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Serve the Planet 2014: A Global Service Project

‘Serve the Planet’ is a unique global service project in its 2nd year of inception. Through this service project, fellow Sai brothers and sisters from about 125 countries across the continents, unite with each other under a common global theme to serve their local communities. This youth-led, annual service project is rendered as a humble offering of love and gratitude to our Divine Lord, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba, on the special occasion of the epoch-making event on October 20th 1940: The Avatar Declaration Day.

The theme for this year’s Serve the Planet is focused on children, ‘Children are our future’. Accordingly, SSSSO UK partnered with the hugely popular national charity organisation, Refuge UK, that has received many accolades for its work with children who, unfortunately, had become victims of domestic violence.

Most of us experience our homes to be a place of retreat, where we can relax, feel loved and feel safe. But for many thousands of women and children in the UK, this is not the case. The place where they stay is a place filled with anxiety and fear - fear for the physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of their children and themselves, every single day. For almost 45 years Refuge UK have offered refuge, a safe place, to women and their children who have fled their homes to be free from domestic violence, in hope for a brighter future.

Sai devotees across all 8 Regions of the UK responded spontaneously with incredible love and unity to this opportunity to serve and created school and activity packs for these children. Packs contained essential school stationary such as pens, rulers and calculators, as well items to encourage creativity such as sketch-pads, colouring pencils and family games. Packs were presented to Refuge UK on the special day, 20th October, at 8 different Collection points in cities across the UK, and with prayers for a bright future for the children!

In total, devotees across the UK offered 332 packs for the children.

The original target was 265 packs, but in a very short time, with Swami’s Grace and Will and the love of devotees the target was not only met but was exceeded!

“Let me tell you that nothing is impossible if an organised society is set on achieving it…Through the sense of unity, the willingness to sacrifice, and the softness of compassion, all objects can be gained. So, the Sathya Sai Organisation must move forward with hearty enthusiasm in the field of service to society”.
- Sathya Sai Baba, Sathya Sai Speaks (19th November, 1981).

Many devotees, both young and senior, enjoyed this service to children immensely. Already plans are afoot across Sai Centres in the country to continue and progress this activity in the future.

We sincerely thank Swami for giving us this opportunity to serve the young ones in our society and share our love with them. We thank Him for bringing to the front of our consciousness the incredible message of Love all, Serve all.

“I tell the devotees to always pray, Loka Samasthah Sukhino Bhavantu (May all the people of the world be happy!) All should be happy, healthy and blissful. With such sacred motive, I have been spreading the message of love to the entire world."
- Sathya Sai Baba (20th October, 2002).

'Children are our future': Summary of Activity in UK

Dr. Nishal Govindji-Bhatt,
On behalf of ‘Serve The Planet’- Team UK