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Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America
(World Hindu Council of America)
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Help victims of Jammu Kashmir Floods
September 8, 2014
Donations to help the victims of Floods in Kashmir, India
The flood situation has worsened in Jammu and Kashmir (September 7th, 2014) as more areas have submerged in the waters leaving a trail of death and destruction. The death toll has reached 160 due to floods in Jammu-Kashmir area. Thousands of families are still stranded and awaiting help in their homes across the valley. South Kashmir districts are the worst hit by the catastrophe with many areas still cut off from the headquarters. Over 30 per cent of capital Srinagar city is under flood waters. Over 1Million population is affected in Jammu division. Jammu city has been cut off from Pathankote after authorities closed down the three important bridges on Tawi. The fourth bridge on Tawi has been damaged due to gushing waters. Indian army has pressed 103 columns into service to help in rescue and relief of the people affected by the worst ever floods in Jammu and Kashmir. A total of 11,000 civilians have been rescued so far. 2000 civilians have been provided food and temporary shelters.
VHP of America requests your kind contribution to help the victims and their family who are affected by this devastation. VHP of America will work with appropriate agency to ensure that the donated funds only be used to help the victims of this natural disaster.
VHP of America has extended their help with volunteers to help in Katrina and 911 disasters. We raised and donated large sum of funds to the victims of Katrina, 911 attack, Haiti earth
quake, Fiji Flood victims, Japan earth quake, Gujarat earth quake, Hurricane Sandy and numerous other disasters. We could not help the victims of these disasters without your
generous contribution. We appreciate your contribution and spreading the word to raise funds for the victims of this devastating flood disaster in Kashmir, India.
Please contribute generously. Your donations are tax deductible. You can use our online donation form at: Jammu-Kashmir Flood Relief Fund
You can use your Visa, MasterCard or Discover card for your contribution.
Or Make check payable to VHP of America and mail it to:
VHP of America,
P. O. Box 441505,
Houston, TX 77244-1505
VHP of America Inc. is a 501(3) (C), non-profit, tax-exempt volunteering organization and the organization helps needy people regardless of their race, religion, color, ethnicity, or gender.
VHP of America Tax ID# is 510-156-325.
(Girish M. Gandhi)
Vice President, Seva
Help Dr. Nalini Ambady … now!!
Nalini Ambady is a beloved friend, renowned researcher and professor at Stanford University, and the active mom of two teenage daughters, Maya and Leena. She is also fighting for her life. Just a few days after celebrating Thanksgiving with her family and friends, Nalini was diagnosed with a recurrence of leukemia, which she first battled in 2004. Now, she urgently needs a bone marrow transplant from a genetically matched donor. Someone out there is a perfect match, but they may not be on the registry yet. That someone can literally save her life – and it could be you. Nalini needs your help.
Time is short, and the holidays are here. This is your chance to give a gift that really matters. Please
become a registered bone marrow donor by attending a bone marrow drive in your area or registering online for free. It only takes a few minutes and you could literally save a life.
Help,It’s time to use the social connections we have developed through emails, facebook, blogs etc… and try to save a life!!
We need your help in two simple ways:
– Register yourself to the Bone Marrow Registry
– Help us spread the word and encourage your friends and family to register, and ask them to help us spread the word similarly!!!
Here is a message from Aneeta Rattan, postdoctoral scholar at Standford University:
“I want to personally ask you to help. My amazing and wonderful postdoc advisor, mentor, and friend, Professor Nalini Ambady of the psychology department, has had a relapse of Leukemia, which she first had in 2004. She needs a bone marrow donor. PLEASE HELP. It is a tragedy to consider the possibility that there is a match out there, but (s)he is simply not on the registry. You can fix that with just a few minutes of your time.”
– Aneeta Rattan, postdoctoral scholar with Nalini
Find out more about Dr. Nalini and how can you help – by clicking here:
Even if you are registered or not, I request you to watch these few video clips:
They are part of the class at Standford University…. They are few years old, but the message is the same, and I believe the power of social media is nothing – if we, the people, don’t know how to use it…!!!
Hindu Help Line Announces
DADHICHI BLOOD DONATION
New Delhi, October 28, 2011
A very unique scheme DADHICHI BLOOD DONATION has been organized by Hindu Help Line on October 30, 2011 all over Bharat at over 1000 locations. Over 1,00,000 (One Lakh) blood donors are supposed to donate blood on the same day! Those who are taking medical treatment away from their home town, face severe crisis of blood because they can not get their relatives to donate blood for them at such faraway places. There are people who do not have many relatives or they need more blood than that is donated by their relatives. Hindu Help Line’s DADHICHI BLOOD DONATION aims at fulfilling such need to some extent.
