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Hindu Council helps Afghan refugees in Australia

By: Ashwani Sharma.Hindu Council reached out to Afghan Peace Foundation to facilitate the process of delivery and donation to Afghan refugees in need. Afghan peace foundation would like to thank you massively and attached is the acknowledgement letter to the donation received. 

Essence of Raksha Bandhan – selfless-service and dedication

By: Aakarsha Vaddepalli.

Thank you For your selfless-service and dedication.

It is my pleasure and privilege to talk about Hindu Council of Australia (HCA) and acknowledge their amazing work in extending their hand to all the people who are affected by the COVID lock-down.

Hindu Benevolent Fund which is a Charity arm of HCA have come together and helping everyone who is suffering because of the job loss, reduced income, isolation or quarantine. They are helping everyone regardless of the ethnicity, religion, nationality etc.,

I have recently availed their assistance and very fortunate to get connected with such a great organization. I have been away from home for more than 18 months. When the first lock-down happened last year, I have realized how lonely and tired I was from being away from home, away from family, with no helping hand or emotional dependence. I have lost job and was in a desperate situation for my daily and financial needs. And since the change in recent rules from centrelink I was unable to claim the jobseeker or any other benefits because I still need to wait for another 2 years to receive the centrelink benefits.

In my desperate situation I have tried to reach out for help and found that HCA is assisting people like me. When I have reached out them, I was amazed to see how their volunteers are helping everyone. They have supported me like a family with my basic needs like grocery for my daily survival and emotional support for mental survival. I want to thank the team from bottom of my heart and I want every member of HCA and the entire team know how thankful I am for helping me in this most critical situation of my life I have ever faced (alone) and standing by my side in a strange country and in strange situation. My special thanks to Sreenadh Brahmapuram Uncle who went beyond the limits and even spoke to my mom over the phone, gave her hope and confidence when she is worried sick for me because I am alone here and because of their helpless situation to not able to be with me because of the closed borders. Sreenadh Uncle told my mom he and HCA will always be there to help me and keep me safe in this COVID crisis finishes or whenever there is a need.

Initially I was very hesitant to ask for help but I am very glad that I did and was able to reach out to the best help that is out there. HCA not only welcomed me with open arms but also gave me strength and confidence to survive in this emotional time, by standing like a pillar by my side. I know that many others have availed the same help as I did and have renewed their hope towards life and future.

I felt that you and your members were the only people who understood me and people like me when no one did. When we could not pay for the bills or the food, you understood our pain and guided us through with your selfless service regardless of ethnicity, gender, creed and ability.

With great privilege from the bottom of my heart, I Thank You all.

Thank you For your faithfulness and dedication

By: A recipient of Help from Hindu Benevolent fund of Hindu Council of Australia.

I had long ago accepted that I was getting fed up, lonely and tired being away from India, being single and away from my family for more than 18 months with all these lockdowns, losing a job and the devastating state of my daily needs and financial situation . Since the recent rule changes from Centrelink I was unable to claim even the jobseeker or other benefits being a new 2 years old permanent resident need to wait another 2 years to claim.
 
In this critical situation Hindu Council members have come forward like a family to support me morally and for my basic needs for survival. Just wanted to thank and make sure that Hindu Council and the entire team know how thankful I am for giving me all the things needed in this crisis situation without a second thought and standing by my side in this country. A special thanks to Sreenadh Brahmapuram Uncle went beyond and even spoke to my mom on phone giving her hope and confidence when she is worried that I am alone, jobless and unable to come to India with these strict border closures. Uncle even told my mom he and Hindu Council is always there to protect me and help me in this pandemic crisis and whatever the situations come along.
 
I went the best way possible to take the help with so much hesitation. But Hindu Council opened their arms and welcomed me with great support, care, kindness and gave me strength by standing like a pillar by my side. It enabled me, as I’m sure so many others, the ability to try to get better and not succumb to the situation. Have renewed hope.
 
You and your team were the only team who could understand people like us when no one did. When we could not make up bills for our daily living, you saw our pain and without a second thought guided us right with your selfless service regardless of ethnicity, gender, creed and ability.
 
With great privilege from the bottom of my heart, I Thank You.
 
May God Richly Bless You.
For the Family.