We are pleased to introduce our third international Seva trip to Cambodia. Under the direction of Swamini VishwaGodaavari Mata and Mandakini, the project manager, the group was composed this year of Aashobhana Dasi, Anupama, Nadia, Pakshi, Roswitha and Vasu Das, from various nationalities (Algeria, Belgium, France, Germany, Slovakia, Switzerland).
We lived a true human and spiritual adventure by the grace of our Master Paramahamsa Vishwananda in our Seva journey. His presence sustains us, his Love envelops us and opens the doors for us. Without Him, the project would not exist. We continued the development of our activities from previous years in two NGO-schools and we also found a new NGO-school and orphanage. We also met a tuktuk driver who created and supports an evening school for 90 very poor children. With the help of a small group of Vaishnava monks established in Siem Reap, we have also carried out humanitarian actions in remote villages in the countryside and in the tuktuk driver’s school.
By the grace of Guruji, we have carried out the following actions:
- OM Chanting with a total of 600 children (and their teachers)
- Mantra song OM Namo Narayanaya with 600 children
- Training of 17 OM Chanting organizers
- Daily practice of Babaji Surya Namaskar with 18 teachers
- Training of 8 teachers in the Mantra Project
- Distribution of balanced meals to 450 children
It is always a pleasure to meet with the first NGO we worked with in Cambodia. We organized 5 daily OMCs, one of them with more than 300 children in the courtyard! We sang the divine name OM Namo Narayanaya with more than 460 children. We also trained 11 OMC organizers and 10 teachers in Babaji Surya Namaskar. The teachers were always happy to meet us during the lunch break to receive the Sadhanas’ teachings.
We found the 120 children and teachers of the second NGO-school with great happiness for the second consecutive year. The children remembered our activities and welcomed us by singing the OM sound. We organized OMCs with children twice a day and trained 2 OMC organizers. At the end of the OMC, children sang mantras and danced happily to the sound of a talking drum.
The third NGO visited this year is not only a school that welcomes students from the surrounding countryside on a daily basis, but also an orphanage where 40 children live. Its Australian founder explained to us the difficulty Cambodian children have in talking about their problems and was delighted with the benefits that the sadhanas of Bhakti Marga could bring them. Several OMCs have been organized with teachers and subsistence mothers. These mothers live all year round in the school to care for orphans. Three mothers and a teacher were trained in the OMC organization:
Powerful OMCs have been organized with the 40 orphans:
After the OMCs, we sang OM Namo Narayanaya together in joy.
As every year, the Vaishnava monks living in Siem Reap took us to a remote village and shared with us the distribution of the meal they had prepared for about a hundred deprived children living without running water or electricity. At the end of the meal, we sang the Maha Mantra with all the people of the village.
Guruji has put a tuktuk driver on our path who devotes all his free time and money to financing a school that teaches English and serves a balanced meal to his 90 students every night. We organized a big OMC in a meadow next to the school with all the children and teachers. After singing OM Namo Narayanaya together, we participated in the distribution of a delicious vegetarian meal prepared by the Vaishnava monks.
It is with great pleasure that we share the enthusiasm and joy that these Seva Cambodia trips bring us. Our next trip is scheduled for January 2020. If you would like to support us in this project, please do not hesitate to make a donation!
We are volunteers and take care of all the expenses, thank you in advance for your support.
Jai Gurudev on behalf of our entire team Voyage-Seva-Cambodia International