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Yogaswami Hindu Girls' Home at Sittandy Fund

October - November - December 2005 Newsletter

Nilufer Clubwala lives in New York

The events following the devastating Asian tsunami of December 26, 2004, have helped reveal the plight of many children in that part of the world. Nilufer Clubwala, a New York pediatrician, became aware of a little-known orphanage for girls on the East coast of Sri Lanka (visit The Sittandy Girls' Home) soon after Hindu Press International covered the story of the destruction of the Tirunavukkarasu Gurukulam, an orphanage for boys in that same area. Nilufer explains how she was moved to open the Yogaswami Hindu Girls' Home at Sittandy Fund, HHE endowment #62.

"One normally lives in a state of complacency in the hope that life goes smoothly with no waves, just sunshine and a maybe a frappucino. But then life is rarely scripted. When the tsunami struck, thousands of lives ended, and for those who survived, their lives would never be the same again."

"Being one who strives to carry Gurudeva's message of service, love and joy always in the heart, I was happy to be able to help out by gathering donations for the boys of the Tirunavukkarasu Gurukulam orphanage. It was during this work that I became aware of several other orphanages on the East Coast of Sri Lanka. One of them was the Yogaswami Hindu Girls' Home in Sittandy. Like most of these homes, it was overcrowded, badly in need of repairs, with a dilapidated drainage system and toilets, inadequate water supply and scant school supplies. They have no telephone or computer. Most of all, they need to hire teachers to help the girls with their school work. This is what inspired me to start an endowment for this home. It would indeed be a living testament to Gurudeva's message. The girls of today will be the mothers of tomorrow. How wonderful if the girls of this home could be brought up to live by the priceless teachings of Yogaswami and Gurudeva. Just envision dozens of homes one day filled with joy, harmony and mutual respect because the mothers in those homes were taught early on in life that that is what matters the most."

Sittandy home

Chellathuraiswami, 93, is a direct disciple of Jaffna's great sage, Yogaswami. He sits with the staff and girls at the Sittandy home.

"However, before one can impart these wonderful teachings and expect them to take root, we have to restore a sense of normalcy to these children and address their everyday needs. For this we need your help as generous sponsors. It is only by putting into practice the teachings of our teachers that we have truly fulfilled our dharma as children, parents, spouses, and most importantly, as bhaktars of the guru."

The average expenditure for one of the 37 girls and one boy at the home is US$1 per day, and a donation to the endowment of $9,125 would generate $365 every year and fully support one child in perpetuity. Donations can be made on the web by going to Donations are safe and secure, whether you live in the USA or other countries. Make a one-time donation or sign up for a recurring donation. For more information, call Sannyasin Shanmuganathaswami at 1-808-822-3012, ext. 244 or e-mail

