Hindu Mission Health Services Federation – Bestowing the Gift of Health
Sreshtaa Rajesh and Pranav Kaundinya
The vision of the Shankaracharya of Kanchi, Svami Jayendra Sarasvatiji was to create a set of robust Hindu institutions that can serve the public selflessly and rely on the core dharmic principles of Sanatana Dharma to guide their actions.
The Jan Kalyan movement was born, and many institutions came into existence heeding the call. This led to the creation of various Hindu Mission hospitals (www.hindumission.in) and Sankara hospitals as independent bodies that have helped millions of people across the country get healthy for free or at a high level of subsidy.
Sankara Healthcare Foundation (www.giftofhealth.us) was established to unify their work and provide an umbrella for bringing in technologies and expertise and rolling out best practices in a uniform way across the Hindu Missions in India. The Wellness on Wheels project is a unique pilot that will serve as a platform for unification and seva. And SHF’s work abroad reflects the same need to serve our local communities based on Sanatana Dharma’s core values and shine as a model of how Hindus serve, Project HEAL (Healthy Eating and Living) serves as a bold and unique vehicle in giving the gift of health.
This poster tells the inspiring story of Sankara Healthcare and the various Hindu Missions involved in this aspect of Jan Kalyan.
About the presenters…
Sreshtaa Rajesh is a senior at Mass. Academy of Math and Science, and is taking freshman classes at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Sreshtaa has conducted several projects to improve individuals with medical and physical impairments, including building a device to detect early joint bleeds, and building a Braille-free keyboard for the blind. She has been volunteering for SHF since 2012, and SHF’s work has instilled a love for community service and a desire to go into the medical field as a biomedical engineer. She is a practicing Hindu, a classical singer and dancer, and is well-versed in many slokas.
Pranav Kaundinya is a freshman at Bedford High School. Pranav is very interested in human health, and is passionate about caring for people who can’t care for themselves. Pranav also loves animals, and is a vegetarian by choice. Pranav has been an active volunteer of Sankara Healthcare Foundation since 2015, and he has always felt passionate about the cause. His other interests include playing the veena, sailing, and playing tennis.