Shree Muktajeevan Pipe Band will be playing in Central London (over the Bank Holiday weekend, 2-4 May) to raise funds as part of our wider global efforts in delivering aid to the Earthquake-stricken region. Donations are also being taken at the Mandir for those wishing to donate - to support members of our parent organisation in India who are already in Nepal, delivering aid on the ground and saving lives.
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Acharya Swamishree Maharaj said of the disaster,
The disastrous Earthquake that struck Nepal has brought pain and misery to countless people in the region. That pain must be shared by us all. It is our humanitarian duty to help the afflicted re-build their lives.
As the children of God we must join forces to help our siblings in their hour of need. Shree Muktajeevan Disaster Relief Academy is already on the ground in the region, delivering vital relief and supplies. Please support their efforts and encourage others to help.
Let us all pray for eternal peace for all the lost lives, and for the welfare of those affected. May the almighty Lord Swaminarayanbapa Swamibapa give divine strength and courage to the survivors, and to all those engaged in helping them.
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), such as Shree Muktajeevan Disaster Relief Academy, are recognised as an essential vehicle in delivering disaster relief efficiently and effectively - so much so that around a third of the UN’s humanitarian budget is delivered through these kinds of organisations. NGOs can often cut through bureaucracies that can hamper governmental agencies, and complement the work of those agencies to quickly target their efforts towards the most acute needs. NGOs are usually the first to arrive “on the ground” in delivering relief in disaster zones.
Under the inspiration of by Acharya Swamishree Maharaj, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan has for many years supported relief efforts during times of natural disasters through its ‘Shree Muktajeevan Disaster Relief Academy.’ More recently the organisation has joined forces with partner bodies from other countries in the region to form a strong coalition with greater relief-delivering impact – operating under the auspices of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), which is an organisation of eight countries, including Nepal itself.
Following the devastating Tsunami of Boxing Day 2004, Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan was not only able to mobilise its global community to raise vital funds for immediate disaster relief, but also continued to raise funds thereafter that were used to rebuild schools in South India so that children could quickly get back to education. Once again, Shree Swaminarayan Mandir Kingsbury will be mobilising to raise funds for the Nepalese cause, and aiming to Inspire the Community to support us.