Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust – Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli – December 30, 2018
Muddenahalli reverberated with the joyous celebrations of the Sixth Anniversary of the Annapoorna Breakfast Seva and the Third Anniversary of the Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust, which continues to increase the number of students it serves on a daily basis.
Presently, the Seva project serves more than 200,000 children in 2600 centres across 15 States, 2 Union Territories and 5 countries, selflessly helped by 500 volunteers and 5,000 support staff. Extending beyond nutrition, the Trust has also screened 13,000 children for health check-ups and has provided clean RO water to 100,000 children and 100,000 villagers. Indeed, the grace of the Lord knows no bounds and the Breakfast Seva project is a testimony of how love could embrace everybody in its warm grasp.
Started with a vision to encompass the whole world into one family, the revolution of love called ‘Annapoorna Breakfast Seva’ celebrated its sixth year of commencement alongside the Third Year Anniversary of Sri Sathya Sai Annapoorna Trust at Sri Sathya Sai Premamrutham . Sri N Sampath, Chairman of the Annapoorna Trust, and Sri B N Narasimha Murthy, Chief Mentor of Annapoorna Trust and Chancellor of Sri Sathya Sai University of Human Excellence have been key to the vision and mission of the trust.
The programme started with an invocation by the students of Sri Sangameshwara Vidyalaya Bangalore.
A short video was played to showcase the genesis and journey of the Annapoorna movement which now has touched the figure of 200,000 children, to whom breakfast is served every single morning!
Two beneficiary students shared the experiences of the Annapoorna Breakfast Seva in their school, and how it impacted their lives. The first was Kumari Rakshita, a student of Grade 10 from Government Model School, Bengaluru, who spoke in the Kannada language. In an emotional speech, she mentioned how the Seva activity brought a lot of change in her life, which was even noticed by her parents and also by her friends. She is so inspired by Bhagawan’s love that she wants to be an Annapoorna volunteer and a teacher.
The second student was Kumari Alphia C from Grade 7 of Sri Sangameshwara Vidyalaya, who also spoke about her experiences about how the Seva activity brought a change in her life.
Next, the Headmaster of the School also shared his experiences about the activity. He has served for 30 years in this school.
Sri Arvind Thiagarajan, Inventor of HD Stetho-device, a device designed and produced with the guidance of Bhagawan Himself was also presented to the Chief Minister. He requested the Annapoorna team to use the device in the Annapoorna schools itself so that they could touch as many students as possible. The first of the devices were given to Dr Sarita Purushottamam, Senior Pediatrician at the Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital, and Dr Phanindra, Coordinator of Divine Mother and Child programme.
Next, Sri B N Narasimha Murthy addressed the audience in Kannada. He mentioned that there are so many problems in India, but the Annapoorna team is solving one of them by providing free breakfast to the children.
The MLA of Devanahalli, Sri Nisarga Narayana Swamy to share his thoughts with the audience thereafter, bringing the morning to a close.
The Chief Guest of the evening programme was the Honorable Chief Minister of Puducherry, Sri V Narayanasamy, who has been instrumental in carrying the Breakfast Seva project to the State of Puducherry, where more than 20,000 students are being served in 213 schools.
To begin the auspicious celebrations, lamp lighting ceremony was performed invoking the Goddess of light, which was proceeded with the recitation of Anna-Brahma Suktam by the Pre-university students of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Group of Institutions.
A short video was shown detailing various activities undertaken by the Trust, inspired by Bhagawan. Mr. Anand Kadali presented updates about the activities carried out by the Annapoorna Trust. He talked about how Bhagawan Sri Sathya Saibaba inspired and guided the project right from the start, and also how various State governments have lent their support to the activities, and how these governments are looking to increase the impact of the activities in their respective States.
A new scheme, carrying the name of Sai Sure, a multi-nutrient supplement for children and pregnant women was launched and Puducherry became the first State to introduce this supplement in the Schools. Sri Jayaprakash TC, Trustee of Annapoorna Trust, Sri Sathyanarayana K, Volunteer at Annapoorna Trust, and Sri Bharani Prasad, Program Co-ordinator of Divine Mother and Child Program presented the supplement to the Chief Minister, which was launched in two tastes—chocolate and almond. The manufacturing of the supplement is done in Bengaluru in an FDA approved facility upholding highest standards.
Further, to facilitate healthcare of children who might be suffering from congenital heart diseases, that due to a lack of screening or diagnosis go unchecked and often proves to be fatal, the smart stethoscope—a device designed and produced with the guidance of Bhagawan Himself by Dr Arvind Thiagarajan, was also presented to the Chief Minister.
The first speaker of the evening was Sri C Sreenivas, Chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Educational Trust, who addressed the gathering and thanked the Chief Minister for his presence and the support that he was extending to the Annapoorna project in his State.
Sri B N Narasimha Murty was the next speaker. He mentioned how a Triveni of service project was emanating from the Lotus Feet of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba in the form of Aahara Vahini (food), Akshara Vahini (education), and Aarogya Vahini (health). He emphasized that all these should be given free of cost, as was the culture of India once, and also with a compassionate heart.
Sri N Sampath, Chairman of Annapoorna Trust, spoke next and thanked the Chief Minister profusely for taking time out of his busy schedule to come to Muddenahalli and be a part of the celebrations.
The next speaker was the Chief Minister of Puducherry, Sri V Narayanasamy. He mentioned that how inspired by various historical schemes, the state of Puducherry introduced breakfast, mid-day meal, and hot milk in the evening for children and achieved 100% literacy rate for the State in the last decade. He also highlighted various achievements that the State has made through dedicated schemes and focus on the upliftment of poor people. Puducherry became the first union territory to introduce this supplement in the Schools.
The evening programme came to a ceremonial close with the Mangala Arathi to Bhagawan Sri Sathya Saibaba.