BAPs Swaminarayan Mandir: Challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic: Let us support each other
Message received from BAPs Swaminarayan Mandir, London
Forwarded by Narottambhai Kanji Pattni (BAPs Volunteer)
I am writing to you on the recommendation of P Yogvivek Swami to seek your help in contacting the key Gujarati organisations.
As a community, we are all facing the same challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, as we are aware, a number of organisations and individuals have risen to support their respective communities in different ways.
The purpose of our phone calls to the organisations is to share the experiences and work being done, to learn from each other and to explore how we can support each other.
The attached list includes the names of the organisation and the designated BAPS lead.
Whilst you are all experienced in communicating the right message, we have produced some guidelines for all OCR volunteers which you may find helpful.
Objective of our call to Samaj heads - to establish our connection and explore areas of mutual concern and where we can support each other. Guidance notes:
1. Calling you to introduce as the contact person between BAPS and your organisation
2. In these challenging times, it is important to maintain our connection with all the organisations and individuals with whom we have developed a close relationship over the years.
3. How are you supporting your community?
4. Are there any areas that we can support each other and our communities?........leads on to the initiatives undertaken by BAPS
5. Initiatives taken by BAPS in UK-
Daily webcasts of aarti, updates on important messages to stay safe and well, webcasts of weekend sabhas and events,
Weekly lectures on the theme on Timeless Hindu Values
Connect & Care- reaching out to those who are vulnerable and confined to their homes
Daily tiffin service to the elderly and frail- Brent, Harrow, Enfield, Watford and west London
Essential grocery supplied to the elderly and housebound
Reaching out to the communities local to Mandirs across the UK
Supporting food banks
Delivering food items to hospital staff and other essential workers- ambulance, police and fire services
Information on all our activities to support Covid 19 Pandemic is available on https://www.baps.org/News/2020/COVID-19-Pandemic-Serving-the-Community-18703.aspx.
Thank you very much for your help.
Please update Kiritbhai Wadia once you have made the telephone calls.
Dr Mayank R Shah
BAPS National Office, UK
BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir
105-119 Brentfield Road
Neasden, London NW10 8LD, UK
T: 020 8521 5395/0333 332 2221(off)
M: 07801 414663
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