2007

THE NEW JERSEY ARYA SAMAJ MANDIR, INC., HUMANITARIAN MISSION 2007

Over the past few years, the Humanitarian Mission has been asked to provide assistance to more and more underprivileged poor children and seniors in Guyana. Consequently, the Mission was formalized in Guyana and is registered under the Friendly Society Act 36:04 as a charitable organization. This exempts the Mission from all taxes due to its not-for-profit status. Relevant information relating to the Guyana Chapter of the Mission is provided in subsequent sections of this article.

Name of Society in Guyana:

NEW JERSEY ARYA SAMAJ MANDIR INC., HUMANITARIAN MISSION (NJASM, INC.  HUMANITARIAN MISSION)

Motto:   WORKING TOWARDS THE LESSENING OF HUMAN SUFFERING

Address:              25 WILLIAMSBURG, CORENTYNE, BERBICE, GUYANA, SOUTH AMERICA.

Telephone Number: 592 – 322 – 5442 or 592 – 337 – 1427

E-mail address: aryaguyana@yahoo.com

The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc., Humanitarian Mission is a benevolent non-profit, charitable, cultural, and social organization established in New Jersey, U.S.A. and collaborates with the Guyana Central Arya Samaj to provide charitable services to the very needy and less fortunate children and seniors of Guyana.

Founding: This Humanitarian Mission is the vision of Pandit Suresh Sugrim of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. and was founded in 2005.

Mission: – The Humanitarian Mission of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. is dedicated to helping children, seniors, and other individuals who are living in dire poverty.

This possibility is accomplished through the generosity of our contributors, sponsors, and caregivers, by providing children and other individuals with program benefits and services that meet their basic everyday needs in order to enhance their human dignity and raise their physical and educational levels in a meaningful and lasting way. Our vision is that each person will grow into a healthy, educated, and self-reliant individual.

Vision: – To create possibilities and to improve the lives of the less fortunate and under-privileged children by empowering them through the power of education in poor communities and to build stronger children by empowering and encouraging them to improve their lives.

Aim: – To establish an orphanage/ home for the elderly in Guyana

Objectives:

  • To provide the poor and destitute children with an education, school supplies on an annual basis, or as the Mission evaluates individual needs and/ or circumstances.
  • To provide services to orphanages in Guyana.
  • To provide assistance to the disabled and the destitute.
  • To assist in any other needy circumstances, as agreed on by the oversight committee.
  • To provide assistance to the seniors in shelters and elsewhere in Guyana
  • ACTIVITIES FROM JULY 13th to JULY 20th 2007

    This was a very busy and meaningful week for the Mission in Guyana following the arrival of Pt. Suresh Sugrim in Guyana. The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. Humanitarian Mission (Guyana Chapter) has provided services to the needy in Guyana.

    Last year services were provided to the less fortunate and needy school children and orphanages in East Berbice.  This year the Humanitarian Mission decided to embark on similar activities, extending its services to West Berbice, East Coast Demarara, West Coast Demarara, Georgetown, and Essequibo. To ensure that this becomes possible, the mission collaborates with the Guyana Central Arya Samaj and other Hindu, Muslim, Christian, government and non-governmental organizations to accomplish this Herculean task.

    In May 2007, the Guyana Chapter of the NJASM, Humanitarian Mission carried out field activities, working in collaboration with the Education Departments of Regions 4 and 6, the Ministry of Human Services, the Arya Samaj Mandirs and other Hindu Mandirs, Churches and Mosque in Guyana to access the appropriate population with the most needs in different communities in Guyana.

    At the function held on Sunday, July 15, 2007, at Enmore, Guyana, which was planned by the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. Humanitarian Mission, Guyana’s Prime Minister, Mr. Samuel A. Hinds, endorsed the great work done by the mission thus far.  He has endorsed the Humanitarian Mission services to Guyanese in need for two consecutive years. Other dignitaries who graced and endorsed the work of the Mission were, Ms. Priya Manickchand, Minister of Human Services and Social Security; and the United States Ambassador, Mr. David M. Robinson, who pledged his support towards the Humanitarian Mission from his office.

    It is estimated that some three thousand very needy cases and disabled persons will benefit from this year’s humanitarian activity.  Pandit Suresh Sugrim, whose vision gave birth to the Humanitarian Mission three years ago, has done tremendous work in the United States to raise funds through various events such as concerts and donations.

