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Alternative Peace Foundation held an interfaith meditation for peace at the Westville
YOUTH – THE FUTURE! Futurist Alvin Toffler said the secret message communicated
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The Arya Samaj SA took its Ninth Principle (No one should be content with promoting his good only but should promote the good of all) to a new height with the announcement of its borehole project. Project Tripti (‘quenching of thirst’) was launched at the Samaj’s 90th Anniversary Celebrations in February 2016. The prolonged drought continues to cause much hardship to the people, especially in rural areas.
At the Mass Hawan held at the Celebration, well-wishers dug deep into their pockets and donated generously towards the cost of erecting a borehole to service a rural school/s. Education is held very dear to the Arya Samaj movement. To date, more than R 150 000 has been collected and an installation is now possible. It was extremely heart warming to receive donations of over R 40 000 from the Arya Samaj in India and representatives from Mauritius in their personal capacities.
The Ramklass brothers, Vinod and Anesh, together with other engineering professionals from the Samaj are playing a leading role in Project Tripti due to their work with the rural communities in Zululand. A team of Arya Samaj officials on a field visit saw a parched, dusty and unforgiving landscape. Tankers deliver water only once per week to schools who can afford to pay for the precious liquid.
Some principals visited praised God for bringing our society to them in these very trying times. Plans are in place to have the repairs and installations done by the end of June 2016. The Arya Samaj continues to play its part in society and remains relevant in today’s rapidly changing times.
To all our valued sponsors and supporters on this project, our President Dr. Rambilass has written a special letter of gratitude below which you may download.
The official launch was in Hluhluwe. Please download the document below.
Daily we read about the serious challenges in the field of education. A winning nation needs youth who are skilled in the sciences and also able to communicate effectively. English is not the first language for many learners in SA and this puts them at a disadvantage in the matric exams and the workplace.
Education is very close to the heart of the Arya Samaj SA and in keeping with its ethos of doing good for the benefit of all, it launched its pilot Matric Winter Tuition Classes. J P Rambilass, a retired educator and long standing member of the Arya Samaj family, started English classes at the Sea Cow Lake Secondary School. More than thirty very appreciative learners, who cannot afford any extra lesson fees, attended the first English literature class and promised to attend the entire series over the July holidays. The Principal, W Ponnen, was excited and complimented the Arya Samaj for this very timely initiative. “Learners can only benefit from these classes,” he said.
The School which is situated in the heart of the informal settlement of Kenville, is also a beneficiary of the feeding Scheme run by the Arya Samaj. On a weekly basis, the Arya Samaj provides sandwiches for the learners. Informal dwellers in the area are very appreciative of the efforts of the Arya Samaj and have remarked that the Samaj puts into practice what our religion teaches. All affiliates are urged to follow the example set at Sea Cow Lake Secondary and help make a difference in our wonderful country.
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The ABH Council is a registered non-profit organisation which takes care of children, the frail aged and physically or mentally disabled people who have no one else to provide for their needs. The Homes are open to all, regardless of race or religion. The ABH Council only receives 50% of its Total Budget by way of State Levies. This means that the balance is raised by sponsorships and donations. Nearly 60% of inmates at the Childrens’ Home are African and 20% of the adults at the various Homes are African.
The NJVC is perched in the heart of the informal settlement of Kenville, home to some 30 000 dwellers. The Centre offers a daily primary health care facility in partnership with the eThekwini Municipality. It also offers the following additional services, viz.
- a chiropractic clinic with volunteers from the Arya Samaj and Durban University of Technology
- a dental clinic (free extractions)
- an eye clinic (dispenses free spectacles also)
- a shelter for abused women
Nearly one hundred percent of the patients are members of the African community.
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A number of the affiliates of the Arya Samaj operate feeding schemes and provide other services to the disadvantaged communities. The table below indicates the services provided:
|Arya Mithra Mundal||Food hampers||Annually|
|Arya Samaj Mt Partridge||Meals for destitute families & orphanage||Monthly|
|Arya Stree Samaj -Asherville||Food hampers for needy||Annually|
|Arya Stree Samaj- Raisethorpe||Food hampers for destitute & old age home; Soup Kitchen)||Monthly & Weekly(Soup kit)|
|Plessislaer Arya Samaj||Food hampers for needy||Annually|
|Raisethorpe Arya Samaj||· Food hampers for needy
· Skills training in rural areas
· Soup Kitchen
|Ved Dharam Sabha Isipingo||Food hampers for needy||Annually|
|Ved Dharam Sabha PMB||Food hampers for needy||Annually|
|Ved Dharma Sabha Pretoria||· Food hampers & personal hygiene items for needy
· Cooked meals for various non- profit Homes
Monthly on average
|Veda Dharma Sabha Verulam||· Food hampers for the needy||Annually|
|Yuvuk Arya Samaj – Clairwood||· Food hampers for needy
· Free use of premises for primary health care by eThekwini municipality
The Arya Samaj handed our rulers, a Z-fold flyer and coloured wrist bands to learners at several schools to raise awareness about the AIDS pandemic. The rulers carried a slogan encouraging youth to focus on their studies and lead a bright life.