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Celosvětová humanitární služba The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles (Slzy a úsměvy srdce jednoty) je sdružení dobrovolníků z několika desítek zemí – lékařů, zdravotních sester, učitelů, studentů a lidí mnoha dalších profesí, kteří věnují svůj volný čas organizování humanitární pomoci lidem v nouzi po celém světě. Svoji činnost bereme jako dobrovolnou službu těm méně šťastným členům naší světové rodiny. Jsme přesvědčeni, že humanitární projekty dávají ojedinělou příležitost lidem na obou stranách otevřít své srdce i mysl, překonat bariéry kulturních, náboženských a ekonomický rozdílů a poznat, že všichni jsme lidé, kteří potřebují dávat i dostávat lásku, porozumění a přátelství.

Czech Children put together 5,500 Kids-to-Kids packs for Sisters of Mother Teresa in India

To pay homage to Mother Teresa on the occasion of her canonization, organizers of Sri Chinmoy's ongoing humanitarian program, the Oneness-Heart Tears and Smiles, arranged for 50 schools in the Czech Republic to put together 5,500 Kids-to-Kids packs containing hygiene and school supplies for Nirmala Shishu Bhavan – the Mother Teresa Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India – for distribution to destitute and orphaned children.

Medical technology in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Institute of Research and Rehabilitation for Diabetes, Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders (BIRDEM), December 2014
In 2009, BIRDEM was the recipient of a double sea container of medical technology, which they shared 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. In December 2014 a sea container including 3 ultrasongraphy machines and a X-ray unit was delivered to the Ibrahim General Hospital. That was the fifth sea container with used medical equipment in a good condition we could send to Bangladesh via BIRDEM.

Help in Northern Ontario

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.

Water tanks for Bali

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. 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.)

Sea container for Nicaragua

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 Kenya

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.

Rainwater harvesting systems

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.

Clowns at the Raisa Maximovna Gorbachev Hospital

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.

Gift bags in New York

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.

Projekty

Nemocnice pro Haiti

Spolupracujeme s týmem lékařů z liberecké organizace Hand for Help na vybudování a provozování rychle sestavitelného nemocničního komplexu na zemětřesením zničené Haiti. Situace na Haiti je katastrofální, kolem 200 tisíc lidí bylo zraněno a dostupná lékařská péče je velice omezená.

Nemocnice na Haiti má tři budovy s plně vybaveným operačním sálem, porodnicí, převazovnou, zdravotním střediskem a lůžkovým oddělením pro akutní a pooperační stavy. Český tým na Haiti také instaluje mobilní úpravnu vody, která zajistí dodávky pitné vody pro několik set lidí.

Kontejner pro San Jacinto v Nikaragui

Kontejner potřebných školních pomůcek, sportovního vybavení a kanystrů na vodu byl doručen do městečka San Jacintao v Nikaragui v červnu 2009. Dárkové balíčky, školní brašny, psací a kreslící potřeby, sešity, kola, míče, basebalové soupravy, lékárničky a kanystry na vodu byly rozděleny mezi děti, školní personál a obyvatele městečka během hezké místní celodenní slavnosti, uspořádané speciálně za tímto účelem.

Angola - kde to začalo

Více než 40 let občanské války v Angole skončilo v dubnu 2002 historickou mírovou dohodou. Brzy poté obdržela naše organizace naléhavou žádost o zaslání humanitární pomoci, která by pomohla upevnit mír v zemi. Dobrovolníci The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles se zapojili celosvětově a okamžitě začali posílat do Angoly velké množství léčiv, lékařského a zdravotnického materiálu, jídla, oblečení a dalších věcí.

Do této země, kterou UNICEF označila za "nejhorší místo na světě pro děti",  jsme zaslali pomoc v hodnotě milionů dolarů z 13 různých zemí v rámci průkopnickém projektu.  Když jsme začínali, ostatní organizace nás varovali, že je příliš nebezpečné posílat pomoc do Angoly. A také velmi drahé díky clu, které zavedla vláda.