NYGF 2016: Celebrating Love and Care

We make a living with what we get but we make a life with what we give: Winston Churchill

Food for Life Vrindavan organized the very awaited New Year Gift Festival on the 2nd of February 2016. Year after year thousands of kids receive gifts that we buy with the contribution of people from all around the world. This is amazing to see how enthusiastically people donate for this every year, and how eagerly the children wait for it. The cost of a gift pack is $6, which may not be a great amount for many, however;

Its not how much we give but how much love we put into giving: Mother Teresa

This program is a symbol of love and care from the donors. They care to make the year special for those that have been forgotten by the society, to say the least.

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Mr. Ganatra distributing gifts

On the first day of this three-day program the festival started at our school where the students received their gift bags. Our long-term supporter, friend and trustee from UK, Mr. Ravin Ganatra was present at the opening of the Gift Festiival. He made a speech prior to the start of the distribution where he thanked the students and encouraged them to continue to study. Mr Ganatra is a UK actor and is FFLV UK’s Director.

A Yoga Group from USA, led by Gopi Kinnicutt, also participated in the distribution program. Our volunteers from Italy, who were visiting along with FFLV’s long-term friend Adi Vickers, also helped greatly and participated enthusiastically in the program.

The second and third day of the Gift Festival was celebrated at Local Village Schools in the surrounding areas of Vrindavan. Mr. Avdesh (Owner of Gangotri Garments, Vrindavan), came along with his wife for the distribution.

The faces of the children lit up as they saw the gift vans approaching and received the gift packs with great joy and gratitude.

We thank you all who contributed to this program. For this three-day festival, a total of $24,927 was raised and 5800 gift packs were distributed that contained:

School bags, Carrier Bags, Pencils, Sharpener, Eraser, Woolen Cap, Toothpaste and Toothbrush, Bouncing ball, Cartoon Stickers, Soap, Candy, Biscuits, Chocolates, Peanuts, Pictures, Misc. Toys.

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New Year Gift Festival 2016 began!

New Year Gift Festival is on full swing, watch this space for more photos and videos.

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New Year Gift Festival 2016

Dear friends,

FFLV New Year Gift Festival its here again. Thousands of very poor children every year in January receive a gift pack from us. Last year we did 5,600 gift packs. This year we hope we can do the same.
It costs only US$ 6 for a gift pack, which includes a school bag, pencil, sharpener, toothbrush and toothpaste, a ball, chocolate, toffees and biscuit, a woolly hat for the coming winter and some hope…
 It is this time of the year again when we call upon you to help us gift smiles to Vrindavan’s poorest children. You know very well, we are their only hope!

During this festive period, giving is on everyone’s mind, making someone happy is a treasure to share. We are not asking for the moon, just your pocket change to make a poor child happy, like he has never been before.
Send in your contribution today and please forward this message to anyone you know. We are confident that with your help we can do it again this year.

Please send your donation today, by following this link: 2016 Festival of joy & hope or by contacting our FFLV office in your country: click here for a list of FFLV addresses.

If possible send us an email with the amount you plan/pledge to donated so we can sum up ahead of time and prepare the gift pack accordingly.
As FFLV does not believe in spending your donated money for advertising, help us by
spreading the words, forward this message to your family, friends, colleagues, anyone you know (click on the slideshow on the right to download it). You could even organize a small event, a sale, a charity dinner. It is a wonderful opportunity to do something special, to make a difference.
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We invite you to view last year’s event: you will see the packing work done by our Sandipani Muni School children, the distribution and the happiness and innocent surprise of the children by finding in their bag pencil, sharpener, toy, toothbrush and toothpaste, woolen cap, biscuits, nuts, toffees and more…

Follow the links to see the footage from the last year festival:

We are eagerly waiting to hear back from you.

Yours in service to Sri Vrindavan
Rupa Raghunath das

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Happy New Year!

Dear friends,

As the 2015 draw to a close we look back and thank you all for your support, even though times are truly tough FFLV managed to grow and that its only thanks to your generous support.
On behalf of our wonderful girls, and from all of us at FFLV we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Fantastic New Year.
Thank you for your support and see you next year…

 Your servant
– Rupa Raghunath das

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Children’s Day Celebrations at Government Orphanage of Mathura


DM OF MATHURA
On Saturday the 14th of November 2015, India celebrated the birthday of their first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru who was born 126 years ago and who also introduced the celebrations of Children Day in the Indian Subcontinent. The celebration took place in the nearby City of Mathura and was organized by the local District Probation Officer at the local Government run Orphanage, a school which gives shelter to children with learning difficulties who have been abandoned by their parents. A group of approximately 30 Sandipani Muni girls were invited by the organizer and the District Magistrate of Mathura,Odissi Mr. Rajesh Kumar, who has visited the SMS School during the last visit of our friend and supporter Vivek Oberoi . A gift of a photograph taken when he visited the school (of him and his family with Vivek)was presented to him during the start of the programme by the Principal of SMS Intercollege, Mr.Rajendra Singh.

Group PhotoThe girls who are attending different grades at Sandipani Muni School came accompanied by Dance Teacher Ritu Singh,Odissi teacher Pratap Chandra Behera and office staff Partha Sarathi Mullick. They were invited in order to perform in front of the District Magistrate and the Organiser of the event. Three different performances ranging from Odissi  and local Brajabhasi folk dances were performed much to the appreciation of the audience. The girls were given a gift each and were served a lunch feast.

 

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