Our organisation is a global network of medical and health professionals, private volunteers and concerned individuals on five continents, dedicated to alleviating the plight of suffering humanity and to providing essential supplies and services to needy and disadvantaged people of the world, wherever they may be.
Working closely with other aid agencies, governments, local NGO’s, national leaders, community groups and corporations, The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles obtains and distributes medical, pharmaceutical, domestic and educational supplies in programmes that respond to disaster relief requests, health and education needs and regional development projects.
The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles was founded and inspired by the international world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy. Our projects are carried out by members of the international Sri Chinmoy Centres. We have no political, religious or corporate affiliations and are entirely staffed by volunteers who organise the collection, storage, transportation and distribution of all materials to their worldwide destinations.
Cat Lake, Northern Ontario, Canada, August 2012
First Nations aboriginal children are our main focus in Canada. Thousands of these children live in abject poverty in isolated areas of the north. We sent school supplies, sports equipment and toys to Bimaychikamah School of the Ojibway clan, thanks to Bearskin Airway, Waysaya Airway and Bimachi Airlines who transported our goods to fly-in communities. Presently, December 8, 2012 we are packing a shipment for the Six Nations Reserve of the Grand River in Southern Ontario, sending school supplies, art supplies and sports equipment.
Kubu, Bali, Indonesia, January 2012
Kubu, unlike most of the island of Bali, suffers from serious water scarcity, making it dry and barren for most of the year. Prince Agung Ngurah is a leader who suggested that we assist with the construction of water tanks capable of collecting and storing rainwater for the domestic use of the villagers. Our team submitted the proposed project to the Alstom Foundation who agreed to fund the necessary materials, labor and transport. A contract was signed and construction began in February 2012. Our Bali-based team assisted with the project and the completion of 15 water tanks, which were dedicated on 15 September 2012. Inspired by the success of the project, our volunteers approached the New Zealand Embassy in Jakarta, which agreed to fund the construction of a further ten tanks. These tanks were completed in November 2012.
(No funds were given to or received by the Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles as is our policy.)
Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), October 2012
BIRDEM was the recipient of a double sea container of medical technology, which they share with Sylhet Sadar Hospital in Dhaka and Kumudini Hospital. The Sri Chinmoy Centre in Austria collected modern treatment and diagnostic machines to serve the people of Bangladesh. We sent the shipment with the assistance of the Bangladesh Medical Association of North America. Another sea container is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh in January, 2013.
Santa Maria Parrales School, San Jacinto, Nicaragua, May 2012
The northwestern provinces of Nicaragua are some of the most disadvantaged in the country, which is itself the poorest in Central America. In May 2012, The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles humanitarian service organization sent a second sea container of goods to Nicaragua. A single sea container holds about 400 boxes. We partnered with Ram Power/Polaris Energy, who paid for shipping of our goods to Nicaragua. The materials included educational resources, bicycles, musical instruments, sports equipment and water containers. (More photos)
Dolls for Africa sent to Nakuru, Kenya, March 2012
Seniors at Arbor Heights Rehabilitation Centre in New York City and art students at Greenwich High School participated in our “Dolls for Africa Project.” (www.dollsforafrica.org) The seniors stuffed the dolls and the art students painted the faces. One hundred of these handmade dolls, along with new clothing and school supplies offered by the Sri Chinmoy Centre, were transported to Nakuru, Kenya, through Reborn International. Its director, Mr. Jim Sherlock, rescued children who were living on the street and has given them a home in an orphanage. Mr. Sherlock said that to these children, a doll of their own was precious beyond measure.
