This NGO Has Brought ‘Ek Ummeed’ To Many Underprivileged

This NGO Has Brought ‘Ek Ummeed’ To Many Underprivileged
Anupam Bhagria
Posted: Mar 01, 2009 at 0422 hrs IST

Ludhiana Apart from providing free medicines at the Civil Hospital, Nikhil Singal Noble Trust delivers drugs at the doorstep of needy and sick.

Though Ludhiana is called the Manchester of Punjab with people having lavish lifestyles and deep pockets, yet there is no dearth of poor and needy in the city.

With little or no help from the state government, NGOs work relentlessly to help the needy.

One such organisation, Nikhil Singal Noble Trust, provides free medicines to the needy and sick at their doorstep. This is the first NGO in the city to provide anti-rabies injections and medicines at the Civil Hospital.

Established in 2008 in the memory of Nikhil Singal, a young boy who died on May 18, 2007, the trust is also imparting free education to 5,000 underprivileged children. Eastman Impex Group patronises the trust under the chairmanship of Jagdeep Singal (paternal uncle of Nikhil Singal).

Inspired by city industrialists Satish Gupta and Sunder Dass Dhamija, the NGO started serving patients at the Civil Hospital from February 7 this year.

Sunder Dass Dhamija said, “Patients with no or little means reach the Civil Hospital, so we suggested the NGO to open ‘Ek Ummeed’ a medicine centre for the underprivileged.”

Satish Gupta said, “The NGO has appointed Dr J S Sidhu as the doctor who provides medicines to the needy at the Civil Hospital.”

“We get 15-20 patients with dog-bite cases at the Civil Hospital every day. We provide five injections to each patient costing Rs 2,500. For avoiding misuse, I always take back the empty injection bottles from patients,” said the doctor.

The anti-rabies injections are given to a patient on the prescription of the doctor on the first, third, seventh, fourteenth and 28th day of the dog bite.

The NGO also helps needy patients admitted in the emergency ward.

Satiram, father of a sick child, said, “My child fell down from the roof yesterday. We are too poor to buy medicines. We filled a form here and got free medicine for my 8-year-old son.”

Dr Sidhu said, “We have distributed medicines worth Rs 70,000 (other than anti-rabies injections) to the needy.”

Expressing his satisfaction over the working of the NGO, Civil Hospital Senior Medical Officer Dr Harvinder Singh said, “Two NGOs Sewa Path and Sri Sathya Sai Sewa Organisation also provide medicines to poor patients. But this is the first time that an NGO is providing anti-rabies injections.”

It was Chander Khanna, one of the office-bearers of Sewa Path who said, “Earlier, we have been distributing free medicines on the behalf of Sewa Path. We are happy that another NGO has come forward to serve the cause of humanity.”

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Sai’s Mission in Arkansas, USA: Harmony and Health for Poor People

Sathya Sai Baba Harmony

Sathya Sai Baba Harmony


Sai’s Mission in Arkansas, USA: Harmony and Health for Poor People

Serendipity or any other logical explanations are totally illogical when we look back and remember the sequence of events, writes Dr. Sunny Anand from Arkansas referring to Bhagawan’s unseen hand that was operational in executing a service activity initiated in His name. How often we are aware and how often we acknowledge the Divine for such simple but obvious providence from the Greater Heaven that makes our mission moving. Read on the story of HARMONY, Healing ARkansas’ MOst NeedY, a humble ministry of Divine Love for humanity. Read on a narrative from Dr. Kanwaljeet Singh Anand of the U.S.

Dr.Kanwaljeet Singh Anand is a doctor of repute from the United States, Professor of Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Neurobiology. He did his doctoral degree from Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, University of Indore, Indore and to a PhD from Jesus College, University of Oxford, UK. Currently Dr. Ananad is the Director, Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute Pain Neurobiology Laboratory.

