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Am Sonntag, den 18.02.2018, fand unsere diesjährige Mitgliederversammlung statt. Neben den allgemeinen Tagesordnungspunkten (Bericht des Vorstandes, Bericht der Schatzmeisterin, Entlastung des Vorstandes etc.) hat der Vorstand den Jahresbericht 2017 vorgestellt. In diesem Bericht könnt ihr die Entwicklungen im Waisenhaus in Indien und im Verein in Berlin für das vergangene Jahr detailliert nachlesen. Den kompletten Jahresbericht findet ihr auf unserer Website unter folgendem Link: Snehalayam e.V. Jahresbericht 2017

Wir wünschen euch viel Spaß beim Lesen!

 

An dieser Stelle möchten wir uns bei unseren knapp 100 Mitgliedern bedanken. Eure Unterstützung ist Voraussetzung unserer Arbeit. Ob durch Mitgliedsbeiträge, Spenden oder die Teilnahme an unseren Events; ihr ermöglicht momentan 57 Menschen in Indien ein besseres Leben. So haben wir Dank eurer Hilfe ein neues Grundstück kaufen können, auf dem in diesem Jahr ein neues Zuhause für die älteren Hilfsbedürftigen entstehen soll. Im Namen aller Kinder und Älteren möchten wir euch dafür von ganzem Herzen danken!

Bei der Mitgliederversammlung haben wir auch den neuen Snehalayam e.V. Vorstand gewählt (siehe Bild oben). Milena Geiger übernimmt wieder die Position als erste Vorsitzende. An ihrer Seite steht dabei erneut die zweite Vorsitzende Leonie Geigis. Paul Bangert übernimmt zukünftig das Amt des Schatzmeisters für den Verein und folgt damit auf Stefana Bosse, der wir für ihre jahrelange Arbeit als Schatzmeisterin ganz herzlich danken.

Neben einem Blick auf das Jahr 2017 haben wir die Mitgliederversammlung auch genutzt, um uns für die Aufgaben in 2018 zu wappnen und auch eine Eventplanung für 2018 zu erstellen. Mehr dazu und zu der Entwicklung in Indien erfahrt ihr in unserem kommenden März-Newsletter oder unter der Rubrik Veranstaltungen auf Facebook hier: https://www.facebook.com/pg/snehalayamev/events/

Wir sind zuversichtlich, alle vor uns liegenden Aufgaben mit eurer tatkräftigen Hilfe überwinden zu können. Und freuen uns auf ein spannendes, gemeinsames Jahr mit euch!

Milena Geiger, Leonie Geigis und Paul Bangert
Vorstand des Snehalayam e.V.

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On November 24th, Snehalayam e.V. is hosting its annual charity concert at Chesters. You can expect an evening full of amazing music – the retrosound from DELTAWELLE (https://www.deltawelle.com/), rock from Berlin by pocketmind (https://pocketmind.de/), as well as deeply moving songs by the singer-songwriter Ciarán MacSuibhne.

Doors open at 8 pm at Chesters, Glogauer Str 2 in 10999 Berlin, and at 8.30 pm we’ll start kicking off with beats from our first band.

As usual the fun costs 5 €, which will go as a donation to Tojo’s Snehalayam and support the education of the Indian orphans living there.

For more information – who we are, what motivates us and what exactly you are supporting with your donation, please visit our website www.snehalayam.com

We are looking forward to seeing you on the dancefloor and would like to thank the musicians and Chesters for supporting our charity concert!!

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Unser Jahresbericht 2016 ist da!

Am vergangenen Sonntag, dem 02.04.2017, fand unsere diesjährige Mitgliederversammlung statt. Neben den allgemeinen Tagesordnungspunkten (Bericht des Vorstandes, Bericht der Schatzmeisterin, Entlastung des Vorstandes etc.) hat der Vorstand den Jahresbericht 2016 vorgestellt. In diesem Bericht könnt ihr die Entwicklungen im Waisenhaus in Indien und im Verein in Berlin für das vergangene Jahr detailliert nachlesen. Den kompletten Jahresbericht findet ihr auf unter folgendem Link: Snehalayam e.V. Jahresbericht 2016

Wir wünschen euch viel Spaß beim Lesen!