    The Humanitarian Mission distributed school supplies to needy children from July 14th 2007 to July 20th 2007 as follows:

    Date District Venue
    July 14, 2007 West Demerara/ Essequibo Vreed- en-Hoop Arya Samaj Mandir
    July 15, 2007 East Coast Demerara Enmore, Arya Samaj Mandir
    July 16, 2007 Upper Corentyne Skeldon Arya Samaj
    July 17, 2007 Central/Lower Corentyne Port Mourant Arya Samaj
    July 18, 2007 Canje/ New Amsterdam Reliance Arya Samaj Mandir
    July 19, 2007 Black Bush Polder Pandit Kenneth Kirpal Residence, Joanna North
    July 20, 2007 West Berbice Bush Lot Arya Samaj

    Applicants were asked to note that all distribution would take place at 13:00 hours on each of the scheduled dates at the respective venues. The Humanitarian Mission started its annual activities by providing a double septic tank and two-room sanitary blocks to the Camal’s International Children Home for the Homeless and Battered Woman at Albion Berbice, and helped to renovate the Dharam Shala of Berbice (a senior citizens’ home).

    Humanitarian Mission Outreach Visit to Impoverished Communities

    On the evening of August 17th, the Humanitarian Mission’s team visited the following destitute communities in its field work.

    ·   Toopoo Squatting Area

    ·   Williamsburg Squatting Area

    .   Hampshire Squatting Area

    ·   Kilkoy Squatting Area

    Over 500 children were provided with the following school items during this exercise:      ·

    School bags ·   Boots ?   Pens and pencils ?   Geometry Sets for Secondary School Children

    ·   Each child received a coupon valued at $4,000 ·   Rulers ·   Sharpeners

    As of August 20, 2007, services were provided to the school children. The Guyana chapter of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. Humanitarian Mission will soon be providing services to the disabled and the seniors and each case will be considered on its own merits.

    “The lives we changed and the communities we shaped. We know that’s what matters to you.”

    Our Work

    In communities across Guyana, the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc., Humanitarian Mission (NJASM, Inc. Humanitarian Mission) improves lives by mobilizing the caring and sharing of power of their communities. More than fundraisers, the NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission are partners in change, working with a broad range of people of all faiths and organizations to identify poverty and resolve pressing community issues.

    To achieve measurable, lasting change, NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission identifies and builds on community strengths and helps individuals and groups with specific community interests to find ways to contribute their time and talents, supports direct-service programs, and community-change efforts, and advocates for public policy changes that are helpful in reducing poverty.

    All of this is done in collaboration with diverse partners. Depending on the issue and how the community chooses to address it, NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission works with, and through schools, governmental and non-governmental agencies, businesses, financial institutions, other non-governmental organizations, the Guyanese-Americans, and other communities and individuals to fulfill its mandate.

    Common Focused Areas:

    Helping Children Succeed

    Do you want to make a difference in the world? Start with a child in need.

    ·   Helping children in low-income families and neighborhoods enter school prepared to learn.

    ·   Helping to foster youth transitioning out of child welfare system to improve their education.

    ·   Early Childhood Development (birth to age 6) initiatives that address any of the essential supports a young child needs in order to survive and thrive in life as well as the supports a family and community need to promote children’s   healthy development. These include integrating health, nutrition, and intellectual stimulation, providing the opportunities for exploration and active learning as well as providing the social and emotional care and nurturing a child’s need to grow and thrive.

    Strengthening and Supporting Families Since 2005, working for the well being of children and seniors in need.

    This is a very complex issue. The following are some examples that fall into this category:

    • Parenting and Parenting Education
    • Suicide
    • Substance Abuse
    • Domestic Violence
    • Teen Pregnancy /School drop outs
    • Counseling

    Improving Access to Health Care:

    ·        Health and wellness initiatives promote the general prevention and treatment of disease and/or illness, whether mental or physical, and the medical rehabilitation of people with disabilities. Common issue areas include health care access, alcohol and substance abuse counseling, and intervention services, and preventative services, increasing access to health care for poor families.