DADHICHI BLOOD DONATION scheme has been tied up with medical professionals so that the donors are verified & tested. The donation happens in a clean & hygienic conditions & the received blood will be made available to the hospitals & blood banks as listed with Hindu Help Line centrally & also with the Hindu Help Line Conveners at various locations.
Hindu Help Line’s motto is ‘A Reliable Friend of Hindus’. With DADHICHI BLOOD DONATION simultaneously at many locations all over Bharat, Hindu Help Line has taken an important step forward in extending helping hand in the field of health emergency – Blood.
Announcing DADHICHI BLOOD DONATION scheme, renowned Cancer Surgeon & VHP International Secretary General Dr Pravin Togadia said, “Blood is life for all human beings. Donating blood means giving life to the needy. This is the greatest Daan! On October 30, 2011 all are requested to avail of the massive & hygienic arrangements made by Hindu Help Line at many places all over Bharat for blood donation. Let us all together come ahead to be a reliable friend of Hindus. Let us all donate life by donating blood. “
Those who wish to get Punya by the greatest Daan : Rakt Daan : Blood, do contact Hindu Help Line central call centre numbers to know of the nearest location where you can donate blood: 020 – 66803300 and 075886 82181. They will ask you your location & give the local Hindu Help Line Convener’s contact for further smooth coordination.
For more information on the DADHICHI BLOOD DONATION or Hindu Help Line
you may also contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Dr Pravin Togadia on 098253 23406
Hindu Help Line©: A Reliable Friend of Hindus.
“The one God wears many masks. In no other religion does the Supreme Being wear so many masks and invite worship in so many different forms as the eternal religion of Hinduism. Mythologist Joseph Campbell.
“The Mandirs have to play a significant role in the growth of the Hindu community in terms of its capacity to uphold Hindu Dharma…” Swami Dayananda Saraswati
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) and Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi (HDPS) have been started in 2006 with a mission to preserve, practice, propagate and protect Hindu Temples and Sanatana Dharma; and also to take necessary legal and appropriate action to remove all the Hindu Temples from the government control. As many of you are aware that all the Hindu temples earning Rupees 50,000 or more are taken over by the state governments in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. In the North all major Temples such as Shiridi Saibaba Temple, Siddhi Vinayaka Temple, Jagannath Temple, Amarnath Temple, Kashi Vishwnath Temple, Vaishno Devi Temple and other money making temples are taken over the respective state governments. They are depleting the resources, selling the temple lands, allowing the temple lands encroached, allotting temple lands for government projects, appropriating huge sums of money for Christians and Muslims, neglecting the maintenance of the Temples, allowing the temples to be dilapidated, closing down thousands and thousand of temples, appointing non-Hindus to the positions in the sacred temples, abusing the devotees who visit these temples, totally ignoring the religious leaders’ input in the management of the Temples, failing to provide adequate facilities for visiting Hind pilgrims to the Temples, diverting funds for private trusts, allowing secular anti-Hindu politicians to inaugurate the facilities at these temples, imposing extra charges on Hindu pilgrims to visit the temples and diverting temple funds to the state treasury at will.
By controlling and siphoning of the Temple resources, the state governments have managed to legalize the rampant corruption. Even within this legalized corruption, different layers of illegal corruption exist in these temples.
Please remember that no Christian Churches or Moslem mosques are under government control. In fact state governments and central government donate huge sums of money for mosques and churches, spend as much as 700 crores of rupees as a subsidy for Moslems to undertake Hajj pilgrimage in 2010, built air conditioned Hajj houses in every state, built separate airport terminals for Hajj pilgrims, and the list goes on. In contrast, not only Hindu pilgrims pay extra charges to visit the temples, they “sleep like beasts” on the side walks to visit their sacred places.
Sri Kamal Kumar Swami conducted two padayatras in Andhra Pradesh covering all the districts in the state to make Hindus aware of their right to manage their temples, and informing them about the government control of the temples, neglect of the temples, rampant corruption in the Temples, and the need for repeal of the Endowment Act. During these padayatras, Sri Swami also talked about the Hindus responsibility to their religion and urging them to go to their village temples on a regular basis along with their family members, regularly conduct bhajans in the temples, celebrate all the festivals, and participate in the maintenance of the temple.
During these travels to thousands of villages, a number of people expressed their interest in having a Templein their own neighborhood so that they can continue to practice their religion, uphold the dharmic way of life, and take the responsibility of managing their temples. They requested our organizations to help build small temples for the convenience of the people. It is during that time the concept of “ONE VILLAGE, ONE TEMPLE, ONE LAKH RUPEES (Rs. 100,000)” was conceived. Since that one Sthapathi was requested to develop the blue prints and sketch of the actual Temple image. Villagers will provide the seva (labor) to build these Temples. In many Dali communities and tribal areas, missionaries are taking advantage of their situation, exploiting them and enticing them. Many of them resist these enticing hooks and want to remain within their traditional faith. But they want to have their own place of worship so that they can feel identified, feel proud, and practice their age-old faith.
