BAPS Charities

BAPS Charities (formerly BAPS Care International) is an international non-religious, charitable organization that originated from the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) with a focus on serving society. [1] Their history of service can be traced back to Swaminarayan , who opened the doors, built shelters, worked against addiction, and abolished the practice of sati and female infanticide with the goals of removing suffering and effecting positive social change. [1] [2]This focus on service to society is stated in the organization’s vision, that “every individual deserves the right to a peaceful, dignified, and healthy way of life, and by improving the quality of life of the individual, we are bettering families, communities, Our world, and our future. [1] BAPS Charities carries out this vision through a range of programs addressing health, education, the environment, and natural disaster recovery. 55,000 volunteers who are mostly members of BAPS. [1] The volunteers work with local communities and other charities and the organization’s activities are based on their mandirs

History

The Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) was founded by Shastri Yagnapurushdas in 1907. [3] As an extension of their spiritual beliefs and practice, the organization’s volunteers participated in charitable activities focused on fighting addiction and helping the poor during this period. BAPS registered a charity wing in 1950 with a goal of engaging in greater social and charitable works from a secular perspective. [4]The organization increased the scale of its charitable works in India to a national level and assisted in major disaster relief activities, anti-addiction campaigns, and education drives. The organization then expanded its breadth of activities outside the Indian subcontinent to Europe, Australia, Africa, and North America. In 2000, BAPS Care International was formally registered as an independent, nonprofit, and nonreligious social services arm of BAPS. [4] In this time, the organization expanded its activities internationally and began to global walkathon campaigns to benefit local communities, health fairs, environmental activities, and youth development campaigns. In 2007, “BAPS Care International” changed its name to “BAPS Charities”. [5]Since 2007, the organization has continued to grow and has partnered with other organizations such as UNICEF and the International Red Cross to serve the global community. [6] [7]

Founding vision

The founding of vision of the charity is rooted in the philosophy of secular social service advanced by Swaminarayan in the early 19th century. Swaminarayan undertook several programs of social reform based on non-violence, temperance, and social justice. [8] : 173 [9] He helped stop the practice of animal sacrifices in yagnas and promoted animal welfare. [1] [10] He also helped outlaw two common social crimes against women during his time, a female infanticide and widow burning . [1] [8] : 165-67 During times of famine and plague, Swaminarayan marshaled the resources of his followers from different parts of Gujaratto meet the relief of those areas by setting up almshouses. [1] [8] : 24 Outside of times of disaster, he commits himself to charitable work according to their means. Many of Swaminarayan’s health care interventions. He educated the masses on the rules of personal cleanliness, the human waste disposal, and the avoidance of water contamination that improved sanitation and contributed to ritual purity. [8] : Addiction, such as alcohol, opium, other intoxicants, and gambling. [8] : 160

Shastri Narayanswarupdas (also known as Pramukh Swami), has further contributed to the founding vision and highlighted the importance of service to society in the extension of spiritual endeavors. He has traveled around the world emphasizing the importance of family harmony and community service. [11] In his speeches, he continues to preach about addiction-free living. [12]

Activities

Health

BAPS Charities engages in numerous health-focused activities. As of 2011, the organization supported 14 hospitals, clinics, health care centers, and 11 mobile medical vans serving over 600,000 people worldwide. [1]

In India, the organization has supported anti-addiction campaigns by persuading people to give up their addictions with personal appeals and presentations on the dangers of addictive behaviors. [1] In the de-addiction campaign, approximately 10,000 children contacted over 800,000 people to raise awareness of the health consequences of addiction and anxiety. [13]

In New Zealand it organizes an annual Health Expo in Auckland in which visitors undergo screening, learn about common disease prevention, understand ayurveda , and learn about women’s and children’s health. [14] [ self-published source? ]

In Africa, their volunteers have screened for disease and arrange for treatment. The organization has arranged eye care camps and Hansen’s disease camps in Tanzania and medical screening camps in Kenya. [15]

In the United Kingdom it is an annual challenge, which is a 10 kilometer walk in London and other cities for the purposes of mobilizing communities and raising funds for different British charities, one of such being the British Heart Foundation (BHF). [16] [17 [17] The UK chapter has been raised over £ 22,000 to the Anthony Nolan Trust Leukemia Charity [18] and donated over £ 25,000 each to the charities Macmillan Cancer Support [19] to patient support, raise awareness, and promote scientific research. To help the needy in vulnerable age groups Barnardo’s [20]and Age UK [21] in previous years.

