Friday, March 29, 2013
Monday, March 11, 2013
Our Jeevan Prabhat Gandhidham and Pondicherry visitDear All:
I am writing this letter to update you regarding our visit to JP Gandhidham and Pondicherry during the month of Feb. 2013. This was our third visit to Gandhidam and probably 9th visit to Pondicherry. We stayed in both campus for about three days.
For sure, the children are growing and we both (Sushma and myself) had a separate meeting with all the children in the 9th grade and up. It is our unwritten commitment to all those youth who obtain good grades, will get full support for their college education.
At present about 10 children are ready for college education, including Jugna who is enrolled in Engineering college. Luckily the cost of college education is very reasonable and Jugna's education cost of $3500 is being taken care by Dinesh Agrawal ji, Houston, from this year onward. Chaman Lal Jeevan Prabhat scholarship provided by an anonymous donor of $ 2500 per year takes care of 5 children education. So we should not have any difficulty to meet the college education expenses of Gandhidham children.
The campus is being managed in the most professional way. It is very apparent from the smiling faces of the children. Chanting of Mantras and Sandhya by the children both in the morning and evening provide a vibrant energy and happiness to the visitors. I am very happy to report that Acharya Vachonidhi ji has very well recognized the importance of the use of the computers and Internet. Donor from Detriot has provided new computers and a proper computer room has been set up for the use by senior children.
The Arya Samaj team under the leadership of Bhai Purshotam ji and Vachonidhi is very very strong and that means more projects and more growth in every respect. The DAV school is already a school of choice. In Gandhidham.The school building is of top notch quality and the goal is to complete the balance of construction by June of this year.
Our sincere thanks to Acharya ji and Bhai Purshotam ji for their hospitality. We enjoyed our stay and one day we had a sightseeing tour of Kutch White Run. Arya Samaj Gandhidham is a model of unity and success and Mag God bless all the team members.
We along with Achrya ji travelled very early morning to Ahmedabad and took flight to Chennai and reached Pondicherry in the evening along with our well wishers Prabhakran ji who joined us at Chennai Airpot. It is very evident why the state of Gujarat is way head of all others when you travel by road in Gujarat.
Prabhakran ji is of a great help to us as he understands, the Tamil culture and equally believes that JP children should reach their maximum potential. On his suggestion, even we went see the Principal of another School for our top students' admission but were disappointed to learn that they have no vacancy. The principal did promised that she would give preference to JP children if any seat becomes vacant.
As usual, during our stay, we went to convey our thanks to all the 5 or 6 well wishers, families or institutions with whom Madhu and Ranjan ji have set up very good relations. All of them were very complementary about Ranjan and Madhu ji work. Their love and compassion for the children is much evident from the happy and smiling faces of the children.
The landscaping and entry road pavers just look great. The building painting issue will be resolved soon. My sincere thanks to Dr. Varma and Vishwanathan ji for their great help who over the years provided help to correct the building deficiencies. During their this year visit, we also had the opportunity of meeting Shri Sham Agrawal and his family who is a generous donor to DAV school, Bangalore. I am very hopeful that this family will be another blessing for our JP children.
Looking back, I just wondered how did we decide to build JPP so far away with no local Arya Samaj to provide support. There is no doubt we faced some uphill battles and surely, I can easily count a few. But divine help was with us all the way since our motives were noble. Now, I feel totally relieved since every thing has come together and we are all set for a better futures for our children of
My sincere thanks to our team members in India, Acharya Vachonidhi ji, Madhu and Ranjan ji, Prabhakran ji, and Dr. Varma and Vishwanathan ji and our US team; JP USA, board of directors, ASGH Management Committee and Readathon team. Readathon team did a great job again by raising $20,000 May God bless our all our donors and team members.
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Houston TX 77024
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Friday, March 4, 2011
(Report by Joginder Kundra and Dev Mahajan)
Mini Sammelan at Jeevan Prabhat Pondicherry took place on February 12 and 13th. It was attended by:
Mr. Dev Mahajan
Mrs. Sushma Mahajan
Mr. Joginder Kundra
Mrs. Meera Kundra
Acharya Vachonidhi Arya
Dr. Rathkrishan Varma
Mr. Ranjan Pandey. Mrs. Madhu Pandey & Pondicherry Staff, the children of JPP, special guests and well wishers.
