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Multi-faith tsunami relief at Bhaktivedanta Manor

by Radha Mohan das

Posted January 3, 2005

After Tsunami, a Disaster Relief Task Force with 50 organisations is launched at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple.

At a prayer meeting held at Bhaktivedanta Manor on 28th December 2004, the Hindu Forum of Britain and 50 major organisations launched the Disaster Relief Task Force to specifically address a unified strategy for aid organisations in the UK working with national calamities in the Indian subcontinent- - with a particular focus on the recent Tsunami tidal wave disaster.

The Spiritual Commissioners of the Hindu Forum of Britain and other Hindu, Sikh and Jain leaders were present and a moving prayer session for the victims was conducted.

"We prayed for strength to all those affected by the tragedy," explained Shruti Dharma Dasa from Bhaktivedanta Manor. "In addition to the prayers it is important to engage in practical relief work..."

Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna temple in Aldenham is launching an appeal for the relief work being carried out by the Bhaktivedanta Hospital.

"The British Government has risen to the occasion by allocating 15 million for the affected countries, though it is clear that significantly more will have to be allocated once the full impact assessment has been completed," commented Kapil Dudakia, Head of Public Relations of the Hindu Forum of Britain. "The Task Force will coordinate the appeal for funds, clothes and medicines in an integrated manner so that aid reaches those who need it the most at the right time."

Many Hindu organisations have already started appeals for funds, clothes and medicines. Members of the Task Force are meeting on 30th December to activate a unified plan for the relief and rehabilitation work.