Sewa Sandesh June 2017
HOSTEL INAUGURATION AT DHADING, NEPAL
Sewa International organized a grand inaugural celebration of a hostel that they built for children orphaned during the killer earthquake of 2015; in Dhading district of Nepal. More than 500 people attended the program, where the local youth showcased their talent. The hostel named “Amako Maya Chatrawas” has been built to accommodate fifty earthquake orphaned children. Dr. Sree Sreenath, President of Sewa International, USA, said that it indeed takes a village to raise a child and that the name of Dhading Hostel “Amako Maya Chatrawas” should live up to its promise as the “Abode of Mother’s Love”. He said that local children and youth should interact with students at the hostel and become their brothers and sisters. He urged local village mothers to provide “vatsalya” (love and care) to the orphaned children and treat them as their own. He said that hostel facilities would be utilized for community development activities such as vocational and skill training. Mr. Shiv Mishra, Coordinator, Sewa Columbus (Ohio, USA), Mr. Shyam Parande, Global Secretary, Sewa International, India attended the program and, Llama Jugdol of the International Buddhist Federation, Nepal Representative, was the Chief Guest on the occasion. Mr. Goel, the Nepal Chatravas Committee Member was also present at the event. One of the challenges Sewa International faced during the construction of the hostel, was the road. The hostel winds through very difficult terrain in the mountains, and the last mile approaching the hostel is extremely difficult to traverse. Hence all construction material had to be carried manually by workers the entire ‘last mile’, and since labor in the mountainous terrain is hard to find, the construction of the building was time-consuming. Mayor Bhim Dhungana has promised a newly paved road leading to the hostel.
HEALTH CAMP BY SEWA KASHI
When it comes to health, your zip code shouldn’t matter. Sewa International is committed towards providing healthcare in every nook and corner of the country. This week, under our Swasth Kashi Program, Sewa International organized its second health camp on 25 June 2017, in Ramnagar, Varanasi. The camp was conducted by Senior Doctors from Banaras Hindu University. The team of doctors consisted of various specialists like Dentist, Gynaecologist, Pediatrician and an Otolaryngologist. More than 500 beneficiaries of the camp got their health profile prepared free of cost. Essential medicines were also distributed to the people of Ramnagar and surrounding areas. The people of Ramnagar expressed their gratitude to Sewa Kashi volunteers, who carried out the camp. One of our volunteers said, “They showed gratitude, but for us, it is an expression of our humanity. Our service is an ode to their daily struggles which they fight so gracefully.”
KNITTING TRAINING CAMP, UTTARAKHAND
Under the Sewa Mahila Jyoti program, Sewa International initiated the community knitting training camp at Chamola village in Simli cluster on 21 June 2017. This 20-day first-of-its-kind training camp will be conducted across 50 villages. During the period 2017-18, this training program is expected to empower more than 1000 women. Panchayati Raj institutions and office bearers of local bodies are being actively associated with the program. In the near future, Sewa International is planning to extend the target area for conducting such training programs and expand its activities in the coming phases of the program.
INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY @ SEWA KASHI
Yoga that unifies the mind, body, and soul, is now playing an important role in bringing the world together. Thousands of people woke up early on Wednesday morning to perform Yoga on International Yoga day. The UN International Day of Yoga is celebrated every year on June 21. In one of the biggest events in the country, Sewa International organized Yoga Day celebrations in Ramnagar area of Varanasi. More than 200 people participated in the program. The event was lead by qualified yoga practitioners’ Dr.Kalpana, Mr. Sambhu Gupta, Mr. Ajit Singh. Everybody performed various asanas including Surya Namaskar during an hour-long session.
REANG COACHING CENTERS
Sewa International has been working for the development of Reang (Bru) tribe in Mizoram. Due to the ethnic conflict that took place in 1997, more than 35,000 Reangs had to leave their homes in Tripura, and cross the state on foot. They now live in 7 camps in Mizoram; Sewa International is imparting skill training to the youths living in these camps, with a vision to provide them livelihood opportunities. Sewa International also runs free coaching centers for the kids in the camp called ‘Bru Education Centers’. A total number of 15 centers are running in Naisinghpara and Ashapara camps. The kids belong to all age groups and they study English, Maths, Science, and Social Sciences. The instructors help them with their homework and those who are not yet enrolled in school, are taught the basics informally. In the evening, these education centers become a hub of myriad activities. Sewa International is working relentlessly for creating a better future for the Bru tribes and moving one step at a time to achieve this goal.
‘Promoting Volunteerism’ is the motto of Sewa International. In our journey spanning across 2 decades, we have come across fabulous volunteers. Needless to say, it is learning and enriching experience both ways. One such volunteer has shared her experience with us. Her name is Nazia Aqueel. Here is what she has to say:
My name is Nazia Aqueel, I was born in Karachi, Pakistan. I came to America at a very young age, so I basically grew up in Houston. When I was a kid, my father gave me a toy box full of things regarding medicine. I fell in love with the thought of becoming a Healer ever since and dreamed of becoming a Doctor. My parents fully supported my childish stubbornness at the time to save lives, and they are the reason I am currently a Pre-Med/ Biotechnology Major at the University of Houston today.
Joining Sewa was probably one of the best decisions I have made during my college years. This organization has given me a dose of reality that has ultimately made me feel grateful for my life, and help those in need. Going to events organized to help individuals and families beyond Houston area, is an experience that makes me feel like I am actually doing something useful. With my age and financial background, there are huge limitations when it comes to being of aid to others. Sewa has taught me that it is possible to help regardless of the giver’s circumstances. The people involved in this organization are amazing, and I have learned so much from all of them. I hope to see Sewa grow manifoldly and to be a part of their family for a very long time.