“Diseases of the soul are more dangerous and more numerous than those of the body.”
Bhaktivedanta Hospital was established not just to meet the health needs of the burgeoning suburban residents of Mira Road, but also give solace for their mind and spirit. A non-profit organization supported by philanthropic donors, it extends its services to the society in form of subsidized treatment of the underprivileged, an active role in treatment of disaster victims and free health camps for the needy.
|Govardhan Eco Village (GEV) illustrates ‘Simple Living & High Thinking’ – a simple principle, and yet so profound, formed the basis of life in the bygone age of wisdom. Life focused on service, not on exploitation; is the basis of living and the very essence of people’s dealings – amongst one another and Mother Nature.Situated on 50 acres of pristine farmland in the Wada district of Maharashtra. Although its rustic charm and sylvan ambience belie the fact, it is only a two-and-a-half hour drive north of Mumbai, South Asia’s economic powerhouse.|
|The seeds of the annual Barsana Eye Camps were sown in 1991, when Radhanath Swami saw that the villagers were becoming victims of ‘unnecessary’ blindness due to had poor medical facilities. He suggested the doctors conduct an eye camp there. The first Barsana Eye Camp in 1992, saw over 185 patients treated. Due to overwhelming response, the camp was made annual and has since served over 2000 cataract patients. The team of volunteers, under the guidance of Radhanath Swami, came together to build a fully equipped, modern and sterile operation theatre in the primary health centre at Barsana.|
|Although modern medicine is making tremendous advancement in disease management, there are many cases that are incurable. Death is inevitable, arrives slowly, accompanied by severe pain, discomfort and emotional crisis both for patient and family. The hospice serves patients who do not need active medical intervention for cure. It provides patient and family with important emotional and spiritual support, through personalized service and compassion, so that every moment spent together is a precious and infinite memory.|
|Hunger and illiteracy are two of India’s most widespread problems. Children in poverty cannot take advantage of free public schooling. They must either go hungry at school, or resort to begging and child labor to eat. In 2004, the Government of Maharashtra appointed Midday Meal to provide nutritional support for primary school children, to break the hunger cycle by providing an incentive for families to keep their children in school—and off the streets. Midday Meal is a non-profit strategic program run for the benefit of all hungry students. For most children, it is their only complete meal of the day.|
|In 1900, a severe plague ravaged Mumbai city and parts of Gujarat. The wife of then Mumbai Governor, Lady Northcote, started this orphanage with the help of some affluent businessmen to shelter the orphaned children. The original trustees had a provision that the children be taught spiritual values, but saw the standards and facilities deteriorated. In 1987, the orphanage saw a spiritual revival when the trustees requested Radhanath Swami to inspire its vision in the modern times. He helped expand the services to cater to underprivileged children from the entire state of Maharashtra.|