An dieser Stelle möchten wir uns bei unseren knapp 100 Mitgliedern bedanken. Eure Unterstützung ist Voraussetzung unserer Arbeit. Ob durch Mitgliedsbeiträge, Spenden oder die Teilnahme an unseren Events; ihr ermöglicht mehr als 60 Menschen in Indien ein besseres Leben. Im Namen aller Kinder und Älteren möchten wir euch dafür von ganzem Herzen danken!

Neben einem Blick auf das Jahr 2016 haben wir die Mitgliederversammlung auch genutzt, um uns für die Aufgaben in 2017 zu wappnen. Snehalayam und Snehagramma stehen in diesem Jahr vor großen Herausforderungen: ein neues Dach wird gebaut und die älteren Hilfsbedürftigen werden umziehen müssen, außerdem werden steigende Lebenshaltungskosten eine Anhebung der Überweisungen unumgänglich machen.

Wir sind zuversichtlich, alle vor uns liegenden Hürden mit eurer tatkräftigen Hilfe überwinden zu können.

Frohe Ostern!

Stefana Bosse, Milena Geiger, Leonie Geigis

Vorstand des Snehalayam e.V.

 

Snehalayam e.V. Jahresbericht 2016

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We started with a big bang into 2017

We started off 2017 with our annual evaluation. Under the guidance of our beloved supervisor Wolfgang we discussed not only the “pearls” (best moments of 2016) but also the “nuts” we have to crack this year. We decided last year to spread our events over the whole year rather than just the summer. So far, this has been very successful! We are also pleased to welcome some new active members and with them we are looking forward to having an amazing year packed with fresh projects and events.

 

What do we plan to do? To give you a heads up, we started Snehalayam yoga classes with the lovely Anna last year and we would like to make “Snehalayam Yoga Classes” a regular event.  We are also excited about an idea to create an Indian cookery book.

Get in touch if you are interested in participating in a project or joining our foundation. You can contact us by emailing snehalayam@gmx.de, or by messaging us on our Facebook site. Or better still come and talk to us at one of our events!

Feel the spirit by becoming part of our Snehalayam e.V. family!

What a night!

This year we hosted our second benefit Snehalayam Party. It was a fantastic night! Over 200 people danced to 5 DJs in the Berlin club “Freudenzimmer”. We would like to thank all the supporters, Snehalayam e.V. members, and guests . Not to forget the DJs Kirschen Kalle, Hatschi Hal F, Palina Rojinski, Max Schumann and Tim Krull. A special thanks goes to the team of the Freudenzimmer.

Within the next few months the money raised at the party will go directly to supporting the children and elderly in Snehalayam.

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2016 started off with our annual members meeting. We elected Milena Geiger and Leonie Geigis as the new chairwomen and re-elected Stefana Bosse as Head of Finance of the Snehalayam e.V. Thanks to Patrick Boschkov and Deborah Buthmann for their fantastic leadership of the Snehalayam e.V. for the past two years!  

 

Something for the soul!

After the success of our first yoga event held last September we held another class in January 2017. During the 90 minute vinyasa-yoga class we were instructed by the yoga teacher Anna Drewes  (www.annadrewes.com) and learned how to relax and energise our body. The event was particularly significant as the children living in Tojo’s Snehalayam also have yoga classes. The first session was held in the natural habitat of the Gleisdreieck Park in Kreuzberg, Berlin but for the second session we were lucky to be able to use the karate studio of Shingitai Kai e.V., for free! Thanks to Anna and the Shingitai Kai e.V., for a lovely event! We hope to have some more yoga classes later in the year!

