Vivek with SMS Girls
On the 7th of September, bollywood film star Vivek Oberoi visited Vrindavan for a few days during the celebrations of Janmastami (Krishna’s birthday Festival). Despite his busy schedule and prior engagements with other organizations, Vivek made it a point to visit his beloved kids at FFL Vrindavan.
Seeing him after a gap of almost three years since his last visit the children were overjoyed. The students and the staff of Sandipani Muni School welcomed him warmly. He seemed very happy to be back amidst the students and distributed sweets to the tiny tots at the kindergarten, who greeted him with cute faces and enchanting smiles.
Vivek with the karate kids
He took a tour of the school and made time for everyone. He chatted with the girls and even remembered many of their names. He inquired about their studies and over all wellbeing. He saw a few karate and dance performances and was very impressed by the students’ sportsmanship and skills.
On the next day he invited the District Magistrate of Mathura, Mr Rajesh Kumar and his wife to visit the school and see the work that is being done. Vivek personally took him around and told him about the projects of FFLV. Mr Kumar seemed greatly impressed and assured us of his assistance to keep the good work going.
Vivek visiting classrooms with DM Mathura
Vivek has been the brand ambassador of our organization since 2007. He established project Devi in 2009 that aimed at educating girls and breaking their cycle of poverty. Over the years he has greatly contributed to the development of the various projects at FFLV. His enthusiasm and commitment has only increased with time.
Vivek with the trees that he planted on his previous visit
His great skills as an actor have won him prestigious awards like Star Dust, IIFA, Filmfare, Zee Cine, etc time and again in the bollywood film industry. However, apart from being extremely successful in his professional life, he is a great human being whose heart beats for the needy. He has won many awards and titles in the field of humanitarian works aswell. He goes out of his way to extend a helping hand to them. We have seen this personally at Food for Life Vrindavan and wish him great success in his future endeavors.
Neetu Sharma,11th Grade student,taking the role of a teacher and conducting a lesson to the 3rd Grade pupils.
On Friday the 4th of September 2015, Sandipani Muni School Vrindavan and Kiki Nagla celebrated National Teachers Day. It is also the birth date of the second President of India, academic philosopher Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.
It’s an yearly appointment where the teachers are celebrated and honored by their students for the important role they play in their lives, a day where the teachers take a break and the students from 8th Grade onwards (in particular those students who have the ambition to become teachers themselves once they complete their studies) take the lead and have the opportunity to step into the teachers shoes and conduct the lessons in the role of their teachers.
SMS Intercollege teachers taking a break while their students have temporarily taken their role.
Some classrooms are decorated with balloons and festoons, some with drawings, thank you cards are given by the students to their teachers and the general atmosphere is relaxed and festive.
The students in the role of teachers took the opportunity seriously and acted the role very convincingly. In some classes the students would teach in pairs, in others as a single teacher. Our students understood the importance of a school education and the teachers understood the responsibility they have in the life of their pupils.
Peter Burwash on his visit to Vrindavan
Peter Burwash, the founder and president of Peter Burwash International (PBI), the largest tennis management company in the world, will become the 10th inductee into the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame. As the sole inductee for 2015, Burwash will join tennis legends Billie Jean King, Nick Bollettieri and Dennis Van der Meer, who received this honor in previous years.
Peter has been a great supporter of Food for Life Vrindavan, helping in the education of girls for many years. He has visited FFLV many times in the past years along with his daughters. He has supported FFLV morally and financially, however, most importantly he has given his precious time to the organization and has conducted morally uplifting talks and seminars for the staff of FFLV.
Bringing tennis to the world is the legacy of Peter Burwash—as a player, coach, author, motivational speaker and founder of PBI, which has reached millions of players.
Peter with our school girl Laxmi
“I am greatly honored to have been selected for the Tennis Industry Hall of Fame,” said Burwash, who now resides in Carmel Valley, Calif. “I’ve loved tennis ever since I first picked up a racquet at age 12. Our business for the last 40 years has been all about helping people to play tennis and enjoy the game. It’s wonderful to receive this recognition for doing something you love. Although this is an individual honor, it would not have happened without the dedication and loyalty of so many PBI professionals.”
We are really very happy for his achievement and want to congratulate him on behalf of all the school children and staff of FFLV who love him dearly. We wish him all the success in his life.
I have been volunteering at FFLV for a week and half now. I can just say that everyday is like the first day. The children steal your heart with their positivism towards life and with their huge smiles. Teachers, employees and all the staff members are so gentle and willing to help that I cannot ask for anything more. I am supposed to help here, but with all this kindness they are helping me.
I taught to children in Italy, my native country, but my heart never got so full of emotions like in here. It is incredible what people who do not have much can do and FFLV is a really great example of that. There is such an atmosphere here, such an incredible energy that has been moving this school in the right way for 25 years now.
There are things that needs to be improved of course. That is why we people need to help them in that. They are doing a great job, they are making the difference for these children who probably would have not had the chance to go to school. Now it is our turn to help. We all together can give a better future to those children. We all together can give them the opportunity to try to realize their dreams. We all together can really do something.
They do not have choice, we have. We just need to choose the right one.
Make your choice, help FFLV.
Francesca Candosin, Italy