About Us

Surya Narayan Seva Outreach Sang was founded to provide medical, social, economic and educational assistance to people in need around the world.  Service will be provided to the underserved through love and compassion in our actions.  The values and morals thought to us by our religion Sanatan Dharma will be our guiding light as we move forward to help the needy and less fortunate
SN SOS award annual scholarships to top graduating students in Guyana
Sunday, 16 October 2011 00:45

by Mahindra Bisram

During the period of Pitri Paksha, a time set aside to honor parents and ancestors, it is highly recommended that Daanam (Charity) be given.   There is no better way to honor one’s parents than to give a gift that will keep on giving;   I'm speaking of education of course.  Two often used phrase by Guruji, Pt. Ram Hardowar are "Knowledge is power" and "Knowledge is purifying".  With these thoughts in mind and to give back to their country of birth, the annual Pt. Ram & Radha Hardowar scholarships were given to two deserving students in Guyana. In addition, a scholarship was given to Valmiki Vidyalaya Primary School.   All scholarship recipients must be high academic performers, willing to continue with higher studies and involved in the propagation of Sanatan Dharma.

Pt. Tulsie a member of SN SOS presenting the cash award to Sanjiv Nandalall

Sanjiv Nandalall, a deserving student of Best Village, Vreed-en-Hoop, Berbice was selected based on a number of factors. The most important one being that he was the top graduating student and valedictorian of the Class of 2011 at Saraswati Vidya Niketan.  Sanjiv received his award in the presence of all the teachers at his school on September 21st 2011.  Swami Aksharananda told all the teachers to spread the message to all students to work hard and be outstanding so they too might be given a scholarship.

 

 

 


 

 

Bhim Ramkissoon a graduate of Skeldon Line Path Secondary was selected based on the following factors: (i) he is one of the top graduating students of the 2011 class; (ii) he is highly recommended as being a honest and hardworking individual of exemplary character; (iii) he is active in the upliftment of Sanatan Dharma; and (iv) his father is unemployed due to health reasons and he is in financial need.   Bhim is also very active in the No. 69-70 Shri Ram Mandir of which he is a member and is currently pursuing a Diploma in Social Work at the University of Guyana, Berbice Campus.    Taken all these factors into consideration the members of SN SOS believe that Bhim is very deserving of the Scholarship.    Bhim received his award during a special ceremony at his school on September 26th 2011.

The Principal at Line Path, Mr. Rampersaud, in his opening statement of the award ceremony told all students in the assembly that this was the first time in history he is witnessing an award being given at the school.   Pt Tulsie told the students that hard work leads to success and every student should strive to receive the annual award

The members of SN SOS would like to congratulate Sanjiv Nandalall and Bhim Ramkissoon on their well deserved Scholarship awards and wishes them continued success. It is the hope of the organization that these scholarships will enable the awardees to continue their educational endeavors so that they can achieve their individual goals as well as increase their contribution to society.


Pt. Tulsie accompanied by his wife Sattie presenting the Scholarship to the principal of Valmiki Vidyalaya Primary School on September 21st 2011.

This school was selected based on its commitment to the upliftment of Sanatan Dharma and the focus on educating the children of the community.
All recipients of the awards were very happy and sent words of appreciation and thanks to Panditji Ram Hardowar and the SN SOS Organization for awarding the scholarships.
The Scholarships were provided in one-time payments of $800 (US Dollars) to each of the recipient by Pandit Tulsie Bisesar a Member of SN SOS who went to Guyana to make the awards on behalf of the organization.  SN SOS would like to thank Pt. Tulsie for taking the time to present the Scholarships on behalf of the organization.

 

 

 

 

Surya Narayan Seva Outreach Sang (SN SOS) is a non-profit charitable organization headquartered in Jamaica, New York.  Members of SN SOS come from diverse backgrounds and consist of professionals, pandits and other select members of the community.  Our humanitarian effort is seen as a way of extending the boundaries of Surya Mandir beyond its physical constraints and opening up its door to many more people in a time of need.  Our mission is to provide medical care with a focus on prevention and a healthy lifestyle, social, economic and educational assistance to people in need around the world especially in Guyana, New York and India.   Service will be provided to the underserved through love and compassion in our actions.  The values and morals thought to us by our religion Sanatan Dharma will be our guiding light as we move forward to help the needy and less fortunate.

