A Sweet Farewell

On the 22nd of March, 2017, the students of 7th grade of Sandipani Muni School organized a small farewell party for the 8th graders. This was done as a sweet gesture for the 8th class students because they will now be moving to the Senior school and have more serious studies ahead. So before that they all got together and had a bit of fun.

The program started with a prayer. The students performed a small drama that made everyone laugh. Some of the girls performed a song while others recited a poem. Followed by words of wisdom by the teachers and principals. Then they had some refreshments.

The 8th graders will now be senior students. We wish them all the best for their new year.

Sridhar & Rebecca Visit FFLV

Sridhar and Rebecca with SMS girls

Recently, We had the pleasure of a visit from Sridhar & Rebecca accompanied by some yoga students. They arrived at the morning kirtan and had a great time with the children dancing and singing.

They then distributed 200 beautiful woolen scarfs to the girls that were lovingly hand made by Rebecca’s grandmother. The girls were overjoyed to receive them and were so grateful for the gift.

Rebecca distributing scarfs

Sridhar have been visiting FFLV for many years along with the yoga students and have always supported FFLV. He is the founder of Bhakti Fest, which is a premier yoga, sacred music, and personal growth festival in the United States. Since 2009, for six days each September, they feature the best Yoga Teachers, Kirtan Musicians, and Workshop Leaders in the world. To know more visit : http://bhaktifest.com/

Through their activities they raise funds that goes to their chosen causes and help them give support to those less fortunate than us. FFLV is one of the charities that have benefitted from their wonderful endeavours. Bhaktifest is currently sponsoring the education of 5 girls at the school.

We really appreciate the continuos support of Sridhar prabhu & Bhaktifest towards our cause. We hope that their community grows and through their festivals, they spread the message of love & peace all over the world.

Shivani’s Transformation

Dear Friends,

Sponsors are the lifeline behind the running of FFLV. We really appreciate their support. However, it is delightful for us to hear words of encouragement. Our long time friend and supporter Henry T Dom took time to write down his beautiful experience when he recently visited us, and here we are sharing it with you all.

“More than two years ago I met Shivani, a young and vulnerable school girl who could hardly speak a word of English. She was shy, made sporadic eye contact, with little confidence. It was obvious that she came from a troubled background where Shivani had to bear domestic responsibilities not common to girls of her age. She touched me on a deeper level which so often defy language. I decided to sponsor her education and whatever else comes with that.

In February this year I returned to the school as one of my highlights when visiting Vrndavan. It was obvious that a meeting with Shivani was going to take place. I had no expectations in fear of being disappointed. A mature, self-confident, neatly presented and self-assured young lady introduced herself as Shivani. For a moment I was left astounded. The transformation was striking. If not breathtaking. Her English had improved dramatically and she held a conversation that was reflecting her passion for education. Shivani took the deficits in her young life into positives by sheer determination and willpower. For  her the sky is the limit and studying medicine beckons.

At these Food for Life schools small miracles happen daily and I urge others to spend a very small proportion of their income on changing forever the lives of girls who come from the poorest of the poor” – Dr Henry Dom, aka Hari-dhama dasa, London.

Meal Supplement Program by Dr Jacob’s

As many as a third of the world’s people do not meet their physical and intellectual potential because of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. The toll being taken by vitamin and mineral deficiency in 80 developing countries, India being one of them. The severe effects of vitamin and mineral deficiencies are anemia, cretinism and blindness, etc. Methods that have worked in industrialized nations are now so inexpensive and available that they could control vitamin and mineral deficiencies worldwide. Chief among the solutions is food fortification, adding essential vitamins and minerals to regularly consumed foods.

At FFLV, we provide the kids with healthy nutritious food. However, we knew that these kids were from underprivileged families. They lacked certain essential nutrients in their bodies, that food alone wasn’t sufficient to fulfill those requirements. Therefore, many years ago, the meal supplement program was started with the help of our generous donor company Dr. Jacob’s Medical GmbH.

The medical doctor Ludwig Manfred Jacob (1971) is the founder of Dr. Jacob’s Medical , the author of numerous articles and the 3rd edition of the German book “Der Jacob’s Weg”. He also supports the education of 30 girls in Sandipani Muni School and is also assisting with the upcoming Govardhan School construction.

Dr Jacob especially made a formula for our kids called India Mix. Kids, especially up to the age of 5 and also above were given the formula along with their morning breakfast. The formula contains Iron, Zinc, Iodine and Vitamin B12. All these nutrients are essential for the proper growth and development of the kids.

This is what our school doctor had to say, “I noticed, since the beginning that the girls showed improvement in their  health fast. They get less sick, less cases of dysentery, pneumonia, and bronchitis, tolerance is better towards extremes temperatures, like summer and winter. They are more resistant to Malaria and Typhoid fever too”.

