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.
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.
The Oneness-Heart Tears and Smiles in New Zealand in 2005 completed its Kids to Kids project which involved hundreds of school children around New Zealand. This project was used as a way for New Zealand children to reach out their hand in friendship to the children of Sri Lanka. Over 600 packs were created and sent the Dilmah Tea Foundation who distributed them to the children in the Eastern provinces of Sri Lanka.
In December 2007, The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles sent a sea container of medical supplies, food, clothing, toys and educational materials from New York to Dominican Republic. Within three days of its arrival the container was released from the port to our consignee, the Stepping Stones Ministries. The goods were distributed to Hospital Ramon, Quanamethe Haitian Clinic, Salud Publica and Policia Nacional Clinic, as well as to an orphanage and a senior center medical clinic.
In late May 2005 a volunteer with The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles traveled to Banda Aceh with the International Relief Development agency to coordinate the reconstruction of the water treatment plant. On behalf of the Oneness-Heart Tears and Smiles he took the first Drawings of love from New Zealand children that were lovingly made for the children of Banda Aceh.
“I went to one of the barracks with a local who works with a small non-governmental organization in Banda Aceh. He does counseling work with the people (including kids) who live there now.
After hearing news of the terrible tsunami, the Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles in Great Britain immediately supplied bags and boxes of dried food, including rice, soup, wheat flour, beans, milk, which were sent by air to Sri Lanka via the Sri Lanka High Commission.
Following the news of the Boxing Day Tsunami, members of The Sri Chinmoy Centres International personally donated over US$86,000 towards countries affected by the disaster—including Sri Lanka. This money will be made available to fund a variety of initiatives, including those organised by other international humanitarian organisations.