India Ashram Food and Clothing Program
$163 raised
217% of $75 goal
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3 Years running
In January of 2013 I attened the Maha Kumbha Mela in Allahabad India. It is a city in northern India in the state of Uttar Pradesh where the Holy rivers Ganges and Yumna meet. The Mela is a large religious gathering of mostly Holy men, women, ...

In January of 2013 I attened the Maha Kumbha Mela in Allahabad India. It is a city in northern India in the state of Uttar Pradesh where the Holy rivers Ganges and Yumna meet. The Mela is a large religious gathering of mostly Holy men, women, and devotees from all over the country and visitors from all over the globe. The festival draws more that 10 million people from start to finish making it the largest gathering of humans on Earth. While there I had no place to stay. I showed up counting on the chance I could stay in a tent somewhere on the grounds near the confluence of the rivers. I meet a French tourist on the way to the gathering and we meet a young Indian man of my same age and he offered us a place to stay. He invited us into his home. The people living there consisted of his Mother, around five other Matas (mothers), a brother or two and a or two cousin as well, his father had recently passed. Their house has a large shrine and their lives like many people in the India revolves around their local ashram. Sonu had a hand written text of the Ramayana handed down by the Spiritual advisor of his current Spiritual advisor (Guru, similar to a Priest) and he is a very devout, spiritual person. His family would literally give the last of their food to a hungry stranger if given the chance. They lived comfortably together but are surrounded by poverty. There is a permanent camp or tent village right near his home where many homeless families live, many with young children and babies. They live there waiting for the promise and often time unfulfilled promise of work. People there live day to day and survive off of very little food and drinkable water.   

Sonu’s words to me:

“As you know every year mela is held in January and February month its called mini kumbh and magh mela every year we do some social programs like yagya havan, ramayan and bhagwat geeta pravchan (reading of the spiritual texts) and charity food and clothes to poor people. I would like your contribution and your family and friend’s contribution in this holy work,you can contribute whatever you want, its depends on you and you can recommend your friends and family too for this and send them to visit the ashram and mela camp to take part in it. Thank you so much”

Many of the ashrams feed people during the holy festivals which happen annually. I am asking for donations to send there, I need enough money to justify the transaction fee which I will pay for personally out of pocket. That means any money you or your friend or family member donates goes straight to a charitable cause. 100 percent of it. If I could raise 75 dollars to send over i will be happy. I’ll let you know if and when I reach that goal If you decided to donate 1-3 dollars that could mean several plates of food and or a coat or other article of clothing for someone or a family who has next to nothing. Or nothing at all. It does get cold in Northern India. I saw this with my own eyes when I went over to India and was feed by ashrams who set up feeding lines for visitors. I am Christian-Catholic but that does not mean I can’t support this cause even though these people may not be of my faith or yours. If you are in a position to give and feel like it please do and I will track progress on this page. The generosity I was shown in India changed my life for the good and when asked to give back I was absolutely excited and feeling blessed about this opportunity and to share it with you my family and friends.  Send Ripples (((((((()))))))))



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