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This Bar Saves Lives Partners With Vitamin Angels To Impact Over 120,000 Lives

Company partners with nonprofit to fight malnutrition holistically

Press Release – CULVER CITY, CA – This Bar Saves Lives announced their partnership today with Vitamin Angels, a 501c3 humanitarian organization that supplies lifesaving vitamins to mothers, and children under the age of five. Through their strategic partnerships, This Bar Saves Lives provides resources and essential nutrition to those in need. The Vitamin Angels partnership adds another measure to This Bar Saves Lives’ holistic approach to fighting malnutrition around the world.

Vitamin Angels addresses the problem of malnutrition from the very start. Not only does the organization provide children with vitamin A and deworming tablets, they also give mothers prenatal vitamins that deliver nutritional support during the critical window of a child’s development. This Bar Saves Lives and Vitamin Angels aim to give every child the opportunity to thrive by providing nutrition that promotes proper brain development, healthy growth and a strong immune system.

This Bar Saves Lives has already provided enough vitamins to impact the lives of 128,000 children through the sales of their snack bars. “We partner with the most effective and well-respected humanitarian organizations in the world to provide the best possible aid to areas that need it most” says co-founder Todd Grinnell. “We’re so proud to work with Vitamin Angels to reach even more children in need.”

Malnutrition can prevent children from reaching their full mental and physical potential. Because this strains the economic productivity of developing countries, it is crucial to invest in nutrition. According to the World Bank, there is up to a thirty dollar return on investment for every dollar a country spends on nutrition.

Access to nutritious foods and basic health services is limited around the world, even in developed countries like the United States. Vitamin Angels operates internationally, and domestically through food banks, clinics and pregnancy resource centers. By partnering with reputable and non-disruptive organizations such as Vitamin Angels, This Bar Saves Lives continues to broaden its global impact.


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Cornerstone Capital Group Hires Alison R. Smith as Head of Business Development

Smith brings over a decade of related financial marketing and communications experience

Press Release – New York, November 28, 2017 – Cornerstone Capital Group (“Cornerstone”) today announced that Alison R. Smith has been appointed to lead the Company’s global business development efforts. Ms. Smith will be based in Cornerstone’s New York City headquarters and will report to Chief Investment Officer Phil Kirshman.

Prior to joining Cornerstone, Ms. Smith served as vice president of marketing and membership at TIGER 21, a peer-to-peer learning network for high-net-worth investors, where she managed several promotional and communications programs and coordinated outreach for the organization. She also worked at Marina Maher Communications and the United Nations Association in various roles. She holds a B.A. from Ithaca College and earned an M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing from Fordham University Graduate School of Business.

Erika Karp, Chief Executive Officer at Cornerstone, commented on today’s news, “We are delighted to welcome Alison to the team and look forward to leveraging her years of experience working with high net worth individuals to advance Cornerstone’s platform of sustainable finance. We see significant opportunities across the globe that align with our socially responsible objectives, and Alison will play a key role developing and maintaining relationships that spur growth across the impact investing landscape.”

Cornerstone’s mission is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets, enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. For investors looking for financial returns and to make the world a better place, Cornerstone is dedicated to systematically integrating the dimension of sustainability into investment decisions, delivering financial performance along with positive social impact.

Ms. Smith commented: “As sustainable finance gains momentum throughout the financial-services industry, Cornerstone continues to demonstrate significant market leadership. I look forward to working with the team and promoting the firm’s superior sustainable investing opportunities and ESG analysis.”

About Cornerstone

Founded in 2013, Cornerstone Capital Group is a financial services firm based in New York. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In offering investment consulting and advising, investment banking, and strategic consulting services, Cornerstone works with asset owners, corporations and financial institutions, promoting new research in the field of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analysis, and facilitating capital introductions for organizations around the world engaged in sustainable business practices.


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Bangladesh: Rohingya Refugees Must Not Be Relocated To Uninhabitable Island

Press Release – The Bangladesh government must abandon all plans to relocate more than 100,000 Rohingya refugees on to an uninhabitable island, Amnesty International said today.

On Tuesday, the Bangladesh government approved a $280 million plan to develop the isolated, flood-prone and uninhabitable Thenger Char to temporarily house Rohingya refugees until they are repatriated to Myanmar.

“It would be a terrible mistake to relocate the Rohingya refugees to an uninhabitable island that is far from other refugee settlements and vulnerable to flooding,” said Biraj Patnaik, Amnesty International’s South Asia Director.

