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Appeals for the community

Donate a school kit for poor school children in India for just Rs.200 each

Youth for Seva, launches its School Kit Drive 2010. We have 1 month and 10,000 school kits to raise. Lets get started today!

It was because of volunteers like you that our School Kit Drives in 2008 and 2009 were great successes. In 2008 we were able to distribute 4000 school kits to needy children and in 2009 this number grew to 6000. As mentioned above, this year we aim to distribute 10000 school kits!!

The School Kit Program aims at providing school kits to financially challenged students at few government schools, slums and orphanages across Karnataka. YFS plans to reach out to more villages time and assist larger number of needy students

** It costs only Rs.200 to sponsor one school kit ** For details, visit http://youthforseva.org/news/school-kit-sponsorship.

Give the gift of life - Urgent appeal for Suitable Bone Marrow Donation

VINODKUMAR (35) is a father of two, a dedicated family man and a loyal friend is suffering from "MYELOFIBROSIS" since September 2009. Doctors tried all possible treatments and now his chance of survival depends on finding a matching bone marrow to do BMT (Bone Marrow Transplantation). Unfortunately his brotherís bone marrow didnít match. We are organizing the drives all over USA to find a potential match. The test is absolutely Free.

So, we are conducting a drive in Aurora, CO to help Vinod. As part of this endeavor we are requesting you to come forward to offer saliva sample for testing to find a match for the BMT.The drive details are listed below.

* This test is a basic (absolutely Free) and initial test to find a match. Your participation would boost Vinodís confidence for life and definitely show that we are all with him. Please Give Gift of Life to Vinod and his family.

Please take time to go through the details in the links given below and let me know if anything works for you. Also, I would appreciate your efforts in spreading the word across to your friends. God's willing something miraculous might touch the lives of these friends. Thanks again for your consideration.

Please check below links for more details:
www.savevinod.com
www.samarinfo.org
www.marrow.org
Bone Marrow Drive Date and Time: 03/27/2010(Saturday), 03/28/2010(Sunday)
10.30 AM to 5.00 PM
Location:
Srujana
3660 South Emporia way,
#U201, Aurora, Co 80014
Phone: 720-207-9264

Urgent Appeal to support Earthquake Victims in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

SEWA INTERNATIONAL USA
[IRS Tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charity organization]


Thousands of people are dead in Port-au-Prince, Haiti after a disastrous earthquake of 7.0 magnitude struck on Tuesday January 12, razing major infrastructure in the capital including many neighborhoods, the Parliamentary building, Presidential Palace, the main cathedral, the main prison, the UN building among others. With many hospitals in ruins (Doctors without Borders lost three hospitals) in this poor Caribbean country, the earthquake has affected 3 million people - a third of the country. Disaster relief has just began in this poorest country in the western hemisphere with 80% of the people below the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty. Two thirds of the labor force has no formal jobs. Immediate relief is needed. Many hundreds are trapped and rescuers are working very hard. Medical supplies are in shortage.

SEWA INTERNATIONAL IS WORKING WITH ITS PARTNER NGO "CHAI-Haiti" (http://www.chai-haiti.org) TOWARDS HAITI EARHTQUAKE RELIEF

SEWA is soliciting your tax-deductible contribution for the support of these victims. Your support will help reduce the sufferings of poor people. Donate online at http://www.sewausa.org or make check payable to 'SEWA' & mention 'Haiti Earthquake' Box 14622 Fremont, CA 94539 Contact: info@sewausa.org, (440) 941-2525.

SEWA International USA Appeals for Andhra-Karnataka Flood Relief Fund

PLEDGES IMMEDIATE $10,000 RELIEF FROM GENERAL FUNDS

San Francisco, CA, October 5, 2009 - More than 200 people have been killed in Karnataka and neighboring Andhra Pradesh (AP) in heavy rain since Wednesday September 30. Army boats and air force helicopters Friday began to rescue hundreds of marooned people, waiting on rooftops and higher ground. Thousands more have been rendered homeless. 'Over 40,000 houses have been damaged,' a spokesperson for the Karnataka revenue ministry told IANS. He said five helicopters and 40 boats have been deployed for rescue and relief operations. Over 85 relief centers have been set up, he added. The famous Raghavendra Swamy temple in Mantralaya, Kurnool District, AP is under considerable water. In Vijayawada, AP the water levels are at dangerous levels threatening the Prakasam Barrage. The cause of these unseasonably heavy rains has been identified as a major depression in the Bay of Bengal.

Rivers Krishna and Tungabhadra are in spate. Reservoirs are full with the reservoirs at Srisailam and Nagarjunsagar releasing large amounts of water that could result in low-lying villages downstream coming under water. Over 500 villages have already been inundated in AP while 1406 villages are marooned in Karnataka. Nearly 1.8 million affected and half a million rendered homeless.

SEWA International, USA supported NGO Seva Bharati, Youth for Seva, and Jana Sankshema Samiti volunteers in India have already launched relief camps in those towns of AP & Karnataka where food, medicine and essential items are being provided to the people. Seva Bharati volunteers from Adoni went to Mantralaya cleaned Mantralaya temple and cleared the dead bodies of cows of goshala, deer and other animals. Many of the dead are pilgrims to the Mantralaya Temple. Volunteers have removed these bodies and handed them over to the police. In addition, Seva Bharathi has created a Flood relief kit consisting of 3 sets of cooking utensils, two plates and glasses, 10kg rice, 1kg dal, 1/2 kg tamarind, 1/4 kg masala powder, 1 blanket and 1 mat, costing $25 (Rupees 1,200). Working round the clock the volunteers are rescuing, distributing relief materials, providing food and essential health care.

