The Seed donation drive started by Kenya Vegetarian Club continues as it races to meet its target of reaching out to farmers in the interiors. This time we went to Ketitu as more than 35 representatives from various villages had assembled at Ketitu world vision office.
We also reached out to St Fredrick sub primary school where more than 120 kids participated and promised to be vegetarian and also help the school in farming of Muringa Seeds. These enthusiastic students are the hope for the future of our country and if we instil right values and habits from a young age, I am sure they will grow up to be bright honest citizens of the land. It was a day well spent and I am happy we are visiting so many places and distributing muringa seeds.
This year on the holy day of Mahashivaratri, I participated in the opening of a new temple in the town of Kericho. The Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple built by our Foundation came up in 2013 in Kibigori near Kisumu. Ever since, atleast four other temples have come up in Kenya and I feel very happy that many temples are now dotting the landscape. Even in other parts of the world, many temples are coming up periodically thus offering residents of nearby places a place of worship to call their own.
Temples help in connecting us to our culture especially when we are far away from India. It gives a sense of community feeling and we can organize and participate in many programs that reflect our culture. These temples also help in the locals’ understanding the spirit of Hinduism which is vasudaiva kutumbakam that is the whole universe is our family. There are many things people may feel they cannot undertake as individuals especially service initiatives but a temple brings people together and they can participate in many community programs and feel happy that everyone has contributed towards them.
In the Agni Purana, Lord Agni says that he who attempts to erect temples for gods is freed from the sins of a thousand births. Also, there is a belief that a place without any temple is not fit for people to live. This is now being set right as we find many temples coming up all over the world wherever the Indian diaspora is present.
Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs of India, Hon’ble Mr. Arjun Ram Meghwal, visited Kenya on 6-7 March 2017 to attend the 4th Annual Devolution Conference in Nakuru County. The High Commission of India invited us along with prominent members of the Indian diaspora for an interaction with the Hon’ble Minister at the Indian High Commission Residential Complex, on 6th March 2017. It felt good to meet my fellow countrymen from various parts of Kenya. It was a relaxed open house where the Minister interacted with all of us and heard patiently all our suggestions on improving financial ties between our two countries. I was felicitated along with few other women from the community on this occasion. I took the opportunity to present my books to the Honourable Minister. It was a good beginning to the week.
I am so happy that the Hindu Culture and Lifestyle Studies Course has been launched in Kisumu. We had a grand inauguration of the program on 21st February to the local community. These courses are available in three modes, online, sself-studyand classroom. I wanted the members to understand the genesis and background of these courses. My presentation helped them to understand in detail about the courses which are going to be conducted in three levels, basic, middle and advance. More than hundred people were there and I hope we start getting a good number into our classes.
It is my dream to see youngsters get a good understanding about our culture and traditions. The Shree Sanatan Hindu Union Temple will be the venue for the classes. I am also glad that six volunteers have signed up to be teachers. The detailed Teacher’s Manual will guide them to handle the classes with ease. The first batch will start with classes offered for free on Saturdays from 3.30 to 4.30 pm and Sundays from 10.30 to 11.30 am in English and Gujarati. Anyone in the age group of 8 to 18 can join the class. Many officials and prominent members of the Community graced the occasion. The books and the classes were formally inaugurated by the trustees of the temple, Shree Govind bhai Kaneria and Dr. Prajapati, Chairperson Hitesh Derodra, National Trustee of Hindu Council of Kenya Shree Ramesh Mehta. I am looking forward to the residents of Kisumu and other nearby areas to join the course and benefit from the classes.