 

To be on the ball

Over the past five summers we have held an annual beach volleyball and soccer tournament. This year more than 100 players joined the event and helped us to raise money for the children at Tojo’s Snehalayam. The generous donations we have received have meant that we can transfer money for school fees and food to India. We would like to thank all the fantastic organisers including the FC Internationale e.V., Ole Brandmeyer, Paul Bang, Büsra Aslan, Milena Geiger and Christoph Hampel.

 

Nowkoelln Flowmarket – We are loving it!

We were very excited to have our first stall at a Berlin flea market! Our team of volunteers set up the stall at Nowkoelln-Flowmarkt at the Maybachufer in Berlin. We sold clothes, handbags and art prints donated by some of our active members. Thanks to the volunteer stallholders and our members for their generous donations (http://www.nowkoelln.de/).

 

Rock the Barkett

Our fifth benefit concert was a great success! Such a memorable night! We would like to thank the awesome bands Skeleton Skies and Wild Tales. Not to mention the fantastic crowd!  We would also like to thank the team of the Barkett for their really yummy vegan chilli sin carne!

Thanks to Marc Douc (http://marcdouc.tumblr.com/) for some great photos too!

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Kathrin’s visit in Snehalayam

On October 25th 2016 after an approximately 3,5 hours ride from Chennai (Madras), I finally arrived in Pondicherry. I received a warm and joyful welcome although not very many people were there; the children were at school still. So I met Leela and Robert as well as Munjula and Mary who work in the kitchen. Robert is a young man who helps Leela with the children. His tasks range from transport duty over homework supervision to small errands. Both were very excited about the gifts I had brought, especially about the 2017 calendar that shows Snehalayam and the children.

 

At 4 in the afternoon, the first children came from school and examined me curiously. I probably looked as surprised as them since I didn’t expect such discipline when they arrived. One after another they all neatly put their school bags in a long row and took out their lunch boxes. Then they all went to wash their hands in the big sink right next to the house and everybody thoroughly cleaned their lunch box. Finally, they all disappeared and came back shortly after in leisurewear. They went back to the sink to wash the school uniforms they had worn until just then. As soon as everything was in place, as if on command, there was a colourful hustle and bustle, the children laughed, played, told stories and some even were courageous enough to speak to me and showed me the house. Communication was difficult at first but became lively after we got to know each other a bit better.

At 5 p.m., the children began with their homework and before I knew, as if on command, they all took out their school books and started to study out on the veranda floor. This all happened without much clamour and I was very impressed with the children’s discipline. Leela then explained to me that without certain strict processes, nothing would work in the house. At the moment, 21 children live in Snehalayam. It is especially nice that two students from a university came every afternoon to help the children with the homework. The two students speak good English and can explain the tasks very clearly which especially helps some boys with their homework. Three children unfortunately had to leave since they always disturbed the processes, would not listen, which made things increasingly difficult for Leela and had a negative influence on other children.

 

Leela is 63 years old and came to Snehalayam 20 years ago. When in 1991 she prayed to recover from critical illness she vowed to dedicate her life to God’s service should she recover. She did and soon her pastor found an ad in the newspaper that Tojo from Kerala had placed. He was looking for support in Snehalayam. And so Leela went from Kerala to Pondicherry. Her work here, especially after Tojo’s death, means everything to her.

 

Since the children are in school during the day until the late afternoon, I spent the following days with Leela. I inspected the house and tried to find out what’s missing most urgently. There was no doubt that the repair of the roof of the main building was needed most. It had been destroyed during a fire two years ago. To fix it they had installed a makeshift palm roof that after a year already was entirely destroyed. I also visited Snehagramma, a place in Mattu where older people live that were given a home by Tojo. 30 elderly people live in Snehagramma at the moment. I was heartened by seeing how people care for each other there. The property is huge and the buildings of a formed textile factory offer a good home to women and men and also provides a home for ill people. I saw the vegetable garden and spoke to the cook who explained to me how she prepared the meals.

