Slough Hindu community donates £4,000 for Bihar flood relief

Source: Organiser
Sewa International is planning to select one village in each of the 32 affected areas and provide the affected people with tools, equipment and instruments of trade to enable them to re-establish their trade and become self-sufficient again. It also plans to build a hostel to educate the poor children of the affected areas who cannot afford to have any education. A mobile medical van has also been purchased to enable the provision of health care needs for the flood victims.

SLOUGH, BERKSHIRE UK: The Hindu Cultural Society (Hindu Temple) of Slough donated £4,000 (Four thousand pounds) to Sewa International's Bihar (India) Flood Appeal. The presentation was made at the Hindu temple in Slough during the Gita Jayanti programme, an occasion to mark the anniversary of the recitation of the Bhagawad Gita by Lord Krishna to Arjuna in the battlefield during the Mahabharat war.

Presenting the cheque on behalf of the Hindu Cultural Society, Shri Vijay Datta, its vice-president said, "The Hindu community in Slough have been very generous in donating the money following the tragic news of the floods in Bihar. We have supported previous disaster appeals such as the Gujarat earthquake, the tsunami and other humanitarian causes and we have great pleasure making this donation to Sewa International." Accepting the cheque on behalf of Sewa International, Shri Bharat Mistry, thanked the Hindu Temple Committee and the people of Slough for their generous donation and support in times of need. He explained that Sewa International had sent £20,000 very shortly after hearing the news of the disaster.

It then quickly launched the Bihar Flood Appeal in the UK and other countries. Working together, Sewa International, in association with Sewa Bharati and other like minded organisations set up seven sewa centers in seven most affected districts to provide immediate relief, food, shelter and treating sick people on arrival. Relief materials coming from different places was collected at these centres, and distributed to the deserving people through small boats and even by head loads, by Sewa volunteers.

After providing immediate relief to the flood affected people of Bihar, Sewa International is now continuing its support to enable long term rehabilitation, and development for the people. It is planning to select one village in each of the 32 affected areas and provide the affected people with, tools, equipment and instruments of trade to enable them to re-establish their trade and become self sufficient again. It also plans to build a hostel to educate the poor children of the affected areas who cannot afford to have any education.

A mobile medical van has also been purchased to enable the provision of health care needs for the flood victims. [Further details of Sewa International's relief efforts are available on www.sewainternational.com ] Linking the central message of the Bhagwad Gita of encouraging one to do their duty, and the Hindu prayer Sarve bhavantu sukhinah, Sarve santu niraamayaah, Sarve bhadraani pashyantu, Maakaschit duhkha bhaag bhavet (meaning—May all be happy, May all be free from ills, May all look to the good of others, May none suffer from sorrow!), Shri Mistry explained that it is the duty of everyone to work towards betterment of society and to help others affected by disasters.

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