On Sept. 5, 1957, the city of Little Rock, Arkansas became infamous as an example of racial violence and intolerance, communal strife and injustice, economic exploitation and inequality, when widespread riots erupted after the desegregation of Black and White Americans in government-funded public schools, in particular the Central High School. Governor Orval Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to prevent Black students from enrolling at Central High School, which was an all-White school, in direct defiance of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that made segregation in public schools illegal. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the chief law enforcement officer of USA, knew he had to act boldly. He placed the Arkansas National Guard under federal control and sent 1,000 U.S. Army paratroopers from the 101st Airborne Division to assist them in restoring law and order in Little Rock, Arkansas. Even after the election of President Bill Clinton from Arkansas in 1992, the city of Little Rock continued to carry the dirty mark on its reputation – as a center of racism, discrimination, and bigotry!

But the Divine Grace of our Beloved Sathya Sai Baba has manifested in a unique way to finally erase this black mark from the beautiful face of this city. Very few people may truly realize the far-reaching influence of our Beloved Swami’s Love in the lives of people all over the world. The current sequence of events was set in motion when Swami directed His instrument, Dato’ Jega Jegathesan to visit Little Rock in March 2006. In honor of his visit, the Sri Sathya Sai Baba Center of Little Rock coordinated several local community groups and organizations to arrange a lecture and panel discussion at the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, inaugurated by the City Mayor Jim Dailey. To a hall packed with >400 people, Brother Jegathesan spoke about the “Role of Religion and Ethnicity in Building a Caring Community and the Nation”, and challenged everyone to join together in providing free health care to the poor and uninsured Arkansans.

Immediately after his visit, the Sathya Sai Baba Center invited medical volunteers from various groups to start working on a plan for providing free-of-charge medical care. A coordinator of the Arkansas Inter-Faith Alliance, Rev. Joyce Hardy, introduced this group to another group of volunteers who were inspired by the Volunteers in Medicine Institute (VIMI) based in Vermont, USA. Funds provided by the United Methodist Conference of Arkansas were utilized to cover the travel-related expenses of hosting a VIMI representative for a series of public forums on how to start a free clinic. Through the efforts of the Arkansas Inter-Faith Alliance these groups coalesced and started working together on this project from April, 2006.

On July 25, 2006, Central Arkansas Volunteers in Medicine Clinic (CAVIMC) was incorporated and decided to conduct its business as “Harmony Health Clinic”. This name is meant to represent the harmony and interconnectedness between a healthy mind, body, and spirit, as well as the diversity of individuals who founded the Clinic and those benefiting from its services. “Harmony” is also an acronym, inspired by Swami, which stands for “Healing Arkansas’ Most Needy”.

Swami’s Grace was evident from the very beginning of this project. Whenever any need arose, somehow the people or resources required to fulfill that need would appear. Serendipity or coincidence or other “logical” explanations are totally illogical when we look back and remember the sequence of events. There can be no other explanation but the constant, direct, moment-to-moment divine interventions that made this project possible, or made it progress at warp speed. Bureaucratic delays disappeared!!! Certification of tax-free status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which normally takes 6-8 months minimum, was obtained in 6-8 weeks (in June 2007). Somehow, miraculously, a detailed Business Plan was prepared by July 2007, a fundraising campaign was completed in September 2007 with 100% participation from all Board Members, and an interactive website) was launched in October 2007!!! By November 2007, we had located a site for the clinic and our proposal was approved unanimously by the Board Members of the Little Rock Housing Authority (LRHA).

When Dato’ Jegathesan returned to Little Rock, he was amazed to see the progress!! He spoke at an Open House for Volunteers on March 6th that was inaugurated by Arkansas’ Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and Congressman Dr. Victor Snyder. After this function, were confident that the clinic could be opened by early summer, but then Bhagawan showed us who is in charge. Legal problems struck and the lease for the property was delayed further and further!! Month after month passed without any resolution of the legal battles…. Finally, when all the volunteers gave up and surrendered their efforts to His Grace, everything fell into place and a rent-free lease for the clinic facility was signed on July 2nd 2008.

Later, in hindsight, we all realize how this delay had been a GREAT BLESSING in disguise. A hailstorm occurred in May, which revealed major damage to the roof and multiple water leaks, such that the Housing Authority was forced to repair the roof at their cost. Another “accident” occurred when a construction crew was digging behind the property and damaged the water pipe leading to the office building. At that time, we discovered that a ½ inch water pipe was adequate for an office building, but was grossly insufficient for the clinic’s needs. Again the Housing Authority agreed to replace the entire water supply with a 1 inch pipe!!! Not even in our dreams could we have thought about needing a larger pipe for the water supply!!!

