Janaki’s Kartik Maas

15027812_10101012585048846_3663701166650186754_nDear Friends,

As you must already be aware, our friend and supporter Janaki Mehta had organized a beautiful Kathak Solo night on the auspicious occasion of the Full moon night of Kartik month. She told the story of the holiest month of Kartik through her Divine Dance. The dance performance was conceptualised, choreographed and performed by Janaki Mehta in aid of our charity Food for Life Vrindavan. The show was a great success and we are delighted to share with you that a total of 4800 pounds was raised. A certain part of this money will be used particularly towards the Kathak dance training of the school girls and the costs associated with it.

The goal that Janaki had set was of £6000 which is not far off and any further donations are most welcome to help us reach our target. Those who couldn’t attend or wish to donate further to this worthy cause please see Janaki’s donation page https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/janakimehta1.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the generous sponsors, donors, audience and participants to this event, most prominently however we would like to thank Janaki who is such an inspiration to all our school girls. Janaki sets an example for all of us how we can use our skills to help others. We are sure that a lot of hard work and effort must have gone into this endeavour. For one person to organize, invite, conceptualize, choreograph, and perform  just to help girls on the other side of the globe takes a big heart. Thank you Janaki!! We are so proud of you!

The Tuk Tuk Challenge

Some pictures of the grand welcome of our TukTuk heroes!
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Meet the team, or should I say OUR HEROS 🙂 . Thank you all for your support. The Challenge is Complete! See Video

 

 

 

 

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Tuktukupdate: We did it!! Our team has successfully reached Kanyakumari!! Thank you all for your support!!

 

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Tuktukupdate: Todays Drive from Kochin to Trivandrum takes 5.20 hrs by car, so it will be about 8 hrs by Tuk Tuk. 

 

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Tuktukupdate: Yesterday Our team successfully completed 180 Kms of Tuk Tuk Drive from Neeleshwar to Kalikut. Amongst all the currency change going on in India , getting simple things done is also a task.

 

 

 

14992077_1278592655536365_4453953258203584950_nTuktukupdate: Pitstop with teammate Achal, a successful dentist from UK. Achal is one of the many professionals from UK doing this challenge to raise fund for our girls.

 

 

 

The Adventures of Tuk Tuk Challenge!(Day 4)

rupa-pr-with-tuktukOur Tuk Tuk team had a tough day today. Rupa prabhu shared a glimpse of his adventures below:

Today is a long one 289 km from Panjim, Goa to Kundapur, Karnataka.

Starting was not so good, I was driving on my side and a car overtook us and even though there was no one coming, he cut into us too soon and the back of his car hit our front side and jolted us. It was not too hard so I managed to keep the auto rikshaw on the road. I then tried to chase the guy who obviously did not bother to stop or anything, but soon he was gone!

And guess what? after 100 kms on road, in the middle of no where, our accelerator cable broke!

I stopped one guy on scooter and he kindly called his mechanic who was about 3 kms away and agreed to come. In the meantime our back up car was nearby and came, but everything seemed to go wrong today as they had the wrong cable with them ?

After that the mechanic came and changed the cable however we lost one hour in this. But we are now back on the road!!

We will reach Gokarna and hopefully have darshan of Mahabaleshear Shiv lingam. Mahabaleshwara Deva temple is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the holy town of Gokarna.  The history of this temple img-20161110-wa0003comes from a legend related to the mighty Ravana of Ramayana. The deity here is about 1500 years old. According to the legend (Read More..)

 After the temple visit  we will still have about 150km to go!!!
 
Its not good at all as the rikshaw does not have lights and at night on road it is a nightmare, two days ago we had to use a torch to reach our destination and we really could not see anything!!!Please send in your good wishes so that we can keep going despite adversities. I guess this is why we call it a Challenge ?

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Ranga,Ganga,Champa three of our girls in striking Before and After photos.

Food for Life Vrindavan( FFLV),  a not for profit charity, working for the empowerment and betterment of Vrindavan’s destitute women and children, are pleased to announce the launch of our 2016 TukTuk Challenge.

Fifteen working professional from all walks of life, including a dentist, filmmaker and award winning hair dresser will fly in from the UK to Mumbai this Saturday to begin two days of preparation and training for their arduous 1,800 kilometer journey from Mumbai to Kanya Kumari in a three wheel 9BHP auto-rickshaw.

Leading the press conference and flagging off will be one of India foremost contemporary actors and philanthropist, Mr. Vivek Oberoi.

Mr. Oberoi is the International Brand Ambassador for FFLV has been actively supporting the charity for the past ten years and has been instrumental in a number of initiatives that have helped change the lives of the poorest of the poor .He will be answering questions from the press regarding this unique charity challenge this Saturday 5th November .

We are honored to have your presence at the press conference – details below:

Saturday 5th November 2016, 6:00 PM, at the Sun and Sand Hotel, 39, Juhu Beach, Mumbai.

