On the 19th of January, 2014 a group of Sandipani Muni School students got together with Food For Life and Vrinda Kunj volunteers to do a clean-up Vrindavan day. The cleaning was organized in the loving memory of Shyam Das prabhu who passed away on the day last year.
Shyam Das had a long and productive relationship with FFLV, specially via his bhajan boat rides down the hudson river in NY, he loved to use the funds raised for sponsoring cleaning drives in Vrindavan and Govardhan and he loved to feed the Brajabasis. FFLV, with help from the Shyam Das Foundation, will every year organize cleaning drives and prasada distribution in the evenings in honour and loving memory of a lost friend, Shyam das. Dear Shyam das we miss you very much!
It was very nice for all to participate in the service together, employing team work and applying compassion to dispose of a large amount of waste and having fun in the process! We are hoping that by getting the girls involved in cleaning and maintaining this place beautiful, they will develop a desire to maintain the standards of cleanliness and to show the future generations the benefit of a clean environment to live in.
About 7 local news papers and a local news channel covered the event. They personally interviewed the children and the volunteers who were involved in the cleaning. One of our active volunteers Radha Charan shared with us that the local animal inhabitants of this city suffer along with the people when trash and plastic are tossed on the roads. The cows constantly eat the plastic that wraps discarded foods, which can cause death due to choking, children are having to grow up playing by heaps of rubbish instead of clean streets and green vegetation. By organizing such events in honor of some remarkable people, we want to give the children the gift of hope for the future-a clean, healthy environment.
PS: Stay tuned for our newest Food For Life Vrindavan Movie starring some of our students, coming soon to the FFLV website! It depicts the fate of beautiful Vrindavan caused by the trash that continues to pile up onto the streets!