The New Year Gift Festival

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So finally we have our New Year Gift Festival tomorrow, 29th of January, 2015. You are all welcome to come and attend and also hand out gifts to our kids personally!! It will be so much fun! Don’t miss out all the action, we start after 10:15 am.

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New Year Gift Festival 2015

Dear friends,

Thank you for your overwhelming contribution so far towards the New Year Gift Festival 2014! We have received $12,872 so far with more still trickling in.

If you are wondering that the year is getting older each day, when is the gift festival?, then here is your answer: The weather in Vrindavan has turned out extremely cold, and under the strict orders of the state government, the schools have been closed down until the 2nd week of January. Therefore we had to postpone the festival until the third week of January, 2015!

This, however, has not subsided our excitement, in fact it has bought us more time to gift a smile to more of those beautiful little faces shining through the dust of Vrindavan.

So what are you waiting for? Share this information with your friends and family!

Help us deliver gifts into those shivering little hands, and then watch them smile!

New Year Gift Festival, 2014 (click to enlarge)It is again that time of the year when we gear up for our New Year Gift Festival, we have already received lots of emails asking how to donate for this year festival.
Sure you also want to join us in bringing happiness to thousands of small children!
It cost only $6 for a gift pack, and you know what that means for those fortunate children who will get the gift, bright smiles and joy, something that they rarely experience if at all.

Please send your donation today, by following this link: YES! I want to be part of it! 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 email to your family, friends, colleagues, anyone you know. You could even organise a small event, a sale, a charity dinner. It is a wonderful opportunity to do something special, to make a difference.

New Year Gift Festival, 2014 (click to enlarge)New Year Gift Festival, 2014 (click to enlarge)New Year Gift Festival, 2014 (click to enlarge)New Year Gift Festival, 2014 (click to enlarge)

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 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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Greetings!

Dear Friends!

Another year is gone and thanks to all of you we had another year of great service to the needy.
From all of us we wish you a great festive season and a really happy and positive 2015.

Happy New Year 2015!

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GLA University Programme

_MG_2208The GLA University, situated just outside Vrindavan on the National Highway 2, is rated as the No.1 University in Uttar Pradesh and has been rated 3rd in the whole of India for two years in a row. 12 children, ex alumni from Sandipani Muni School, are currently studying there.

On the 29th and 30th of November, GLA organized various inter school where schools from all over Uttar Pradesh participated. Our girls also participated in various categories and won first prize in “Recycle to Reuse” category, Nandini Sahadev won 2nd prize in speech competition and Neetu stood third in the Solo Dance category.

The children were overjoyed, and over all had a great learning experience.

A group of 8 girls from our school made a stage performance as a part of our Violence prevention program, with the theme Violence against women. The performance was given in the presence of 500 older students who would enter into the university next year. The response from the GLA teachers and students was very enthusiastic, everyone in the hall was clapping their hands in tune with the music that accompanied the performance, and words of appreciation were spoken at the end of it. The staff that accompanied the girls was given a Thank you gift for attending and the girls were given certificates of appreciation. The girls were also treated to a delicious meal in the University Canteen prior to their performance.

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The SHE Campaign event

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The Body Shop India International Organization had their yearly Conference (named LEAD) at The Country Inn & Suites, Delhi on Monday the 3rd of November 2014. Due to their six months relationship based on their sponsoring 100 girls studying at Sandipani Muni schools in Vrindavan and following two programs that took place in early March at the City Walk Centre in Delhi and much later in October when their Managers team visited our Sandipani muni school, our girls were invited to perform in front of an audience of more than 118 Body Shop Managers from different stores all over India.

The girls, (under the supervision of Sri Radhika Dasi) did three performances with different themes, while Nikunjavasini gave a visual presentation about who we are and what we do in Vrindavan. A few videos made in Vrindavan based on the plight of some of the poorest girls were shown on a big screen,much to the audience interest. The first performance was a small play, which portrayed the difficulties faced by girls in rural India to get an education. This performance moved many to tears and gave a clear understanding of the situation of girls in rural India. All members of the audience appreciated the dance performances. They stood up to clap to the music. The girls performed confidently and brought forth words of appraisal and support from the managers who commented after the performance. The response from the Body Shop was extremely encouraging and supportive. As mentioned before, earlier this year THE BODY SHOP INDIA started to sponsor one hundred of our students under the SHE campaign (Support Her Education Campaign) and pledged to continue to invest in their future.

A few photos taken from the Body Shop program at The Country Inn & Suites, Delhi_MG_9303_MG_8965 _MG_9217

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