Chubut Province, Argentina, Alstom/Green Cross/The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles, June, 2012
The world is facing a major water crisis. 900 million people are living without clean sources of drinking water and 2.6 billion have no access to adequate hygiene and sanitation. The Sri Chinmoy Centres through it’s humanitarian service branch, the Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles, wanted to support the Green Cross programme, “Smart Water for Green Schools”. This programme offers concrete solutions to improve the lives of people affected by “water poverty”. Through the collaboration of a volunteer of The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles with the Alstom Foundation, the Green Cross was able to receive a large sum to fund a project in six primary schools in Argentina. Rainwater harvesting systems will be built in each school. The project will further provide ecological latrine facilities, hygiene and sanitation education and an environmental awareness programme in the six schools. As with the Bali Rainwater tank project, the Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles will provide the link between Alstom Foundation and the Green Cross to facilitate communication.
Raisa Maximovna Gorbachev Hospital, St. Petersburg, Russia, January 2012
Sri Chinmoy’s humanitarian service team has had the honor of serving President and Mrs. Gorbachev since 1991. For many years our main focus was to send chemotherapy and medical technology to Russian hospitals to assist in the treatment of children with leukemia.
In January 2012, in honor of Raisa Maximovna’s birthday, we offered a different kind of therapy – humor and laughter – through and performance of clowns at the Raisa Maximovna Gorbachev Hospital in St. Petersburg. Our performances originate from the philosophy that laughter is the best medicine.
The Madal Circus Clowns are dedicated to promoting and delivering the health benefits of humor. Humor offers a way for children to allay their fears and to cope with the intrusive atmosphere of a hospital.
Missionaries of Charity Christmas and New Year’s Party, Harlem, New York, January 2012
The Sri Chinmoy Centres prepared 150 gift bags containing new hats, scarves, gloves, socks and a soft toy, as well as school supplies. The nuns distributed them to children and homeless adults in Harlem.
We also supplied new clothing, hygiene kits, gifts for the Missionaries of Charity Women’s shelter in Harlem.
Sunflower Children’s Centre, Nha Trang, Vietnam, February 2012
In Nha Trang, our team, including Vlado the Clown, visited the Sunflower Children’s Centre, where 26 children aged 6 to 21 live.
Vlado’s mime performance had a magical effect on the children, as well as the adults. He showed the value of humor to bring people together and spread joy. In the beginning the children were very reserved and serious, but after only a few minutes of watching and participating in Vlado’s hilarious antics, the children were laughing with great joy.
In that short time, we seemed to become one family. We presented each child with a bag of school supplies, a soft teddy bear and a badminton racket, as well as fun snacks. The event was all laughter, joy and friendship. The next day a team of our boys played badminton with the children, who were very skilled in the game.
Our organization is cooperating with doctors from the Czech organization Hand for Help on building a quickly assembled hospital in Haiti destroyed by the earthquake. The 3 Hospital Units (a operating unit, a maternity unit and a outpatients´ department) has been built by portable polyurethane blocks (it took to assamble the 3 hospital units just 5 weeks) in the vicinity of town Jacmel. The Czech team will stay in Haiti for 1 year to provide the needed medical care and to train the local personnel and then transfer the hospital to a local NGO or a government organization. The team has installed also a mobile water treatment facility powerful enough to provide drinking water for hundreds people.
More than 40 years of civil war in Angola came to an end in April 2002 with the historic signing of a peace agreement. Soon after, an urgent request to The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles was made to help strengthen the peace by sending humanitarian assistance to the country. Immediately The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles world-wide began sending large amounts of pharmaceuticals, medical and surgical supplies, food, clothing and more to Angola.
A 40' sea container with medical equipment arrived in Chittagong, Bangladesh on 11 November 2011. This shipment is part of our ongoing effort to provide essential medical equipment for hospitals in Bangladesh in cooperation with the Bangladesh Medical Association of North America (BMANA) and Prof. Dr. Ahmed Ziauddin. Bangladesh is considered as one of the poorest countries of the world and the hospitals, which receive the equipment, treat their patients for free.
A container of needed school supplies, sport equipment and water tanks was delivered to San Jacinto Village in Nicaragua in June 2009. Gift packages, schoolbags, stationery, notebooks, bicycles, baseball sets, first-aid boxes and water tanks were distributed among children, school staff and village residents during the beautiful one day ceremony.