New Year Gift Festival 2015

Dear friends,

New Year Gift Festival, 2014 (click to enlarge)Web-Indicator-2015It 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.

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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 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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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.

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Happy Diwali 2014

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Janaki’s Dance for Life

janakiOn 17th December 2012, Janaki Mehta shortly visited Food for Life Vrindavan for the first time. She walked in with an idea of wanting to do something to help our girls when she goes back to UK. Janaki is an expert Kathak Dancer and so she took a small workshop giving basic training in the dance form to our schoolgirls. After that her idea turned into a conviction.

After months of hard work and practice, Janaki organized a charity event where she performed beautifully and raised just over 6000 pounds. This money she donated towards the construction of science labs at the school.

P1050031Janaki was trained at the Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan in London by renowned Maestro Abhay Shankar Mishra, She also graduated as a lawyer – so not only has she succeeded in Art, she has also succeeded in her academic studies.

The message here is very profound. Here is a girl born and raised in Britain and yet at a very young age, she developed such a love for this traditional dance form, and mastered it with such finesse and is now using her talents to help other girls to reach their full potential.

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Janaki is truly a role model for our girls and for the society.

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