Janaki Mehta Kartik Maas Performance

13912313_10100913746926236_1730910293053945914_nFor all our London and UK friends and supporters,this is an opportunity to show your support towards our dear friend Janaki Mehta whose talent for Kathak dancing has been often been on display in order to support our Charity and helping our students to build a viable future. We are ever so thankful to Janaki and her family and we would like to announce that she will be performing on the 6th of November during the month of Kartik at The Bhavan,4A Castletown Road,West Kensington,London W14 9HE. For tickets you can book online at www.bhavan.net  or call 07936895346. We wish Janki all success on the evening and we will look forward to post a few photos of the performance when the time comes.

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India Independence Day celebrations at Sandipani Muni School Vrindavan.

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Thank you To The Body Shop!!

Dear Friends,

dscn0411We are pleased to share with you that our friend and supporting organization, The Body Shop has again donated generously towards our cause. This time they have sponsored the books and note books for our 1300+ school girls for this whole year.

We really appreciate their support. The girls were overjoyed to see their new textbooks and notebooks.

At Food for Life Vrindavan, our goal is to make sure that no girl child in Vrindavan remains illiterate. The Body Shop has been a very important pillar of support for our organization. With their generous donation our 1300+ girls will receive books for an entire year. 

dscn0391It is noteworthy that in the year 2014, The Body Shop India sponsored the education for 100 girls for an entire year. They have been very active in this field and organized programs to spread awareness on the importance of girl education. Our  girls also participated in these programs. We hope that this partnership will always continue to blossom and empower more and more girls through education.

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A Big Thank you!!

Dear Friends,

19584We are pleased to share with you the beautiful act of love and care by the students of Caisl American International School of Lisbon. During the whole month of May, the students in 4th grade participated in a new reading program called Read for Students in Need. Throughout the month, they received pledges from sponsors for each page read in the course of a week to raise money for our Sandipani Muni School in Vrndavan, India.

19585We are delighted to announce that 4th grade students read a total of 83,130 pages throughout the month of May! The total amount of money they have raised – an impressive 2,500€. A BIG THANK YOU to these little angels from 4th Grade and all of their generous sponsors! We would also like to thank their teacher Dianne who inspired the kids for this project. Thank you very much! This money will be used towards the kids in kindergarten and also towards a widows feast. 13333018_994583007262462_361780627135666036_n

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Our Brave Neetu

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Neetu at the time of admission

From a small tree, a mighty trunk may grow- Aeschylus

We take pride to share this story with you of a girl who joined us when she was but a little bud. Over the years she grew in the courtyard of our school. Little did we realize that this flower would blossom so beautifully…

“Being terrified but going ahead and doing what must be done—that’s courage”

Neetu stated this very well in the incident below.

Neetu (16 yrs) was returning home in the evening, from her food distribution service at school. She was riding her bicycle when she noticed that a young lady (who was an expat) was being followed and harassed by an auto rickshaw driver.

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Neetu at evening meal distribution

The road was lonely and suddenly the man pulled that lady into his vehicle and rode off. The lady was panicking and asking the man to stop and let her get down. Neetu could just not stand there and watch. Seeing no one around to turn to, she followed that rickshaw on her bicycle and saw that the rickshaw had pulled over at a very lonely place. Neetu didn’t wait for anything; Her hands were shaking but she mustered up all her courage, picked up a big stick and struck the driver from behind. The driver shocked and in pain, hurled abuses at her, but Neetu didn’t care. She took the lady by her hand and asked her to sit behind her on her bicycle and off she went.

She dropped the lady in a safer area. Teary eyed and grateful, that lady offered Neetu her silver bangles as a token of appreciation, but she refused. The whole situation was so overwhelming that no names were exchanged. It was a gesture of care from one girl to another.

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Neetu being awarded at school

The next day she shared this incident with her friends and teachers. We informed the principals who awarded her for her bravery in front of the whole school. She shared the incident with other girls who felt really inspired hearing this.

Neetu made us so proud and we thought of sharing this incident with you all who are contributing towards the education and grooming of many these Neetus in our school.

 

About Neetu and her family:

In her family, her father was born in Agra and is currently an unemployed carpenter.

Her mother was born near Kolkata, West Bengal. They moved to Vrindavan where her mother joined Food for Life Vrindavan as a cleaner.

Her older sister Poonam, who graduated from Sandipani Muni School last year in 2015, is now in college.

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Neetu Dancing

Neetu has an outgoing personality and is known for her great sense of humor amongst her friends. During evenings she attends the free meal distribution where she helps in serving the street kids. She is a very good dancer and actively participates in stage plays and dance programs.

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