BE LOVE: Charity
At BE LOVE we want to share bhakti through the practice of Kirtan together as well as supporting projects of LOVE in action!
At the BE LOVE Bhakti Immersions we will be donate a percentage of every ticket sale plus our profit to a charity.
We will also be having a BHAKTI RAFFLE to further support the cause, details below.
At the October 2015 BE LOVE Bhakti Immersion we raised £845.36 for:
Integral Yoga A.U.M
Helping the poorest children, widows and women-led families in Sri Lanka through educational, nutritional, and co-operative small business projects.
Ten years ago, while the civil war was raging in Sri Lanka, just after the tsunami, Rev. Padma visited the country and set up an educational project "Sunshine for Kids" to help the very poorest children receive a good education and proper nutrition. Today many of those children are now at university studying to become doctors, engineers and teachers. The children in the project today have just achieved their first ever A and B grades in their equivalent of GCSE's and are set fair to also go to university. This would have been unthinkable before the project was set up.
Padma's charity, Integral Yoga A.U.M., is now helping Sri Lanka in another way. After the ending of the civil war, there are 89,000 widows under the age of 24. This is a startling and horrifying fact. Most of those young women have children and no means of providing for their families, no jobs and no social security. The plight of these women-led families is desperate.
Right now the charity is working to set up a Women's Co-operative where the ladies can make items that can be sold in the UK, Europe, the U.S. and on line. This will give the women a much-needed steady income and some security for their families. The charity's director in Sri Lanka has identified a piece of land where the Co-operative can be built which costs £6,000.
Rev. Padma has launched a special appeal to raise this relatively small amount to purchase the land before her next visit in November when a small group of professionals plan to accompany her to set up the Women's Co-operative in the north of Sri Lanka, where most of the widows are. On behalf of the children and the widows, thank you for any help you can give.
At the January 2015 BE LOVE Bhakti Immersion we raised £1160.77 for:
Ourmala's mission is to help refugee and asylum-seeking women living in London find strength through yoga. Mala means garland in Sanskrit.
Ourmala talk about their mission:
"The women we work with are seeking refuge in the UK. We believe they should be welcomed. Atrocities such as torture, sexual violence in conflict, human trafficking and female genital mutilation (FGM) are common experiences. Yoga helps to restore self esteem and confidence. It helps to make the body and mind strong, and it helps you sleep. It also gives you energy and, we're often told, hope. We run free yoga classes and refund the cost of travel… We've worked with over 170 refugee and asylum-seeking women since starting-up in 2011. We ran a successful year-long pilot, won funding from Big Lottery, the British Wheel of Yoga, Inchre Trust and Vodafone World of Difference under the name of Hackney Yoga Project. This was all achieved on a shoestring budget almost all by our team of dedicated volunteers."
At the May 2014 BE LOVE Bhakti Immersion we raised £1008.50 for:
Tribal Health Initiative
Tribal Health Initiative was started in 1992 by Dr. Regi George and Dr. Lalitha Regi. Today we have expanded into a team of over 35 highly trained people, working to improve the lives of the tribal communities living in the Sittilingi valley and surrounding hills through a variety of programmes in health care, community health, farming and craft work.
They are a public charitable trust located in the Sittilingi valley in Dharmapuri district, Tamil Nadu running a number of projects:
• Tribal Hospital: a 24 bed secondary level hospital which admits patients with medical, surgical and obstetric problems.
• Community Health Programme: providing simple curative, preventive and ambulance services to 34 villages in the Sittilingi valley and the Kalrayan Hills. This programme caters to a tribal population of 16000 tribals.
• Farming Initiative: enabling farmers to practice economically and ecologically sound agriculture. They have 200 farmers now doing wholly organic agriculture.
• Craft Initiative: enabling local Lambadi women to become economically self-reliant while preserving their traditional embroidery. Their products are sold under the brand name Porgai, which means ‘pride’ in their dialect.
At the December 2013 BE LOVE Bhakti Immersion we raised £720.12 for:
Anandamayi Ma Ashram Free School
Mata Anandamayi Tripura Vidyapeeth is a non-profit philanthropic institution run in full by Mata Anandmayi Peeth, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India. It is located in Omkareshwar, a small wilderness area in the rolling hill country of central India. It provides a completely free education for the local village tribal children (“Adiwasi” or aboriginals). These children are all from the poorest possible backgrounds and have no other source of education, upliftment and refinement other than the opportunities provided by this school. At current there is an enrollment of over 450 students, both boys and girls, and the school runs from Nursery age through 10th Standard. Every year an additional grade is being added.
The children are given free uniforms, study materials, meals and day education. About twenty selected boys live full time in a hostel within the ashram premises. Our goal is to provide an adequate campus, teachers and materials all the way up through 12th Standard, plus vocational training and job placement for all the children of the surrounding area. The school is run entirely through donations.
At the April 2013 BE LOVE Bhakti Immersion we raised £291.00 for:
Vandana Shiva's Navdanya Trust
Navdanya means “nine seeds“ (symbolizing protection of biological and cultural diversity) and also the “new gift” (for seed as commons, based on the right to save and share seeds. In today’s context of biological and ecological destruction, seed savers are the true givers of seed. This gift or “dana” of Navadhanyas (nine seeds) is the ultimate gift – it is a gift of life, of heritage and continuity. Conserving seed is conserving biodiversity, conserving knowledge of the seed and its utilization, conserving culture, conserving sustainability.
Navdanya is a network of seed keepers and organic producers spread across 16 states in India. Navdanya has helped set up 65 community seed banks across the country, trained over 5,00,000 farmers in seed and food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture over the past two decades, and helped setup the largest direct marketing, fair trade organic network in the country.