Veerayatan has created a platform for thousands of believers around the world so that they may give back to society. Acharya Shri Chandanaji traversed the world to spread the message of love, hope, and compassion and made a home in the hearts of many across the oceans.
Today, Veerayatan has become a worldwide movement to uplift humanity through Seva (service to humanity), Shiksha (value based education) and Sadhana (inner development); its three pillars. Here is a brief on its offices around the world.
Veerayatan International USA is a non-profit organization founded in 1996 with inspiration from Acharyashri Chandanaji and through the dedication of Dr. Nayan Shah from Hughesville, Maryland.
Under Acharyashriji’s visionary leadership, along with Sadhviji’s dedication and through the support of hundreds of volunteers and patrons, Veerayatan International USA has been able to serve thousands of people across the globe. Veerayatan International works with organizations such as JAINA (Federation of Jain Assosiations in North America) to support its Mission.
The organization is exempt from the U.S. Federal Income Tax under the Section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code as an organization described in Section 501 (c) (3). The Federal Tax Exempt ID is 52-1956271.
Established in 1995, Veerayatan UK has been instrumental in disseminating the organization’s ethos to the local communities as well as supporting Veerayatan’s work in India and abroad. Over the years, this center has raised over $1 million to support humanitarian efforts in India and other charities.
Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth (SCVP) is the oldest Jain school in England. It has been actively making a difference since 1996. Set up by Sadhvi Shri Shilapiji, under the guidance of Acharya Shriji, SCVP has revolutionized Jain teaching in the West. It has been imparting knowledge and understanding of this philosophy to children and adults in English, and in a structured and progressive manner. The classes make learning a fun experience, relevant to modern society, and encourage debate and discussion to ensure understanding.
SCVP is a non-sectarian establishment that promotes unity between different organizations and importantly, in dissolving barriers in the eyes of children and adults. This promotes a pure love for the philosophy and the teachings of Tirthankar Mahavir.
Veerayatan UK has also raised funds to establish the Veerayatan School in Rudrani. In the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake in 2015, substantial funds were raised to support the long-term rehabilitation program in Nepal too.
SCVP Activity - Tree Planting On Saturday 12 March 2016
Veerayatan sprung to action after a shattering earthquake shook Nepal to its core in April 2015. More than 8,000 people lost their lives and more than 21,000 lost their homes and livelihood.
Unlike other centers within India, Nepal was a completely new territory and the Sadhvijis found accommodation in the beginning with difficulty, given the lack of acquaintances. Conditions in Nepal were devastating at the time. More than 17,000 locals were forced to become refugees in their homeland.
With perseverance, Veerayatan finally decided to set up a Model school there, based on the success of the Kutch Model School. While there were initial communication barriers given the Sadhvijis’ primary knowledge in Hindi and English while the local language being Nepali, the authorities and people were very supportive.
Local Nepali-speaking teachers were hired, which was a relief for the children involved. In the meanwhile, vocational training and relief camps were also set up for them to overcome the shocks of the earthquake. These employ only Nepalis while training them too, giving each one purpose and a means to get back on their feet.
Veerayatan for Nepal
Over the year, Veerayatan has taken in more than 500 children, from age 5 to 13, who had lost either parents or their mothers. The love of the children transcended the language barrier and they showered the volunteers and sandhvijis with tremendous love and affection.
These children have made incredible progress within a year; they are slowly transforming into confident, happy, and courageous individuals. Veerayatan is now gearing up to finalize land and begin construction on a center in this geography. This center will comprise a rehabilitation unit, school, hospital, etc.
Our efforts would not have been possible without the support of members of Krishna Pranami, along other local and Indian donors and supporters, who opened their hearts and doors to us in time of dire need. The heart and soul of Veerayatan Nepal are its children.
Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth (SCVP) was set up to impart moral and ethical values, Jain heritage, and humanity, with an emphasis on teaching ‘universal’ values such as compassion, honesty, love, happiness, unity, and charity. It was established in 1997, and along with Young Jains Nairobi, is an active platform for Veerayatan supporters.
The school aims to instill confidence and spiritual values in children and adults. This will help one and all with the strength and wisdom to make sound choices in life. The courses have more than 300 registered students. Regular visits by Sadhvi Shilapiji and other Sadhvis have been a source of training for more than 40 volunteer teachers at SCVP.
In January 2015, on Acharaya Shriji’s birthday, Veerayatan’s Kenya center was formed. Acharayaji blessed the land where the Cerebral Palsy Centre for Kenya has been planned.
Established in 2003, Veerayatan Dubai is home to Shri Chandana Vidyapeeth (SCVP) which offers courses in Jainism, introspection, spiritual development, and Indian culture and heritage. These courses are open to people from all religions, faiths, creeds and nationalities. It also hosts lectures and workshops led by the Sadhvijis of Veerayatan that focus on inner development. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information on events.