 

I spent the afternoons of my short 4-day stay in Snehalayam in the orphanage. As soon as the children come home from school, there is a lively atmosphere and day by day, everybody is more excited; it is only a few days until the Diwali festival. For the festival, we went shopping. On Diwali, there should be more than just the usual donations from the supermarket that due to the festival was smaller than usually. We bought lots of vegetables for the following days and fruit like apples, bananas, organs, papayas and lemons, an unusual treat for the children. I would have loved to make a fruit salad a la Germania for the feast but lacked the time. Visitors who look after the children and bring something for the festival arrive all the time. Almost every day, friends and supporters of the orphanage arrived and brought sweets for the children. A woman from Pondicherry even brought new shirts and trousers for every child. I decided to buy a new dress for Leela. It is the custom that the festival is begun in new clothes.

On the evening before Diwali I had to say goodbye. I exchanged some important information with Robert and Leela, and then the children sang a song. I was moved and sad that the time passed too fast to get to know everybody better. But I will come back.

The children’s excitement is contagious and I regret having to leave on the day of the festival. But in my heart I took the laughter, love and joy of the house with me.

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Leonie and Anna-Lena report from their time in Snehalayam….

„In May of this year we visited Snehalayam in India. We were bursting with anticipation at our stay with Leela and the kids. Upon arrival, we immediately felt welcomed as part of the family. Leela received us with open arms. Together we also visited Snehagramma, where the older inhabitants live. Here also we were welcomed with bright, beaming faces and interested people and despite the language barrier, we got along great.

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At the time of our stay there were school holidays in Tamil Nadu, India, where Snehalayam is located. Therefore Snehalayam was relatively empty, as many of the kids were visiting relatives or their older siblings. Therefore we weren’t able to meet all oft he boys, but instead we got to spend all the more intensive time with those that did stay in Snehalayam and they have found a dear place in our hearts. Together we played, laughed and did the necessary chores in Snehalayam. For example, we bought backpacks for the school children. During our stay three of the boys were studying for their entry exams to be able to go to university. They want to study geography, sociology and biochemistry. The results will come out in a few weeks – we are keeping our fingers crossed!

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We are very happy to have met Leela and the kids. In our conversations with Leela we found out a lot about everyone’s personal life stories and we are incredibly grateful that the children have found such a caring new home in Leela and Snehalayam. We also feel very proud that Leela is continuing to be there for the boys so wholeheartedly and courageously despite her age and the bitter loss of Tojo last year. Despite many challenges she does not lose faith!

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Fortunately, thanks to many generous food donations the basic needs of Snehalayam are met. For the future there are plans to build a roof over the eating area and school fees are also set to rise, so everyone is very grateful about the continuing support of Snehalayam e.V.

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Beatbox-Workshop

Dear supporters of Snehalayam,

We want to share some impressions of the beatbox-workshop that took place with Karishma Bhasinin in Snehalayam recently. We would love to share some of the pictures with you and as you can see everyone had lots of fun!

We would really like to thank Roland for all his hard work and we would love the opportunity to have the workshop again next year.

Thanks for all of your support!

Yours Snehalayam

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Meeting of Members

Our annual meeting of memers took place on the 6th of March. We elected our new chairmanship and treasuer. We are happy to annpunce our new chairwomen and treasurer, who will lead the Snehalayam e.V. for the next two years. Milena Geiger, Leonie Geigis and Stefana Bosse are the new chairmanship of Snehalayam. We would like to use the opportunity to say thanks to our former chairman Patrick Boschkov and chairwoman Deborah Buthmann for their amazing and inspiring work in the past. We are looking forward to further years of unforgetable events, a lot of fun and new challanges on the way.

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Patrick visits Snehalayam

Our former first chairman of the Snehalayam e.V. visited Snehalayam in Janaury this year. Patrick, visited to check out how we can support after the death of beloved Tojo. He went their and came back with the good news that everybody is missing Tojo, who was like a father for the children, but that Leela, Aju and Joseph are supported by Tojos family as well as neighbours and friends. All children are healthy and going to school. We are happy to hear that after the year of loosing the founder of Snehalayam we know that everybody in Snehalayam and Snehagrama is taking care of.

Some impressions of Patricks visit:

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