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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
In July 2004, our members in the United Kingdom sent a full sea container of additional goods collected for Guinea-Bissau, including school equipment (approx. 200,000 pencils), stationery, computers, clothing, toys and medical supplies. The school equipment was donated to schools in rural areas of the country. The medical supplies were distributed to a major hospital in the capital city, Bissau.
During the winter of 1990, when the Russian people were suffering severely from food shortage and economic hardships due to the political changes, the German people wished to express their gratitude for what President Gorbachev had done for them in helping reunite their country. The German, Swiss and Austrian branches of The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles began sending trucks with urgently needed food and clothing to Russia. This is how our worldwide humanitarian service began.
The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles organisation has worked closely with an organisation in Maputo, Mozambique which is seeking to increase literacy and schooling and giving people the tools and skills they require to raise themselves out of poverty.