As soon as Young Adults from the Sai Organization heard about the news of this clinic, they wanted to come and serve! Despite having a heavy workload, they would drive to Little Rock from far off places like Memphis, Nashville (in Tennessee), Huntsville (in Alabama), and other places to join with the local YA’s and perform this seva of love. These youth spent their entire weekends working hard from morning till night…. they were completely immersed in sharing their Love for Swami, singing bhajans, chanting mantras, cheerfully cooperating and helping each other, while accomplishing a HUGE amount of work!! Tasks in the pre-lunch session included cleaning the parking lot from mud and dry leaves, moving the lawn, killing the weeds, painting lines in the parking lot, painting the curbside, outer walls of the building and outside stairs. Two or three people were constantly working to pressure wash the entire building, outside stairs, metal ceilings of the entrance, and the 200 ft handicapped ramp. Another team worked inside the building to strip the wallpaper, masking tape all handle bars and edges, got rid of all nails, filled the holes with plaster and then scraped it with fine sand paper. At this stage, all the youth joined in a spiritual graffiti competition!!

They drew holy symbols and wrote Sai quotations so that when the walls were painted, these messages would be permanently embedded in the structure and continue emanating powerful spiritual vibrations. Painting of the walls was done with two layers of primer and then a final coat of colored paint, using the Parthi theme colors with light blue, pink, white and yellow for the outside and inside walls. By the end of each day, with tired muscles aching with pain, all volunteers shared stories of Divine Grace, laughed a lot at the antics of our Sai Krishna, or simply sat back quietly grateful for His Presence in our lives.

Miraculous events have continued to happen. Just when we thought that opening a free-of-cost Pharmacy may be too expensive, the Attorney-General of Arkansas called us and gave us an unsolicited cheque of $45,497.20!!! Just when we were thinking about where to get furniture and equipment for the clinic, a physician who had closed down her medical practice called and said she wants to donate all her clinic equipment and furniture!!! Just when we needed to send out a fundraising email to 2000 potential donors, an IT professional showed up with a software program written exactly for that purpose!!! The number of times that our Beloved Swami has come through with His Divine Intervention JUST AT THE RIGHT TIME cannot be counted. His Presence is felt by all who come to participate in this activity. At the same time, a powerful message of Unity goes out into the local community, because we have Sai devotees working with Baptists, Catholics, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and other faiths; people speaking English, Spanish, Hindi, or Chinese – all amalgamated into the language of Love; people from rich or poor classes, with black, brown, or white skin, with different professions and disciplines – all working towards One Goal.

At this time the facility is almost ready. The Harmony Health Clinic will offer Primary Medical Care, Dental Care, Pharmacy services, Diagnostic services, Referral services, and Health Education to all those who cannot afford health insurance or get it from the government. We are scheduled to open the clinic on December 4th, 2008. No big fanfare, no inauguration ceremony, no attention-seeking event is planned; we will just say a brief prayer and open our doors to start this humble ministry of LOVE. We know that SWAMI will be there to treat and be treated, to serve and to receive, to cry and to wipe away the tears, to share and to care in every possible way, because He is in ALL and He indeed is all.

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Sathya Sai Baba Offers Rs 10 Crore Relief For Orissa Flood Victims

Sathya Sai Baba Blesses Orissa

Sathya Sai Baba Blesses Orissa


Sathya Sai Baba Offers Rs 10 Crore Relief For Orissa Flood Victims
Express News Service First Published : 08 Oct 2008 03:56:00 AM IST
Last Updated : 08 Oct 2008 09:47:24 AM IST

ANANTAPUR: Sri Satya Sai Baba has announced a relief of Rs 10 crore for flood victims of Orissa.

Sai Baba gave a darshan to his devotees at Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi today on the occasion of Dasara. Explaining the significance of the festival, he said it was the celebration of victory of good over evil.

