“My name is Priya Thakur. I’m 12 years old and I live in Nandgaon. I clean our house everyday and help my mother in household chores. I make cow dung cake and collect dried wood for cooking. I used to beg in the streets until the Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula opens a free school in our village. I started to study there at 6th grade, now I’m in 8th grade. My favorite subject is English. Everyday I chant 6 rounds of Hare Krishna mantra in my beads. I want to become a doctor someday. My two sisters are also studying in Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula. I would like to thank my sponsor, Mr. Peter Joseph. You can also help other girls in our village to get education. Thank you very much.”
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Investing in the education of a young girl will contribute significantly towards eradication of child marriage, premature pregnancy, child labor, child abuse and exploitation.
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Girls who marry young stay at home. They don’t finish school. And they will soon become locked in a cycle of illiteracy, poverty, ill health and ultimately, powerlessness. Let us break this vicious cycle by empowering her through education and skill development training. Girls need to be in school- apart from education this can prevent them falling into child marriage and exploitation
Some families in India are so MALE-CENTRIC that they end up with half a dozen girls in the hope of producing at least one male baby; the picture above is a family in Nandgaon who end up with 11 girl child in an attempt to have a boy child. Four of their daughters are attending the Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula free school for the girls in Nandgaon.
Most girls in our school are from underprivileged families who would otherwise not be able to attend school. Many girls that are now in school were used to either beg in the area or were constrained to household activities with no hope of ever getting educated.
Girls are usually seen as burden in the rural areas, with no concept of educating them and are married off early, sometimes even as a child. This puts them in a very dangerous situation where they are forced into adult roles at a very young age.
The Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula is an attempt to educate girls at least up to higher school and give them vocational training. This will enable them to be literate and professionally independent. This school adopts a holistic approach to education, a combination of Indian vedic culture and modern education. The emphasis is to enable a girl child to face the challenges of modern world while rooted in Indian spiritual culture.
School feeding is a great tool to encourage education and provide food aid to children born in impoverished situations. The Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula free midday meal feeding program does not only fills stomachs, but has a proven track record of boosting enrollment, attendance and academic performance.
Let us reach out and touch another human being not just with our hands but with our hearts.
The Age of Quarrel
In the iron age of hypocrisy,
The war against the weak goes continuously Can’t you smell the bodies burning?
Taste of death in the air
Not for a cause but just for greed
Mad scientist experiment on torture and in pain Murdering the helpless who’s this meant to gain Polluting creation, the air, the land and the sea Making the world a hell of toxic misery
For the benefit of man They interfere with nature’s plan Can you tell me what is going on?
Stand and fight for a brighter day
Say no to war. Save the children.
The second anniversary of GreenFaith conference was held last May 30 at Indian Research Academy in New Delhi. Three global interfaith organizations, The Bhumi Project, Eco-Sikh and Islamic Relief-India prepared and organized this multi-faith celebration of “Sacred Earth, Sacred Trust” to show unity within faith groups working on climate change. GreenFaith is one of the oldest organizations in the United States. It was founded by Jewish and Christian leaders in New Jersey. They believe communities needed an organization to connect religious traditions with the environment.
Raghunath Das, the chief coordinator of the Department of Resource Generation and Public Relations of Bhaktivedanta Gurukula and International School (Vrindavan) and the director of Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula (Nandgaon) represents The Bhumi Project as one of the guest speakers of the conference. He started his speech by citing the first verse of Sri Isopanisad, “isavasyam idam sarvam…….” he said, the earth and its inhabitants are suffering because of the greed of the humankind. He then gave an introduction about BGIS- Vrindavan and mentioned its accomplishments and ongoing projects. He spoke about the need for vrindavan reforestation, to uphold strict monitoring and control on land use and concrete construction in Vraj; the poor waste management system, the clean-up drive in Yamuna river and water level raise, rain water reservoirs and the restoration of natural kunds in Vrindavan. He also added to ban the plastic in vrindavan or minimize its use. He promoted the benefits of cow based agriculture and the use of alternative energy resources such as sunlight, cow dung cakes, and ecological parks. He told that there is an urgent need to pass a law for protection of animals and specifically the cows from slaughter and abuse. Raghunath prabhu introduces the Project-Krish. He explains that Krish means “cultivation” and its aim is to cultivate and protect the village and rural culture. He said that Project-Krish is working to develop a role model village community which focuses on education and vocational training for the girls. Other initiatives by Project-Krish includes cow protection, organic farming and on nature friendly technology in villages.
He concluded his talks by quoting the invocation of Sri Isopanisad, “om purna madhah, purnam idam…….” the world was perfect and complete. We have spoiled it and we need to come together to save our future generation. The conference was participated by the leaders from different academic, governmental, business and religious environmental sectors.
Five young girls from Yavat village walks everyday to Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula in Nandgaon to attend classes. These new students are very enthusiastic to learn and study with other girls in Nandgaon. When an old villager from Yavat heard about the free girl’s gurukul in Nandgaon, he approached our school principal, Kalavati mataji and expressed his desire to bring the girls in their village to study and learn in BVG. Due to limited resources and facility, we could only accommodate few students for this school year. Hopefully in the future we can bring more girls from different nearby villages.
Mrs. Namita Gautam from Sleepwell Foundation donated ten computers to the Bhaktivedanta Vaisnavi Gurukul (BVG)
in Nandgaon. The girls will be given equal opportunity to learn how to use and operate computers. This will help them improve and enhance their skills in mathematics, basic calculation and English. Providing the girls with practical computer knowledge will sparks the children’s interest towards learning and better attendance in school. There will be special computer classes this summer for the higher grade students and the BVG will also give evening classes for the local village girls.