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This page shall inform you about our current projects. Of course our main aim and project which is constantly going on is our school and the children there. Apart from contributing in our current project you are always welcome to sponsor a child or their food for a day.

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Helping Monika

Help Monika

On 4th May 2014, Monika had an accident and burnt her face, chest and arms. Now, she cannot move her neck, she cannot close her eyes, has difficulties opening her mouth and cannot lift her arm! Additionally, she has pain in the eyes and her skin hurts!

You can read in detail how it happened here

We have pledged to help her getting treatment for the severe burns! We took her to the hospital and doctors have pointed out what will be the next steps that have to be taken. She will have five surgeries for the functions on the body – one for each eye, one for her mouth, one for the neck and one for the arm. The surgeries can be combined:

  1. Surgery for one eye and the neck
  2. Surgery for the other eye and the mouth
  3. Surgery for the arm
  4. At least 12 Laser and ‘Touch-Up’ Sessions

For each surgery, Monika will have to be at the hospital for several days. After that, there has to be recovery time of at least four to five months in between surgeries. So only the planned surgeries above will already take about two years.

And these are only the plans for the near future! In the course of the next ten years, Monika will need repeated surgery because her body will grow – but the scarred skin cannot!
The doctors have given us an approximate estimate on the cost of the above planned surgeries. After that, we have made a rough calculation on the extra costs that will occur all around, as obviously it is not done with just paying the doctor: transfer, accommodation and food at the hospital, support for the family while the mother, the breadwinner is caring for the daughter, medicines and so on.

All in all, it will cost about 850000 INR, which is approximately 11000 Euro or 13500 US-Dollar.

This is a very, very rough idea which we have now - the exact amount can only be known once the surgeries are done.

You can help us helping Monika with her treatment!

Update: Stage 1 has been completed!

With the great support of many helpers, we were able to send Monika to her first surgery on 26th December 2014! It was completed successfully and after a few days at the hospital and one month living close-by the doctors for regular check-ups and changes of dressings, Monika finally returned to Vrindavan on 23rd January 2015!

The doctors took patches of skin from her thigh and placed them on her right eyelid, her chin and neck as well as her chest. She can now close her right eye and can move her neck again! She will have to wear a collar for the next months before we will be able to start the next surgery!

Read our blog entry and see the video after the completion of this first stage of treatment: First Stage of Surgery completed: Monika comes Home

Update: Stage 2 has been completed!

Monika August 2015On Saturday, 23rd May 2015, a bit more than a year after her accident, Monika went for her second surgery. She had asked the doctors to work on her arm next, as she wanted to lift it up again. That's how they worked on her right arm and her left eyelid as well as on her chest, again using skin from her thigh, making grafts at the affected areas. As before, she stayed in Delhi for a month again to have regular check-ups after surgery.

Monika can now fully close both eyes and lift her arm fully up again! She has to wear a compressive vest for the next months, helping the skin remain as it is now instead of pulling itself together again. One more big surgery is left now: the work on her mouth so that she can open it widely again!

Read our blog entries after the surgery and when she came back to school along with a video here.

On 15th August 2015, at the school celebration of India's Independence Day, Monika did a wonderful dance performance:

And here you find all our blog entries on Monika!

We will of course continue our support - and welcome your help, too!

You can donate either by credit card (via Paypal) with the following button

or by bank transfer with the details below.

Germany

Name on account: Swami Balendu e.V.
Address: Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 11
65193 Wiesbaden
Germany
Bank name: BB Bank eG
Address of bank: Herrenstr. 2-10
71633 Karlsruhe
Germany
Routing no.: 660 908 00
Account no.: 6205534
BIC-Code: GENODE61BBB
IBAN-Code: DE 64 6609 0800 0006 2055 34

India - from out of India

Name on account: Shri Bindu Sewa Sansthan
Address: Parikrama Marg
Vrindavan, Mathura
Uttar Pradesh, 281121
Bank name: State Bank of India
Address of bank: Pratap Bazar
Vrindaban, Mathura (dist.)
Uttar Pradesh, 281121
Account no.: 30878450403
SWIFT/BIC Code: SBININBB556

India - from India (in INR)

Name on account: Shri Bindu Sewa Sansthan
Address: Sant Bindu ji Marg (Parikrama Marg)
Ram Nagar, Vrindavan U.P. INDIA-281121
Bank name: HDFC Bank Ltd. Vrindavan
Address of bank: Raman Rati, Opp. Balaji Ashram
Varindavan
Account no. 09421450000743
IFS Code HDFC0000942
Farmer

Support for Farmers

The global climate change is starting to show in our area of India! Since the beginning of the year 2015, we have an unusual amount of rain falls and heavy hail storms. The result is not only that the temperatures are still untypically low for this time of year – there are very severe consequences:

The crop on the fields, which was ready by the end of February, got wet again and again and was completely destroyed by the rain falls! Farmers, some of whom have rented their fields taking loans to be able to afford it, have no harvest, no income, no money. They have put all of their money and effort into this harvest and they are left with debts to pay but nothing to pay them from!

Many farmers have died on the spot from heart attacks when they saw their fields. Others have committed suicide in despair!

The financial support that the government tries to offer doesn’t reach until the farmers or only very little. They depend on help from private organizations!

We want to help, too, with money and food! You can support us in our efforts to help these farmers!

You can donate either by credit card (via Paypal) with the following button

or by bank transfer with the details below.

Germany

Name on account: Swami Balendu e.V.
Address: Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 11
65193 Wiesbaden
Germany
Bank name: BB Bank eG
Address of bank: Herrenstr. 2-10
71633 Karlsruhe
Germany
Routing no. 660 908 00
Account no. 6205534
BIC-Code GENODE61BBB
IBAN-Code DE 64 6609 0800 0006 2055 34

India - from out of India

Name on account: Shri Bindu Sewa Sansthan
Address: Parikrama Marg
Vrindavan, Mathura
Uttar Pradesh, 281121
Bank name: State Bank of India
Address of bank:

Pratap Bazar
Vrindaban, Mathura (dist.)
Uttar Pradesh, 281121

Account no. 30878450403
SWIFT/BIC Code SBININBB556

India - from India (in INR)

Name on account: Shri Bindu Sewa Sansthan
Address: Sant Bindu ji Marg (Parikrama Marg)
Ram Nagar, Vrindavan U.P. INDIA-281121
Bank name: HDFC Bank Ltd. Vrindavan
Address of bank:

Raman Rati Opp Balaji Ashram
Varindavan

Account no. 09421450000743
IFS Code HDFC0000942

Completed Project: New Yoga Dresses and Yoga Mats

Yoga Class

A big thank you to everyone who contributed in this project and made it possible for the kids to have new mats and dresses! We would like to invite our donors to come to the Ashram to see how their contribution helped in supporting the future of poor children. Thank you!

Starting Yoga Classes in 2010

In 2010, we started a new subject at our school: yoga. We bought yoga mats and yoga dresses for all children and started giving daily yoga classes. Every morning, before any other class, the children roll out their mats and start their yoga practice. While in the beginning Yashendu taught them the Asanas, they were ready, after just some weeks, to do their practice on their own. Every day there is another student showing his schoolmates what and how to do their yoga poses.

Not a great Sight: torn Yoga Mats and too small Yoga Dresses

It is great to see the progress they have made in the past three years. While their postures are great to look at, there is something that is not so nice anymore to look at: their yoga dresses and yoga mats! For three years now, the children have used their dresses and mats every single school day. The dresses have been washed so many times that the printed slogan ‘I found my heart in Vrindavan’ is hardly readable on any of them anymore. Obviously, the children have grown in the past three years, too, and so there are a lot of boys and girls whose yoga dresses are very obviously too small! The yoga mats are worn out from the feet and hands sliding front and back. Many of the mats tore already and had to be thrown away.

Daily Yoga, yes, but unfortunately not for everyone

In this year, with the extension of our school building, we have a lot of new children and as we just don’t have that many mats anymore, the children of the two lowest classes don’t do yoga with the elder children. They don’t have dresses and there are just not enough mats!

Yoga – for the Body and the Mind, especially important for Students!

Of course, yoga mats and yoga dresses are not as important as daily food or these children’s education. We had to put all our energy on ensuring these two aspects, which is how we have reached until this point at which the dresses and mats are just too old to further use them.

Nevertheless we believe that the daily yoga class is a very important part of our school’s schedule. It gives the children the possibility to move their whole body and become aware of its different parts. They get their physical exercise but they also benefit from the mental effects that yoga has: it centers and supports the concentration – definitely something that all students will have an advantage of!

Additionally we believe that yoga is the best form of physical exercise to be done in school. Everybody can do it, it is not about being the sportiest or being the best. Doing yoga together unites instead of dividing the children by competition!

Thank you again!

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