All-India Sai Baba Seva Dal chairman Srinivasan said a team from Sathya Sai Baba Trust would visit the flood-hit areas in Orissa after Vijaya Dasami. Pucca houses would be constructed for flood victims with the relief announced by Sai Baba.

He also said the airport at Puttaparthi would be sold to mobilise funds for various schemes initiated by the trust for the welfare of the poor.

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Tanzania: Sathya Sai Baba Community Gives ‘Gift of Vision’ to Villagers

Sathya Sai Silhouette

Sathya Sai Silhouette


Tanzania: Sathya Sai Baba Community Gives ‘Gift of Vision’ to Villagers
Arusha Times (Arusha)
31 August 2008
Shakuntla Vishani

As a part of the Sai Baba Community Service Project charity program and prior to Sathya Sai Baba‘s 83rd Birthday on 23rd November, the Community has organised Eye Camps to help people who suffer from eye problems and cannot afford to have treatment.

The project has managed to organise two Eye Camps in two months. The first Eye Camp took place in July this year and the second in August.

Both Eye Camps were organised in association with The New Century Lions Club of Arusha. The first Eye Camp was held at the junctions of Kilimanjaro International Airport and more than 300 people from neighbouring villages attended it.

Patients were given specialist treatment, medicine and glasses free of charge. More than 15 people needed Cataract Operation and were referred to Specialist Eye Hospitals.

Six of the elderly people from Lemara, Themi and Kijenge who needed Cataract Operation were referred to Meru District Hospital in Tengeru and were assured by the project of full post operation care.

The elders who were operated on got their vision back and thanked the organisers of the charity for their initiative.

After the outcome from the first Eye Camp, the project had a second Eye Camp in Njiro Container on 24th August in association with The New Century Lions Club of Arusha and with the help of Engutoto Councillor Mr. Alfred Mollel, the Ward Executive Officer Mr. Kitumbo and other Ward officers.

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Sathya Sai Human Values Debate

Human Values

Sathya Sai Human Values Debate
The Star Online
Sunday August 24, 2008

THE Sathya Sai Baba Centres of Perak recently organised the ninth annual Sathya Sai Human Values Debate.

The debates, which aimed to promote good values amongst youths, were conducted in the English Language and followed the Austral-Asian format.

They were open to universities, colleges and sixth form students in Perak between the ages of 17 and 25.

This year’s programme was one with a difference. Firstly, all arguments had to be supported by sound statements of human values. Secondly, all participants including teacher advisors, were required to do community service prior to the debate.

The service project was carried out at the Batu Gajah Handicapped Children’s home. Participants carried out gotong royong activities including cleaning the home and compound, washing cooking utensils, and bathing and dressing the inmates.

The aim was to enhance awareness on the importance of service to the less fortunate.

Seven teams from institutions in and around Ipoh took part in the debates which focused on thought-provoking topics relevant to the students’ lives. The participating institutions were Olympia College, Ipoh; SMK St Michael’s, Ipoh; Institut Perguruan Ipoh, Hulu Kinta; SMJK Shing Chung, Sungei Siput; SMK Anderson; SMK Methodist ACS; and SMK Sultan Yussuf, Batu Gajah.

The first preliminary round, held at Olympia College, saw students debating on the topic “Juveniles should be charged as adults for violent crimes committed”.

The topic for the second preliminary round was “It is morally wrong to place our parents in care centres”, while the semi-finals saw students arguing that “Poverty in the third world is the fault of the first world”.

The grand finals pitched SMK Methodist ACS, Ipoh, against Institute Perguruan Ipoh on the topic “Global warming is avoidable”. Both teams were very vocal.

Among the 300 people present was Perak State Education Department deputy director Mohd Yasin Mohamod, who gave away the prizes.

The opposing team from Institute Perguruan Ipoh — comprising Wee Vee Vien, Charlene Anak Charles Banyi, Shoba Andiappan and Nik Khairina Balqis Nik Mohd Asri — won the day and walked away with RM600 and the Dr P. Palani Velu challenge shield.

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Education In Human Values

Education In Human Values