Announcing an immediate relief of $10,000 from general funds towards flood relief, SEWA International USA President, Professor Sree N. Sreenath said, "The tragedy that has unfolded through nature's fury is unimaginable. Our volunteers on the ground are working very hard under adverse conditions. Public support through donations will help mitigate the sufferings of poor people. We exhort our donors to check with their employers for matching contributions. We even have a capped dollar-to-dollar matching program for large donations from institutions such as temples and cultural associations. Many Telugu and Kannada Associations are working with us in raising awareness and helping." Further Prof. Sreenath continues, "Immediate concern is relief, but lurking behind is the more challenging rehabilitation. Many people have lost their livelihood and homes. Sewa International recognizes experientially that in the longer term we need to rebuild homes, schools, medical clinics, and not the least - damaged lives. Our volunteers on site are assessing the damage and planning rehabilitation already. Sewa International is in this for the long term."

Sewa International USA is a non-profit organization with international presence. It has over 25 years of experience and has the capability to develop volunteers from the local population. Sewa International USA helps victims regardless of caste, class, creed, color or religion. Sewa International USA funds project in the area of health care, education, women empowerment, environment and disaster relief and rehabilitation in India, USA, Sri Lanka, Caribbean countries and South America.

SEWA USA is soliciting tax-deductible contribution for the support of these victims. Donate online at http://www.sewausa.org or make check payable to 'SEWA' & mention 'AP/Karnataka Floods' in the memo. Mailing Address: Sewa International USA?PO Box 14622?Fremont, CA 94539. Contact: info@sewausa.org, (440) 941-2525. For up to date information on relief work visit the website.

Spandana Foundation's Pratibha Annual Drive 2009

Spandana Foundation started Pratibha Annual Drive-09 to sponsor meritorious but poor students in Andhra Pradesh this year. Spandana sponsored around 2000 students in Andhra Pradesh across all the districts. This project is exclusively designed for those NRI's who would like to make a difference back at home. The beauty of this project is, you choose the your own school in your own village any where in Andhra, Spandana Foundation would facililate the execution of project and even give matching grant to sponsor the students.

Would you like to sponsor meritorious but poor students at your village? Looking for an organization to facilitate?

Here is an opportunity! Spandana Foundation is organizing Pratibha annual Drive-09 to facilitate & help NRI's to sponsor students in their own village/school anywhere in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamilnadu. For details, please have a look at http://www.spandana.org/pratibha2009.html.

An appeal to help refugees from Bhutan who arrived in Colorado

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh [HSS] working with Sewa International USA And Share Mission International for Bhutanese Refugee Empowerment (BRE) in Denver, Colorado
About the Bhutanese Refugees:

  • Currently about 350 families have been settled in Colorado-Denver by the US government
  • Mainly have been in refugee camps in Nepal since 1991 (for 17 years!) after being evicted from their homes in Bhutan for political reasons
  • Currently, they have some financial assistance from the US government for rent and food stamps, but they must eventually pay their own way
  • Among the challenges they face:
  • Lack of mobility/dependence on public transport infrastructure to get around town.
  • Lack of comforters/blankets, winter clothing, cooking utensils, etc.
  • Lack of computer literacy, which many basic jobs require
  • Lack of proficiency in the English language
  • Lack of familiarity with the local culture, way of doing things, access to medical assistance, etc. They are determined to make it in the land of opportunity with your little help.
How can you help?
Currently, the most pressing needs for them are:
  • Comforters / blankets, winter clothing, and toys for these families
  • Baby food, groceries , food items such as rice, grains ( lentils), spices, sugar etc (vegetarian and non perishable grocery items)
  • Assistance in obtaining driver's licenses and secondhand cars
  • Getting entry-level jobs (restaurants, factories, warehouses, retail stores)
  • Other items like utensils, kitchenware, computers, funds, etc. will be collected in due time
  • Be a volunteer for this great cause and collect items from your neighborhood!!
Please join in to help them realize the American dream!
Please drop off any items that you could donate by 01/13/2009 at one of the following volunteerís houses. Please call before dropping items in to your nearest volunteerís house or send an email to brecolorado@gmail.com
City Name Phone Number
Boulder Sudhanshu Bhargav 303-317-4156
Brighton/ Commerce City Shanti Shrestha 303-659-2547/ 720-220-6428
Broomfield, Westminster Vidya Sagar Tonthalapur 303-378-2183
Colorado Spring Ramesh Kanekal 719-532-1375
Centennial/Denver Shyam Shrestha 303-641-4207
Highlands ranch/Parkar Parag Dharap/Shankar Guntur 303-395-5589/303-552-5066
Longmont Ashok Pukale, Atul Saini, & Nag Reddy 303-772-9365/ 303-772-3576 /303-774-0096
Louseville, Superior Area Venkatesh Sunkad 303-494-6400
Thornton Krishnamurthy Woonnimani 303-952-4025
Other Cities/General Queries Madhu Bhat 303-684-9836
Distribution at Sanatan Mandir, (218 N. 6th Ave, Brighton CO 80601) & other locations
HSS is a non-profit cultural organization dedicated to preserving Hindu Dharma and its Dharmic roots in the society. HSS runs "Balagokulam" program for children throughout the US to impart Hindu cultural values to children. HSS also runs programs for youth and parents that focus on integral personality development (physical, intellectual, social and spiritual). HSS has over 110 chapters across the US . For more information on HSS, visit http://www.hssus. org/ and http://www.balagoku lam.org or contact 973-860-2HSS. Sewa International USA [Seva USA] is a Non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization with International presence. It is supported NGOs, has over 25 years of experience and has the capability to develop volunteers from the local population. For more information please visit http://www.sevausa. org/ Share Mission International is a Non-profit 501 (c)(3) charitable organization serving refugees and running the health camp in Nepal and neighboring countries.

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