Model Village Temple: Architecture and Floor plans
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) and Hindu Devalaya Parirakshana Samithi (HDPS) jointly sought the help of Sri Suresh Singh, who is a Diploma holder from TTD Shilpa Kalasala, Tirupati, to draw model Temple plan for villages. His CAD drawings are available on request.
The first project is sponsored by GHHF and HDPS. Anantarayudu Enni, a remote village in Nellore District, was selected to start the initial Project of constructing a Temple. In this remote village about one hundred families belonging to Scheduled Tribe are very religious and worship their Village Deity called Chentamma. Bhumi Pooja (Ground Breaking Ceremony) was conducted and the construction of the Temple has already been started. TTD was requested to donate the Goddess Chentamma to the village.
REQUEST: Sponsor One Hindu Temple for ONE Lakh (Rs. 100,000)
All concerned Hindus are requested to sponsor one Temple in your village or any other village so that we can provide the place of worship for people who are eager, waiting and hoping to practice their faith.
We should give the opportunity for these people to take their children, have darshan of the presiding Deity / Murthi, pray at their time, identify with their gods and goddesses, and make them feel proud of being a Hindu.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Call V. V. Prakasa Rao at 601-918-7111 about this Project to have a Temple in your village.
We need your assistance to continue our mission of abolishing Endowment Act and free Temples from the government control. If we have to make an impact on our movement to bring changes to preserve our culture, we need you financial support. Your generous donations to continue our efforts to free Hindu Temples from government control, and also build Village Temples to awaken the Hindus about the plight of Hindu Temples and the impending danger of illegal conversion techniques are essential. We are requesting all the individuals and organizations to support financially to continue our movement to free Hindu Temples from the government control and stop these conversions also provide needed place of worship for the Villagers.
NOTE: GHHF is exempt from federal income tax in USA under section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue code. Our tax ID # 41-2258630. Please send your tax-deductible donations to:
Global Hindu Heritage Foundation
14726 Harmony Lane, Frisco, Texas 75035
You can go to savetemples.org and pay by PAYPAL
For more information, please visit our website: http://savetemples.org
V. V. Prakasa Rao, PhD, (601-918-7111 cell), (601-856-4783 home); Prasad Yalamanchi (630-832-2665;630-359-5041), D. Satya (732-939-2060): Vinay (248-842-6964): Dr. K. R. Venkatramaiah (Canada) (416-925-8167). Nemana Satya (732-762-7104), Sekhar Reddy (954-895-1947), Tulasichand Tummala (408-786-8357), Raju Polavaram (919-959-6141); Pavan Neti (630-338-9364); Srinivas Murthy (212-538-8716)
VHPA has been working with the Bhutanese refugees in several parts of USA. As if it was not enough of a hardship to settle in a foreign land with no funds, no proper education, communication constraints, etc. some of these families got hit by the devastating tornado in Springfield, MA last week. Please see the appeal and details below and help generously. Vijay Dalal is a community activist who has been working with the Bhutanese refugees for last two years in that area.
Gaurang G. Vaishnav
The devastating tornadoes that hit the state of Massachusetts last Thursday caused Governor D. Patrick to declare a state of emergency.
But for the Bhutanese families who live in Springfield the tragedy was real!! The live, vivid account from Vijay Dalal Ji, who brought them over for the
HHD 2011 Cultural Program on May 21, explains the scope of this double tragedy with folks who were barely settling from a life disrupting move from Bhutan just a year ago.
We need help with:
1. Household items
2. Food items
3. Funds …
Pease mail checks payable to VHPA (please write MA-Tornado Fund in the bottom) to:
(VHPA is a 501 (c)-3 charitable organization. Donations to VHPA are tax deductible)
15 Bryden Rd,
Southboro, MA, 01772
Any amount no matter how small would be welcome.
VHP of America
From: Vijay Dalal
To: “Asthana, Abhaya (Abhaya)”
Sent: Sat, June 4, 2011 9:56:37 PM
Subject: Re: APPEAL – Please help Bhutanese families in Springfield MA hit by Tornado
All Bhutanese victims of the tornado. are currently living in the Coburn School in West Springfield. Red Cross, Islamic Society of New England and local, state and national level church organizations are providing food and other essentials to them. Local school committee is arranging activities and helping them in their day to day stuff.
Today we went to the sites again. This time younger members of the families came with me. We were able to retrieve considerable amount of their belongings. It was dangerous to go into the debris but all of us took risk and secured many sentimental items and essential documents. Beenu Chhetri (Budhatoki) received his wallet full of social security cards, health cards, driver license etc. Adhikari family received essential documents, pictures, cameras, two computers, their TV. Pandit Khatiwada received his coats, gold chains, and we were able to get to a small closet where they kept cash and Nepali clothing. We secured two vans full of stuff from the collapsed houses. Many of these items have a tremendous sentimental value for them. The police gave us enough time to dig through and stopped us only when their boss came around.
