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OVERSEAS-BASED ORGANISATION WORKING FOR THE NEEDY IN BERBICE

By admin / Posted on 01 September 2010

Georgetown, Guyana, July 24, 2006

Representatives of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Inc. are expected in Guyana later this week to begin their 2006 Humanitarian Mission. Through a correspondence issued from New York to the Kaieteur Berbice representative, the President of the body, Pandit Suresh N. Sugrim, stated that the group would be in Guyana for two weeks to continue work in the Berbice area. It is also the intention to establish new links and work with other orphanages in the other regions.

Plans are also in place to collaborate with other non-governmental organisations already serving in Guyana to help augment the services. The body is a non-profit one that works in collaboration with the Guyana Central Arya Samaj and the Berbice Central Arya Samaj. Here in Guyana it focuses on social, charitable and humanitarian work to the less fortunate children in orphanages.

The group hosted several fund-raising activities in its effort to continue its humanitarian mission. The altruistic endeavours began last February and concluded on June 4 with a fund-raising concert. That concert was dubbed ‘The Arya Swaranjali’ and took the form of an evening of bhajans, songs, and Indian classical dancing.

According to the President of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Inc., “We had an immense turn out and lots of support from the Guyanese-American Community. The proceeds will go towards helping the less fortunate children in Guyana .” The body said that it is committed to providing a better standard of living and to make a positive impact in the lives of under-privileged children. He noted, “The words ‘Arya Samaj’ mean a Noble Society, and, as such, we should lead by example and try to eradicate all the bad habits and influences from our children’s lives. They are our most treasured assets and they are the future.

”The organisation is dedicated to this mission and said they hope that their presence in and contributions to the lives of these children will continue to expand. According to Pandit Sugrim, “Much emphasis has been placed in educating our children academically but sadly to say we have been lacking in the theological arena. The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Inc. will play a vital role in enhancing the lives of these less fortunate children in what ever way we can, irrespective of cast, colour, or creed.” He pointed out that the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Inc. is not only committed to realising the third principle of the Noble Society which is to learn to teach and to preach the Veda, but it is also dedicated to the lives of the less fortunate children in Guyana.

This is the second year since its humanitarian missionary in Guyana . “We look forward to having the continuous support of all our Guyanese brothers and sisters. Together we can give a little of what the good Lord has blessed us with so that together we can make a huge difference in the life of a less fortunate child. Most people forget the poor and the destitute.” Projection for this year includes the distribution of food vouchers for the children as well as clothing and other necessities. “We will make it our duty to have these children feel as if they have families of their own. We will love and care for them as our own.

”In July 2005 the children of the Canaan Children’s Home at Port Mourant and the Camal International Home for the Homeless were feted and received a number of items including sewing machines. The body plans to expand its mission to the West Coast of Demerara.

 

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