Saturday 16 July 2005, BAPS Care International and BAPS Swaminarayan
Sanstha, India, conducted the foundation-stone laying ceremony
of 250 homes - 160 in Pattipulamkuppam and 90 in Mahabalipuram
in the district of Kancheepuram amidst Vedic chantings through
the hands of Pujya Doctor Swami and Collector of Kancheepuram
District Shri R. Venkatesan.
After placing the bricks in the foundation pit, an assembly was
held by the sea shore of Pattipulamkuppam. The Collector Shri
Venkatesan, Shri Dhanpal, District Chairman of Kancheepuram District;
Shri. Viswanathan, President of Town Panchayat, Mahabalipuram
and Shri. Sekar, vice-President of Town Panchayat, Mahabalipuram;
were honoured with garlands and shawls. The Colluctor, in his
address, said, "I have been experiencing the services of
various organizations for the last seven months. I have seen the
wonderful work of BAPS and its volunteers have helped us a lot.
I would like to thank them on behalf of my people. We have gathered
here for the foundation-stone laying ceremony of 250 houses to
be built by BAPS. I congratulate and thank the BAPS for the programme
and request to do the maximum for our people. We, the government
officials, are here to help the people and the BAPS."
Finally, on behalf of HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj the inspirer of
BAPS Tsunami rehabilitation project, Pujya Doctor Swami said,
"To transcend the miseries and challenges of life we all
need the refuge of God and His holy Sadhu. Offer daily prayers
to God before you begin your day. Also, bow down to your parents
and respect them. I pray for unity and harmony to prevail in your
village so that you can help each other in times of difficulty
and live happily."
In conclusion, the village seniors were honoured with shawls and
prasad. The assembly was attended by 400 local Tamils of the village
of Pattipulamkuppam and Mahabalipuram.
On Friday, 1 July 2005, the BAPS donated 250 milch cows to 250
Tsunami-affected families belonging to the villages of Sethupathiyoor,
vattumadai, Koittunar Vialai and Saral Vialai in the Kanyakumari
district. In addition, 100 rope-making machines with raw materials,
5 slipper-making units and rubber sheets for 100 families were
also donated. In all, the event provided means of livelihood for