If you would like to volunteer your services or make a donation to help further the goals of SN SOS, please contact us at 646-210-2754 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Please visit us at www.snsos.org and www.ssnm.org to find out more information about Surya Narayan Seva Outreach Sang and Shri Surya Narayan Mandir, Inc.


 
SN SOS Answer The Call For SEVA
Thursday, 08 September 2011 16:08

The call for action came and Surya Narayan Seva Outreach Sang answered.   On 9/4/11 SN SOS held a blood drive in conjunction with the Hindu Temples’ National Blood Donation Campaign to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and it was a tremendous success. 

The statistics are grim. According to the American Red Cross about 5 Million Americans will need blood transfusion each year; every two seconds someone in the U.S needs blood; a single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.  

Blood cannot be manufactured. It can only come from generous donors.  Giving blood is giving life and is one of the greatest forms of Seva. This blood drive took tremendous planning and coordination and many were instrumental to its success.   Dr. Anand Hardowar and Dr. Sanjay Ramkissoon, members of SN SOS spent time educating the devotees of Surya Mandir on the importance of giving blood and eligibility criteria during Sunday services.  They also answered questions, address concerns and fears of potential donors.  Bhai Patanjali Rambrich, a Hindu advocate visited several Mandir’s in the Queens area alerting them to the blood drive and to encourage their participation in this Maha Seva event.

 

SN SOS President Dr. Etwaru &  SN SOS Director Amar Persaud donating  while Dr. Anand Hardowar a attending physician at Long Island Jewish and Secretary of SN SOS observing and ready to assist if there are any complications.

The actual drawing of the blood was conducted by The New York Blood Center.  The drive was scheduled from 10:30 to 2:30 PM and in the Blood Center preliminary analysis based on the space at Mandir, time allotted, and Blood Center personnel assigned to this event, they projected an EPD (Estimated Pints of Donation) of 25 Pints of blood.    The Blood Center arrived promptly at 8 AM and started to setup their equipment which consisted of medical supplies, tables, stretchers, snacks, etc.    At 10 AM the onsite registration process started followed by an initial screening to determine the eligibility of the potential donors.   During the registration process a special treat (Sweet rice) was made available to the donors


The actual drawing of blood was a tense moment for many first time donors who had to overcome their fear of needles and giving blood in general.    This fear was overcome due to the professional and friendly manner of both the Blood Center personnel and members of SN SOS and Surya Mandir that assisted in the Blood Drive.    The fact that we had 3 medical doctors (Dr. Anand Hardowar, Dr. Dhanyanand Etwaru, Dr. Sanjay Ramkisoon) from Surya Narayan Seva Outreach Sang present during the drive definitely allayed any fears that people had.  

 

Donor being escorted to the snack/recovery table

After giving blood the donors were directed to a recovery area where snacks (Pretzels, cookies, etc) and drinks (Water, Juice, etc) were available.   The donors were encouraged to drink fluids and eat a salty snack to help in the recovery process and to make sure they were well enough to leave.   Donors were given a T-Shirt by SN SOS and a 10th Anniversary commemorative pin by the Blood Center as a token of their appreciation.   

 

 

 

 

 

Donating was a very pleasant experience for Sarika Persaud.
In all about 53 donors varying from age 16 to 70 and from various ethnicity and religion signed up and went through the blood donation process. Due to various restrictions and conditions such as visiting another country, being anemic, having high blood pressure, etc, many were ruled ineligible as donors.    

By the end of the donation period which had to be extended until 4PM to accommodate all donors, 34 pints of blood was drawn (36% greater than the estimate) and has the potential of saving 99 lives.    Speaking with the Blood drive personnel to get feedback on our first blood drive, I was told that the drive was ‘Perfect’.  This was based on the space, personnel and the number of donors that showed up.  I was told that if more people had shown up they would not have been able to accommodate them and that this Blood Drive could not have gone any better.

SN SOS would like to thank all the donors who participated in this Blood Drive and all those who helped to make it a success.  If you would like to volunteer your services or make a donation to help further the goals of SN SOS, please contact us at 718 878 5680 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Here is a Slideshow of some additional photos taken at the Blood Drive.

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