July-August-September 2010 Newsletter

Volunteer's Tale of Two Visits to a Malaysian Orphanage

Dayavati (in blue) with ashram founder Santha Devi (in orange) and children at the orphanage

On December 26, 2004, American Hindu Dayavati Murugan woke up in her Kuala Lumpur hotel in Malaysia to a tsunami report on CNN. One of the worst natural disasters in recorded history had occurred, with 230,000 people killed in eleven countries bordering the Indian Ocean. Malaysia, shielded by the Island of Sumatra, reported only 68 deaths from the earthquake-driven waves, three of them in Perak, Dayavati's destination. The next day she rode a bus five hours to Sitiawan, Perak, a city of some 100,000 and home to the Manjung Orphanage, founded in 1996 to house three siblings abandoned by their parents. It is the area's only Hindu orphanage.

"There were about thirty boys and girls living there in 2004, some very young," she said. "I loved the place." She lived with the girls in the upstairs dormitory in the two-story building which also housed the kitchen, dining room and community hall. "I established a wonderful connection with the children," she added, describing her volunteer work, leading pujas and bhajans and explaining Hindu teachings to the young residents during her two-week stay. "After coming back to the US, I received cards and letters from them over the next three years."

When Dayavati returned in December of 2007, the orphanage---local residents refer to it as "the ashram"---had changed. In 2004 the ashram had already exceeded its 25-resident capacity. Now she found a population of 50, most of them pre-teenage. The older girls had to keep order, and some resorted to caning. Pressing needs included increased space, more adult staff and discipline consistent with the Hindu commitment to nonviolence.

This time Dayavati stayed a month, living in a home across the alley from the ashram. "All the children were crammed into the main building, with girls upstairs and the boys sleeping on mats on the cement floor in the dining room downstairs. Housing fifty children, the facilities were over-used and showed it." More paid staff was needed. "The cook was the only adult living with the children. One person cannot keep control in those conditions," she felt. " The director agreed." Dayavati returned home concerned: "Most of the children are not literally orphans. They come from troubled homes. As their numbers grew, they needed more care than the small staff could give."

Since her 2007 visit, things have changed for the better, and the number of children has grown to 54. The ashram has acquired a four-bedroom, two-bath house across the alley, moved the boys there under the live-in supervision of a retired estate caretaker, and finally cleared title to an empty lot nearby, gifted for a new facility. The classes she started on the yamas and niyamas---the 20 ethical restraints and observances---have continued. "It warms my heart. They've also hired tutors for the children. That's huge. Overcrowding made studying difficult and some residents were dropping out of school." She is also encouraged that the ashram now practices Positive Discipline, a firm but nonviolent style of child-rearing advocated worldwide by Gurudeva.

"I was absolutely thrilled when Santha Devi, one of the ashram founders, told me these things were happening," Dayavati said. "Santha is also teaching the children handicrafts, cooking and baking." The Sitiawan community gives food to the ashram, she said. "Local farmers bring fresh produce, and many local Hindu families celebrate birthdays and anniversaries by providing a nice meal for the children or taking them on an outing to the beach or park."

She hopes readers can contribute US$40 for a new set of school clothes to a Manjung child. The Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund is Hindu Heritage Endowment fund #54. Donate to the fund at www.hheonline.org.

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January to March 2010 Endowment Contributions

