Care for Vrindavan

Care for Vrindavan is a U.S. Charity dedicated to raising funds and coordinating support for Food for Life Vrindavan (FFLV). Food for Life Vrindavan is dedicated to the poorest of the poor, enabling communities to build lives of self-reliance, to providing them with the basic necessities for a wholesome life, and to supporting practical and educational programs to conserve their natural environment.
Feb 3, 2014

Celebrating National Girl Child Day!

Nandini, celebrating the Girl Child day!
Nandini, celebrating the Girl Child day!

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!

2013 was such an eventful year at Food For Life Vrindavan, thanks to you, our donors, and we hope 2014 will bring many more blessings! We are here to share with you some really special moments at FFLV recently.

Food for Life Documentary:

We are so excited to show you our brand new Food For Life Vrindavan Documentary. This 8 minute video will tell you who we are, what we do and about the girls that you are sponsoring! The link is attached.

Celebrating National Girl Child Day:

This year our New year gift festival coincided with India's National Girls Day. National Girls Day was inaugurated January 24 in 2009 to promote national awareness regarding the plight of females in India. Some of the problems addressed include education, nutrition, legal rights, medical care, protection, honour, child marriage, female infanticide, etc. This day of awareness, and the timing of our pack distribution coincided perfectly. How apropos since we are becoming an all girls school!

As for the girls, they were really excited to receive their presents after waiting for so long. Shouts of joy and laughter were heard, smiles and expressions of amazement on their shining faces were seen, and the festive energy was contagiously felt.

The packs contained vaseline, woolen cap, toffees, peanuts, toys, tooth paste, tooth brush, pencils, school bag, soap, pictures etc. The girls were overjoyed!

Creating environmental awareness:

Recently, a group of Sandipani Muni School girls got together with Food For Life volunteers to do a clean-up Vrindavan day. It was very nice for everyone to participate together, using teamwork, to pick up a large amount of waste and enjoy doing it! We are hoping that by getting the girls involved in cleaning, they will see for themselves, and show to future generations, the benefits of a clean environment.

We will also be posting a new movie starring some of the girls, coming soon to the FFLV website! It depicts the fate of Vrindavan caused by the trash that continues to pile up onto the streets. The animal inhabitants of this city suffer along with the people when trash and plastic are tossed on the roads.

FFLV Rising:

Stay tuned for our big celebration coming up 14th February, 2014!! Our girls, along with other girls of the area are going out in the streets celebrating their rising and spreading awareness. We will be celebrating the 1 billion rising festival along with the whole world!

We will tell you everything in our next report, so stay tuned...

And for now, do not miss out on our new documentary! It will be worth your time. The link is below.

If you have questions or want to know more about what you've seen, please write to us.

Gift Festival: A special day for the girls
Gift Festival: A special day for the girls
Gift Distribution to the angels
Gift Distribution to the angels
School girls cleaning to spread the word
School girls cleaning to spread the word
Our Volunteers helping the girls clean
Our Volunteers helping the girls clean

Links:

Oct 25, 2013

Update from FFLV: Meet Pushpa!

Pushpa, front row, second from the left
Pushpa, front row, second from the left

Dear Friends, 

Greetings from the FFLV team in Vrindavan. We hope this finds you well. Winters have just started to set in. The weather is sunny and beautiful during the day but a bit chilly in the night. Our students are now in mid term preparing for their half yearly exams in this another year full of hope and excitement.

A BIG MILESTONE FOR FFLV: OUR FIRST GRADUATES! 

This past school year meant a lot to us, as our first batch of students graduated from 12th grade. Of 12 graduates, 8 were girls, all of who are now enrolled at a private university, Ganeshi Lal Agrawal University (GLA), Mathura. The university is providing fifty percent scholarships to our students and FFLV is covering the balance, as well as the cost of their college uniforms, with the help of generous donors like you!  

Going to university is beyond the imagination of most of our students, whose societal and financial circumstances put the cost of continued study so far beyond their reach that the idea itself is almost unthinkable. Most of their famlies live a hand-to-mouth existance that makes it impossible to save anything, let alone enough to pay for the steep costs of private college tuition. 

In this report we would like to introduce to you Pushpa, one of the graduated girls, now attending the university. 

Pushpa is a lively, talented and studious girl, who was in our first graduation class.

Having been born and raised in a very poor family did not stop her from focusing on her dream. At SMS she was active in extra curricular activities from excelling in odissi dance, feeling confident with a computer, and trekking in the Himalyas to becoming a karate champion.