“Having opened its doors to more than 600,000 Rohingya over the past three months, the Bangladesh government now risks undermining the protection of the Rohingya and squandering the international goodwill it has earned. In its desperation to see the Rohingya leave the camps and ultimately return to Myanmar, it is putting their safety and well-being at risk.”

The Thenger Char, also known as Bhashan Char island, only emerged into view 11 years ago. During monsoon season, it is highly vulnerable to flooding.

The humanitarian community has warned of the dangers to the Rohingya refugees if they are relocated to what is widely considered an uninhabitable island – located two hours away from the nearest settlement, making it harder for humanitarian assistance to reach the refugees.

Repatriation Agreement

Last week, the Bangladesh government signed a deal with the Myanmar government to repatriate the more than 700,000 refugees who fled unlawful killings, rape and the burning down of entire villages in northern Rakhine State during military attacks in October 2016 and August 2017.

Amnesty International recently published a detailed analysis into the root causes of the plight of the Rohingya, establishing that they have been trapped in a vicious system of state-sponsored, institutionalized discrimination that amounts to apartheid.

“Bangladesh should postpone any repatriation agreement until conditions are in place for refugees to return voluntarily and in safety and dignity,” said Biraj Patnaik.


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DKT International Contraceptive Social Marketing Programs in 24 Countries Work to Eliminate HIV/AIDS

World AIDS Day 2017 highlights results and transparency of DKT’s partnerships/educational campaigns that encourage safe sex

Press Release – Washington, D.C.: The theme of World AIDS Day 2017 recognizes the importance of transparency, accountability of results, and the significance of partnerships in increasing overall impact. These core values are exemplified in the work of DKT International to influence behavior change through innovative social marketing and safe sex education.

“We undertake a wide range of activities at DKT International; and, every campaign launched by our country programs is specifically designed to provide a deeper understanding of our target audience so that we may reach them more effectively,” says Chris Purdy, CEO and President of DKT International. “If an activity, strategy or tactic does not result in the uptake of a product or service, our teams in country work tirelessly to consider new messaging or activities that will resonate. Prioritizing our target audience is one of DKT’s most important organizational values – it informs the work we do and guides us to do more and do better.”

Below is a snapshot of World AIDS Day efforts and partnerships within DKT programs around the world:

  • DKT Thailand is participating in a parade with The Population and Community Development Association (PDA), the leading and most diversified NGO in Thailand, and promoting safe sex using large hand signage and social media content.
  • In Cameroon, DKT is hosting a Hot Kiss Condom Party at the University of Douala with popular music artists, a football game between DKT employees and the University students, and Kiss condom sampling on major streets, in high schools, and around college campuses – all filled with social and connected youth.
  • DKT Indonesia’s new Sutra condom commercial raises awareness of the importance of practicing safe sex to prevent the transmission of HIV, while emphasizing empathy and kindness towards those affected by the virus.
  • DKT Kenya and Uganda will spearhead a #LetsEndIt digital campaign to end isolation, stigma, and ultimately, the transmission of HIV/AIDS. Condoms will be distributed along trucking routes where there is a high prevalence of HIV transmission. Kiss condoms will also be distributed during “office invasions” around major cities. DKT Kenya and Uganda will partner with the Ministry of Health to promote World AIDS Day on a national scale.
  • All employees from DKT Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay will volunteer at Instituto Canto de Luz, a nonprofit organization that serves underprivileged children in São Paulo, Brazil. Through their partnership with Barong, an NGO that promotes sexual and reproductive health education, DKT Brazil will offer HIV and Hepatitis B/ C testing and distribute products and educational materials in a busy shopping center.

“While there is much work to be done in eliminating HIV/AIDS all together, we are proud that contraceptive social marketing continues to promote safe sex– DKT Brazil’s condom distribution recently reached 1.75 billion!” adds Purdy.


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VascuStim Announces Launch of Diabetic Ulcer Clinical Research Program

Multi-site, prospective studies, and a patient registry, to commence in multiple countries with a total of 150 patients to be enrolled – titled the HEAL Registry Study

Press Release – Salt Lake City, Utah and Playa Vista, CA – November 27th, 2017 — VascuStim an emerging leader in advanced bioelectric innovations and technologies for peripheral vascular diseases, today announced the launch of a clinical research program which will comprise multiple studies and an international patient registry.

