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Work to benefit less fortunate children in orphanages

By admin / Posted on 01 September 2010

New York, USA, July 28, 2006

The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Inc. has held several massive fund-raising activities in its effort to support its Humanitarian Mission. A statement from the mandir said the altruistic endeavours began in Feb 2006 and concluded on June 4th, 2006 with its grand fund-raising concert, “The Arya Swaranjali”. It was a delightful evening of bhajans, songs, and Indian Classical Dancing. “We had an immense turn out and generous support from the Guyanese-American Community. All the proceeds will go towards helping the less fortunate children in Guyana,” it said.

The statement noted that the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir is committed to improving the quality of life for the less fortunate in the community today, and for generations to come. The words “Arya Samaj” mean a Noble Society and, “as such we should lead by example and make an effort to eradicate all the bad habits and negative influences in our children’s lives. Our children are our most treasured assets and they are the future”, the statement said.

The mandir’s press release states: “Our organisation is one hundred percent dedicated to this worthy mission and hope that our presence and contributions in the lives of these children will hvae a profound impact. 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 will play a vital role in enhancing the lives of these less fortunate children in whatever way we can, irrespective of caste, color, or creed.

“It is our second Anniversary since we commenced this Humanitarian Mission in Guyana and 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.”

The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir and Pt. Suresh Sugrim plans for charitable work in Guyana for 2006 are to continue analyzing the needs of the orphanages and the poor in the area and to establish a systematic plan that would provide their basic needs. This include but not limited to giving the children food vouchers, clothing etc.

“We will make it our duty to have these children feel as if they have families of their own that love and care for them. My other plans for Guyana include expanding our missionary work. I am now looking at the West Coast of Demerara, and any other areas where children may need help. The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir with its Board of Directors, General members, all our care givers, and supporters hope to continue our missionary work towards humanity in Guyana and elsewhere for as long as it takes,” Pandit Suresh said.

“I chose these beneficiaries because they are the most destitute of all and are often forgotten by those who are better off. I want to set a trend in helping these people so that others would continue for generations because it is very important that we show our love and care for these people who have nothing. I remember reading a quote from Mother Theresa who said: “Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” The Arya Samaj and the Hindu Religion believes in “Sewa”, that is, to serve and to give a helping hand to those in need and the underpriviledged.

“Our fund-raising, he said, mainly came from donations from the American-Guyanese and the American People. “Of course we never have enough finance to do all that we want to do but as Mother Theresa said:”We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.

“In a thank you note to its contributors and supporters, the mandir says:”The New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc., would like to thank you and your family for your recent, generous donation that you hvae made to our mandir. Your donation certainly gives our mandir the priviledge to empower the lives of the less fortunate. With you behind us, there is no hesitation on our part. No question that we will succeed in our efforts to help the less fortunate children. The beauty of your unselfishness and compassion is reflected in your generosity and kindess towards humanity. As we mentioned in our last correspondence, your generous donation is what makes it possible for us to continue our mission in the outreach, and charitable program for the less fortunate children in orphanages and the homeless adults in Guyana. This is our purpose and we will keep you posted as our mission for humanity continue.

“Once again, we want to thank you and encourage your continued support in our humanitarian mission. May God’s love shine in your life and always light your way and continue to bless you and your family with good health, happiness and success always.

“The mandir’s press release said a sum of $18,740.37, after all expenses, has been raised for the Arya Samaj Mandir Humanitarian Mission.

 

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