Every year Sadhana Sangama Trust conducts a summer camp for children to inculcate values for living a healthy and harmonious life. The camp aims at providing training in physical activities, develop cultural awareness, learn art, craft, music and dance; undertake physical endurance activities and develop team spirit.
This year the childrens' camp was conducted from 20 Apr 2012 to 30 Apr 2012. In all 95 children attended the residential camp. The children woke up at 5:30 am and took part in the following activities: Jogging- Yoga- Karma yoga (volunteer activities), Shanti mantra class (prayer for peace), Group meditation (in Gayatri kutira, Dhayan mandir, Guha and pyramid locations), Guruji Pattabhiram's lecture, Art & Craft Dance & Music class, Games (Indian Games), Bhanjans, Talent show preparation. Children also went on trekking, organised camp fire and pariticipated in Gayathri havan. This year a resource persons took personality development session.
They went on a trip to Janapad Loka (http://www.janapadaloka.org/en_index.html) that took them on a journey to the wonderful folk world.
At the end of the camp the children participated in a cultural program in which the parents were the spectators. The camp was a great success.
While on a visit to India last month I visited Sadhana Sangama Trust ashram in Shrirampuri near Bangalore, India.
Sadhana Vidyalaya school is located on the ashram premises. The land for the ashram was granted to the trust by the Government of Karnataka 25 years back in recognition for its public services. This trust has been conducting programs on Yoga, Dance and Education on the premises. The trust is celebrating its silver jubilee this year by organizing various programs in the state at various locations.
While in the school I met the teachers, students and Guruji Pattabhiram the founder president of the trust. In the attached picture Guruji Pattabhiram is seen conducting meditation session for the teachers and the resident students after school hours. Teaching students yoga, Sanskrit chanting and meditation in addition to the normal curriculum helps in overall development of children.
I wish to remind you that this noble activity of educating the rural children is made possible through the funds received from donors like you.
With best regards,
I am founder director of Sadhana Vidyalaya. It has given me immense satisfaction in working to realize our dream of building a school for children in rural area near Bangalore. At Sadhana Vidyalaya we recognize that each child is unique and nurture this uniqueness by integrating regular academics with yoga, meditation, dance, art, music and community service.
I am very excited to report highlights from the just concluded academic year.
1. Started residential school for 30 students.2. Offered program for students in which they demonstrated scientific experiments and ideas.3. Organized annual program, in which maximum participation by students in games and cultural activities was encouraged.
4. Conducted 10 workshops for teachers in the surrounding area with following program content: - Orientation program - Communication skills - Lesson planning - Subject contents - Evaluation techniques - Personality development - Language teaching skills
In the surrounding villages Sadhana Vidyalaya (School) is becoming an example of high standards of teaching focussing on all round development of children. I am proud to be associated with the school.
With support from donors like you we are able to subsidize the education of rural children in rural area near the city of Bangalore.
I visited Sadhana Vidyalaya, the school for rural children in January after a gap of three years. The travel from Bangalore to the school is much quicker, thanks to the great Bangalore-Mysore Highway No. 17 and newly laid rural road connecting the highway to the school campus.
The school campus was filled with lush green trees that have grown much taller since my last visit. A deep calm and chill prevailed the campus and it was refreshing after the jet lag filled journey from Canada. A renovated school office and new computer lab welcomed me as I entered the school. Beautiful landscaping with flowering plants and trees surrounds this small building. The computer lab has many PCs to create the modern learning experience for the school children.
The kitchen used to prepare free mid-day meal for school children has been renovated with a large steam cooking system. A large dining hall stands adjacent to the kitchen. It was wonderful to share a nutritious lunch with school children. The children demonstrated great discipline in the dining hall and enjoyed the meal thoroughly. The meal was very balanced with fibrous vegetables, lentils and rice.
Residential facility has been added to the school. There are more than 25 students staying in the school dormitory and studying in a residential setup. It is a wonderful setting to have the teachers and students reside in the same campus and live a life guided by strong holistic values. The teacher’s hostel has 8 newly constructed rooms each room with a capacity to accommodate 4 residents.
I spent time with children who were playing after the school time and they were full of energy and enthusiasm. It was wonderful to see their curiosity to know who am I and where do I come from. Imparting this educational experience in a holistic value based environment is such a noble cause. I felt very inspired to see first hand the benefits of serving the local rural communities through this educational endeavor. I spent some more time interacting with the teachers and participating in a New Year celebration dance and vocal performance by the school children.
I felt a deep sense of humility and pride to have been associated with this noble cause for many years.
I would like to share the story of a young american couple, Charu and Salil, who got married in a simple ceremony at Sadhana Sangama Trust Ashram near Bangalore on Dec 27, 2010. They laid the foundation stone of the school library. They are supporting the library project. They donated all the money received as gift from relatives to the school project. Dr Charu Chaudhry is a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where she conducts research on the molecular mechanisms of a class of proteins in the brain. She graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a doctorate in biophysics from Yale University.
Salil Mehta is the director of analytics in the Office of Financial Stability at the US Treasury Department in Washington. He leads a group that provides analysis on how the $700 billion Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, passed by Congress in 2008, has affected the economy. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis and received a master’s in mathematical statistics from Harvard University.
Instead of a typical expensive marriage ceremony, the couple decided to get married in a spiritually vibrant atmosphere of the ashram in a simple ceremony attended by few close relatives and in the presence of Guruji Shri Pattabhiram and Mrs Jyothi Pattabhiram. Being a school day, the school children participated in the foundation laying ceremony of the library. Their mid-day lunch of the day was a special lunch served by the relatives of the young couple.
By getting married in the ashram and supporting the school project, the young couple has set an example. Charu and Salil are a source of inspiration for all of us.
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