We are happy to re-launch our “People for People” Newsletter. We have lots of news to catch up with and would like to begin right away.
1. CORD Sidhbari
CORD- Sidhbari has touched the lives of over 55,000 beneficiaries directly, and over 275,000, indirectly, in over 500 villages of District Kangra, through its comprehensive integrated rural development programme. The thrust of the programme is working with village women through several village-level structures. The programme is demand-driven, truly participatory, and holistic in its intrinsic approach. It integrates every aspect of life through Mahila Mandals, Yuva Mandals, Gram Sabhas, micro-credit through Self-Help Groups, Community-Based Livelihood (Farm & Allied Sectors, Non-Farm Sector including Service Sector), Social Justice and Informal Legal facilitation, Alcohol Abuse Awareness, Local Self-Governance/Panchayati Raj Institutions, Health, Community-Based Rehabilitation for the Disabled People, Participatory Natural Resources Management, Children’s education through Balwadis and Balvihars, The
3:1 ratio offered by CIDA no longer applies for CORD Sidbhari, but your FULL donations to the project will continue to reach them.
Chinmayaranyam is registered with the Government of India as a charitable, not for profit organization.
As the name indicates the orphanage is in real wilderness. The orphanage has close to 70 orphan children and in dire need of monetary support. The orphanage is located in the premises of an ashram (monastery).
The children are cared for by members of the ashram. Here, the children attend school up to Grade 10 and follows the State Government sponsored curriculum. There is a small hospital (funded by AAPI) to cater the health care needs of the children.
The children are housed in separate residential halls for the boys and girls. They are fed three meals a day with vegetable and staples foods grown on the premises. The school is housed in several huts with partially raised walls, and requires monetary support to convert into enclosed rooms.
Your donation to this cause is still very much appreciated.
3. CORD Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka’s two-decade long civil war left thousands of children on all sides orphaned and facing a bleak future. Perhaps the worst affected were those who live in rebel-controlled areas, who lived through an economic restrictions, without proper medical attention, education, and were repeatedly forced to flee the fighting. Many children never experienced a safe vision of childhood.
Expressions of hope came when volunteers of CORD – Sri Lanka embraced the Cause of Sri Lanka’s widows and orphans. Although the new government have made great strides towards efforts to ease the difficulties faced by the people in Sri Lanka’s war-torn north-eastern regions, there is much work to be done and is being done by international NGO’s in these areas. There is willingness and commitment for opportunities to move towards normalization in the lives of the displaced. For volunteers like Gowrie Mahenthiran and Bahi Kandavel, who spearheaded fundraising activities in the USA and Canada. Gowrie was already involved with internally displaced people in Jaffna, Vanni and Batticcaloa. She spoke about displaced and orphaned children in Jaffna and the insurmountable problems she faced. Donors in USA and Canada began a drive of adopting a child-sponsorship program.
Over months and now years, the Sri-Lanka CORD volunteers and committee have made great strides. They have made a difference in the lives of women and children in Jaffna and Kilinochchi. Education and security were the most important things. The CORD volunteers had to ensure the displaced were safe before they could learn anything. For these children it was possibly the only way they of breaking the cycle of war and grief they suffered.
2012 has brought new hope in the lives of the disadvantaged through:
- Initiation by Swami Tejomayananda asking CMHR to embrace the cause of CORD-Sri Lanka immediately. Members of CMHR of CORD Canada therefore made a three week needs-assessment of the area. An assessment report was delivered recently. CORD-Sri Lanka is expected to make their most urgent needs spelled out to start financing their work.
- Fundraising is a major part of such sistering. Yogi Tambiraja already has a vibrant group of Sri Lankans living in Canada and USA facilitating partnership and becoming members of CMHR-Development Group of Ontario. At a recent fund-raiser, $10,600 was raised.
- For raising awareness about necessity of education, Swami Ramakrishnananda and
- Bri. Mahima Chaitanya facilitated VBE (Value-based Education Workshops) in Jaffna under the Chinmaya Vision Programme. Teachers have started a structured approach to four key areas in child-development: physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual.
- There are successes worthy of mention as regards CORD-Sri Lanka
- Child Sponsorship Programme now benefits 100 children in various schools across Jaffna and Kilinochchi (with medical checkup, daily milk, clothing);
- Family sponsorship programme
- Initiating English in Jaffna schools
- Teacher Training in CMP and VBE – 100 already in training;
- Invitations for International Volunteers for Jaffna in areas of teaching and volunteering;
- Facilitating 18 Self Help Groups (SHG) through training and guaranteeing micro-banking facilities for unskilled widows for small income generation.
- 30 receiving monthly Palmyrah Training;
- Rice grinding and selling roasted rice flour
- Sewing clothes and embroidery;
- Patchwork and quilting, doll-making;
- Candle making
- Papad production
- Garden production
- Poultry farming
- Making, catering and selling pastries and snacks
- Establishing small-scale retail outlets
The Toronto Sri Lanka community is holding another fund raiser in May. Please visit our website for more information at www.rural-development.ca
If you wish to begin donating please visit Canada Helps.ca and make your donation there. You are welcome to also donate directly to us.
Balavihar classes began in Milton Ontario in September 2011. The classes run each Sunday from 10:00am to 11:30am. There are a total of 25 children with three different classes run by six sevaks and sevikas. Classes are held at Milton Community Resource Centre, 410 Bronte Street South, Milton ON L9T 0H8
An adult study group is being offered in Grimsby each Wednesday evening from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Senior Citizens Centre 18 Livingston Avenue, Grimsby, ON L3M 1K7.
New! A Chyk class will be starting May 2012 at 206 Locke Street South on Monday nights at Chinmaya Mission Halton’s office, 206 Locke Street South.
For more information please call 905-570-1120 or Email at firstname.lastname@example.org
BUY A BOOK AND SUPPORT CORD SRI LANKA
Author and founder of CMHR, has written many books recently. Her latest book “Universal Religion is making waves. Go to http://chittachitpublications.com/ and browse through her different publications.
If you are interested in any of these books, our office has copies for you. Please call us or drop in, so we can help you. The sales of her books are helping to support CORD Sri Lanka.
How can you help?
□ I wish to be a Volunteer
□ I wish to begin a walkathon in my area
□ I wish to have someone come to our community and talk about the Project and CORD Sri Lanka
□ I wish to register my child/children for Balavihar
□ I wish to attend adult study group or CHYK classes
You Can Make a Difference!!
Yes, I want to support Chinmaya Mission Work in CORD Sri Lanka/Sidhbari/Chinmayaranaya
Enclosed please find my tax credible donation payable to “Chinmaya Mission Halton” for:
□ $20 □ $50 □ $100 □ $200 □ other ________________
My cheque in enclosed for _________________________
PLEASE INDICATE ON YOUR CHEQUE WHICH PROJECT YOU ARE SUPPORTING
Postal Code:___________________ Telephone: (_____) ______________
Please mail your much-appreciated donation or if you have any questions about on-going activities, please contact:
Chinmaya Mission Halton Region
206 Locke Street South
Hamilton, Ontario Canada L8P 4B4
We can also be reached by email: email@example.com
Or by Phone: 905 570 1120
Visit our website: www.rural-development.ca