    To do this we will:

    • Energize and inspire people of all faiths to make a difference
    • Create human care agendas with the less fortunate within and across poor communities
    • Build coalitions with families and their children who are underprivileged
    • Increase investments in these agendas by expanding and diversifying our own development efforts and supporting those of others
    • Measure, communicate, and learn from the impact of our efforts
    • Reflect the diversity of the communities we serve

    An Overview:

    The World Bank has rated Guyana as one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere — comparable to Haiti, which has had much more publicity about its own problems. Because few are aware of the poverty in Guyana, the country receives relatively little help from international relief agencies. Poverty in Guyana affects both the urban areas and indigent farming communities. Both suffer from inadequate food, healthcare and poor educational facilities. The rural poor have access to land for crops and for building small homes, but they have a difficult time getting around and accessing the use of government services. The urban poor face different problems, with families often living in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in many areas due to poverty.

    Guyana’s economy is closely tied to its sugar industry and farming which supports about 80% of the population. Most of the sugar industry jobs are low paying fieldwork. With a minimum wage of $5.00 to $10.00 (USD) a day, many people find it difficult to pay for transportation to and from work and to send their children to school. Approximately three out of four schools in the country are run by different organizations and churches with some help from the government and overseas non-profit groups.

    New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. Humanitarian Mission Distribution in Guyana:

    New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc.,  Humanitarian Mission operates through donations/gifts made by the Guyanese-American community, as well as individuals and communities from other backgrounds. From this site, the NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission has been able to provide food vouchers for the disabled children and adults, school supplies for the less fortunate and under-privileged children, refurbishing senior citizens’ homes and orphanages for adults, and enabling children to have a better and healthier standard of living in Guyana.

    The NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission works with many different Hindu, Muslim, Christian and non-governmental organizations in Guyana and does not discriminate against anyone based on their beliefs or practices. The Mission serves people of all faiths.

    Breaking the Chains of Poverty within poor Communities…

    “Did someone ever lend you a helping hand? A child is reaching out for yours

    Education is one of the most important keys to overcoming poverty in our society. But for countless children throughout Guyana, the poverty they hope to escape makes it difficult—or impossible—to receive an education. The immediate need for food, shelter and other necessities are more pressing than the long-term benefits of sending a child to school. In desperation, poor families will often send their children out to work or to beg in the streets rather than to attend school.

    For the poorest of the poor, education isn’t an opportunity–it’s a luxury they can’t afford. Parents in some of these areas must pay for every aspect of their children’s education: books, school supplies, uniforms and transportation fees. Moreover, a child’s ability to go to school and thrive is greatly hindered by poor living conditions and above all, poverty. It’s nearly impossible for children to succeed in the classroom when they are chronically hungry, sick, or living in woeful conditions where sanitation and hygiene are nearly nonexistent.

    Hunger…disease…illness…a lack of education. These are the chains of poverty that bind our poorest brothers and sisters and most of all our children to a life without hope and human dignity. And so, on behalf of children who want the opportunity to improve their lives, we’re pleading for your help. Your gift for food, school supplies, and educational support will change a child’s life forever. All of these elements are necessary for a child to grow and learn in a healthy environment. Without receiving help from people like you, these children are almost certainly doomed to a life of poverty.

    Breaking the chains of poverty can seem hopeless for those who are shackled by their daily struggle for survival. There are many ways to help break these chains so that children can look to a brighter future with hope.  Please take a moment to think about the importance of education in your own life. How would your life be different if you never had the opportunity to go to school? Together we can help break the chains of poverty by offering the gift of education by sending them to school.  Please prayerfully consider helping children who show great promise but are shackled by the cruel hands of poverty. Your gifts will not only help provide for an immediate need, but will also lay the foundation for a better future.

    The simplest of gifts can make a world of difference to the truly destitute. Please, help the NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission end the misery that plagues suffering families by sharing your blessings with those in need today.

    Your support for severely under-privileged families and their children is so crucial. Your gift for food not only has the power to save lives — it can also restore hope to those who live daily with overwhelming suffering and tragedy of poverty for all those who have been left out and left behind due to poverty. To all of us who are blessed, please help a desperate child and his/her family.

    Time is precious for some of our children on the brink of starvation and poverty. We cannot bear the thought of parents losing their children due to no education and lack of basic foods that are in abundance for us. A small amount of food– that which could fill a brown paper lunch bag here–would be a godsend to hungry children and their families. Please help the new NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission provide lifesaving nourishment to those in need through your grace and mercy. “We cannot all do great things but we can all do small things but with great love”.

