22. Udavum Karangal, Chennai India
Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands) is a registered, non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit social service organization, established in 1983, with sole objective of serving people in distress who are orphans & destitutes.
Integral Yoga Gibraltar has been supporting Udavum Karangal for 10 years.
On Monday 23rd January the SIS Team visited Papa Vidyakar at Udavum Karangal and made a donation of £2000
23. Sankara Eye Hospital, Coimbatore India
The SIS Team visited Sankara Eye Hospital on Wednesday 26th January 2011, the team was so inspired with how the hospital functioned. 20% of patients are charged, those who can afford and 80% of operations are free for the poor.
Sankara Institute conducts weekly, rural outreach eye camps, to identify individuals suffering from corneal blindness, cataract, glaucoma & other eye ailments and to provide patients with medical & surgical treatment free of cost.
SIS donated funds for 200 eye operations on there visit. There was also another donor who donated another 200 in January, good deed number 5. A total of 400 Eye operations were done by SIS.
24. Aravind Eye Hospital
Founded in 1976 by Dr. G. Venkataswamy with the mission to eliminate needless blindness, Aravind is the largest and most productive eye care facility in the world. Taking its compassionate services to the doorstep of rural India, Aravind's stunningly effective strategies vaulted barriers of distance, poverty and ignorance to create a self-sustaining system.
SIS visited Aravind on Friday 28th January 2011 and donated £1500 for 125 eye operations.
25. Perur Aadheenam Ashram
On Friday 28th January 2011 SIS team visited Maruthachalam Adhigal at his ashram.
There are around 30 boys that live and study at the ashram and go to the local school. They depend solely on donations to feed them and send them to school.
SIS made a donation towards the boys education.
26. Light of Yoga - SIS Sponsorship for Children
SIS has set up an educational sponsorship in Tamil Nadu Southern India. Swami Lalitananda who lives in Coimbatore is heading the project, she is making sure that the money is going to the right places.
While visiting India we donated 1000€ to 1 family, we bought them mattresses as the family was sleeping on the floor... the rest of the money will be for Mogesh and Kishore's education. Read more
27. Praythna Charitable Trust, Mysore, India
On Monday 31st January 2011, SIS visited a beautiful school called Praythna Trust in Mysore, Southern India.
Praythna is run by Kanchana Kathiresan, she works with slum and street communities, offering children and mothers a quality and opportunity in life. The school is run Montessori method, there are about 60 children and 20 mothers presently. The trust aims to work for the development of under privileged, slum dwelling families in and around Mysore. SIS donated £1000 to Praythna Charitable Trust
28. Ashadayaka Seva Trust
Ashadayaka is a small orphanage located 15 mins from Gokulam Mysore. Run by Suresh and his wife Parvati, the orphanage is home to around 30 children under the age of 13 most of whom have been rescued from a life of begging. SIS visited the orphanage on Tuesday 1st February 2011 and donated £1000 which went towards the children's dental program and bought all the children new shoes. Click here to see photos
29. Integral Yoga Teachers, Gibraltar
At the Integral Yoga Centre in Gibraltar all the Yoga teachers do not charge for their classes, the centre works on a donation basis. Donations go towards the over heads of the centre and to supporting global projects. The centre donates £1000's to charities in need around the globe year after year.
30. Bath Towels for 340 Residents at the Centro de Apoio Social do Pisao
During one more Evening Talk in Estoril, monies were raised for CENTRO DE APOIO SOCIAL DO PISAO in Portugal to buy much needed bath towels for some of the 340 residents.
The day after the talk we went shopping food, and much to our surprise the supermarket had a special offer selling bath-towels at kilo prices! We asked them to get all the white bath towels they had in stock. They were weighed and put in bags, and the big pile added up to exactly the amount raised. Were we meant to buy those towels to give away or were we!!
31. Operation for Jayden Morey
Jayden is a happy, cheeky little boy who is loved by everyone who knows him. He has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy and has physio, medication and uses splints daily. Jayden would love to be able to run, jump, hop and skip like his friends do but due to muscle tension he is unable.
A surgeon in St Louis, MO has accepted Jayden to undergo a procedure called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy which involves nerves in the spine being cut in order to release the tension, thus giving a better quality of life, confidence and the feeling of acceptance in society. It has been predicted that Jayden's standing and sitting posture will be 'normal', that his walking will be improved greatly and that he will be able to play sports with his friends and join in activities without discomfort.
This surgery and physio required is going to cost a great deal. We are looking to raise in excess of £40,000 in order to be able to give our beautiful boy the chance in life that he deserves. The procedure itself will not cost this much (please see notes for actual estimate) but will cover flights, accommodation (not living expenses) any possible complications, and upon our return to the UK, a private physiotherapist as the NHS will NOT supply us with the adequate care. SIS donated £300 towards Jayden's operation.
If you would like to support Jayden, you can donate directly
32. Japan Tsunami and Earthquake
SIS has made a donation to the RED CROSS to send our immediate support, other individual donors have made generous donations to our recommended charities. So far we have donated 582€ to various charities.
SIS has recently been in contact with a family in Sendai. So many times these affected areas get immediate support but in 6 months time they can be forgotten about, we will be in contact with this family to see what support is still needed. If you wish to donate funds to this project you can go directly to our donation page and when making transfer put "SIS JAPAN PROJECT".