Devaki’s improvement over the years:

We thank Dr Jacob for his continued support to Food for Life Vrindavan and are very grateful for his contribution. His program has shown great results over time. The children comparatively fall less sick due to their developed immunity to fight against diseases. Their skin and hair got healthier and shinier because they got regular nutrition. Thanks to Dr Jacob, our girls are growing into intelligent individuals who have the potential to be the future leaders of our society.

Spela’s Service

For the month of February we had a wonderful volunteer Spela from Slovenia. And like she always says that sLOVEnia has love “in it”, she also carried it all the way with her for Vrindavan and FFLV kids. In a month long service, Spela showed great enthusiasm in giving group coaching classes to the school girls. She also taught the girls some lessons on ” GO GREEN AND CLEAN” and ”PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT”. The girls learned public speaking, and english conversational skills. Another important topic that Spela taught the girls was “SWOT ANALYSIS”. After the training, the girls also gave a presentation about what they have learned and surprised everyone with their confidence and lovely presentations. We are very grateful to Spela for her time and dedication towards teaching the girls. We hope that you can come back again to FFLV next year.

Pooja Khanna Medical Emergency Fund

We would like to extend heartfelt gratitude to Pooja Khanna who has set up a medical emergency fund for the poor at Food for Life Vrindavan. Pooja has given $2500 for any medical emergencies that may come our way, so that we are able to help people immediately, without waiting for the funds to be raised. Pooja has been a long time supporter of FFLV. She has a heart of gold and many times she has gone out of her way to help the people, especially the children of Vrindavan. No matter how busy she may be, or what corner of the world she may be, she always finds time to come to Vrindavan to meet the children personally. We really appreciate her help and send her best wishes.  Regards Team FFLV.

Mrs India 2016 visits FFLV

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share with you that Mrs India, 2016, Mrs Shalini Sood visited Food for Life Vrindavan this morning and shared her inspirational story of success with our girls.

A computer engineer by profession, Mrs Sood is a living inspiration that age is no bar. As a child she had always wanted to be a model, however, she could not do it at that time. After marriage and two kids, she went after her dream and got what she wanted. Mrs India Beauty Queen contest is held every year for married women.

The purpose of her visit to FFLV was to encourage girls to chase their dreams and believe in themselves. The girls had a lot of questions and were really inspired by Mrs Sood’s answers. Her visit has certainly sown a seed in the girls and who knows we may have a future miss india in one of our classrooms :).

17 Years of Friendship

Every year, from the past 17 years, we have had the pleasure of having Peter Burwash visit our schools. A former successful tennis player, he has been a long time supporter of FFLV.

On this visit he recalled how he once sat in a small office in Vrindavan with his daughter Kim, Niraj and Rupa discussing about the program and it is such a pleasure for him to see how it has grown today. 

“It is absolutely wonderful to see the incredible effort and the kind of people the project has attracted” : Peter

His daughter Kimberly has been to Vrindavan eight times and Skyler have been here five times. They love coming to Vrindavan and call Rupa the “Male Mother Teresa”.

This year Peter celebrated the 42nd anniversary of his company Peter Burwash International (PBI) with the children of Sandipani Muni School. The guests played tennis with the school kids. The girls presented some beautiful performances and everyone had a great time.

For over 30 years, Peter Burwash has been a highly sought-after speaker for global companies. Every year he visits Vrindavan, he makes sure to take out time and give a talk to the staff and teachers of FFLV. His talks are really insightful and have helped us greatly on both personal and professional fronts.

Peter is a United States Professional Tennis Association Master Professional and has coached many tennis players, including Venus Williams and Serena Williams. During his career, Peter has both played and coached in 134 countries. Burwash is the author of 10 books on a variety of topics.  He currently tours the World giving motivational speeches.

FFLV volunteer wins IPC 2016 by National Geographic

Dear Friends,

We are pleased to share with you that long time FFLV volunteer, Paul Musu, participated in the India Photography Competition 2016 and won the 1st Prize. The competition was organized by National Geographic. He submitted a photograph that he took at Nandgaon during Holi Celebrations 2014.

The competition was really tough and over 500 photographers took part in it and Paul emerged as the 1st prize winner and won a Sony RX 10 III  Camera. Paul is currently using this for FFLV volunteer service.

Human Chain By FFLV Girls

Dear Friends,

While the whole of Uttar Pradesh is preparing for UP elections 2017, our girls of Sandipani Muni School formed a human chain from Mathura to Vrindavan along with the students of other school. It was an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of casting a vote.

It is seen that in many areas in UP the voting percentage is quite low, therefore, it is essential that people understand how important each vote is and how much difference each vote makes. The event was coordinated by the school principals and experienced FFLV staff headed by Partha Sarathi.