Media inquiries to:

Ravin J. Ganatra
Phone: +91 875 538 1273
email: ravin@fflvrindavan.org

Weblink www.fflvrindavn.org

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Our Sandipani Muni School in Vrindavan has more than 50 girls yearly graduating and they all really want to continue higher education or University. With friends from UK we have organised a Challenge, driving a TukTuk (three wheeler) from Mumbai to Kanya Kumari, 1,250 miles ride on Indian roads. Your contribution will keep me going for those 12 days on the road. Please help our girls fulfill their dreams! Click here to contribute

 

rickshaw-1Participate in the TUK TUK Quiz Contest and Win Exciting prizes: Click to know more

The Adventures of Tuk Tuk Challenge!(Day 4)

img-20161110-wa0004 Our Tuk Tuk team had a tough day today. Rupa prabhu shared a glimpse of his adventures below:

 Today is a long one 289 km from Panjim, Goa to Kundapur, Karnataka.

Starting was not so good, I was driving on my side and a car overtook us and even though there was no one coming, he cut into us too soon and the back of his car hit our front side and jolted us. It was not too hard so I managed to keep the auto rikshaw on the road. I then tried to chase the guy who obviously did not bother to stop or anything, but soon he was gone!

And guess what? after 100 kms on road, in the middle of no where, our accelerator cable broke!

I stopped one guy on scooter and he kindly called his mechanic who was about 3 kms away and agreed to come. In the meantime our back up car was nearby and came, but everything seemed to go wrong today as they had the wrong cable with them 🙁

After that the mechanic came and changed the cable however we lost one hour in this. But we are now back on the road!!

We will reach Gokarna and hopefully have darshan of Mahabaleshear Shiv lingam. Mahabaleshwara Deva temple is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the holy town of Gokarna.  The history of this temple img-20161110-wa0003comes from a legend related to the mighty Ravana of Ramayana. The deity here is about 1500 years old. According to the legend (Read More..)

 After the temple visit  we will still have about 150km to go!!!
 
Its not good at all as the rikshaw does not have lights and at night on road it is a nightmare, two days ago we had to use a torch to reach our destination and we really could not see anything!!!Please send in your good wishes so that we can keep going despite adversities. I guess this is why we call it a Challenge 🙂

Teachers Party!

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What a day it was. All the school teachers were dressed in beautiful attires, the stage was set and decorated and beautiful music played as everyone walked in. Everyone was so excited for the Teachers Party!

 The Party began with beautiful classical dances, followed by performances by the teachers themselves. Irrespective of what subject they taught at school, we discovered that our teachers were so talented at dance, poetry, singing etc. tp7

tp6 The performances mesmerised everyone. What followed next were games that made everyone remember their childhood. The teachers laughed their heart out as many of them participated in different games. Towards the end the gifts were distributed to everyone present and following that everyone danced in a group to their hearts content.  A big thank you to Adi Vickers and her friends who funded organising this party. All the teachers were really grateful and happy. It was a well deserved reward for the teachers who work hard around the clock to make the students better everyday.

 

 

Little Hariram’s Birthday

img-20161021-wa0000 img-20161021-wa0002Hari Rama is a young boy from Australia that came to Vrindavan to celebrate his 5th birthday. He visited our Sandipani Muni School to play with the kindergarten children that are about his age. Most of them are newly enrolled in our school and they are more than 100.

He distributed a chocolate bar and a tulasi necklace with a nice pendant to each one of them. Being an auspicious period of Navaratri(when the people in India worship Mother Durga), the family organized an outing with all the children to the Vaishno Devi temple. Whoever that have visited Vrindavana must have seen the huge statue of Mother Durga on the main road. We were not allowed to take photos inside the temple premises, so we took a group photo  outside. It was a very very hot day but the kids really had a lot of fun!

A very special birthday for little Hari Ram even if, being a girl’s school, he was the only boy with all the girls :), but for kids all this does not matter

Rare Sanjhi Art Workshop at SMS

img_8960In a 3 days workshop at Sandipani Muni School, our girls learnt a beautiful art form called Sanjhi.

Sanjhi is a word derived from word like “Sajja, “Shringaar”, and “Sajavat” which all means decoration. This art painting is rooted in the folk culture of the Braj Region. Presently, the art of Sanjhi Painting has become rare and is practiced by only a select few and remains a living tradition only in some temples of India.

img_8957The teacher Shri Sumit Goswami , is the principal representative of these arts among the present day generation.

The training also included making Sanjhi Painting on water. The girls were stunned to know that something like that was possible. Everyone who saw the artwork was amazed at the talent of Shri Sumit Goswami and his team.

The girls loved the workshop and benefitted greatly from it. We are grateful to these talented artists who came and delivered such a wonderful workshop.

FFLV Honored by Bharat Vikas Parishad

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From the left, Neeraj Saigal(Vice President FFLV), Sunil ji, Seemant ji & Rajendra ji(The principals of our three schools)

We are pleased to share with you that Food for Life Vrindavan has been awarded certificate of excellence in the field of Girl Education by Bharat Vikas Parishad.

Established in 1963, Bharat Vikas Parishad is a service-cum-sanskar oriented, non-political, socio-cultural voluntary organisation. It is dedicated to the development and growth of our country in all fields of human endeavour – cultural, social, academic, moral, national and spiritual – by promoting a sense of patriotism, national unity and integrity. It is a happy and proud moment for us and would not have been possible without your support. Thank you so much!