This January 1st, we will conclude the 21 day meditation challenge. How about celebrating our joy of completing the challenge by lending a helping hand to someone in need? Our Guru says it is in giving that we receive . How wonderful it would be if we can start 2021 by giving food or sponsoring education or in any other way where we bring joy to others? These thoughts are the reasons behind taking this “Joy of Giving” initiative.

Total Number of people who participated in the initiative: 57
Money pooled: Rupees 57,458

List of donors can be found at – https://spiritualityisawayoflife.com/joy-of-giving-contributors-list

In any financial activity transparency is very important. So, below are the complete details along with receipts on how this money is spent.

Factors considered while choosing the cause


1.Trustworthiness of the organization: Money is a valuable resource and as a donor, it is our responsibility to make sure that money is spent rightly. So, I have spent considerable amount of time in making sure that the organizations I choose are trustworthy.
2.Impact of the donation: Impact of the donation can be short-term or long-term. A short-term impact is like feeding people, where hunger is satisfied. Long-term impact is something like a livelihood initiative which brings positivity for years. Both are equally important but I choose 85% of the money to go towards long-term impact creating projects because these projects bring recurring good karma for years and create positive impact on groups of people.
3.Number of beneficiaries: Individuals are as important as group of people but when money is limited, its wise to impact groups than individuals. So, I choose only those projects which focus on group of people.
4.Type of Good Karma: Pranic Healing teaches the systematic way of donating money. I tried my best to stick to this teaching. So, I covered various categories like mother nature, project of Guru, orphanage, livelihood, food, health.

Summary of donations made on high level
1. Plantation of 50 Plants – Rs.10,682
2. Establishment of tailoring coaching centre to create livelihood for women – Rs.15,000
3. Grain Bank which supports 5 families get food grains in time of need- Rs.11,000
4. Construction or rejuvenation of a rainwater harvesting pond used by 4 to 5 farmers – Rs.9350
5. Guru’s Project – Rs.4000
6. Feeding 40 children in an orphanage on January 1st – Rs.2000
7. Happiness kits to 12 children – Rs.6600

Total – Rs.58,632

Below are the details of the projects supported.
1.Planting 50 plants: This is an initiative of Sankalp Taru Organization. I have chosen plants related to 12 zodiac signs(rasi) to bring positivity for 2021. Please find the details of the plants below.
Amla – 2
Jamun – 2
Khair – 2
Peepal – 2
Banyan – 2
Reetha – 2
Arjuna – 2
Guava – 2
Saal – 2
Shami – 4
Mango – 2
Neem – 5
Fruit bearing plants to farmers in Tamil Nadu – 11
Plants in thar desert -11
Please find the receipt below.

2. Establishment of tailoring coaching centre to create livelihood for women

This is an initiative of Abhayam Foundation. The money donated will be used to setup a tailoring coaching centre with 2 tailoring machines in January after Pongal. This is a mobile training centre which will be moved from one place to another after few months to empower women of various villages. Please find the receipt below

  1. Grain Bank which supports 5 families get food grains in time of need
    This is an initiative of Give India. This grain bank supports 5 families to have food grains in tough times. You can read more about this initiative here. Please find the receipt below.
  1. Construction or rejuvenation of a rainwater harvesting pond used by 4 to 5 farmers
    This is an initiative of Give India. It benefits 4 to 5 farmers and lasts for 10 years. You can read more details here. Please find the receipt below.
  1. Guru’s Project
    The meditation we are doing is taken from the teachings of Pranic Healing. So, I chose the Guru as Pranic Healing and money is contributed to foundation working towards Pranic Healing. Please find proof of the transaction below(I am yet to receive the receipt).
  1. Feeding 40 children in an orphanage on January 1st
    This is an initiative of Abhayam foundation. 40 children are provided lunch on January 1st. Please find the receipt below.
  1. Happiness kits to 12 children
    This is an initiative of akshayapatra foundation. Happiness kit contains below items.
    Nutrition: Glucose Biscuit Packs (Glucose) | Ragi flour (Iron & calcium) | Double fortified salt (Iodine) | Bengal gram/Desi chana (Protein) | Peanuts (Protein) | Jaggery (Iron)
    Immunity: Sambar powder | Turmeric powder
    Hygiene: Toothpaste | Toothbrush | Soap/sanitary pack (for girl child only)
    Education: Classmate Notebook – Single Line Ruled, 172 Pages, 190 mm x 155 mm | Pencils or Pens | Colour Pencils / Crayons Set | Activity Workbook

More details can be found here. Please find the receipt below.

Conclusion:
Its a great blessing to be able to bring joy to others. Thank you God, Guru, all the organizations and each of the participants for taking this initiative forward. May all of us be blessed with good health, happiness, prosperity, harmonious relationships, peace, spirituality in 2021 and experience the joy of giving every single day of our life.

Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavanthu!

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