JAINA has initiated a very noble project of raising funds for Sadharmik bhakti.With generous donations from JAINA community members goal is to reach out and help as many Sadharmik families in INDIA suffering from devastating effects of COVID-19 pandemic. It is our humble appeal to everyone to help and support this noble cause. During this difficult time it is not just our duty but is our responsibility to help our Sadharmik families.
We hope all of you had uplifting Aradhana during the Paryushan and Das Lakshana and are in good shata. As all of you are aware,
COVID-19 has caused devastating effects all over the world. With this message, we are reaching out to you for desperately needed
help for certain Sadharmik families in India, who are experiencing unfortunate financial conditions made worse by COVID-19.
Many mid and low-income Jain families are going through severe hardships, but many are too proud to ask for help. Such circumstances
have caused extenuating situations such as a 75-year-old shravika taking care of her 52-year-old mentally-disabled son while
accepting cooking jobs at three different homes; Pathshala teachers going 5 months without salaries; a 68-year-old shravak
working as a night watchman to support his household with two grandchildren and a daughter-in-law because his 30-year-old son
passed away; a prestigious shop owner, who once was a Sanghpathi and viewed as well off, not being able to afford a bag of
groceries. There have even been reported cases of suicide. Hearing these heart-wrenching stories underscore the hardships these
families are going through.
We would like to raise $250,000 for this cause that will allow us to deliver Rs 5,000 to one thousand needy families for 4 months.
JAINA is regularly receiving appeals for help and has formed a Sadharmik Bhakti Committee under the leadership of
Dr. Jayesh Shah, President of Jain Center of Southern California. The need for funds is urgent. Initially, JAINA will work
with Samkit Jain Charitable Trust in Mumbai and Samast Mahajan Trust, which are providing financial support to families every
month. The Sadharmik Bhakti Committee is hoping to raise as many funds as it can this year to support many underprivileged
families in India and is looking forward to your generous donation. Our goal is to raise $250,000 for this cause that will
allow us to deliver Rs 5,000 to one thousand needy families for 4 months.
The message of Paryushan and Das Lakshana serves as a reminder of our five basic Kartavyas (duties). Sadharmik Bhakti
is one of them. It is not just our duty but is our responsibility to help our Sadharmic Jain families during this unprecedented
and difficult time. We urge every one of you to donate generously for this noble cause.
If you wish to volunteer for the Sadharmik Bhakti Committee, please write to Dr. Jayesh Shah at
Message from Respected Acharya Uday Vallabh Suri Maharaj Saheb.