VascuStim is a class II medical device, produced on OEM private label basis, by Mettler Electronics of Anaheim, California, that has been 510(k) cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is intended to improve blood circulation, accelerate healing and provide mild pain relief. The device is programmed with Vascustim’s patented and patent pending signals and sequence designed for optimally improving blood circulation and healing.

The international registry study will seek to gather data to better understand VascuStim’s utilization as tool for accelerating the healing of diabetic foot and leg uclers, improving blood circulation so that the wounds do not return, to ensure complete wound closure, and relieving the patients of associated wound related pain,

“Up until now, we’ve seen encouraging case studies showing individual patient results following treatment with bioelectric stimulation and amniotic fluid membranes” stated Dr. Leslie Miller, Chief Medical Officer for VascuStim “While those studies have yielded valuable information, the completion of this 150 patient prospective research program will provide wound care clinicians with important clinical data regarding how VascuStim and amniotic fluid membrane dressings may be utilized in specifically for diabetic foot and leg ulcer care and management”

“We are very excited to be at the forefront of this important research initiative to further our understanding of the full therapeutic potential this unique product,” stated Howard Leonhardt, Executive Chairman and CEO of VascuStim.

The prospective international HEAL Registry will examine and assess the use of VascuStim’s bioelectric stimulation protocol in real world clinical settings. Study objectives seek to evaluate the effectiveness of VascuStim as a diabetic foot and leg ulcer wound management product as indicated by percent reduction in wound size, time to complete wound closure, and improvements in wound bed condition. The Heal Registry will also assess increases in healthy granulation tissue, reduction in biofilm, and readiness for advanced therapy applications such as amniotic fluid membrane dressing changes. Patients will be followed for a for a minimum of 24 weeks.

The HEAL Registry will also collect patient reported pain and quality of life information before and after the use of VascuStim, as well as economic outcome information.

“VascuStim is committed to developing and manufacturing innovative products backed by sound clinical research and scientific data, that serve our customers’ needs,” noted Brett Burton, Director of R&D. “We look forward to sharing the valuable findings of both the VascuStim clinical research program and the HEAL Registry with the entire diabetic foot and leg ulcer wound care community.”

About VascuStim: VascuStim (formerly MyoStim Peripheral) was founded in 2013 by Leonhardt Ventures and is currently incubating in the Leonhardt’s Launchpads innovation and startup accelerators in California and Utah. Howard Leonhardt the Founder and Lead Inventor has over 21 issued U.S. patents related to organ regeneration and recovery and dozens more patent claims pending. The Leonhardt team has helped lead dozens of electrical stimulation, stem cell and growth factor related studies for improving blood circulation and promoting organ regeneration and recovery since 1988. VascuStim was formed in 2013 to focus all this accumulated knowledge, experience, technology platform and building patent portfolio on treating peripheral vascular diseases. The Leonhardt team previously patented, developed and brought to market the leading aortic stent graft utilized by peripheral vascular physicians around the world today. Over 400,000 patients have been treated with Leonhardt cardiovascular related inventions to date.

About Leonhardt Ventures: Leonhardt Ventures (Leonhardt Vineyards LLC) was originally formed as H.J. Leonhardt & Co. in 1982. It is the commercialization arm for inventor Howard J. Leonhardt. Leonhardt has 21 issued U.S. patents focused on organ regeneration and recovery and has dozens more new patent claims pending with the U.S.P.T.O. https://patents.justia.com/inventor/howard-j-leonhardt Leonhardt is most well known for improved cardiovascular balloon catheters patented and developed in the 1980’s, stent grafts, percutaneous heart valves and biological pacemakers developed in the 1990’s and stem cell and bioelectric organ regeneration devices and therapies developed since 2000. See www.leonhardtventures.com for more information and our Annual Report.

About Mettler Electronics: Founded in 1957 by engineer and inventor, Hal Mettler, the firm is the world leader in portable ultrasound and electro-stimulation therapy equipment used in sports medicine, physical therapy, chiropractic and podiatric health care. Mettler’s customers include US Olympic Trainers, professional teams like the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Dallas Cowboys, as well as countless health care institutions and individual practitioners.

For more information, please visit https://leonhardtventures.com/vascustim/ and www.vascustim.com for more information.


