BHAKTIVEDANTA VAISNAVI GURUKUL – MOVING TOWARDS SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION

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“Make A Change”

I see it on the streets
As we walk right by
What little value
we place on human lives!

But it’s time we get priorities
It’s time to rearrange
Won’t turn my back any longer
It’s time we make a change!

END POVERTY AND HUNGER NOW!
SUPPORT US TO CONTINUE PROVIDING FREE EDUCATION AND NUTRITION TO THE UNDERPRIVILEGED GIRLS OF BRAJ.

ONE FAMILY

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“One Family”
I have so much anticipation
for the future generations
I think kids today are growing up smart
with open minds and open hearts.

A world filled with racial stress
but it seems every year less and less
those old fashioned standards are going away
tomorrow will be a brighter day !

So if you agree and want to help
first you must look inside yourself
because unity begins with just us two
then we’ll watch it spread to all of you.

we can do it
we’ll put our heads to it
and then we’ll be
one family !

The students of Bhaktivedanta Vaisnavi Gurukul chants the Hare Krishna maha-mantra every morning.

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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

BHAKTIVEDANTA VAISNAVI GURUKUL – SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION THROUGH GIRL EDUCATION

 

Education can be a mechanism to uplift families and communities out of the cycle of poverty. Education is an indispensable basic right for every children. The right to education is essential for the social, economic and cultural societies. Education is required to build up one’s personality and identity, as well as her psycho-physical capabilities. It also contributes to the prosperity of individuality by enhancement of social assimilation.

Good education has an elevating effect on other facet of society that may seem isolated, such as child labor, childhood marriage, prenatal deaths, sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation . By proper education we can avoid these social issues which affect the poverty stricken sections of our communities, specifically young girls. The connection between poverty and education is multifarious, but we know that education helps people make better choice about their children, their livelihoods and the way they live. Education will improve a person’s quality of life. Education is a potent device to make the world a better place.

Education must be accessible to all children without any discrimination. All children must be able to go to school, and thereby benefit from the same opportunity to build a future. Providing good quality education to the children will help them attain their objectives in lives. Increasing their awareness level in social issues will give them the power to dream of a better future and the self-reliance needed to pursue and continue their education. When we educate a women ,we educate the whole family. Educated women are the foundation for the progress of community.This will benefit the generations to come.

Let us make a difference now! Please support an underprivileged girl child in her education.

 

WOMEN EMPOWERMENT THROUGH SKILL DEVELOPMENT

The Bhaktivedanta Vaisnavi Gurukul (BVG) skill training program will help develop women’s self-esteem and confidence. It will nurture the young girls potential and ability to achieve their goals. This will help raise women’s awareness levels. They will also learn to share informations, skills and experiences and build up a sense of pride within themselves and their culture. As of now we have 4 volunteers from underprivileged background who come every Saturday to teach the students on marshal arts, mehandi, drawings, singing and playing musical instruments. The girls will also learn the odissa dance, embroidery, yoga, drama and other things.

Through the BVG skill training, a girl child will be given a chance to exhibit her capabilities. During their weekend sessions, our students showed a lot of enthusiasm to learn different things. They are more diligent, hardworking and consistent in their effort towards anything. The students can be guided according to their interest and inclination. One participant in a music class, Anjali who is learning to play harmonium said, “I want to be a part of mataji kirtan group in Srila Prabhupad samadhi mandir and sing for the pleasure of Lord Krishna and Lord Balaram.”

“When a women is educated and empowered, we assured a better life for herself.”

 

BHAKTIVEDANTA VAISNAVI GURUKUL FREE MIDDAY MEAL PROGRAM  – ERADICATING CLASSROOM HUNGER

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Even though the government implemented free education program across the county, the difficult financial situation of the poor children oblige them to work and earn a living rather than receiving education.  A huge part of our society prefers to engage their children to earn an income for the family rather than sending their daughters to school. In such a socio-economic situation, food plays a considerable role.  The  Bhaktivedanta Vaisnavi Gurukul (BVG) , aside from providing free education to  underprivileged young girls has its free Mid-Day Meal for every students during school days.

The BVG Midday meal program helps sustain the constant attendance in school and the continuation of education are ensured among those students hailing from poor families in rural areas. The compelling needs of poverty of their families do not deprive them  away from going to school everyday. The food which being serve to students ensure better nutrition, health and well-being of such children. This will eliminate classroom hunger and enhance daily attendance. It also improves in retention, learning ability and achivement.

Please help us to continue feeding our students by sponsoring our Midday program. Hare Krishna!

Every act of compassion and love elevates the positive vibration of the entire universe.

BHAKTIVEDANTA VAISNAVI GURUKUL FREE EDUCATION PROGRAM – EMPOWERING WOMEN TO FIGHT POVERTY

 

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.

GITA JAYANTI 2016 Celebration

 

Gita Jayanti is the celebration of the advent of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita. Around 5000 years ago when Lord Krishna revealed the sacred instructions of Bhagavad-Gita to his friend Arjuna. On Dec.10th the occasion of Mokshda Ekadashi, the Bhaktivedanta Vaisnavi Gurukul students joined the commemoration of this auspicious event at BGIS, Vrindavan. The school’s atmosphere reverberated with the recital of verses from chapters 5, 12 and 15 of Gita by girls of BVG. The faces of these young girls were filled with great joy. The children were very enthusiastic and ecstatic as they chanted each sloka. When one of the students were asked about her favorite verse, she exclaimed blissfully, “Whenever there is Krishna, the master of all mystics, and whenever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there wil also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power and morality. That is my opinion.”.
Definitely it was a successful program and everyone was jubilant. As stated in Gita Mahatmya, “One may cleanse himself daily by taking a bath in water, but if one takes a bath even once in the sacred Ganges water of Bhagavad-Gita, for him the dirt of material life is altogether vanquished.”