Kauai Aadheenam Monastic Endowment
Tina Desai US$200.00
Rajendra Giri 85.00
Roshan & Dali Harilela 375.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 175.96
Darma & Shivali Satgunasingam 50.00
Niraj Thaker 51.00
Ritesh Varma 5.00
Other Donations 34,711.17
Total 35,653.13
Iraivan Temple Endowment
Darlene Bolesny 40.00
Roger Brown 120.00
Anonymous 51.00
Latha Kannan 153.00
Anonymous 400.00
Wojciech Kawalek 50.00
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 75.00
Trond Liland 108.00
Laxmi PaiBir 108.00
Priyanka Patel 10.00
Anonymous 655.00
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Pregassen Soobramaney 10.00
Niraj Thaker 51.00
Anonymous 21.00
Other Donations 39,738.93
Total 41,600.02
Kauai Aadheenam Annual Archana Fund
Hemakheshaa Naatha Batumallah 5.00
Mekaladeva Batumallah 5.00
Gunavadee Caremben 7.64
Somasundaram Caremben 7.64
Sukanta Caremben 7.64
Sharath Chigurupati 369.00
Victoria Lynne Johnson 18.00
Juhivaasana Koothan 5.11
Saravan Koothan 13.66
Saroja Devi Manickam 7.00
Sivakavinian Moonesawmy 8.77
Bhaveshan Moorghen 23.68
Shanda Kumaran Moorghen 23.68
Udeyadeva Moorghen 23.68
Dayavati Murugan 80.00
Thrishna Bhani Muthu 231.88
Mrunal Patel 508.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 49.98
Kirtideva Peruman 16.42
Swapna Rajasankara 66.67
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 23.11
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Egambrum Sinsamy 96.94
Devaladevi Sivaceyon 17.71
Patudeva Sivaceyon 5.82
Hemavalli Sivalingam 2.70
Anonymous 10.50
Eassen Subramanian Valayten 8.78
Total 1,653.10
Hinduism Today Lifetime Subscription Fund
Shachie V Aranke 800.00
Maria S. Dara 240.00
Prabin Gautam 80.00
Rosa (Gunamaya) Jaramillo 229.00
Ravindra Kumar 800.00
Kirtideva Peruman 4.03
Niroshnee Peruman 25.57
Apputhury Praisoody 160.00
Sudha Prakash 160.00
Elamurugu Porselvi Ramachandran 240.00
Akileiswaran Samuthiran 19.95
Jayasutha Samuthiran 158.23
Anupkumar Shetty 240.00
Egambrum Sinsamy 106.87
Nutanaya Sivaceyon 17.71
Patudeva Sivaceyon 11.89
Potriyan Sivanathan 11.67
Uma Sivanathan 57.00
Lucio Tennina 1,000.00
Siven Veerasamy 10.15
Sharad Wagle 240.00
Total 4,562.07
Hindu Businessmen’s Association Trust
Paramaseeven Canagasaby 13.58
Vel Mahalingum 13.57
Manogaran Mardemootoo 20.32
Janaka Param 27.00
Total 74.47
Kailasa Peedam Gift Fund
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Boys School for Iraivan Priesthood
Bala Sivaceyon 32.76
Kauai Aadheenam Matavasi Medical Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 42.00
Rajendra Giri 85.00
Kulagan Moonesawmy 8.12
Gowri Nadason 157.59
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Other Donations 4,800.00
Total 5,155.80
Kumbhalavalai Ganesha Temple Endowment
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Sri Siva Subramaniya Swami Devasthanam Trust
Harish & Subhaashni Narayan 5.00
Malaysia Hindu Renaissance Fund
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Hinduism Today Production Fund
Tina Desai 200.00
Hiranya Gowda 93.00
Tapasya Jariwala 100.00
Arun J. Mehta 1,000.00
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 50.01
Anonymous 555.00
Jai Seecharran 101.00
Total 2,104.01
Vishwamata Gayatri Trust Fund
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Anonymous 50.00
Total 55.00
Hindu Orphanage Endowment Fund
Prabin Gautam 100.00
Roshan & Dali Harilela 375.00
Gunasekaran Kandasamy 175.96
Harish & Subhaashni Narayan 10.00
Natraj Narayanswami 25.00
Alex Ruberto 75.00
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Rodney & Ilene Standen 30.00
Total 800.05
Hindu Education Endowment
Hasu N. & Hansa H. Patel 100.00
Hindu Press International Endowment Fund
Hiranya Gowda 63.00
Loving Ganesha Distribution Fund
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 75.00
Gassa Patten 1,350.00
Total 1,425.00
Saiva Agamas Trust
Ganga Sivanathan 210.00
Positive Discipline Endowment
Vinaya Alahan 50.00
Tirumular Sannidhi Preservation Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 42.00
Hindu Heritage Endowment Administrative Fund
Sitara Alahan 280.00
Vinaya Alahan 500.00
Total 780.00