    A child’s needs are universal: food…clothing…shelter…education…and love.  Children depend on adults to provide these necessities.  When children don’t have the support of their own biological family, they must rely on the generosity, kindness and compassion of others.

    For about a dollar a day, you can help support a child in our Humanitarian Mission program.

    Throughout Guyana, precious children who have been orphaned or abandoned by their families need your love and support. Through the NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission, you can be a supporter of these children.

    NJASM, Inc., Humanitarian Mission has specially selected orphanages in Guyana for participation in the Humanitarian Mission program. These are non-governmental homes that help orphaned children grow and develop mentally, physically and spiritually in a Christian, Hindu, and Muslim environment.

    Without these orphanages, many children would be faced with the horrors of living on the streets. They would be exposed to sexual abuse, personal neglect, and worse. We need your help to rescue and care for as many children as possible.

    Sadly, many of the abandoned and orphaned children in these homes experienced little or no love from their families. This is why your love, care, and concern are so important. Financially, you will be providing the child with the material items all children need: food, clothing, shelter, educational supplies and medical necessities. We also have special holiday celebrations for the children, which your generous gifts help provide. More importantly though, you will be a beacon of God’s love letting these children know that they are special and important.

    New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc., Humanitarian Mission 2007
    Guyana Dollars US Dollars US Dollars
    8 Alpha Children Home 62,785.80 313.93
    10 Camal Home for the Homeless & Battered Women 410,166.04 2,050.83
    9 Dharam Shala of Berbice 593,280.16 2,966.40
    1 School Supplies for West Demerara & Enmore 677,261.00 3,386.31
    2 Cash to Sec & Primary School Students in West Dem 77,000.00 385.00
    1 Cash to Sec & Primary School Students in Enmore 117,000.00 585.00
    3 School Supplies for Reliance, Canje, Berbice. 247,312.00 1,236.56
    3 Cash to Sec School Students in Reliance 34,000.00 170.00
    4 School Supplies for Port Mourant Berbice 954,012.00 4,770.06
    4 Cash to Sec School Students in Port Mourant 147,000.00 735.00
    5 School Supplies for Skeldon Berbice 209,499.00 1,047.50
    5 Cash to Sec & Primary School Students in Skeldon 119,000.00 595.00
    6 School Supplies for Black Bush Polder, Berbice 74,507.00 372.54
    6 Cash to Sec School Students in Black Bush Polder 19,000.00 95.00
    7 School Supplies for West Coast Bush Lot, Berbice 401,505.00 2,007.53
    7 Cash to Sec School Students in Bush Lot 20,000.00 100.00
    Food Voucher for Malinda Moharlall Children 60,000.00 300.00
    Play Ground (Kiddies Corner) 18,000.00 90.00
    Pens 12,380.00 61.90
    Purchase of CD Case 36,000.00 180.00
    Transportation for Scaffold to Dharam Shala Project 6,000.00 30.00
    Total Expenses 7/22/07 4,295,708.00 21,478.54
    Total Expenses 7/22/07 21,478.54
    Balance left in Guyana to work with the Disabled &Seniors 8,521.46

    Acknowledgement

    The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. /Guyana Central Arya Samaj Humanitarian Mission, take this opportunity to acknowledge and express their sincere thanks and appreciation to all of our sponsors, advertisers, contributors, care givers, business, organizations and government officials, who have supported us in our fund-raising efforts. Your assistance helps us to continue our mission of charitable and outreach programs to assist less fortunate children and seniors in need. Special thanks to all especially our dignitaries from the United States and Guyana who have contributed to this program:

    On behalf of the Board of Directors, Executives, and members of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc. /Guyana Central Arya Samaj Humanitarian Mission, we express our heartfelt thanks and sincere appreciation to each one of you, especially those who have performed and exhibited their musical or professional talents in this effort Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! We encourage you to use the services and products of our sponsors, advertisers and our Mandir whenever the need arises.

    May God’s love shine in your life to always light your way, may He continue to bless you and your family with good health, happiness and success always. Thank you for your compassion and for being such a caring and sharing friend and neighbor to the poor to and all those who are in need of your love

    The 2007 New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Humanitarian Mission

    The 2007 Mission is presently ongoing in Guyana. We would like to thank everyone who made “Arya Swaranjali” (Flyer below) a success.