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Yogathon

Food for Life Global joins Yogathon event

YogathonFood for Life Global is one of the event parters participating in the Yogathon organized by Overseas Volunteer for a Better India (OVBI) on the first International Yoga Day to be celebrated on June 21. 

100+ cities drive, 15 cities in New Jersey-New York area, seven cities in California, six cities in Texas and three cities in Ohio have already finalized the details of the Yogathon, said the organizers. 

Among the Yogathon’s other partners include the Indian Consulate in New York, Air India and Subway. 

The United Nations declared June 21 as World Yoga Day on December 11 last year, following a proposal by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. During his visit to the United Nations in September last year, Modi had urged the world community to celebrate Indian Yoga at the international level and that June 21 be declared as the World Yoga Day.

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“We are more than happy to partner in this event,” explained director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner. “Food for Life Global hails from a yoga tradition and our mission is to create peace and unity in the world through teaching spiritual equality in action — free vegan food distribution. A non-violent diet is promoted in the yoga sutras and so it is only natural that our organization be involved in promoting the ideals of yoga.”

OVBI-logoTo learn more about this event, visit http://www.overseasvbi.org/ 

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Cooking on the spot to serve people in Nepal

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16th May, 2015, Nepal — FFL volunteers went to Chamkharka village at Panauti to cook and serve hot meals, along with relief materials. Twenty-five Volunteers from FFL Nepal ventured out early in the morning with utensils, fresh vegetables, rice, and dhal to cook their now famous khichadi (rice, bean and vegetable stew) onsite.

However, preparation for cooking was delayed when they realized it was not possible to transport their cooking stove & gas to the remote village. Volunteers had to gather wood from around the area to cook on an open fire.

Once the khichadi was ready, a rush of children came to get their share, thrusting their plates & cups at the servers and screaming in anticipation. “We asked the children to first wash their hands with soap before serving them the hot khichadi,” explained one of the volunteers. “Even though they were very hungry, they all happily complied.”

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While some volunteers served the hot breakfast meal to the villagers, other volunteers handed out new & slightly used clothing, donated by the members of Thai-based Myanmar Born Gurkha Youth Association, headed by Mr. Sagar Kharel from Thailand.

Food for Life Nepal also distributed bags of rice and biscuits to 93 families.

Thank you to all the donors that have made these efforts possible. Please continue to help.

Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NepalFFL

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Director of FFLG meets with Slovenian Secretary of State

PRT-SSTS72May 7, 2015, Ljubljana –– Director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner met with the Slovenian Secretary of State, Mr Tadej Slapnik to discuss ways to collaborate. Mr Slapnik is responsible for establising dialogue with civil socieites and coordinating civil and social entrepreneurial initiatives. 

Food for Life Global will be opening a worldwide headquarters in Ljubljana and seeks cooperation and support with the Slovenian Government, including sharing good practice and supporting the government’s Food Surplus, Zero Waste initiative.

In this regard, a Food Surplus Entrepreneurs Network (www.fsenetwork.org) was established by the European community that brings together social entrepreneurs fighting food waste. 

Turner also spoke of Feed the World Week (October 15-22) & Food for Life Global’s plans to host a “Feeding the 5000” event on October 15 together with Feedback Global and Ekologi brez meja. He asked if Slovenian Prime Minister Dr. Miro Cerar could open the event in Ljubljana at Congress Square by serving the first meal.
 
Food for Life’s local affiliate is currently operating a Healthy Meals for Socially Depriviledged program and hopes to partner with the Ministry for Health. Later this year, Food for Life Slovenia will launch a Meat Free Monday Campaign.

Mr. Slapnik has been instrumental in starting and launching several social enterprises, worker cooperatives and several other initiatives of social entrepreneurships in Slovenia. He collaborated in the preparation of the national Strategy for the Development of Social Entrepreneurship 2013-16 and the plan for its execution. He is the founder and secretary general of the internationally operating Slovenian Forum of Social Entrepreneurship. He also follows the development of various initiatives in the field of youth entrepreneurship and other vulnerable social groups.

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Food for Life continues after 2nd Earthquake rocks Nepal

11224219_1646672942232824_5700109743257444507_nDespite another massive (7.4) Earthquake that struck Nepal on 12th May, Food for Life Nepal continues to distribute thousands of hot meals, along with 1000kg of bags of rice, flour, clothes, blankets, and biscuits to needy families.

Watch this touching video of the work they are doing.

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To continue supporting these efforts, please donate via Food for Life Global’s US partner A Well-Fed World. 

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Food for Life Nepal reaching remote villages in need

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Since no other relief agencies are reaching these areas, the people are highly appreciative of our efforts

May 10, 2015, Kathmandu — Food for Life Global affiliate, Food for Life Nepal has been non-stop in the kitchen and on the streets of Kathmandu, Bhaktipur and many remote villages affected by the massive earthquake that struck on April 25.

“Today we went to Dulal Village (20km away from our kitchen) to distribute food and relief materials received from Sahid Bhagavat Singh Comrade organization. The bad weather, prevented us visiting other places today,” explained Visvajit Vrajesa Das, director of the program.

Volunteers provided 100 blankets to the residents of Dulal village at 3 different spots, along with 250 kgs of rice, 50 large bags of flour, and 300 packets of biscuits to the village children.

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Remote areas being served, where no other NGOs go

To date, more than 90,000 people have been provided hot meals by Food for Life Nepal, while 400 families also received relief supplies. FFL Volunteers packed 2400 kgs of rice, dhal, blankets and clothing in flatbed trucks and drove to remote villages over damaged roads.  “Many of the families were in critical condition. Most of the houses were destroyed and people were starving,” reported Das. “We gave them blankets and then cooked them a delicious dinner on the spot.

Volunteers are visiting remote villages like Majuwa, Ramkot, Tudikhel and Salyantar where often the roads are not paved and survivors are looking for grains in the rubble of the quake. 

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FFL Nepal is serving hot meals to the affected victims, especially to the children. They also sent a ton of food grains to the Dhading area and two tons of food grains to Gorkha.

Food For Life Nepal also served hot meals to earthquake victims at the Thapapati VDC hospital wards, #1 and #2 in Nuwakot, while 500 Kgs of rice and 50kgs of beans were given to survivors in the Chauthe VDC hospital ward #01 of Nuwakot. 

“Nuwakot is around 22 km from Kathmandu. Since no other relief agencies are reaching these areas, the people are highly appreciative of our efforts,” reported Das.

At many of the sites, FFL volunteer monks encourage the villagers to join them in soft kirtan while the others distribute the food and relief materials. 

Please continue supporting these efforts.