Kauai Aadheenam Religious Art and Artifacts Fund
Rajadeva Alahan 153.00
Thank You Bodhinatha Fund
Hotranatha Ajaya 33.00
Ram & Kalpana Batni 51.00
Anonymous 3,375.00
Anonymous 95.00
Amarnath & Latha Devarmanai 324.00
Maruthu Dharmalingam 173.00
Lalita Eswaran 11.00
Latha Kannan 100.00
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 25.00
Chowdary & Radhikadevi Koripella 200.00
Anil Kumar 27.00
Rathinappillai Logeswaran 150.00
Thiru & Vijaya Mandyam 25.00
Anushia Mohan 100.00
Natraj Narayanswami 21.00
Manoharan Navaratnarajah 150.00
Anonymous 101.00
Padmaja Patel 2,008.00
Shanta Devi Periasamy 420.00
Erasenthiran Poonjolai 501.00
Anonymous 80.00
Anonymous 200.00
Kakarala J. Rao 25.00
Alex Ruberto 45.00
Vignesh Sukumaran 108.00
Niraj Thaker 17.00
Vayudeva Varadan 135.00
Ratna Vasudev 51.00
Jayanthi & Krishnaswami Vijayaraghavan 101.00
Total 8,652.00
Saivite Hindu Scriptural Fund for the Visually Impaired
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Alex Ruberto 60.00
Total 65.00
Sri Chandra Madhab Debnath Endowment
Shyamal Chandra Debnath 150.00
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Total 155.00
Manitha Neyam Trust Fund
Bala Sivaceyon 35.41
Tiptur Shiva Temple & Youth Hostel Fund
Payal Sehgal 9.10
Mahajana College Fund
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Kapaleeshwara Temple Orphanage
Vinu & Urmila Mistry 54.00
Chiranjevi Raparla 15.00
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Total 78.09
Manjung Hindu Sabha Orphanage Fund
Harish & Subhaashni Narayan 10.00
Pazhassi Balamandiram Orphanage Fund
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Chiranjevi Raparla 15.00
Total 20.00
Swami Vipulananta Children’s Home Endowment
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Hinduism Today Complimentary Subscription Fund
Hiranya Gowda 153.00
Rajagopal Krishnan 60.00
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Total 218.00
Himalayan Academy Book Distribution Fund
Shyamadeva Dandapani 42.00
Anonymous 300.00
Vicki Lim 45.00
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Total 392.00
Kauai Aadheenam Yagam Fund
Victoria Lynne Johnson 18.00
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Total 27.09
Yogaswami Hindu Girls’ Home of Sittandy Endowment
Vinaya Alahan 50.00
Jeri Arin 300.00
Marlene Carter 162.00
Sunil Chacko 204.00
Anonymous 375.00
Tina Desai 300.00
Rajendra Giri 85.00
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 25.00
Shankar Narayanan 11.00
Subramaniam Pennathur 50.01
Ganga Sivanathan 150.00
Anonymous 15.00
Soma Sundaram 30.00
Anonymous 21.00
Total 1,778.01
Yogaswami Hindu Boys’ Home Fund
Vinaya Alahan 50.00
Anil Ananda Badhwar 80.00
Kugendra Canaganayagam 60.00
Anonymous 375.00
Nalini Ganapati Kodpadi 25.00
Anonymous 10.50
Total 600.50
Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona Endowment
Payal Sehgal 9.09
India Hindu Tribals Endowment
Kamalesh & Krishna Gangopadhyay
Prabin Gautam 100.00
Niraj Thaker 10.00
Total 4,771.59
Murugan Temple of North America Puja Fund
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Vayudeva Varadan 54.00
Total 63.09
Rani Jothiswarar Memorial Fund
Kanesh Ramanathan 138.70
Ramanathaswamy Temple Cleaning Fund
Vinaya Alahan 50.00
Danyse Crotti 150.00
Hiranya Gowda 99.00
Manogaran Mardemootoo 135.34
Anonymous 153.00
Ganga Sivanathan 300.00
Lucy Soutter 40.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Total 949.34
Hindu American Foundation Endowment
Devdatta Mhaiskar 5.00
Niraj Thaker 22.00
Total 27.00
Cows of Kadavul and Iraivan Temples (Kovil Maadu) Endowment
Vinu & Urmila Mistry 54.00
Priyanka Prashant Patel Bhide 10.00
Payal Sehgal 9.09
Total 73.09
Hindu Temple of the Woodlands Endowment
Darlene Bolesny 20.00
Insurance Premiums
Shun K. Sunder 2,500.00
Mrunal Patel 3,003.00
Deva Rajan 12,129.38
Total 6,722.38
Kauai Aadheenam Renovation Endowment
Other Donations 600.00
Total Contributions $130,941.98
Funds at Market Value, Mar 31, 2010
Total Endowment Funds $8,368,398.17
Total Pooled Income Funds $205,747.41
Grand Total $8,574,145.58


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