Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Hindu organisations help Katrina survivors

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The age-old Hindu tradition of service was very much evident in Houston when hundreds of volunteers from Hindu organizations took up the task of feeding Hurricane Katrina survivors in relief centres all over the country.

The relief operation gave a new purpose to the organizations which had so far been organizing only Hindu festivals and several volunteers said what they were doing would change their entire outlook.



Hundreds of volunteers from Hindu organizations donned yellow t-shirts identifying them as volunteers and worked three shifts during the weekened.

They included volunteers from the Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) whose volunteers took care of the early morning shift and Sewa International which coordinated the volunteers for all three shifts.

Hasu D Patel and his fellow volunteers from Leva Patidar Samaj and Asian American Hotel Association too helped in relief efforts.



Well-known yoga instructor/practitioner Mallikarjun Shintri, 70, recalled volunteering years ago when Hurricane Camille
hit Mississippi in 1969.

"Whomever I met, these evacuees are very positive and never lost their hopes," commented Kirti Jain, who was volunteering alongside local people for the first time.



The programme, initiated by Houston city and Harris country, mobilizes local volunteers to provide personal touch of Houston hospitality to new neighbours, who have been displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

1 Comments:

At 12:07 AM, Blogger TheDevilIsInTheDetails said...

Be prepared for the next hurricane weather or find another one that's similar. As the Boy Scouts say: "Be Prepared"!

 

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