KHNA YOUTH PAST ACTIVITIES:

Kerala Hindus of North America (KHNA) presents yet another Hindu Camp for children and youth in the Greater Toronto Area, on 12th February 2017, Sunday, 2pm to 5pm. This camp is being conducted in partnership with Chinmaya Mission Toronto, at their Ashram in Brampton, Ontario. The theme of the camp is "The Game of Life - An introduction”. The camp will be run by young Canadian born and trained Acharyas of Chinmaya Mission, Acharya Dev, Acharya Gina and Acharya Sachin. Through activities, games, an inspirational biopic (movie) and interactive workshops this camp will introduce the concepts of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism), its relevance and application in everyday scenarios of life at school, at home, among friends, peer pressure i.e. values that will help navigate one through the game of life. For Adults there will be a complementary knowledge session by the Acharyas and a presentation by KHNA team on their work, activities and the Kerala Hindus of North America Biennial Convention in Detroit. Since spots are limited due to venue capacity, please register yourself and anyone else in your family who may be attending. Your registration also helps us determine number of students attending and help plan the event accordingly.

Click HERE to Register for “The Game of Life – An Introduction”

Link to Register : https://goo.gl/forms/IL1i8dtCBqK3NOh23


Chetan Nambiar KHNA Youth Internship Attapadi Report

Kerala Hindus of North America (KHNA) Youth in partnership with Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission, introduced successfully this year an opportunity for KHNA youth to serve Kerala and connect with the soul of Kerala. Our first intern this year was Chetan Nambiar from Dayton, Ohio. Chetan who is in Grade 12 spent a month serving in Attapady for a month, in July and August 2016. Here is a report by Chetan on his experience during this Internship.

Chetan Nambiar, Dayton, OH

 

  

Attapadi is a valley region that straddles the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border. On all sides, it is surrounded by mountains, and elephants and monkeys regularly move through the area. The people are extremely friendly, and live happily, despite the region being labeled as one of the most impoverished in India. The Attapadi region was once entirely self-sufficient (one of the few such regions in the world). However, as more settlers came to the region, the situation degraded. The development systems initiated by the government have done little, if nothing, to solve the problems that face the region. As the rest of India developed, Attapadi stayed behind. A quick glance at the problems facing the region would show a high rate of alcoholism and drug use, a lack of well paying jobs or education, poor infrastructure, illiteracy, along with endemic infant mortality, tuberculosis, and typhoid. Every time it rains, hospitals are flooded with new cases of dysentery and diarrhea. Abnormally high rates of mental diseases persist, including depression, psychotic, and anxiety disorders. All of these problems occur while the region slowly loses its culture to increased settlement. The need for sustainable community-oriented development is paramount.
This internship provided me the opportunity to assist with this development. Working with the Swami Vivekananda Medical Mission (SVMM), I was given the opportunity to be a health/social worker. Not only does SVMM treat roughly 300 patients (mainly tribal) for free each day, it runs numerous social programs to assist in the community. There I was able to work with these programs in the village of Vachipathi, a hamlet of around 450 people.

  

Initially, the work consisted mainly going door-to-door and collecting information about the residents. I would ask for their name, age, education, health, marital status, social and governmental problems, and number of children. In total, 103 houses were logged for all these fields (347 people total). From this data, suggestions were made to SVMM to create four different programs. The first two were combined: create a youth football group, and within that group, create a program for occupation specialization for those who did not complete school up to 10th standard. The next program was to create an infrastructure complaint registration. Through the registration, villagers would have another channel to speak about problems such as lack of electricity, water, or poor housing. The last program was to create a health awareness program, were locals were warned about standing water, the necessity of toilets, and general disease prevention. After these ideas were presented to the village development committee (run by locals), we were able to institute all of these programs within the village.

 

Some days, however, I would stay back at the hospital. There I was given the ability to see how a hospital runs and observe patients. The logistics of treating over 300 patients a day with one doctor presents a large daily task for those working in the hospital, and observing the process taught me about the health care process in a developing region. Working with the hospital, I also went out and visited mental health patients in the community, and made observations along with social workers. And from an epidemiological standpoint, I was able to assist by reviewing general patient data and trying to spot notable trends. Under the umbrella of the medical mission, there were other programs for which to help too, such as speaking at an English medium school or observing the construction of new houses. There was always something to do at the medical mission.


