|Dr. Meera Krishna “The Village Doctor” – The Hindu|
There is a lot happening with CORDUSA, and we want to bring it all to you. Here is my first trial through the blog. I would appreciate your feedback on this.
A big thanks to Shabana Dipchand for helping me with it.
Let us start with CORDUSA news from our US of A!
I am very happy to report the results and suggestions of the survey below. Certainly, there are several other activities we are doing under our Mission centers and we will continue to work on collecting the information and presenting it to you.
Local humanitarian projects done at the centers (descending order)
Feeding the homeless
Distributing blankets and/or coats in winter
Providing help to elderly
Mentoring/ tutoring children in the community
Helping Bhutanese refugees
Collecting and distributing school supplies
Distributing sandwich bags
Offering professional services
Creating holiday baskets
The fundraising activities for CORD at the centers (descending order)
Member 90th Birthday gift collection
Annual kite festival
Request for Poster Panels for CORDUSA activity display purposes
Need regular meeting of all the leads across the US centers for CORD USA to share ideas.
We will work on implementing the suggestions and collecting relevant information. Now, let us take a bird’s eye view of CORDUSA events over the last months…
- The children in Virginia’s Summer Camp 2011 participated in “Love in Action”, a series of seva activities. They reached out to the needy through a sandwich drive (June 24th); toiletries drive (July 8th) and a card drive for sick children in Ronald McDonald House in Washington D.C (July 1st).
- In June, we organized a service visit to Sidhbari, please read about it on our facebook page and on blog!
- Miami, Los Angeles, Kansas City, Atlanta, Portland and Ann Arbor were in the list of centers that conducted a “Walk for CORD” this year Jan-Sept. See more on our events page. We will also send out our progress report at the end of the year.
- Chinmaya Mission Chicago conducted two fundraisers for CORD.
We are very glad to be part of this movement, everything you do to raise awareness and funds helps the needy
As for what is coming up, October is a very busy month!
- CM Minneapolis is preparing for their Walk for CORD on October 1st.
- CHYK Austin is conducting a seva retreat entitled “The Joy of Service“, where spirituality joins hands with service on October 1st.
- Chinmaya Halton is doing a fundraiser for CORD Sri Lanka on October 1st.
Now, we will look at a few highlights from CORD Centers in India and Sri Lanka. All quarterly reports are up on our website, on the “News and Events” page. Here, I can only touch on some of the highlights from some of the CORD centers. Please see the full report for more information, because there is a lot of great work happening and it is hard to list them all in a blog!
I want to express my sincere appreciation to Dr. Meera Krishna whose selfless service was acknowledged by the national newspaper, The Hindu. Please see The Hindu : Life & Style / Metroplus : The village doctor
CORD DEULADIHA is promoting the conservation of medicinal herbs: Rauwolfia Serpetina which is popularly known as Pagal ki Dawa has been disappearing from the forests due to excessive exploitation. These herbs are especially helpful in the treatment of blood pressure, stress and hypertension. CORD Deuladiha is working on getting local farmers trained in planting these herbs to conserve them for our future.
CORD Deuladiha’s empowering of women continues: A new Mahila Mandal with forty tribal women was formed in the village of Tamanga. CORD Deuladiha now has 23 Mahila Mandals which brings it to 868 members.
As a result of their self-help-group, watermelon brings additional Rs. 48 lakhs to villages. The cultivation of watermelon took a giant leap this summer! The watermelons were transported to and sold in distant places, yielding at least Rs. 48 lakhs benefiting around 200 households.
CORD LATHIKATA is getting Tech Savvy: The 4th batch of the Computer Literacy Program kicks off once again! Eighteen youths from Lathikata and a nearby village have been admitted to a three month’s computer course which will be conducted by a software professional for three hours daily, five days a week.
They also did a Special TREEt for Guruji’s birthday: CORD distributed varieties of Neem, Karanja, Guava, Papaya, Lemon, Ashoka, Amla etc. for plantation in the orchards of the villagers in Lohadar & Budhikudar. Simultaneously, they also conducted an awareness program emphasizing on the education of young children, negative effects of alcohol and the process of preparation of herbal medicines.
CORD SRI LANKA is expanding its outreach to provide counseling and carry out visualization sessions among disillusioned men, women and children of Jaffna, Killinochi and Batticaloa to set aside past wounds and re-start their lives.
These are just glimpses of the news from India and Srilanka CORD centers. Please get more information and full report from our News and Events page – http://www.cordusa.org/index.php/events-calendar
You will be able to get more updates from our webpage (www.cordusa.org) as well as our facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/cordusa). As always, if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, I am just an email away…