December, 2015

Chennai Floods
Our prayers with the people of Tamil Nadu who witnessed the country's worst flood in a century. With every calamity, humanity rises again and brings people together. The social media era has given us an opportunity be part of rescue mission in floods. OVBI with Art of Living, Sewa International and other organizations formed a whats-app group connecting ground zero volunteers and NRIs in USA, UK and Canada. We called the helpline numbers to locate the people stranded in floods by setting up a control room helping each request that came. A group of doctors with all specialty was formed and consulted for various medical needs. Timely help was sent to women in labor and babies were delivered safely. Lot of people got the news that their family is safe through this team which was not possible otherwise due to network unavailability. Relief work including housing, food, medicines and other supplies was done. We have a long way ahead. Please continue to pray and help us through anyway you can. OVBI is also working closely with IAHV- International Association of Human values during this crisis in our country.

"  Give charity without delay, for it stands in the way of calamity ." - Tirmidhi

Upcoming Events

Udaan Fund Raising Event in Folsom, California.

Date: Dec 19th, 2015  Saturday                 Time: 6pm onwards
Venue:  Russell Ranch Elementary School,  
              Folsom, CA  USA 95630
              Event Info
Project Updates

Udaan - A pilot project creating a "Safe Haven" for children of sex workers in the Sonagachi red light area in Kolkata. OVBI is working for them to lead a normal childhood, safe from the real dangers of the flesh trade. Learn More

Latest update: World renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will lay down the foundation stone on Dec 20, 2015 for the 18,000 sq.ft. residential school building for Project Udaan. We will be able to house about 100 girls between ages of 3-12 under this roof and take care of them till they can join the mainstream of life.
To meet the goal of $170,000 we have divided them as 8500 Bricks of Hope for $20 each. Each donor by donating a few bricks is helping the project to its final destination. Donate
Many of the rural India is without electricity. Their future is jeopardized due to the lack of light, no education and are thus forced into poverty.
OVBI is donating solar lamp for every kid to study and progress to bring their family out of darkness.
You can help us by promoting the project and donating 
  • $10 puts a light in ONE child's hands.
  • $20 you can DOUBLE your impact!
  • $50 provides FIVE kids each a lamp!
  • $1000 gives a lamp to ALL the children in an Entire School. 

  • Shambhugarh 

    OVBI has adopted a village named Shambugarh in Rajasthan.  After a complete survey following issues were found:
  • 50% of villagers don't have toilet and defecate in open
  • Every house has atleast one youth who is unemployed.
  • Water scarcity with reduced quality of drinking water
  • Open garbage leading to serious illness.

  • Plan:
  • A YLTP (Youth Leadership Training Program) funded by OVBI is organized for the villagers. More than 50 people are attending.
  • Anganwadi Program - Government of India is supporting us for the development of children.
  • Skill development programs like sewing, computer classes, plumbing and electrician training will be provided. 
  • Water filters and public toilets will be built in the villages. Volunteer
  • OVBI's 2015 Achievement 

  • Bhaskara II 900 years celebration event. 
  • Udaan fundraising Holi event in Bay Area
  • Google Hangouts with Paul Rodney for Food and Yoga, Vikram Hazra for Music and Yoga, Swami Prasannatmananda for Raja Yoga, Mr. Rajeev Malhtora, D.K. Hari and D.K. Hema Hari for Ancient India 
  • Yogathon on June 21st - First  International Yoga Day was organized in 100 cities across USA and Canada along with other like minded organizations. 
  • Vedic Math Sessions across the world for everyone - age 5 and above and Vedic math teachers training was successfully held.
  • OVBI participated in Parade in NYC for Indian Independence Day.
  • Growth of OVBI  in UK and OVBI Canada.
  • We supported Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji's visit to Bay Area, Canada and London and helped in organizing the events. More than 3000 new volunteers became part of us.
  • OVBI was instrumental in connecting Yezidis to IAHV and Art Of Living for the support.
  • Volunteer Meet in Bay Area with 40 members committed to be part of the OVBI projects.
  • OVBI Tech team won the "Code for India Hackathon" Contest held at the Google head quarters.
  • Scholarships to 2 deserving candidates for School of Good Governance Program at Sri Sri University was given.

  • OVBI supports the World Cultural Festival March 11-13, 2016 in New Delhi, India organized by The Art Of Living Foundation

    The Art of Living with a presence in 154 countries across the globe is engaged in diverse humanitarian and service activities. True to its motto of a One World Family (Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam) and of making Life a Celebration is having the biggest World Culture Festival. 
    The  musical and spiritual extravaganza with hundreds of musicians,dancers,performers on the stage as big as 6 times a football field. The biggest cultural show showcasing 154 countries and their cultures in the national capital of India.  
    Greetings from OVBI 
    We wish you all A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.

    Lets move together in 2016 to continue to make India of our Dreams.