Pushpa had been in our Sandipani Muni School since she was 8 years old when she admitted to first grade. Here she relates to us her journey from the street to SMS and now to University.

How do you feel about getting into University?

"Going to college would not have been that easy, had not Food for Life Vrindavan extended its support from school to university. I was under the impression that there would be less to study, on contrary I hardly get time for self-study and myself."

What keeps you occupied?

"The economic condition of my family is not good, therefore to support my family I have a part-time job of giving private tuition to small kids. Everyday my College finishes at 5 pm. I reach home at 6 pm,and then I give tuition to 7 children until 7:30 pm, after a quick dinner I go to bed to sleep for 3 hours,I get up at 11 pm to study till 2:30 am, then I sleep again for four hours, another day begins usually at 7:30 am."

Do you miss Sandipani Muni School?

"Of course I do. Now when I have professors who are very compassionate and patient, it reminds me of the teachers I had in Sandipani Muni School. It reminds me of their love and faith and because of that support, it has made me what I am today. Sometime when I get late for college, I skip packing my lunch; by the afternoon I start to miss the tasty lunch that we use to get at our school. I am grateful to God, that Rupa prabhu and Nikunja mataji picked me up and brought to SMS. My parents would have never been able to afford the education that I got for free at SMS. I learned karate, dance and computer in my school, where I also got a lifetime opportunity to travel abroad. And now FFLV is supporting my college education too."

What course are you pursuing in the University? What do you want to become?

"I am pursuing bachelors in Pharmacy its called B.Pharma. In terms of profession, there are many opportunities for me after I finish this course, for example I can get into marketing, sales, and research. I have not decided on it yet. Amid all of this my priority is to stabilize my family economically and serve the society."

It's thrilling for all of us at FFLV to see the first results of our many years of hard work. "I look back at the time when we started the school in 2002, " says Nikunjavasini Didi, Sandipani Muni Schools' co-founder, "We saw the potential in these children and wanted them to have a chance to learn so they could realize it. We dreamed and they worked hard. And now, here they are!  We are so proud of them." We invite you to share in our pride and thank you for your part in helping them achieve this goal.

MEET SOME OF THE YOUNG WOMEN WHO STUDY AT OUR SCHOOL

In our last update, we gave you a sneak peek at a short film one of our volunteers from the US made about Nandini, one of the many gifted and ambitious young women at our school.  The film is part of a series that will introduce to those of you who can't make it to India, to our students, our school and to Vrindavan, the special place where we work.  We are very proud of the series and eager to share it with you.  

Today we'd like to introduce you to Maya, who wants to become a teacher. Maya embodies the hope and possiblity that inspire us to work on behalf of girls like her every day.  We'll let her tell you in her own words about her hopes and dreams and what having an education means to her. Please click on the link below to hear her story.

Thank you again, for supporting our work. It means more to us and our students than we can ever possibly say!

Sincerely,

Rupa (Founder, FFLV)

Pushpa in the UK with her teachers
Pushpa in the UK with her teachers
Pushpa learning karate
Pushpa learning karate
Our School Graduates at GLA University
Our School Graduates at GLA University

Links:

May 16, 2013

Moving Forward

Hope
Hope

Dear Friends,

We have come a long way together. This year our first batch of 12th graders is graduating from school. This marks the completion of their school. When we asked if you wish to go for further studies (college), guess what the answer was? All of them said Yes!. That moment was really satisfying and encouraging for us and this has been made possible by you all.

Times are changing. From the point where we were trying to prevent child marriage, we now seem to be stepping into a new phase..a phase where the real potential of these girls has just started to bloom. In this report we would like to show you the difference you are making by your contribution. Attached is a link to a short film about one of our school girls Nandini which is just a glimpse of what your contribution does.

We would like to thank you all because you helped us achieve our goal of sponsoring 100 girls. Generous gifts from you all provide the financial and moral support needed to continue our mission. We want to express our appreciation and deepest gratitude for your constant contribution to our project. Your assistance means so much to us. We look forward to a continuing partnership with you, therefore, we have now further added 50 more girls to be sponsored to our current project: Prevent Child Marriage, Educate 150 Girls in India 8803. This way we can continue to help more girls like Nandini.

Your generosity is making an immediate difference in the lives of the girls at Food for Life Vrindavan. The funds are going toward the education, food, uniform, stationary and the over all development of the girls. You are making a difference!

Sincerely,

Rupa Raghunath Das

(On behalf of the girls of Sandipani Muni School)

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