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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
SURYA NARAYAN SOS Completes Medical and Educational Mission to Guyana
Friday, 10 December 2010 22:07

Motivated by the four essential teachings of Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism) Satyam, Sauchyam, Daya and Daanam, another SN SOS team returns successfully from Guyana. Satyam in its absolute sense refers to the timeless and independent nature of God; however, from a relative standpoint all human beings must live and exist on truth only.  Sauchyam calls for every person to have pure minds free of hatred and enmity as well as purity of our physical body and environment.  Daya reminds us to have compassion for all living things in this world. One should display Ahimsa or non-aggression in dealing with others whether it is from a political, economic, religious or social standpoint.

Daanam is the sharing of our wealth, skill or talent with others who are less fortunate and in need.    Motivated by the four essential teachings of Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism) Satyam, Sauchyam, Daya and Daanam, another SN SOS team returns successfully from Guyana.
Satyam in its absolute sense refers to the timeless and independent nature of God; however, from a relative standpoint all human beings must live and exist on truth only. Sauchyam calls for every person to have pure minds free of hatred and enmity as well as purity of our physical body and environment.  Daya reminds us to have compassion for all living things in this world. One should display Ahimsa or non-aggression in dealing with others whether it is from a political, economic, religious or social standpoint.


Daanam is the sharing of our wealth, skill or talent with others who are less fortunate and in need.   To a great extent the first two (truth and purity) can be taught and practiced within the confines of our Mandirs and homes. However, the last two (compassion and charity) by its very nature encourages man to interact and give back to society at large, whether in our local communities or elsewhere in the world.  To effectively enable us to give back in a loving and compassionate way we have formed the Surya Narayan Seva Outreach Sang (SNSOS). In November 2009, a group of like minded individuals gathered and with the Grace of Surya Bhagwan (the Sun God) formed this organization which has been providing medical, social, economic and educational assistance to people in need around the world.
In the spirit of thanks giving and the upcoming holiday season we have just completed yet another successful outreach mission to Guyana. In November 2010 a group of devotees and Medical Doctors led by Pt Ram Hardowar visited many High Schools in Demerara and Berbice and also provided Medical assistance to the needy in the Crabwood Creek area.

Our mission this year focused mainly on students finishing high-schools and moving on to University or higher learning. We have observed that a significant percentage of students who successfully complete high-school are not continuing on to College and other Schools of higher learning. There are many factors which contribute to this high dropout rate but in our opinion social and economic challenges seem to be the two most important ones. In this light, we have embarked on a program to provide counsel and financial aid to graduating high school students enabling them to move on to College.

SNSOS has established scholarship funds which will be offered to various High school students in Guyana. The best graduating Hindu student (based on CXC grades) desirous of moving on to Higher learning will receive the “Pt Ram & Radha Hardowar Sanskriti Award” of $150,000 (Guyana dollars). This award will be an annual feature to the following High Schools.

Zeeburg Secondary School - West Coast Demerara
Saraswatie Vidya Niketan School – West Coast Demerara
Valmiki Vidyalaya High School – Georgetown and
Skeldon Linepath Secondary School – Berbice

Therefore, the best graduating Hindu student from each of the high schools mentioned will receive this award ($150,000G) on an annual basis starting from the school year 2010/2011. Official visits were made to each of these schools and discussions were held with the Principals, our local representative Mr. Jagdiesh Persaud and our entire team. During our visit to the various schools we made some instant donations for some specific needs as we saw appropriate.

For example we donated $100,000G to Saraswatie Vidya Niketan School to offset the annual tuition fees for two (2) students who have come from economically challenged families and would otherwise not be able to continue high school.

A donation of $140,000G was made to Valmiki Vidyalaya High School to offset the relatively high operating and maintenance cost per student as the school has just started.

My sincere congratulations to the management of both of these Hindu Schools and particularly to Swami Aksharananda Ji and Bhai Roop Persaud for their dedication to the education and cultural upbringing of our children.

As the group continued on its mission to Berbice, we stopped at Tagore Memorial Secondary School and spoke to the members of the Hindu Club in the school. After some discussions, we saw that they had need for two items to enhance their club. As such, we made a donation of $100,000G to purchase identification badges which will be worn by all students of the Hindu club and also to purchase a ‘dholak’ drum set for their use. It should be noted that they were the first place champions in the recent rangoli competition. Again, my thanks to Miss Persaud and the other teachers who are working to motivate these students.

Now let’s move to our medical outreach in Crabwood Creek, Berbice. Makeshift medical rooms were created in the CWC Shiva Mandir facilities and with some local help Dr Parmeshwar Mahabir and Dr Anand Ramnarine saw many patients throughout the day. Prior to seeing individual patients the Doctors held group discussions and pointed out the importance of a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise.

Free medications, pressure testing kits, glucometers (sugar testing), multi vitamins etc were distributed to the patients and others in the community. This has been and will continue to be an annual feature, which we will have in other neighborhoods where medical help is lacking. Again thanks to the team of doctors for their time, free medical services and funding their travel expenses.

A Yoga workshop was conducted on Sunday Nov 28 2010, at CWC Shiva Mandir by Yoga teacher Radha Hardowar, a member of our team. This workshop was embraced eagerly by all present and they expressed the desire for more of this ancient science. Radha Ji promised to organize similar workshops in CWC and other areas.
The primary source of funding  is from the members of SN SOS and devotees of Shri Surya Narayan Mandir. From time to time we also receive donations from like minded individuals in the community.   

No one in the Sang is paid a salary, it is all voluntary service. All airfare cost to and from Guyana are paid directly by the Doctors and other volunteers, utilizing their own funds. Therefore, 100% of all donations made to SN SOS go directly to the recipients to improve themselves educationally through scholarships and physically through our medical outreach programs.

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 the 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 . www.SuryaNarayanSOS.com