In North America, it can be used as a screening tool, where it can be screened, and receive treatment. [22] [23] [24] These services are not included in the scope of the legislation. [1] With a goal of educating about major risk factors and causes of illness and a focus on prevention, the group has organized a series of health awareness readings at over 60 centers across North America stroke, and flu prevention, among others. [25] In support of the National Institutes of Health’s “We Can!” “Healthy Children’s Activity & Nutrition”, “Health and Safety for Children”, “Caring”, “Children’s Activity & Nutrition” hygiene, healthy living, diet, and physical activity. [26] Supporting the goals of Michelle Obama’s ” Let’s Move ” campaign which is working to end childhood obesity, BAPS Charities recently launched a health awareness initiative in the United States focused on educating parents and children on a vegetarian diet . [27]It organizes annual walkathons in cities across North America to help a wide range of communities, health and humanitarian organizations. Recent recipients of the walkathons include the American Cancer Society , [28] American Diabetes Association , [29] local schools, [30] and local hospitals. [31] To support biomedical research, the Toronto chapter donated $ 20,000 to the Princess Margaret Hospital Cancer Campaign [32] and $ 100,000 for Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children’s Research and Learning Tower Campaign. [33] [34]It works with local hospitals and blood banks to organize blood donation to help those in need of transfusions. [35] Since 2006, 9,073 pints of blood have been collected across 27 centers. [36] It regularly organizes bone marrow drives where potential donors are registered and informed about the donation process; These drives have been effective in recruiting South Asian donors to national bone marrow registries. [36]

Education

In India, it supports institutions which fund 5,000 scholarships each year, operates 10 schools and 8 colleges in other colleges, schools, and hostels. [1] It supports the development of parents to understand the importance of education for their children. Through volunteer-led classes, these organizations are working towards achieving 100 percent literacy in Indian villages . [1]

The UK chapter partners with the charity KIDS to help provide support for home learning and other educational services for disabled children and their families. [16] It also partners with the charity Barnardo’s to help with counseling, education, and training services of vulnerable children and teenagers. [20] BBC ‘s Children ‘ s Forum in the UK has been collecting funds for the BBC ‘s Children in the United States and the United States through their housing, schooling, and other needs. [37]

In North America, it organizes annual seminars for professional development where workshops help youth develop interpersonal skills, public speaking, management skills. [38] The organization recently partnered with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and local elementary schools to help public education in areas of science and technology. [30] [31] Volunteers have also organized readings on the safe use of technology and the dangers of cyberbullying. It raises funds from walkathons to support libraries and books banks in underserved areas around the world. [39]

Environment

The aim of the program is to protect the environment. Volunteers across the world have raised awareness and promoted conservation by employing energy-efficient technologies, such as solar power and biogas [40] and organizing large-scale tree planting campaigns and recycling programs. [41] The charity has planted 1.5 million trees in 2,170 villages. [40] In India, it helps organizations to improve water supply and conservation. [1] These organisms have also been conducted almost 500 rainwater-harvesting projects globally. [42] The organization also recharged 5,475 wells in 338 villages.[40] It supports organizations that arrange ‘cattle care’ centers for research and improve cattle in India and to support areas experiencing drought or other emergencies; they also provide free and provide food and water services, buffaloes, and bulls owned by farmers. [1]

The organization has undertaken tree planting programs in over 2,000 villages, with over 1.5 million trees planted. [1] [42] The United Kingdom and the United States, and the United States, and the United States, [1] Globally, it has recycled over 10,000 tons of paper and 7 million aluminum cans. [42]

The UK chapter has teamed up with Thames21, a leading waterway charity, to clean up the Brent Feeder Channel of Litter. [43] [ self-published source? ] In observance of Climate Week , it organized a clothes recycling drive. [44] [ self-published source? ]

Disaster relief

The group has responded to disasters in many parts of the world. It has made more than 50 schools in areas affected by natural disasters. [1]

Inferia Plague Epidemic , 1994. In South Asia, the group has supported organizations carrying out relief activities, providing medical care, warm food, drinking water, clothes, and shelter after natural disasters like the 1979 Morbi Dam Failure , 1993. Latur earthquake , 1994 Surat Plague Epidemic , 1995 Malda Floods, and the 1996 Andhra Pradesh Cyclones . [45] [46] [47] After the 1999 Cycling Odisha , it aided the Government of Odisha and other groups in reconstructing three villages with cyclone-resistant houses and other infrastructure and providing food, medical assistance, counseling , and other supplies.[48] Within hours after the 2001 Gujarat earthquake , it supports organizations around the world providing services with daily cooking, clean water, and clothing and with debris removal and search and rescue missions; the organization also adopted more than 10 villages in which they rebuilt the entire community, including all infrastructure and earthquake-resistant homes. [49] [50] With the help of donations from volunteers in India and abroad, the organization supported the rebuilding of the area’s communities by constructing schools, hospitals, and other buildings. [51] [52] Following the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami, The group supported organisms working in affected areas of India and Sri Lanka to Provide 174,000 hot meals, 12,000 food packets, more than 60 tons of grain and fresh water tanks to the homeless in 51 villages. [1] These organizations also treated more than 1,700 patients in 4 medical camps and the medical and protective equipment. [1] As part of the rehabilitation efforts to total US $ 1 million, it has helped relief organizations in Tamil Nadu . [53] [ self-published source? ]

