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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles coordinator Abhisar from Czech Republic, a professional pantomimer Vlado from Slovakia, and 3 local staff (Akanda-from-Mongolia, Usra, and Harashita) paid a visit to northern Japan. During our two-day visit on July 11 & 12, we visited 6 schools and 1 shelter in 3 cities in Miyagi Prefecture: Ishinomaki, Minami-Sanriku, and Kesennuma, all of which were most seriously damaged by the tsunami back in March 11, 2011. Besides the Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles, we also gave the World Harmony Run program and offered posters of Sri Chinmoy’s paintings on behalf of Jharna-Kala Foundation.
Japan was hit by an earthquake and a tsunami on March 11, 2011. Hundreds of thousand people lost their homes and many of them even their dear ones, relatives and friends. Czech and Slovak children made Drawings of Love to support Japanese children living in the affected areas. Over 1.500 drawings were sent to Japan in April.
1. Report from Japan:
Akanda, our Japanese colleague, went to Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture, which had the most loss. He and his friends visited a shelter with 100+ people. The shelter has 30 children, but when they went there to cook hot lunch, only 3 of them were there; the rest had gone out with their families. So he gave the pictures to the 3 children personally, and handed 27 to the shelter leader for the other children. One boy was inspired to make a drawing in return for the Czech friend whose drawing he received.
In August 2008, Oneness-Heart-Tears and smiles sent their first container from UK to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. Contents included over 50 bicycles, 23000 pencils and other school equipment including 24 computers, paints, books and videos.
One of our most successful international projects was the Drawings of Love, through which 22,000 children from 30 countries send drawings and messages of affection, which were distributed to the thousands of children orphaned by the tsunami 2005 in Banda Aceh.
After the earthquake in May, 2006 we delivered thousands of Kids to Kids packs to the affected area in Yogyakarta, Bantul and Klaten. Ten thousand school packs with school supplies were distributed in partnership with Khalsa Aid bringing great joy to the children.