April to June Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Anonymous US$785.00
Anonymous 13.67
Shanta Devi Periasamy 56.34
Ajay & Lata Shah 5,000.00
Niraj Thaker 21.00
Other Donations 29,994.45
Himalayan Academy 2,250.00
Total 38,120.46
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Anonymous 554.00
Nathan Mudrick 108.00
S.V. Ravi Rahavendran 151.00
Thevarani Singam 261.44
Niraj Thaker 21.00
Other Donations 9,828.00
Total 10,923.44
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah 3.00
Rathi Devi Batumallah 35.00
Suguneswary Gunasegaran 54.65
Dinesh Kumar Jayaram 78.95
Thanesh Kumar Kumaravel 78.95
Dasan Mahadevan 720.00
Logadasan Murugesu 75.00
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 7.80
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 7.80
Patudeva Sivaceyon 7.80
Hemavalli Sivalingam 2.37
Kantha Ruben Sivalingam 2.37
Rohini Sivalingam 2.37
Potriyan Sivanathan 47.18
Total 1,123.24
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Anonymous 88.00
Rathi Devi Batumallah 94.00
Veerasamy Batumallah 99.00
Barbara Curl 240.00
Sundar Mani Dixit 80.00
Rajul & Heidi Gandhi 74.66
Poonam Gupta 1,001.00
Isanah Kameni 23.70
T. Iswarah Kumar 71.00
Logadasan Murugesu 30.00
Gassa Patten 150.00
Charles & Jan Roberts 90.75
Linda Seeley 50.00
Jiva Shanmuga 102.00
Vinaya Sharma 240.00
Chandra Shekharan 30.00
Nigel Subramaniam Siva 240.00
Chandra Sivalingam 800.00
Dasa Sivam 76.00
Lavanadevi Sivam 51.00
Meghasyamarao Theertham 107.50
Karen Yang 800.00
Total 4,538.61
Hindu Businessmen's Association Trust
Easvan Param 1,070.28
Janaka Param 58.00
Total 1,128.28
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Anonymous 12.51
Bala Sivaceyon 28.86
Total 41.37
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Anita Mansha Bathija 18.00
Gowri Nadason 90.06
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Total 162.06
Tirunavukkarasu Nayanar Gurukulam
Chellappa Deva 25.00
Total 25.00
Sri Subramuniya Ashram Scholarship Fund
Anonymous 12.48
Total 12.48
Sri Subramuniya Kottam Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Total 50.00
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Anonymous 50.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Total 125.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Anonymous 12.51
Natraj Narayanswami 37.50
Total 50.01
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Anonymous 336.50
Lila Shakti Devi 49.00
Brahamanand & Panna Nagarsenker 501.00
Natraj Narayanswami 40.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Niraj Thaker 21.00
Matthew Wieczork 36.00
Total 1,058.50
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Anil Ananda Badhwar 148.30
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Total 223.30
Tirumular Sannidhi Preservation Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 3,023.29
Total 3,023.29
Alaveddy Pasupatheeswarar Temple Fund
Anonymous 50.00
Total 50.00
Hindu Heritage Endowment Administrative Fund
Ushasree Chamarthy 8.33
Total 8.33
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Anonymous 12.50
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
Total 165.50
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Anonymous 25.50
Amarnath Devarmanai 324.00
Anonymous 12.66
Krishnakumar Manohar 51.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 345.00
Chamundi Sabanathan 101.00
Niraj Thaker 21.00
Vayudeva Varadan 75.00
Raja Vishnu 68.00
Total 1,173.16
Udayan Care Endowment Fund
Richard Stocker 21.00
Total 21.00
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Total 45.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 31.20
Total 31.20
Mahajana College Fund
Anonymous 8.34
Total 8.34
Taos Hanuman Fund
Anonymous 12.48
Total 12.48
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Sharmila Kesavalu 65.00
Ganesan & Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 50.00
Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 25.00
Jayanthi Vasudevan Naiker 300.00
Total 440.00
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Anonymous 4.17
Mirta Noemi Cotto 90.00
M. Krishnan 130.00
Lawrence Lee 100.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 130.00
Raman Pumaniam 260.00
Total 714.17
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Ganesan & Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 50.00
Rajalakshmi Ramalingam 25.00
Total 75.00
Karnataka Temple Development Fund
Anonymous 12.51
Pradeep & Ranjna Agnihotri 18.00
Ushasree Chamarthy 8.33
Ramesh & Arundathi Gowda 36.00
Shipra Putatunda 18.00
Total 92.84
Swami Vipulananta Children's Home Endowment
Anonymous 50.00
Lila Shakti Devi 25.00
Gangadhar Shaktiprema 15.00
Total 90.00
Hindu Literature Fund
Michael F. Duncan 1,000.00
Pravin Trivedi 40.00
Total 1,040.00
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
McDonald's French Fry Settlement Fund 254,773.19
Hiranya & Saraswathi Gowda 153.00
Natraj Narayanswami 12.50
Pravin Trivedi 40.00
Total 254,978.69
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Ushasree Chamarthy 8.34
Anonymous 13.67
Total 22.01
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Rajendra Giri 108.00
Total 108.00
Yogaswami Hindu Girls' Home of Sittandy Endowment
Jill Atlas-Steir 25.00
Kaika & Nilufer Clubwala 502.00
Lila Shakti Devi 25.00
Tracy Hollis 70.00
Reuben Lelah 1,540.00
Shankar & Sri Mallampalli 2,000.00
Jutikadevi Sivaraja 108.00
Silas H. Zirkle 300.00
Total 4,570.00
Sri Arjunan & Srimathi Dhalama Monastic Fund
Arjunan Subramaniam 26,281.21
Total 26,281.21
Ayurvedic Formation Fund
Nigel Subramaniam Siva 200.00
Total 200.00
Pooled Income Fund Trust (PIF)
Gowri Nadason 30.00
Satya Palani 50.00
Total 80.00
Total Contributions $350,811.97
Funds at Market Value, June 30, 2005
Total Endowment Funds $6,296,897.76
Total Pooled Income Funds $200,406.53
Grand Total $6,497,304.29


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