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.
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.
Supporting the Tegla Loroupe Educational and Peace Centre in Kapenguria, Kenya, for 10 years
The construction of the Tegla Loroupe Educational and Peace Centre in the town of Kapenguria in Kenya started in April 2005. A month later, "The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles" organised a sponsor race of 3 schools in Switzerland. 21,000 Swiss Franks were collected to support the construction of the school. A sea container with schhool tables and chairs followed in 2008. The peace school opened her doors in January 2012.
Since her opening "The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles" tried to find sponsors for orphaned children educated in the boarding school. In 2015 "The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles" provided financial support for 30 orphaned children, a matron, the renovation of a house, which will serve as a medical facility for the school, and a school van. The Educational and Peace Centre was founded by world class athlete Tegla Loroupe and aims at meeting with the educational needs of disadvantaged children. In addition the school offers protection for girls from genital mutilation and forced marriages.
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.
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.