Engaging the Indian Diaspora

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On 29th April 2017 Sewa International Support Group organised a meet in association with Sanskriti Yoga volunteers on “Indian Diaspora Participation on Social Upliftment of India”. The Chief Guest was Ambassador Indra Mani Pandey and the Guest Speaker was Shyam Parande (Managing Trustee and Secretary of Sewa International). Nearly 225 attendees belonging to various parts of India were present at the meet. Pravashi Bhartiya award winner Sh. R.M.Parakh also graced the occasion.

Shri Shyam Parande highlighted the role of Indian Diaspora on Social Upliftment of India. He said, “Donation is the last thing that comes to our mind. Money should be followed by large pool of volunteers. If time is money, we would love to request you to contribute by giving some time to our various activities. One can volunteer by performing some work or sharing some knowledge”. He highlighted the support of Indian diaspora in various initiatives of Sewa International-Bharat such as Yuva-for-Sewa, Akshar Bharati, Sewa Sahayog. Under these projects many youths of Indian as well as non-Indian origin visit and volunteer for specific Sewa activity in India. The speech was followed by an interactive Question and Answer session. Many attendees expressed their keenness to volunteer for Sewa.

Seminar cum Exhibition on Indentured Labour

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The year 2017 marks the centenary of formal abolition of indentureship system which was responsible for migration of over 2 million indentured workers from India to far off countries. To commemorate the occasion, ARSP(Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad), in collaboration with IGNCA (Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts) organized a 3-day conference from 20-22 April at IGNCA , New Delhi. Over 40 scholars from India and overseas participated in the conference. An exhibition on Girmitiyas was inaugurated by Padam Bhushan Dr Saroja Vaidyanathan, followed by an impressive cultural program.

Colombia Landslide

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An avalanche of water from three overflowing rivers tore through a small city in Colombia while people slept over the weekend, destroying homes, sweeping away cars and killing at least 273 unsuspecting residents.The incident triggered by a sudden, heavy rainstorm happened around midnight in Mocoa, a provincial capital of about 40,000 tucked between mountains near Colombia’s southern border with Ecuador.Muddy water quickly surged through the city’s streets, toppling homes, ripping trees from their roots and carrying a torrent of rocks and debris downstream. Many residents did not have enough time to flee.Emergency workers and relief teams, including Sewa International, worked hard to rescue and restore the displaced people. They were facilitating the reunion of families who lost communication as a result of the disaster. President Juan Manuel Santos declared a state of emergency. The crisis is likely to be remembered as one of the worst natural disasters in recent Colombian history, though the Andean nation has experienced even more destructive catastrophes.

Medical Health Camp Uttarakhand

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A new step has been taken by Sewa International Uttarakhand in the direction of making people (in this case students) of Rudraprayag and Chamoli district of Uttarakhand more aware about their health. In order to achieve so, several health camps are being organised in government colleges across both districts. The main objective of these camps are eye screening & treatment along with examination of oral hygiene, diagnosis of dental problems. So far camps have been conducted in Simli Govt. Inter College and Adibadri Govt. Inter College, Chamoli.  The camps will continue in all other government colleges of both districts. More than 300 students have availed the services and benefited from it. The camps will go on till first week of May.

Dhanvantari Yatra

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Sewa International supports and contributes in the Dhanvantari Seva Yatra which took place from 2nd April to 9th April this year. Dhanvantari Yatra is a series of medical camps in remote areas of North-eastern states of the country. This year medical camp was also conducted in the district of Majuli, Assam.  Medical facilities, in this region, are non-existent and people from poor background find it even more difficult to approach doctors for their health problems.

Similar problems exist throughout North-East, so to address the lack of medical services, “Dhanvantri Seva Yatra” is initiated every year for a week with the help from NMO(National Medicos Organization) and Seva Bharathi Purbanchal, where doctors from across the country come and serve patients selflessly in the most remote and inaccessible parts of North-East India.

We salute these unsung heroes who are working for the deprived.

Bhaurao Devras Samman

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“The society, which stands for helping its deprived members can never be defeated. The well to do people of the society should come forward to help the needy,” said RSS Sahsarkaryawah Dr Krishna Gopal, while presenting the Bhaurao Deoras Sewa Samman on March 28. Two persons, Mr B Lalthlengliya of Mizoram and Mr S A Balasubramaniam of Chennai, were felicitated with the 22ndSaman for their outstanding services to the society. Bhaurao Deoras Sewa Nyas has so far felicitated 44 social activists. Haryana Governor, Prof Kaptan Singh Solanki, and Uttar Pradesh Governor, Mr Ram Naik, was also present.

Indo-Nepal Relationship is Ancient

RSS Sah Sarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale said the relationship between Bharat-Nepal is very ancient. He was addressing the concluding session of a two-day seminar organized jointly by Antar Rashtriya Sahayog Parishad – ARSP Bharat and Policy Research Establishment, Nepal at the Forest Research Institute (FRI), Dehradun on April 12. “We are one in cultural, social, traditions, religious and spiritual form and dharmic journey. Our religious texts and epics are one. Our civilization, historicity, bread and daughter relation are also similar. We should work together without hesitation in every field and remain strong, reliable,” he said. Former Bharatiya Ambassador to Nepal Shri Ranjit Ray presided over the function. Former Army Chief of Nepal General Gaurav Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana, former Foreign Secretary of Bharat, B.Shashank, and Secretary General of International Cooperation Council, Shyam Parande, were present on the occasion.

Famine Relief in Kenya

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Hindu Religious Service Centre (HRSC), Kenya, volunteers distributed food hampers to families of Mwingi area in Kitui County Council on Sunday 9th April 2017.  Mwingi area is a severe drought stricken area in Kenya which has suffered a complete crop failure. A total of 3,000 food hampers were distributed.  Each sealed food hamper consisted of 10 kilos of Maize flour and 5 kilos of Rice costing Kenyan Schillings 1,000. (Approx 600 Rs)  The funds for this food distribution were raised from cash and in kind donations received from many well wishers of this noble project. The number of food hampers from this specific famine project now totals to 5,500 food hampers.