Introduction to the Oneness-Heart Tears and Smiles organisation worldwide and also in the UK.
The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles organisation (OHTS) is a group of volunteers from the Sri Chinmoy Centre, including many medical doctors, nurses, school teachers and other dedicated individuals of many nationalities, who are inspired to be of service to our needy and suffering brothers and sisters worldwide.
Each of the volunteers acts in the spirit of selfless service and with a sense of oneness with those less fortunate than ourselves. In the words of Sri Chinmoy:
"Our humanitarian service is not our self-motivated, condescending act of charity to the poor and needy. It is a gigantic opportunity to feed, nourish and strengthen our own poor brothers and sisters so that they can, side by side, march along with us to proclaim the world-oneness-victory of God the Creation."
Our humanitarian service began in 1990 by collecting food an clothing for the suffering people of Russia. We sent several convoys to Moscow from Germany in 1991. From 1991 to 1998 humanitarian aid supplies continued to flow into Russia from Europe and the USA with the total value of shipments approaching US$1 million. From 1998 to 2000, shipments were sent to other countries including India, Indonesia, the Kyrgyz Republic and the Marshall Islands.
In August 2002, following an appeal for help for thousands of children in Angola who had lost their homes as a result of 27 years of civil war, a sea container of food, clothing and medical supplies was sent from England to Angola. Following this many more shipments were made from the UK to NGO's and charities around the world.
Internationally, we have now sent tens of millions of dollars of badly needed humanitarian assistance to over 130 countries in the world.