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The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust® Adds Calvert Responsible Investing Funds as Options in Donor Advised Funds

Press Release – Boston, MA, November 27, 2017 – The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust® (USCGT), announced today the addition of three responsible investing funds managed by Calvert Research and Management (Calvert), a subsidiary of Eaton Vance, as investment options in its Donor Advised Funds. The USCGT is a tax-exempt public charity that offers a range of planned giving vehicles through its Donor Advised Funds and Pooled Income Funds. Individuals interested in donating to charity through tax-deductible contributions to the Donor Advised Funds now have the option to invest in the following Calvert funds:

  • Calvert Responsible Investing Conservative Fund: Seeks to provide current income and capital preservation and, as a secondary objective, long-term capital appreciation.
  • Calvert Responsible Investing Moderate Fund: Seeks to provide current income and moderate long-term capital appreciation.
  • Calvert Responsible Investing Growth Fund: Seeks to provide high long-term capital appreciation and, as a secondary objective, current income.

“We are excited to offer individuals and families an expanded set of investment choices to help them align their investments with their values,” said Jeffrey P. Beale, USCGT President. “Through the Calvert responsible investing funds, donors can increase the positive impact of their gift while maintaining broad portfolio diversification.”

The USCGT, established in 2000, helps individuals and families to realize their charitable goals while receiving tax benefits from gifts. Donor advised funds have been steadily growing in size and popularity over the last few years with contributions to reaching an all-time high of $22.26 billion in 2015.* Simultaneously, responsible investing is gaining traction with $8.72 trillion in assets under management in socially responsible strategies in the U.S. at the start of 2016.**

“Many advisors are working with their clients to determine the most effective ways to positively affect society, while managing the tax implications on portfolios,” said Mr. Beale. “We are pleased to be able to offer philanthropists new, increasingly popular responsible investing options that meet their needs and advance their giving objectives,”

According to Eaton Vance’s most recent Advisor Top-of-Mind Index (ATOMIX) survey, 93% advisors indicated charitable giving is a topic of conversation with their clients. Seven in ten (69%) advisors are discussing how donations fit within their clients’ overall plans, while 63% said they discuss the tax implications of charitable contributions. Advisors also indicated that the primary reason their clients select responsible investing strategies is the desire to align investments with their values.

When individuals make a donation within the USCGT’s Donor Advised Funds, they have the option to invest in a range of investment funds managed by Eaton Vance Management, its affiliates, and Calvert Research and Management. Once an investment is made, the earnings of the Donor Advised Fund account may grow tax-free while the individual chooses which charities to support. The suite of Calvert funds will invest in a diversified mix of Calvert investment companies, each of which generally implement the Calvert Principles for Responsible Investment that guide the investment research and decision-making process. Since inception, the USCGT has raised more than $1.049 billion in contributions and gifted more than $640 million to charities.

*National Philanthropic Trust’s 2016 Donor-Advised Fund Report

**U.S. Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2016, US SIF Foundation

About USCGT

The USCGT is a tax-exempt public charity established in 2000 which receives donations from individuals, corporations and others, and makes grants to numerous charitable organizations throughout the United States, including charities selected by the USCGT and those recommended to the USCGT by donors and others authorized by the donor to make grant recommendations. The USCGT was established to provide support to a broad range of charities over time, without incurring the costs and administrative burdens associated with the creation and operation of separate charitable foundations, while at the same time allowing donors to determine when and how to make their charitable gifts. All gifts made to the USCGT are under the exclusive legal control of the USCGT and its board of directors. For more information about USCGT, visit uscharitablegifttrust.org.

About Calvert

Calvert Research and Management is a leader in Responsible Investing, with approximately $10.7 billion of mutual fund and separate account assets under management as of October 31, 2017. The company traces its roots to Calvert Investments, which was founded in 1976 and was the first to launch a socially responsible mutual fund that avoided investment in companies that did business in apartheid-era South Africa. Today, the Calvert Funds are one of the largest and most diversified families of responsibly invested mutual funds, encompassing actively and passively managed strategies, U.S. and international equity strategies, fixed-income strategies and asset allocation funds. Calvert Research and Management is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance. For more information, visit calvert.com.

About Eaton Vance

Eaton Vance (NYSE: EV) is a leading global asset manager whose history dates to 1924. With offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, Eaton Vance and its affiliates managed $422.3 billion as of October 31, 2017, offering individuals and institutions a broad array of investment strategies and wealth management solutions. For more information, visit eatonvance.com.


