Middle East Youth Activities for the Month of August 2017
The month of August 2017 was a happening one for the youth of Middle East who are now turning from ‘Selfless Sevaks’ to ‘Agents of Transformation’. Even as they engage in a variety of service initiatives, more like-minded people joined the youth for the Seva activities in the region.
Laban Seva (August 5, 12, 19 and 26)
When the temperature in the Arabian Peninsula soars sky high, it was only the cool laban (buttermilk) distributed by the youth that acted as a panacea for the construction workers who toil under scorching Sun every single day. It was a sheer treat to the eyes to see their joy in partaking this prasadam of Bhagawan.
This service was undertaken at two different constructions sites by two groups of youth. The youth were blessed to serve more than 250 labourers every week.
To add an element of surprise and to bring more delight to these hard-working men who toil under hot scorching sun, the youth distributed delicious fruits and daily-use toiletries for free as Bhagawan’s prasadam.
Highlight for the month of August 2017, was the presence of like-minded youth who joined the Seva activities, just to derive the joy of serving others – a truly fulfilling experience in itself. The diversity in nationalities of these inspired friends and colleagues is a testimony to the fact that humanity breeds no distinction. Truly, Love is the under-current of this universe.
Vegetables and Fruits Seva (August 11, 18, and 25)
In addition to the cool laban that helped the construction workers during their mid-day work, the youth also distributed free vegetables which they could carry back home. To top it all, the Love of these youth members for their fellow brethren manifested itself in the form of another Seva wherein water melons were cut and given to the workers at the work site during the middle of the day.
Women Empowerment Initiative (August 1, 11, 18 and 26 of August)
The Alumni of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions who were guided by Bhagawan Baba Himself on empowering women at large, continued to engage the economically backward section of working women living in the labour camps with special session on improving language and communication skills. Their dedication to make a real difference in the persona of their beloved friends in the labour camps were visible from the reception they receive every time they arrive at the camp.
In addition to language coaching classes, additional sessions were held on personal hygiene and wellness. Many of them who are from economically and socially backward families found these sessions extremely useful for a better and happy living.
Dry ration and vegetables were distributed at too alternate weeks to these women as a gift from Bhagawan. Truly, the empowerment of women in all its sense.
Medical Seva (August 23 and 27)
To ensure that the construction labourers whom the youth serve are hale and hearty, the youth followed up with their medical records keenly. It was found that four of them needed a follow-up medical consultation for critical health issues. The Middle East youth dedicated their time to take their fellow brothers to a local clinic for medical consultation.
Patient one was provided treatment for the metal piece inside his leg. Patient two was treated for his cones. Patient three was treated for a leg pain, and the fourth one was treated for a back pain. The patients expressed their immense happiness and gratitude to the youth for such a noble gesture. If not Bhagawan, who else would have inspired these young men and women to undertake such beautiful acts of selfless love – one at a time?
“Let noble thoughts come to us from all directions” – Rig Veda