Weʼre raising £1,000 to The Bellur Trust India
- Boxhill Village Hall, Boxhill Rd, Tadworth
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Come along to our magical evening of chanting followed by a delicious vegetarian ayurvedic supper, prepared with love by Ratna. Sunday 2 February 2020, 4.30 pm to 7.30 pm. Ticket donation: adult £24, teen £9, child £6, under 5's free.
The Bellur Trust is a charitable Trust formed by Guruji, his family and students, with the objective of undertaking educational, social, cultural and health related projects for the upliftment of the people of Bellur, a poor and backward village in southern India where Guruji, BKS Iyengar was born and lived as a young boy.
Guruji’s vision for Bellur is to establish the village as a model through the provision of educational, medical, social and cultural facilities and opportunities to raise and enhance the general quality of life and improve future prospects for the young in the community.
It is hoped from this firm foundation that lasting social and economic reform can be achieved. Guruji’s father had been a school teacher and taught at a school in a nearby village as there was no school in Bellur until Guruji in 1967 built a primary school with the help from money raised by English students.
In the past several years a further level has been added to the existing primary school providing a large space for yoga classes A 50,000 gallon water tank has been erected to provide fresh clean drinking water to the village A fully staffed, equipped High School (Smt. Ramamani Sundararaja Iyengar High School) has been built with the villagers sending their children to enroll at 8th grade School fees for the students have been waived and a system of free education established for those who come from under privileged homes.
School uniforms have been provided free to all students as well as books and stationery
A kitchen has been established to provide a free mid day meal
The necessary infrastructure of boundary fences, power supply and road access has been established
A Day Hospital providing for the health of the villagers has been built, equipped and staffed
A Guest House to provide accommodation for visitors to Bellur.
Restoration and building of the world’s first Sage Patanjali temple (pdf).
The future plans are as ambitious as those already completed and will need ongoing support from the Iyengar community and a very large amount of funding to see their completion and maintenance. The benefits to the village of Bellur have been enormous and the future plans will benefit the whole locality around Bellur.
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- 19 days ago
Diane Sage19 days ago
Donations here plus the cash I've been given total £299 so far. Thank you very much for your contributions. That money will go a long way in India to improve the lives of the children and villagers of Bellur. Often the only hot meal the children have is at school. They are also provided with uniforms, books, pencils and have daily yoga sessions. I feel so blessed to have met these children and villagers and seen the work of this charity in action.
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Dec 11, 2019
Looking forward to joining you on 2nd February!
Nov 26, 2019
Thanks Di for a wonderful start to my longer yoga journey. Loved yoga FC and the lovely shared vegan lunches - fed body and soul. Hope people enjoy the cook book:)
Nov 23, 2019
Fabulous recipe book for a very good cause. 🙏
Nov 23, 2019
Nov 21, 2019
Thank you Di.
Nov 19, 2019
It's a great job you're doing, Di, to raise money for this project in India. And I get a cookery book to use and enjoy. Win/win! Good luck!
Nov 19, 2019
Hi Di, Thank you for the recipes. I'm looking forward to cooking some with my 2 sons. Also, surprising my sister-in-law with some of the dishes, who is vegan.
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