33. C.A.S.A - Centro de Apoio ao sem Abrigo (support center for homeless people)
The association’s objectives are to provide support, food, clothing and accommodation to the homeless; to socially unsupported children, teenagers and elderly people; to victims of violence and abuse; and to the underprivileged in general, regardless of nationality, creed, politics or ethnicity. Luckshmi - Lucy Cannon, gives Charity Yoga Classes every Tuesday at Quinta da Calma, Algarve, Portugal. Since the beginning of 2011 we have raised 540€, on Monday 2nd May 2011 a small group of us will go out to buy what is most needed. C.A.S.A is in constant need of funds, they feed upto 1000 people a day 365 days a year. It is a great project, please visit
34. Sri Rakum School for the Blind, Bangalore, India.
Latha Jatheen is leading regular Hatha classes in Bangalore, India. She is donating 50% of her income to the Sri Rakum School for the Blind.
The Sri Rakum School for the Blind was opened in June 1998, India. Acharya Sri Rakum, the founder and caretaker of this School, left behind a career in martial arts in Japan and India to pursue what he likes to call the "creative use of his power"
The School was founded for children who were born blind or visually impaired. Coming from families living below the poverty line, these children were shunned, denied a childhood and the opportunities to grow into normal adults. As a facility to provide the best education for boys and girls who are blind, the School has never wavered from this mandate.
35. MIMAR, Estoril, Portugal
SIS raised money through yet another Evening Talk in Monte Estoril at Ulla Rapazote's home on April 8, 2011, to buy 2 especial containers for disposable diapers for MIMAR in Estoril, Portugal.
This is an association for 16 young children in need of temporary housing and care until their family situation has been sorted.
36. Burma Earthquake AID
Aid to those affected by earthquake in Burma. SIS made a donation to offer critical help in the form of medical supplies, medicine, food and water, blankets, cooking utensils and the like into the quake zone. Empty trucks were sent into Thailand from Burma via the "monk connection," and those trucks are loaded and run back across the border and up to the quake zone for distribution. Aid also is helping in rebuilding schools for the children. The Thai monks are the ones who are helping to get the supplies into Burma.
A friend of the Satchidananda Ashram lives in Thailand and is a close supporter of the monks. Through him, SIS is helping support the efforts.
37. Race for Life, London - Cancer Research UK
Luckshmi and Krsna did the Race for Life in London on the 18th May 2011 and raised £580 for Cancer Research UK.
38. Charity fundraiser 108 Sun Salutations in the Algarve, Portugal
Lulu Shanti organized a charity event in the Algarve. A group of yoga teachers and practitioners got together and got sponsorship to doing 108 rounds of the Sun Salutation in May 2011. The money raised was divided up and shared out to 3 different charities, one of which was SIS - Service in Satchidananda. Lulu very kindly donated over 800€ to SIS.
39. Kathurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam, India
Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam, a tax exempt, charitable rural women's organization in South India that Sri Gurudev was a patron of for many years. They provide housing, meals, education and support for disadvantaged women and orphans. Visit webiste:
Service in Satchidananda in USA made a donation of 1000 USD in July 2011 to Kasthurba Gandhi Kanya Gurukulam.
40. Urgent Appeal for roof repair, Estoi, Portugal
Julieta, age 44 who had been a widow for 15 years and guardian of her 10 year old granddaughter who's mother died tragically is in need of urgent help. Julieta can barely meet ends meet. For many years her roof has leaked and she is unable to pay for the total repair. Presently it is patched up with plastic sheeting and corrugated iron, however with the heavy rains and winds for the past 2 winters it is severely bad and the roof wont take another winter.
SIS has donated 1000€ to help buy materials for the repairs to be done, kindly builders and carpenters are offering their time, so the only costs are machinery and materials. For more information please view pdf attachment.
41. AKIN - School of English, Sri Lanka
The AKIN School of English has been running since November 2008. This project is long term and gives the children the opportunity of improving their English by weekly classes. Due to unforeseen circumstance AKIN charity has recently learnt that the house is up for sale and they have the option to buy it. The house is located close to Galle-Colombo main road (walking distance) and would be easier for other villages to attend.
SIS has got the ball rolling on this fundraising project and has donated the first £1000 to AKIN. They need to raise about £7,000. 00 in total to secure the future of the children and their education. Click here to view message from AKIN team with more details.
42. Integral Yoga Gibraltar donates to causes in need.
'SIS GOOD DEEDS PROJECTS continues , this latest one was kindly sponsored by our sister charity "The Gibraltar Integral Yoga Centre" who donated £200.
£100 towards helping a couple who lost their home to fire, and the other
£100 donation went to Breast Cancer Charity'
43. Frank Ellis donation to SIS
Frank Ellis kindly made a donation to SIS of £600. These funds have been donated to 2 different projects, part went to 2 children in Nepal to help with there educational funds and the other part went to our SIS project in Kandy, Sri Lanka to restore Swami Satchidananda's Ashram.
44. Udavum Karangal Higher Education support, India
Service in Satchidananda has committed to financially supporting 4 girls through their higher education for the next 3 years in Chennai India. For details please click here.
Udavum Karangal (Helping Hands) is a registered, non-governmental, non-religious and non-profit social service organization, established in 1983, with the sole objective of serving people in need. SIS continues support Udavum Karangal through sending volunteers and helping raise funds for this truly inspiring organization.
45. Namo Buddha Higher Secondary School, Nepal
In May 2011, Nalanie travelled to Swindon in the UK and gave 2 satsangs. All donations that were received over the 2 days were donated to a project in Nepal. Alain Rouveur visits Nepal for 3 months every year, he is involved with supporting the School Project 'Namo Buddha Higher Secondary School' in Nepal
It is a great project and Alain has personally witnessed educated children going back to their villages on holidays to teach their parents about ecology, climate and especially hygiene.
For more infomation on what Alain is doing please have a look at this pdf attachment.