Govardhan Eco Village, India
We have started our humble attempt in the form of Govardhan Annakshetra at Govardhan Ecovillage (Wada). It is an initiative where we serve free full meal lunch prasadam to whoever comes at Govardhan Ecovillage and also in the villages of Palghar without any discrimination. We are witnessing the massive impact that this project has created in the lives of people.
Govardhan Annakshetra is an initiative by Govardhan Ecovillage to feed whoever comes to it. The project was recently inaugurated at the beautiful Govardhan Ecovillage in Wada on 18 December 2018. At Govardhan Annakshetra, we feed full plant-based meal daily. Everyday around 500 to 1000 people benefit from this social initiative.
Govardhan Annakshetra provides free meals for everyone within its vicinity. As Srila Prabhupada said “No one should go hungry around our centers”. Adhering to this thought, we believe that food should go in someone’s mouth rather than going waste. This thought led us to begin this food movement leading to the inception of Govardhan Annakshetra.
Govardhan Annakshetra, among all the forms of charity, Annadaan is considered as an act of highest virtue. All the other human needs like clothes, shelter, and education impact only the quality of life but food impacts the life itself. Govardhan Annakshetra is the ideal place for anyone to experience sheer bliss of feeding the needy.
Established by Dash Meizler in 2018, the Podrska Foundation is a non-profit grassroots vegan organization of volunteers dedicated to an ethics of care for both human and non-human lives in Uganda.
Our vision is to educate and empower the most vulnerable humans to fulfill their needs and those of non-human animals, and thus live lives that are healthy, environmentally sustainable, and, above all, ethically oriented.
Our mission is to respond to the urgent needs of at-risk human beings and to advocate for non-human animals. Each of our programs encourages participants to make choices informed by compassion for non-human animals.
We meet the needs of the vulnerable with empathy. We respond to crises in a timely fashion. We engage with our beneficiaries honestly and openly. We demonstrate the joy of service. We take responsibility for our actions and keep record of expenses.
Transforming the World, for the Good of All.
Wild animals, farm animals, humans, nature are all connected. Doing good for one serves all.
My passion for helping humans has been with me since I was a child growing up in Uganda. I saw my parents struggle to get my four siblings and me educated. In 2007, when I had to transition from my primary school to a secondary school, my parents had no money to pay for my secondary education but they did not give up. As a result of a lie about me having no father, I was taken to a remote rural area where I secured a place in a school; that experience left me sleepless for many nights. While finishing school, I experienced hunger for the first time as there was nothing available to eat there. The hunger for both an education and food was what motivated me to undertake humanitarian work. I don’t want others to sleep on empty stomachs or children to drop out of school because their parents can’t afford to educate them.
My compassion for non-human animals took root late in my life long after I stopped working on a poultry farm on which I had grown up. It all started when a friend sent me a video showing the Taliban cutting off people’s heads. I was so disturbed that I asked my friend not to send me such videos. He replied “gwe nga osala bano” – which means “how come you also slaughter others?” I asked him “which others?” and he replied “chickens.” I dismissed his comment as laughable until one day when I was slaughtering a chicken, and, in the process of taking off their head, their blood spilt on my foot. At that moment I hoped that I would never die like that. And, suddenly, a statement made by the same friend who sent me the videos popped up in my head: “So you don’t want to die the way you kill chickens, but you are playing God by already killing living things the same way in which you don’t want to die.” I suddenly felt a connection between the taking of a chicken’s life and the taking of a human life. That was my last act of slaughter. However, I did not become vegan immediately as I continued to eat what others slaughtered. But I started making connections between animal products and suffering, I started valuing the lives of non-human animals as much as I valued humans. Since 2018 I have been living a vegan lifestyle and helping others develop empathy for and justice towards our non-human fellow inhabitants of this planet.
Food for Life Global is a 100% voluntarily funded organization. For every $1 you give, 70 cents goes directly to programs supporting food relief. Of the remaining funds, 10 cents helps run Food for Life Global, including advocacy, training, education, and 20 cents goes towards raising the next $1 to help us continue our important work.
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