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YWCA USA: Justice for Cyntoia Brown

Press Release – Statement by YWCA USA CEO, Alejandra Y. Castillo:

“Cyntoia Brown’s tragic and unjust sentencing is a horrible yet all-too-common example of the challenges marginalized victims of gender-based violence face every day. As the news cycle revolves around high-profile abusers and the survivors they have left in their wake, we at YWCA are ever-cognizant of the women and girls whose stories have been forever altered by abuse, but whose stories may never be told.

What we find just as troubling is the consistent cruelty of our justice system toward women and girls of color. Girls of color are at heightened risk for sexual violence, and our country’s response is to disproportionately overpolice them and push them into the criminal justice system. A recent study showed that 86% of women in jail are survivors of sexual violence. Cyntoia Brown was just a child, and she was repeatedly abused. She was a victim of sexual violence and predation, and she was punished for navigating abuse however she knew how. Girls shouldn’t be punished for the lengths they go to in order to survive. Once again, we see that our criminal justice system sought justice for an abuser, but not for the victim. Once again, we see that Black women and girls are not deemed worthy of receiving justice and support.

The amplification around Cyntoia’s story is crucial, and now we need legislators to act and give us lasting change that protects, rather than penalizes survivors of violence.”


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On Our Radar Launches New Campaign To Uncover The True Stories Of Garment Workers In Bangladesh

Brand new web documentary aims to cut through compassion fatigue to reveal the humans behind the high street

Press Release – On Our Radar, the communications agency for unheard communities, has today launched The Lives Behind The Label – a web documentary comprising of six, intimate short films that reveal the humans stories behind the clothes we wear every day. The new documentary mimics the style of a typical aspirational fashion website to visually represent the hopes, dreams and hardships of garment workers in Bangladesh and balance the stereotypical and often negative images of their lives that have dominated the media following the collapse of Rana Plaza in 2013.

The six films delve deeper into the lives of female garment workers aged between 24 and 42 years. They take a closer look at female autonomy, life as a member of the ‘third gender’ community, the dreams of aspiring dancers, fashionistas and activists, and also feature the story of a Rana Plaza survivor. The films can be accessed here.

Commenting on The Lives Behind The Labels, Paul Myles, Head of Editorial, On Our Radar, said: “We have a connection with garment workers in Bangladesh through the supply chain, yet they remain a group of people that are largely painted in a negative, one-dimensional way. Communities are experts by experience and the most powerful stories come straight from the source.”

On Our Radar gathered a rich collection of stories that look beyond the stereotypes by empowering garment workers through its unique grassroots approach. Rather than interviewing the workers with a set of preconceived themes and stories, On Our Radar ran storytelling workshops with 80 garment workers, facilitated by the Awaj Foundation – one of Bangladesh’s largest trade unions – on how best to communicate their personal stories.

The approach allowed On Our Radar to build a collective picture of common themes and concerns and ensure its understanding was true to the workers’ experience at every stage. On Our Radar did not film anything for the first half of the trip to focus its attention on exploring open-ended questions, allowing for surprising and unexpected conversations.

Myles added: “By taking a collaborative approach and blending our pitching and production skills with the garment workers’ authenticity and power as storytellers, The Lives Behind The Labels humanises the people who make our clothes. We encourage other organisations to work more closely with the most marginalised communities in the world and allow them to be the expert voice on their own experience.”


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Multi-Sensory Stimulation To Enhance Learning

Projects Abroad ticks off early childhood development checklists

Volunteers paint a day care center’s garden colorful during their Care Project in Sri Lanka

Press Release – NEW YORK – November 22, 2017 – Improving multi-sensory stimulation as an important component of early childhood development has been a key focus of Projects Abroad‘s volunteer programs with children. With the help of volunteers, the world’s largest volunteer organization has accelerated the development of multi-sensory facilities at many of the child care centers around the world where it’s volunteers provide support to children and communities in need.

As a method of tracking the progress and continued development of every child that benefits from Projects Abroad’s Care Projects, placements work with specific early childhood development checklists. Items on these lists vary depending on the different age groups of the children that volunteers work with, but each include physical/motor, social/emotional, and cognitive/language categories. Behavioral habits and organized activities reveal strengths and room for improvement within each child’s abilities, and volunteers play an important part in monitoring this.

