Chennai, a densely populated city in South India over the last few weeks has been violently hit by floods, produced by what experts consider the most violent storms of the last hundred years.
With more than 300 dead and thousands evacuated, the town is completely on its knees, submerged by water and mud, with impassable streets, hospitals and infrastructures out of service, without electricity and with driving rain which does not look like it is going to stop soon.
In this scene of destruction and pain, Luigi Ferrante, President of the Sri Prema Sai Organization ONLUS is already operational in Chennai to bring relief to poor and help people in difficulty.
In this moment there is no time to gather goods, we have to raise funds in a race against time to be efficient in helping people soon and without waste.
For this reason the Sri Prema Sai Organization ONLUS has started to collect funds which will be immediately sent to the President and utilized for immediate and tangible help aimed at an exhausted population.
We of the Sri Prema Sai Organization ONLUS are there…you can be there too!
We’re counting on you! Our Indian brothers are counting on us!
In the face of so much suffering and cries of pain of our brothers, we have decided not to stand idly by, but to act now!
Take action yourself, make a donation to:
SRI PREMA SAI ORGANIZATION ONLUS
Unicredit Banca, Ag. 00804
Corso Francia – Torino
Reference: aid to flooded population of Chennai – India
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Luigi Ferrante from Chennai
Luigi Ferrante from Chennai – 23/12/2015
A hug of greeting…
Thanks to your support and the help of God, in these last days, we were able to give hope, and, to make happy the other 1,341 families victims of the flood in Chennai. It ‘was a rather difficult year, crises, disasters and wars, they have sown fear, terror and thousands of innocent victims…
Many were hit by a violent economic crisis, family and emotional. Some have also been affected by a strong spiritual crisis. Many people with a spirit of sacrifice they had to bear the weight of his burden, and many had to accept their fate, for good and bad… I realize that the trials of life are many, and life to someone is rather hard. Every day we are asked to sacrifice and commitment, every day life, we have to ask for new evidence to overcome, new challenges and new goals. I will not conceal that nothing is easy in this world, and the difficulties are never lacking… Life always surprises us, sometimes with success and satisfaction …!
These cards are turned to you all …
To those who daily struggle against all sorts
To those who struggled against the indifference of the nearby
To those who have been forgotten by the world
To those who have lost everything, even their way
To those that life has given him many opportunities
To those who have no place to go and no one to embrace
People who decided to close the door to the world
To those who feel sad and lonely
People who decided to offer their time and their lives to humanity
To those who bravely struggling against all physical and spiritual evil
Those so-called misunderstood
To those who think they have lost everything and hope
To those who are unjustly judged and criticized, just because they have chosen to follow their fate
To those who are afraid to choose and to take a position in life
To those who have doubts about their life, about the future, about their faith, and perhaps even of God…
To those who have not yet learned to love, and do not know the true essence of Love
To all of you I say, do not give up, do not lose hope and do not run away from your responsibilities … Live your present with love and trust in that, your future starts today, and it is a wonderfully beautiful and magical future …!
Love life and it will love you!
God has not forgotten you …
Not only at Christmas, but every day, tighten your arms your loved ones, and the people you care about, do not let them ever miss your embrace. Be it a big hug, genuine and full of love, and especially contagious, because, this is the hug that I would give to each of you for this Christmas … and deal with the New Year. Although the future may seem uncertain, no matter what, if you live today with intensity, love and freedom, know that, and how to be lived forever…. Let us be amazed by the beauty of life.
Life is a challenge, do not be afraid, . Life is Love, happy and with all your energy you have inside your heart. Life is a game, you play your game the way , because, you are all winners… Life is a dream, believe until the end, and made all the dreams you want because, only if we believe, the dreams you can accomplish them all…!
I wish you a peaceful and joyful Merry Christmas and a Happy and bright Happy New Year 2016 to all of you…
Thank you for your time
Luigi Ferrante from Chennai – 19/12/2015
The beauty of the service…
…After listening to their dramatic story, I offered to help them…, I also found a temporary arrangement in the church, as they slept in a makeshift tent. After this meeting and, in as I continued to distribute aid to the hundreds of people who continued to arrive from all over, I thought of the words of the Master, “… the ideal of service and the inner compulsion to implement it, is the very heart filled d ‘ love. Pure love is its greatest manifestation. When you decide to do the service, go to places where you can find the poor and bring them the message of hope and strength in their hearts. Be thankful when they welcome you and give you the opportunity to serve them. No matter how many people manage to feed, maybe, ten, a hundred or a thousand, know that you gave an example of kindness and love, and by the time others will follow these deeds of love … Your happiness depends on them, be loving, proud to serve them, because the same Sai that resides in you resides in them. I will be at your side, working side by side with you and I will be proud of you. This is the prayer I like best. Through the service, prepare the way of truth and righteousness. Remember, God is the refuge of those who do not have a place to rest. Be aware that you are love in action. Awareness is life and therefore, be aware of your innate inner strength and glory … “
“…The accumulated wealth that is not yours, and the riches that you have distributed will belong forever…”
Luigi Ferrante from Chennai – 15/12/2015
Thoughts, words and actions…
These days, with the help of the police and the intervention of God, we were able to give relief to 2,210 families affected by flooding. Families who have lost what little he had left, the force of the water took away everything… In the most affected area of Chennai, Saidepet and its suburbs, Madhavaram, Ottechery, Velachery, Tambaram people is grouped in makeshift accommodation or better fortune telling…
In these and other villages there are many people who are either too old or too weak, or with some physical defect, lame, deaf, blind or with polio that are hard to find livelihoods. Some of them also have families to look after. What they are able to scrape together is really inappropriate and especially these days that prices have soared… The only time these people can forget these thoughts and this tragedy is when the evening come together and are at our field to collect food and everything they need, cooking stoves, pots, rice, dhal, flour, oil, milk and cookies for the kids… and we distribute, I look at their faces, their eyes sad and you feel powerless in front of so much despair…! But at the same time I realize that, with humility and ‘love, and with respect to those we serve, we can elevate the humanity of man and make him feel alive…
Thanks to all of you who support us and thanks to your love that we can deploy much Love
“… Let the melody and harmony rise up from your hearts, and let all reap joy and love that you express through these genuine actions of love …”
Luigi Ferrante from Chennai – 12/12/2015
Service with Love…
So much suffering among the people, and here in Chennai, after the flood, desolation and sadness dominate the individual and the air we breathe …
We must find out why in the world today terrible things happen. It seems that this is due to the lack of self-denial and love for oneself and for others …
Only love and service strengthen, the mind and intelligence, putting the individual in a position to act correctly.
“… It is the dedication that lead the individual to higher levels of life. You can get in touch with others only through love … “
Love is the primary factor in this process … Love it!