The typical day started at 9 am, where I would either go to the hospital for assignment or to the village where you worked. At some point in the day, we would go back to the hospital to report on the findings. At around 7 pm, I would head back to the ashram, and eat dinner before possibly attending a satsang class. After the class, the collected data would reviewed, and I would try to come up with specific solutions to the problems facing the communities. This would be the schedule for all of the week but the off day (if one took it). Some days I would leave for the village in the evening, and on these days I was able to attend more of the classes offered at the ashram and enjoy the scenic beauty on display. These days were nice for relaxing, and allowed me to think more specifically about what was necessary to accomplish. The accommodations provided were nice, if sparse, reflecting the modest outlook one was expected to have at the ashram. This mentality, exhibited by both the residents of the ashram and the villagers, was appreciated as it contrasted nicely with the consumerist vibes of American society.
I would recommend this internship to all who are interested. Not because it was fun (it was) or because the landscape was beautiful (it was) or because it gave me an opportunity to see a different culture (that was fun); rather, I would recommend the internship because it puts you in the crux of what real development takes. Real development is hard work. It’s not flashy work, and may not be the best conversation starter. Real development isn’t just building a school: it also means staffing it, providing books and supplies, and making sure the children are safe. This type of work requires that the logistics of everything be considered in what you do. The work can be extremely tiring. But it’s good works that forces you out of your comfort zone and appreciate problems that you don’t have. If that’s something you want to do, this internship would be something for you to work in.

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This is an unpaid summer internship and offers opportunity to youth and young adults to contribute their time to a larger movement of serving humanity, while engaging in self-development. Interns spend the duration of their internship working with NGOs in the community. They seek to serve and engage in a transformative experience that empowers them, as they strive to make an impact in their chosen field. To know more and apply for internship in 2017, please CLICK HERE

Chetan Nambiar KHNA Youth Internship Attapadi Report Chetan Nambiar KHNA Youth Internship Attapadi Report (956 KB)

Striking to Perfection - Bowling & Knowledge Workshop

Kerala Hindus of North America (KHNA) Youth presents an afternoon of learning and fun featuring Bowling and two Knowledge Sessions, in the Greater Toronto Area.

When: September 25th 2016, Sunday 11am to 1:30pm.
Venue: Planet Bowl, 5555 Eglinton Avenue West, Etobicoke, ON. Canada

REGISTER HERE

The event comprises :
•Bowling
•Lunch
•Interactive workshop, on "Striking to Perfection" in our daily lives - by young Canadian born/raised Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Acharya Sachin Phagu. The workshop will include a debrief on the Bowling session, its lessons and its relevance to "Striking to Perfection". Following an hour of bowling, Acharya Sachin will conduct an interactive workshop on "Striking to Perfection". The cost of $20 for this event includes lunch, shoes, bowling and the workshop, per person.
•For Adults & Parents - 11:00 am to 12:30 pm - Talk on "Why did we lose interest in Vedanta" by Pravin Ranjan. Admission is free for this talk.
To reserve your spot, please REGISTER at the earliest to avoid disappointment, as we are limited to 50 spots. Registrations will close as soon as spots are filled up or by deadline for registration on September 21st 2016, 11:00 PM. On registration more details will be communicated to all registered attendees.
 
Pravin Ranjan's bio:
Pravin Ranjan is a young Canadian educated/raised scholar of Vedanta, practitioner of Vedanta, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist who dedicates all of his off-work hours to travelling and educating University students across Canada and USA with this knowledge of the self, striving to create well-rounded, balanced individuals who will positively contribute to society. The talk will touch upon the what of Vedanta, the reasons why we lost and continue to lose out on this precious knowledge and its applications and how to correct this and pursue unconditional happiness.
Acharya Sachin's bio :
Acharya Sachin was born in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. At the age of 18, he kickstarted his path towards pursuing a higher truth and understanding of God and Hinduism. Although he finished his B.A. in Education from Australia, he had a yearning to teach Spiritual knowledge rather than secular knowledge. Therefore, eager to learn scriptures, he enrolled at the Residential Vedanta Course at Chinmaya Mission Trinidad under the tutelage of Swami Prakashananda ji.
ANY QUESTIONS please contact vinod.varapravan@gmail.com or 519 319 0863

 

Knowledge Webinar - “How to talk to strangers about Hinduism” – by Hindu American Foundation’s Murali Balaji @ DC – Sep 2016

Knowledge Webinar by Acharya Vivek - October 2016

KHNA Youth Seva Activities – To raise $ for KHNA’s Tribal Empowerment Project in Attapady, Kerala

Summer Youth Internship in Kerala – July 11th to August 12, 20016 

"Ordinary to Extraordinary" the study of Vedanta by Acharya Vivek - weekend camp in August 26, 2016 in the DC, Maryland area

Knowledge Webinar – “Being Arya - How to be a master of all situations !!!” – by Vikrant Tomar

Knowledge Webinar by Acharya Sachin - August 2016

Mind Your Dharma – KHNA Youth Camp May 15, 2016, Mississauga, ON

Knowledge Webinars – Minute to Mind Management – By Acharya Vivek

Knowledge Webinar – Why I became a Hindu – By Stephen Knapp

KHNA Youth Toronto Bowling Knowledge Session – July 10, 2016

KHNA Youth Activities Report 2016: 

Youth activity report 2016 Youth activity report 2016 (1033 KB)

Don't look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished.

Swami Vivekananda | Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple