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.
Students of Bhaktivedanta Vaisnavi Gurukul (Nandgaon) and Bhaktivedanta Gurukul and International School (BGIS- Vrindavan) participated in World Peace Project last Friday, March 17. Punyatama Das the organizer for Sanatana Dharma One Love Revolution and Drum Dance Pray organization is here in Vrindavan to continue promoting his world peace campaign. He was inspired by Srila Prabhupada and he travels around as servant of world peace carrying the divine message of Krishna Bhakti or pure love to attain genuine peace and cruelty-free planet. He brought 195 international flags representing each nation to participate and unite for a better world. The gurukul students hosted the flags and joined the call to end all wars, hunger, malnutrition, starvation and homelessness.
The Bhaktivedanta Vaisnavi Gurukul (Nandgaon) released and distributed its Report Card to each student last Thursday, March 16. The report card will inform a child’s parents of her academic development throughout the school year. There were specific marks and grades provided in the report card that reflects to student’s performance. The students are now ready for the new school year which will start on March 20.
YOUTH OF TODAY
We’re the youth of today!