The Sammelan was a great success as it reaffirmed our faith that the future of a society lies in the strength of its children and it is the moral responsibilities of the haves to care fore the youngsters who otherwise would fall through the cracks. .
The children are doing very well. Children with more than a year at the Jeevan Prabhat are doing exceptionally well in education and extracurricular activities. The new group that joined in 2010 is catching up very fast. It was a very enjoyable experience for us to see how the older experienced children were taking care of the younger one just like a big family.
The children showed their talent with performances in dance, yoga, Vedic verses, havan and many more activities. Children’s level of confidence and desire to excel gives us the satisfaction that their future is bright and our hard work is paying off. Children with high performance in subjects and class rank were bestowed with certificate of achievements. In one sentence, “They are ahead of their pears and marching ahead”.
As the children go to private school, it was brought to our attention that there are better schools which give better education. The admission to these schools would require admission tests particularly in English in addition to higher tuition (Rupees 600/month) and admission fees. Though we gave our consent that tuition fees should not stand in the way of better education, it needs to be approved jointly by the board members.
All this progress in the upbringing of children was made possible by the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Madhu and Mr. Ranjan Pandey.
The Pondicherry facility got its face lift with new paved driveway, landscaping, sodded lawn with built-in sprinkler system, rain water harvesting, fresh all-weather exterior paint, new doors, screens, etc., etc. This work along with the prior roof repair is expected to make the facility maintenance free. The only unfinished item left is inside paint and some outside paint where the original plaster quality is not up to par. It was decided to evaluate the paint situation again after some time and finish accordingly.
This work was made possible by hard work, expertise and dedication by R Vishvanath, who made numerous trips from
to Bangalore to plan and execute the work. Installation of rainwater harvesting is a noble and environment friendly solution to water shortage in the area. Dr. Rathkrishan Varma visited Pondicherry to lead this effort and made many visits from Pondicherry to care for Jeevan Prabhat. Bangalore
The maintenance work, paint in some areas, the paved roadway from the entry gate to building entrance, the beautiful landscaping etc. although cost some $ 40,000 has really enhanced the overall appearance and is well worth the expenditure. Now the access road to our facility for which we have been working so hard is under construction. This was only possible because of persistence visits to govt. officials from Acharya ji, Ranjan Pandey and counseling and help from our great friend Mr. Raghunandan Singh. Hopefully, this road will be named
Jeevan Prabhat Road
Jeevan Prabhat Road
The visiting team also visited
in Chennai, and D.A.V. School in Rajeev Gandhi School . Pondicherry in Rajeev Gandhi School provides free education and boarding to children from underdeveloped region of the district. We believe this school starts with the children after their primary school education. This school has 500 children with annual budget of Rupee 30 million (~$1300/child). It is funded by the Indian Government. This concept of providing education to youngsters is a noble concept and seems to be working well. Their objectives are very much in line with the objectives and principles of Jeevan Prabhat. It should be noted that when our Jeevan Prabhat children out grow our facility, we could consider sending them to nearby Pondicherry . Rajeev Gandhi School
It was also discussed to increase the number of children at JPP to forty in 2011 school year and to fifty in 2012. Since the number of children is increasing, it would require some additional staff to share the responsibility. The purchase of an additional transport vehicle costing (Rs.8 lakh, $ 20,000) will be essential starting next school year. It should also be noted that the children are growing to the teenage and would require some dedicated person to educate them, provide guidance and keep an eye at this critical age of growing into adulthood.
One of the main objectives of this Mini Sammelan was to meet all the families who are providing moral and some financial support to Jeevan Prabhat. The team went to the residence of each such family to convey our heartfelt thanks and invite them to the Sammelan. About 5 such individuals or families were honored in addition to Acharya Vachonidhi Ji, Engineering team from
lead by Dr. Varma and administrators Madhu & Ranjan Pandey. Cash awards were also provided to the salaried employees. Bangalore
Great news for Jeevan Prabhat is that Acharya Vachonidhi Arya is retiring from his job and would devote 100% of his effort for the care of Jeevan Prabhat at Gandhidham and
along with many other responsibilities that he has assumed. This would streamline the management of JPG and JPP. Pondicherry
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