At a day care center in Sri Lanka, Projects Abroad High School Special volunteers recently created a multi-sensory garden where they painted walls with educational murals, repurposed old tires as playground bumblebees, and built creative playground equipment to accelerate development. At another Care Project placement in Ethiopia, volunteers developed a multi-sensory playroom for children with disabilities, and volunteers painted a multi-sensory space with bright colors to enhance learning at a kindergarten in Nepal.

“The brain is like a muscle – it needs exercise and stimulation to make it stronger. In fact, brains require progressive and diverse methods of stimulation in order to be developed to its full potential,” says Jenny Puyo, Projects Abroad’s Head of Program Development. “Puyo describes the long-term impact multi-sensory facilities can have in the life of not only children, but also those with disabilities: “In a number of placements we work with, resources and stimuli are limited. Therapies like Multi-sensory Environmental Therapy, which can be facilitated in play areas, can make a great change to someone’s daily routine and can help promote general wellbeing. A lack of stimulation in early years can lead to delayed development later in life.”

To ensure the children at the care placements where Projects Abroad’s volunteers work continue to develop, a constant volunteer presence is required to achieve project goals. Projects Abroad encourages those who are passionate about the development of children to join their team and volunteer on a Care Project abroad.

About Projects Abroad

Projects Abroad was founded in 1992 by Dr. Peter Slowe, a geography professor, as a program for students to travel and work while on break from full-time study. The program had its genesis in post-USSR Romania, where students were given the chance to teach conversational English. After a few years just sending volunteers to Eastern Europe for teaching, the company expanded to sending volunteers of all ages around the world on a wide range of projects.

Projects Abroad is a global leader in short-term international volunteer programs with projects in 30 countries and recruitment offices in the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Holland, Hong Kong, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden and the United States.

For details on volunteering abroad, visit Projects Abroad’s web site at www.projects-abroad.org.


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Jersey City Sikh Community Feeds More Than 15,000 People Across 84 Homeless Shelters in NJ/NY/PA

Let’s Share a Meal organization carries out mission to spread love, peace and diversity.

Press Release – JERSEY CITY, N.J., Nov. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The Sikh community of Jersey City served at least 15,000 individuals across 84 homeless shelters in the NJ/NY/PA area with hot meals, snacks and fruits this past Saturday and Sunday.

This is being done in celebration of the birth anniversary of the founder of the Sikh faith, Guru Nanak, and his establishment of the Sikh institution of Langar, the free community kitchen.

Langar can be found at all Gurdwaras, which are Sikh places of worship. The entire project was carried out under the organization “Lets Share a Meal.” Co-founder Oankar Singh said along with hot meals, a message of Love, Peace and Diversity was carried out. It took the effort of 275 people, preparing the food, packing the food and driving to 84 shelters in two days.

There are over 250 Gurdwaras in America, from Massachusettsto Hawaii. At any Gurdwara you will see that Langar is funded, cooked and distributed by the Sikh community to all. Visitors are welcome irrespective of race, color, gender, religion or social status, and are served food with dignity and respect. Langar instills the notion of equality and the brotherhood of mankind. For Sikhs, the idea of Langar is thought of as a nurturing experience, which nourishes body and soul while starving the ego.

Guru Nanak spent time visiting Hindu and Muslim places of worship in modern-day India, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and Tibet, and, in the process, attracted a number of disciples (the word Sikh means disciple). Religion, he thought, was a bond to unite all humanity together, not to divide it apart. Guru Nanak emphasized that God may be spoken of in many ways through different faiths and in many names, but the true way to practice faith is by truthful means, which do not hurt or insult members of another faith. Guru Nanak taught the Sikhs that the love of God is the highest goal of humanity and God dwells within all living beings.

On this auspicious occasion, Bakshish Singh, President, Nanak Naam Jahaj Gurudwara, said, “Guru Nanak showed us the path of peace, harmony and righteousness. His message of Honesty, Humanity, Peace and Equality for all Mankind has timeless relevance and can help in transforming our society.” He wished Happy Holidays to people from all communities and extended invitation to people of all communities to visit a Gurudwara nearby and share a meal with the Sikh community to prosper the brotherhood across various communities.

To learn more about this initiative and vision of the organization Lets share a meal, please go to letsshareameal.org.

Nanak Naam Jahaj Gurudwara
1080 West side Ave, Jersey City NJ 07306
www.nnjgurudwara.com |


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