutted one-room hut. For generations of the students of the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat), Kochi (Kerala, Bharat) behind which stood her rundown house, she has been Paru Amma, the granny who unfailingly swept clean the campus. Moved, a few students of the School of Engineering decided to repay by refurbishing her home. And on January 15, they did as the School of Engineering Principal, G. Madhu, gave her key of the renovated house. It all started after Nitin Vasanth, a final year B.Tech student, spotted the septuagenarian sweeping the campus on a rainy evening last November. It took countless visits to local body offices to clear issues related to the 0.90 cent of plot and get the clearance. The students started with pulling down the gutted structure. They took turn to help masons. The truss work was done using welding machines at the mechanical lab. They braved cold December mornings to water the cement structures, painted the house during evenings after the classes and electrified the house. A contractor provided an earthmover for free to clean up the mess in the front yard. Finally, when a tearful Paru Amma boiled the milk to mark the house warming they were all present as if to make up for the absence of her own children.
  • Recognising his honesty, the West Bengal government today honoured a city taxi driver 42-year-old Prodyot Paul with a cash award of Rs 10,000 and urged others to emulate his example. Handing over a cheque (of that amount) at a simple function in his Writers Buildings chamber, state Transport minister Subhas Chakraborty informed that Paul had willingly returned Rs 7 lakh to its rightful owners, who had left the currencies in a bag in his taxi while travelling in the city on March 20, 2006. Paul after dropping a passenger near the Great Eastern Hotel found a bag lying on the floor of his taxi after about an hour. In order to trace the identity of its owner he opened the bag and to his surprise found that it contained several gold ornaments and bundles of cash inside. But without a second thought Paul first rushed back to the hotel and tried to identify the person he had dropped. But despite waiting for nearly an hour when he could not find him, he went to the New Market Police station and deposited the bag to the Officer-in-Charge. Later it was estimated that the cash and jewellery in the bag was valued at more than Rs 7 lakh which was returned to its owner the next day after proper verification, Chakraborty informed. Highly impressed by his act of honesty the New Market police recomended his case to the state transport department for a suitable reward. Paul refused to claim that he had done something extraordinary."I only tried to implement ‘honesty is the best policy’ - which I learnt in my childhood", he emphasied.( Courtesy: Panchaamritam)
 
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

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Manipur Quake: Relief and Rehab Appeal

Sewa International appeals to the benevolent donors to be generous in contributing towards relief to the earthquake-affected people of Manipur, Assam and adjoining states. Your timely contribution in this hour-of-need can help save many lives and provide relief to thousands of our affected brethren.
An earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude hit northeast India on Jan 4, 2016; near its borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 100 as per the latest news but estimated to run into thousands..
The epicenter of the earthquake was in Tamenglong district and has caused devastation in the district as well as Senapati district. Reports from the ground indicate that more than 780 houses have been partially destroyed while 230 have been totally destroyed in these two districts.
MANIPUR 
Sewa International has resolved to serve the quake-affected people of Manipur, Assam and other affected North-East states by providing immediate Relief in terms of food/relief supplies. Rehab work is being assessed for repair/construction of damaged houses.
We need your support to spread the word and multiply the impact. The funds raised here will go towards Relief Packages and Rehab work in North-East states.
We really appreciate your help in this hour of need!!
 
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