My name is Ruchi Lohkana. I’m 11 years old. I live in the village of Nandgaon. My mother’s name is Suta Lohkana and my father’s name is Satveer Lohkana. My father is a truck driver, he is always away for 2-3 months and he only spend 1-2 weeks with us. I have two brothers; Manish is 5 yrs. old and Krishna is 7 yrs. old. I also have 2 sisters; Ritu is 10 yrs. old and Rekha is 15 yrs. old. All of my brothers and sisters doesn’t go to school, they don’t know how to read and write. Our parents couldn’t afford to give us education. I was so fortunate when i was chosen to get free education at Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula. Our school provided us with free delicious vegetarian lunch everyday and they also take care of our school supplies; such as notebooks, textbooks, ball pens, pencils, papers and school uniforms for summer and winter season. I help my mother in household chores and I practice mantra meditation everyday. My favorite subjects are English, Mathematics and Environmental Studies. I come to embroidery and dance classes every Saturday. I wanted to become a teacher someday so I can also teach the poor children in our village and around Vrindavan. I would like to thank my sponsor, Mr. Sundar Kanhai Prabhu.
You can also help my sisters and other girls in our village to get education by sponsoring them. Thank you so much to all your kindness.
His Grace Jagadisvara Madhava Das and his wife, Her Grace Lavanga Radha Devi Dasi together with their family visited the Bhaktivedanta Vaishnavi Gurukula in Nandgaon today. They came from Bangalore and they are here in vrindavan for a short visit.
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 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.
I NEED YOUR SHELTER.
Earth can be a lonely place
Blank stares on the people’s face
I contemplate their pointless chase
That traps me and my friends
Is this the place where I belong?
Where did we go wrong?
Will it last real long?
Are you too singing this song?
Sometimes I feel it
Sometimes I feel all so alone
And yes yes I must confess
I feel so far from home
Mantra take me home I trust you
Mantra take me home
Take me to the place where I belong
Life’s a puzzle the thoughtful solve
But most choose not to get involved
Because of this we don’t envolve
Just look around my friend
And life’s meaning can be hard to grasp
All that’s certain is it won’t last
We’re all spirits looking for transcendence
Oh mantra grant me that independence.
HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE
Education plays a vital part to combat poverty. The poor condition of the people living in the villages requires time, patience, and desire to change their situation. Providing good education and vocatonal training will completely transform the mind and personality of an individual and helps achieve positive results and attitudes towards life. It makes a person spiritually, intellectually, socially and mentally strong. Every child has their own dreams to make a difference in their lives. When a poor children gets a basic education, then there’s a great chance to break the cycle of poverty.
The Bhaktivedanta Vaisnavi Gurukul (BVG) will be an essential tool for acquiring a bright future for the hopeless children who grew up in poverty-stricken villages and rural areas. Combining spiritual and academic education and developing the skills of the children makes them fit for livelihood. It prepares them to face the challenges of modern society while upholding to their deep rooted traditional spiritual culture.
The BVG aims to develop the skills of women in the villages and help them to be self-employed and guarantee the children a basic livelihood once they come out after completing their education. In this way the poverty in rural areas will be eradicated and the human living standards will improve.