In Africa, its volunteers assisted in the 1998 Nairobi US Embassy bombings , [54] 1996 Mwanza Ferry sinking [55] and 2013 Uganda Floods. [56] During this time, they provided food, clothing, water, blankets, and financial aid to victims and rescue workers.

In North America, it helped in the relief efforts in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the 1994 Los Angeles earthquake . After the 2001 World Trade Center Attacks in New York City, he conducted blood donation drives, provided counseling to affected individuals, and provided financial assistance for families and organized assembly across the world. [57] Following the 2001 El Salvador earthquakes , it feels $ 3.3 million worth of medicines and supplies to assist in relief efforts. [45] After Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States, his volunteer team, hot supplies, emergency supplies, and relocation aid for victims. [58] The organization raised the carried out similar activities in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in 2008. Recently, the organization partnered with UNICEF to Provide medicine, clean water, and temporary housing for children affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake . [59] [60]Following the 2011 outbreak of tornadoes in the Southeastern US , they took action to provide hot meals, drinking water and shelter to the affected 2,500 affected people at the relief facilities and the organization responded to the following tidings in Oklahoma . [61]After the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami , they are providing assistance and relief in their relief efforts in affected areas. [62]

Community

The group organizes initiatives promoting a stronger sense of community. It recently donated $ 250,000 to the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City to educate future generations about the importance of ahimsa , or nonviolence, and the consequences of hatred. [63] [ self-published source? [64] To convey other values ​​such as coexistence, faith, friendship, fearlessness, and service prevalent in Hinduism and Indian culture, it produced the IMAX film, Mystic India , which was shown in theaters around the world and is on permanent display at Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi. [65]

Caring for the elderly, disabled, and other vulnerable populations is also a core value promoted by the organization. In the United Kingdom, BAPS Charities has an outreach program in which children with chaperones regularly visit their homes. [1] It has used funds raised from icts annual sponsored walks to contribuer to charities like Barnardo’s [20] to help Disadvantaged Provide children with counseling, adoption services, vocational training, and disability services and charities like Age UK [21]which helps advocate and necessary social services for the elderly. In Tanzania, BAPS Charities regularly provides self-care items, comfort goods, and food to area orphanages. [66] [ self-published source? ] In South Africa, BAPS Charities Organizes an annual Winter Warmer Drive Where volontaires donate blankets, clothes, toys, and food to Underprivileged communities during winter months. [67] [ self-published source? ]

In India, it has organized activities to help promote gender equality and improve the lives of women. Programs include campaigns against the practice of marriage, marriage counseling, self-employment training, vocational guidance, and child health seminars. [1]

It has many programs in place working to help reduce poverty. And providing services, providing healthcare, and facilitating community meetings. [1] In addition to centers, the organization operates mobile health vans, scholarships, student hostels, and literacy campaigns to serve these communities. [1]

Awards and recognition

In 1995, the UK Chapter of BAPS Charities was awarded the Brent Green Leaf Award for the Environment and the Croydon Award for its recycling efforts. [68] In 2004, the National Federation of Indian-American Associations (NFIA) awarded its Humanitarian and Social Services Award to BAPS Care International for the impact of the organization. This marked the first time that NFIA has awarded this honor to an organization instead of an individual. [69] In 2005, BAPS Care International received Special Congressional Recognition for ict Tsunami Relief efforts from the United States House of Representatives . [70]Mystic India received the Audience’s Choice Award at the 10th International Large Format Film Festival at The Geode in Paris, France. The festival was last held on January 12 to January 31, 2005. [71] [72] Mystic India was one of nine large format films selected to be screened at the festival and was accredited with the honor of “Most Popular Film” at the San Jose IMAX Film Festival. [73] The Children’s Forum of the UK Chapter of BAPS Charities was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2009 for “nurturing Hindu values, education and talents in children and young people in London” through their voluntary service. [74]The Queen’s Award is a prestigious national honor in the UK equivalent to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) . [75] For their various livestock projects, BAPS Charities has been awarded 34 National Livestock Awards. [40]

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