Bhaktivedanta International Charities Monthly Report
Posted April 16, 2003

Dear friends and devotees,

Hare Krishna! Please accept my humble pranams.

We would like to thank all of the donors who have helped sponsor the food relief activities in March. Previously in January we had also conducted distribution of blankets and clothes to all the children of the village. At present we are conducting food distribution programs in this village four times a month.

This month the Ashram has begun a weekly Sunday school for children. At present 40 children are attending each week, though we plan to increase this to 200 by the end of the year. Through the Sunday school program we hope to build character and morality in the children from a young age so that they can grow up to be productive members of society. Often due to the immense poverty of the region, the youth take to bad habits such as drinking from a young age. Through education and caring we hope to keep the children on a positive track so that they can be protected from the negative environment that surrounds them. Each week following the Sunday school the children are also provided free nourishing meals.

In our previous newsletter we had mentioned our plans for installing tube wells and hand pumps in one dozen villages in Bhadrak district to combat water scarcity. So far we have completed installation of 5 tube wells, and plan to install another seven over the next two months. Each tube well will provide clean drinking water for over 300 people in a village.

I would like to again thank all of our friends, donors and life members who have contributed towards these projects. Some photos of the recent relief work are included below.

To view more photos, please visit the following webpage: http://www.foodrelief.org/food-relief.htm

Hare Krishna!

Yours in service,

Jahnava Nitai Das,
Bhaktivedanta Ashram &
Bhaktivedanta International Charities