Worldwide Humanitarian Assistance
The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles programme was founded by Sri Chinmoy in 1991 and has assisted humanitarian aid efforts in countries around the world. The organisation is made up entirely of volunteers with representatives in the United States, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand Sri Chinmoy Centres. Through humble efforts to identify with the sufferings of our brothers and sisters of the world, the organisation seeks to bring hope in a tangible way to suffering individuals.
In 1991, an appeal for help was received from the Research Institute of Paediatric Haematology in Moscow for children suffering from leukaemia and from 1991 to 1998, humanitarian aid supplies continued to flow into Russia from Europe and the USA. From 1998 to 2000, shipments were sent to other countries including India, Indonesia, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Marshall Islands, and in 2000 a container shipment of clothing and household items was sent to Mozambique for victims of flooding.
The Sri Chinmoy Centres from more than 20 countries have already sent pharmaceuticals, medical and surgical supplies, food, clothing and more to Angola which according to UNICEF, is the most difficult place in the world to grow up as a child.
Several more shipments of aid to organisations in other countries have now been made and an on-going appeal for humanitarian aid supplies has been launched.