In terms of their needs prioritized, at this time they would appreciate if dry Indian food items such as snacks (packets of Sev, dry samosa, Khari, Chakri etc) are sent to them. As I wrote before, the food provided is not ethnic for them and we don’t have any Indian food store close-by to request a donation. I heard the Islamic society priest inquiring about how many Muslims were living there, so I think (but I hope not) their help might stop soon as there are very few Burmese families living there.
If you are sending these food items, please mail them to Hari Khanal, 108 Commonwealth Ave, 3rd Floor, Springfield, MA 01108. Please write very clearly on the package that it is for the tornado victims. Hariji is one of the very trustworthy community leaders in Springfield. Today he and Indraji went door to door to all Springfield Bhutanese families and collected $20 donation from each family. They have collected $500 thus far.
I apologize for sending long email updates to you. We are isolated here, help from our community is absent here, and the gap is filled by other religious orders. I personally feel that it will be very hard for me to point a finger to them when they were the first and have remained consistent in helping my own people in crisis.
On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 9:34 PM, Vijay Dalal wrote:
I spent a good part of my day with the West Springfield families today. I have also been talking with the Westfield and Springfield groups and they have begun visiting the West Springfield families. West Springfield families were initially sheltered in the Middle school and now they are transferred to Coburn school shelter in West Springfield. Pandit Adhikari was badly hurt, a piece of roof came down on his shoulder and his back was cut open and there are internal injuries. Kuber Adhikari also suffered back injuries. Several kids also suffered minor injuries. Red Cross is there and local volunteers are helping. The refugee resettlement agency, Lutheran, is useless, I had strong words with the social worker. They seem to be collecting data but no actual help provided yet.
All of their belongings are in their houses and as you can see, the houses are completely destroyed. The street to their house is closed for traffic. I talked to the West Springfield police and state troopers and took Kuberji and Khativada children to their house. The work crew and police officers were nice and they allowed us to dig through the rubble. I was able to climb up and retrieved some of their items. A desk was visible and we took out i-94, SS cards, medical information for Panditji family. We also retrieved purses, coats and some religious items including their traditional clothing. Kuberji lived on the 2nd floor and his living area was sandwiched so tight that no access was available. More police officers came there and asked us not to enter the property. I talked to the demolition contractor and they will allow us the go through the rubble when they start moving stuff around. For Kuberji and Bhudhatoki families, their identities are lost in those piles of debris.
Tomorrow, I will be taking few elderly family members from Westfield to visit the shelter. It has been tough for the elderly in the shelter to adapt to the living and the food provided to them. Springfield group has taken the responsibility to research and secure medication for the displaced families, as many of them are on prescription medication. Westfield group will try their best to provide food for the group. Lutheran has promised that they will actively search for living options for the families. Thus far, there has not been any state or federal aid. Their focus is on making the area safe and that will take some time.
It is a sad situation for these families. They did not have much to begin with, all they had was full of sentimental values. Panditji kept on asking about his prayer books which I could not find in the rubble. As days pass, we will find out what would be useful for them. One thing is for sure that monies collected will be highly appreciated. When the new housing is found, they will need security deposits and first month rent and they are on a very limited income. Dry Indian food items will also be highly welcomed. They are living on crackers, rice, beans and fruits provided by the Red Cross. More that the situation evolves, I will try my best to keep you updated.
On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 Vijay Dalal wrote:
As you know, our area was struck by tornadoes yesterday. The area of West Springfield and Springfield were hit very hard and blocks of neighborhood are completely devastated. I supervise a foster care agency and my office is in Springfield. Fortunately the tornado passed approximately two blocks from my office and my agency’s foster families and children were spared from this devastation.
But, unfortunately, the same is not true for many of the Bhutanese families in West Springfield. A tornado swept through three blocks area in West Springfield and many of families live there. It tore down a three storied building on George Street and three of our families live there. Pandit Khativada who always comes and conducts our prayers has lost everything and along with his family, they are living in a temporary shelter. Kuber Adhikari and his family lived in the same building, and everything is destroyed. Kuberji’s mother is almost 80 years old, I brought her to the temple and HHD in my car, she was not found for two hours as she was scared and hiding in the rubble. The Budhtoki family and another Kshtriaya family living next door also lost everything and are in shelter at this time. I went to see them today but all roads were blocked. I am going again tomorrow and I will try to take some pictures to send to you. There are five families from West Springfield who are without home and lost all belongings. Is there something that could be done for them? If you help us collecting donation of monies, clothes, household stuff, I will come there to pick up everything and make sure that it is distributed to the affected families equally. Please let me know, any help is greatly appreciated.