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.
One more feather in the cap. Got an award called Nav Rattan award in Delhi. It was a pleasure meeting other awardees from different parts of the world.
It is still a long way to go as my purpose of spreading the knowledge of Indian scriptures, heritage and hindu culture is not yet fulfilled. It is just the beginning. I can see my vision is taking shape in various parts of the world as I have started meeting many like minded people.
I could also feel that the change is taking shape. The Swamis and sanyasi are getting due respect. As that is what I would love to see.
I have a vision of spreading the knowledge of indian scriptures across the world in most modern methods and on latest platforms.
An article about Kenya Vegetarian Club in The star Newspaper in Kenya.
It is my pleasure to share with you that I have received an award called Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Sanman in the House of Lords in London on 30th sept. 2016. The award was honored to me by a well known semi government institute of India based in Delhi.
It is one of the prestigious awards given to the NRIs in various fields from different parts of the world. I got this award for my contribution to the research and publication of Indian culture and its related books. They also recognized my contribution to various international bodies in the field of peace, resolving conflicts through dialogue, youth empowerment and local women empowerment. I am the first one to receive this award in Kenya. There were more than 30 awardees from various parts of the world.
Happy to share with you all, my dear readers an article about our Foundation which was featured in newspapers in Kenya on 28 July 2016
Shrivedant foundation has restored hope to many
More than 400 needy children drawn from Kibigori area, Muhoroni in Kisumu County line up for what they like most, a sumptuous meal and sweets every lunch time provided by Shrivedant Foundation. The Foundation built the original Kamleshwar Mahadev Temple, Kibigori more than 100 years ago before the facility was transformed into a modern shrine in July 2013 but has since become a blessing to hundreds of children from poor families. Vaishali Shah, the chairperson, Shrivedant Foundation said the motivating reasons that informed establishment of the Hindu temple in the remote part of the County has now turned the shrine into a beacon of hope for the many children and families through the feeding programme.
Shah said the Hindu community felt compelled to be part and parcel of the expansive Western Kenya community but with focus on the less fortunate in society who could hardly afford three square meals a day. “We wanted to do something unique as the Shrivedant Foundation which is a family trust set up by myself and my husband resolved to add value to the lives of local residents, particularly children”, she confided.
The foundation also conducts medical camps; donates household utilities alongside the feeding programme which has become popular with the children and other stakeholders who are already considering taking up other roles for the common good. Shah said they also give seed donations, train local residents on vegetable farming and tree planting even as Shrivedant Foundation spearheads the unique Kenya Vegetarian club that has attracted many people who don’t eat meat, fish and other related products.
The chairperson commended Kisumu Governor, Jack Ranguma and County Commissioner, John Elung’ata for their unwavering support including security to the facility and children amidst the expansive sugarcane plantation. Shah revealed that the foundation has a major development agenda for the area with the sole aim of creating employment and wealth for the local community with a view to transform their economic status. “We plan to build shops for medical and household goods to enable our people access quality services like health, education, water as part of our commitment to service to humanity”, she explained.
By Joseph Ouma
It was a lazy afternoon of Tuesday 19th April when I planned to go to the studio of K24 in Nairobi. It was preceded by an interview at Q FM radio in the morning.
The topic was only about vegetable farming as it was a short interview focusing on promoting various business ventures in small cities of Kenya.
The anchor went straight to the main topic and asked me relevant questions about how vegetarianism can help farmers and others.
You may watch interview here.
It was a very early morning for me to start my day for this interview. After going through the initial discussion about the topic with anchor, we went on air.
I must appreciate the smartness and the study anchor did about the vegetarianism. He asked me very relevant questions and the flow of interview was just perfect.
The interview went on for 40 minutes and we could cover most of the area about vegetarianism, vegetable farming, tree planting, health and wellness.
I was bit excited to go back to the farm where we had donated some seeds near Kisumu International airport with the team of media.
The farmers were excited to share their experiences and how the new crops are coming along. Though it is a small beginning of the vegetable farming in this region, it is still impactful as it has drawn some attention of people.
I am feeling good that I have something new to share every week. Kenya Vegetarian Club got featured in one of the reputed magazine in Ghana featuring the work we do in the field of Vegetable Farming and Vegetarianism. It is truly my pleasure to associate with the team who also featured some of my articles about the effect of meat production on environment.
Getting an award is always a gratifying feeling.. but when you get it really unexpectedly, it has a different charm. When I got a call from the organizer, I felt a bit out of the place as mostly people in their fifties get awards of any sort. But it still had its own charm and lured me thinking I will be able to connect with people from different parts of the world.
When I reached Delhi I found that most of the people were in their fifties and sixties and I was probably the youngest one. But it didn’t matter to me. I met quite a few interesting professionals from different fields across the globe. Got a chance to share what I do in my country and with my foundation for the people. I met few like minded women who were really a go-getter like me. Got a very good looking award which is worth flaunting in the drawing room. The organiser, NRI Welfare of India has been doing the same for last 35 years. Many political and high profile government officials were present. Though it had lacked the charm of Modiji’s agenda as I didn’t feel Modi fever there.
I also realized that I have a different connection with Delhi, it just brings some or other good news to me. I think I should often visit Delhi to find out this connection feeling.
Yes the reason of awards also gave me an opportunity to go to Haridwar which was an extra bonus.
I always thought there was only one Dayanand Saraswati whom we had read about in history books. Then, I came across his name while I was doing my research about eminent people in the field of Vedanta. I was more surprised when our PM Modiji told me about him and asked me to meet him. Modiji’s office called him about my visit and told the PA of Dayanandji to permit me to spend some time with him. He has not been keeping well. I was thrilled to find out that he was in Rishikesh. I went to spend two days in his ashram in March 2013. I had more than 100 questions to ask him about various topics of Vedanta. He answered patiently and also opened my eyes about the many facets of Vedanta which I had not touched upon. Inspite of having such dedicate health, he used take regular lectures of the students for more than four hours a day and spend whole day attending visitors.
The ashram is located in sylvan surroundings on the banks of the Ganga, right across the Aurobindo Ashram where famous rock stars of yesteryears would often drop in. I spent the beautiful days enjoying the dips in the Ganga near the ashram. I also met Ammaji who is the writer of the courses offered by Dayanand Ashram. I also shared some moments with various sadhus in the ashram during Guru Purnima which surprisingly fell during my visit. I will never forget what I learned from him. It amazed me to know that many scholars from different parts of the world come to the ashram to learn Vedanta as short or long term courses. I was fortunate to witness the ceremony of Diksha to a few followers who had made up their minds to dedicate their lives to the pursuit of Vedanta and spread the message of our Scriptures.
I have heard his name so many times and read many articles written by him. Imagine my delight when I saw him at the World Hindu Congress at New Delhi in November 2014. I spoke to him in detail about my project and he offered to help me with information about what is happening in the USA in the field of Spirituality and Yoga. He is the creator of the theory of Frawley’s paradox about the Aryan invasion theory. He condemns the theory that the Aryans came from Africa or other parts to India and settled there. The current inhabitants of India are the Aryans and we never came from anywhere. Using logic and evidence, he exposes the existing Aryan theory as nothing but a figment of imagination of vested interests. How convincingly clear are his arguments!. I felt so happy to meet him and listen in person to his thoughts.