Projects Supported by the Sathya Sai Society of America
The purpose of the Sathya Sai Society of America is to support the humanitarian projects begun by Sathya Sai Baba. He fed the hungry. He provided shelter for those lacking adequate housing. He provided clothing, skill-training and tools for beginning a small business to support a family. He provided free medical care and education from the primary to the university levels. He provided disaster relief and water-purification and delivery systems to countless villages and to Chennai, a major metropolis.
Throughout His life Sathya Sai Baba bestowed His grace and His love unremittingly and selflessly on one and all. His benevolence manifested and continues to manifest in concrete and subtle forms from the intensely personal individual level, through the community level and to the planetary level. The innumerable graces He has bestowed and continues to bestow in the form of material benefactions alone, to people everywhere on the planet for over seventy years, are beyond the reach of any list or description.
The following ongoing projects and institutions founded by Sathya Sai Baba are actively supported by the Sathya Sai Society of America.
Sathya Sai Baba established two super-speciality hospitals and two general hospitals, located at Whitefield and Puttaparthi in India. In addition, mobile hospitals travel to rural locations in India. All five institutions offer world-class medical care entirely free of charge. The care is given irrespective of race, caste, religion, nationality or gender of the recipient. These institutions function under the leadership of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust.
In addition to these ongoing, medical projects in India, disaster relief, free medical clinics and camps for humans and animals in the United States as well as around the world are supported by the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation. These periodic endeavors address the needs of population segments that are desperate or underserved. Please visit the website http://sssmt.org.in/ for more details on the medical institutions established by Sathya Sai Baba.
Sathya Sai Baba established a number of educational institutions in India from primary to graduate levels. They offer a high standard of education without charge or tuition. They are entirely free. Admission to these institutions is based upon merit. No distinction is made with respect to cast, creed, religion, or nationality. These institutions are run by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Please visit the website http://sssihl.edu.in/ for more details on the educational institutions established by Sathya Sai Baba.
Sathya Sai Baba has instituted a number of water management systems across India. These systems service locales which would otherwise lack pure water. Millions of people in the Anantapur District and in the Medek and Mahabubnagar Districts have benefited from Sathya Sai Baba’s water works. The entire city of Chennai now has drinkable water because of the water management system that Sathya Sai Baba instituted for that city. The serious water problems of the upland areas of the East Godavari and West Godavari Districts, where bore wells and streams were drying up at an alarming rate, also have been solved by Sathya Sai Baba’s water project.
Sathya Sai Baba built all of these systems without cost to those who receive the pure water. The water project is carried out under the auspices of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Please visit the website http://www.srisathyasai.org.in/Pages/Service_Projects/WaterSupply.htm for more details on the water projects.
The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust supports and manages a wide range of subsistence-aid projects.
Every year the students at Sathya Sai Baba’s educational institutions offer village service, including distribution of food and clothing, to more than a hundred villages.
Residential units have been constructed to house the destitute and orphans. For example, sixty children from Puttaparthi and proximal outlying areas are given free housing, food, clothing and education. Their daily needs are attended to lovingly. In addition funds have been deposited in the name of each child for their future needs. The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust runs several homes for the aged at Kadugodi, Bangalore and Anantapur. The elderly who reside in these homes receive food, medical care and shelter free of cost.
On many occasions Sathya Sai Baba has gifted those in need with the tools necessary to start and maintain a small business to provide a living. For example, the gift of a sewing machine or a rikshaw enables an individual to earn a living as a tailor or a taxi driver.
All of these projects are carried out under the auspices of the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. Those who receive their benefits are never charged for the services rendered.
The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust and the Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation have responded to many disasters. The Katrina hurricane disaster, the Southeast Asian tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti and the Hurricane Sandy disaster are a few examples. Please visit the website below for more details on the ongoing Haiti relief work: http://www.sathyasaihumanitarianrelief.org/haiti.htm
Victims were provided with medical care, food, water and shelter.
The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust has constructed and supports a number of facilities and institutions, the express purpose of which is to promote a broad-based understanding of the religious and cultural traditions of the world and an understanding and practical application of the five human values. The five human values are love, peace, truth, righteousness and non-violence. An understanding of these traditions and values facilitates the capacity to see unity in diversity. A developed form of that capacity in the individual promotes world peace.
The Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust has constructed a number of halls where programs, symposia and conferences are conducted. It has constructed and maintains two museums: the Chaitanya Jyothi Museum and the Sanathana Samskruti Museum. It supports an institute for human values in Delhi called The Sri Sathya Sai Centre and School for Human Values.
In addition, the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust maintains and runs the three ashrams built by Sathya Sai Baba. The primary ashram, called Prasanthi Nilayam or Abode of Peace, is the location of Sathya Sai Baba’s Mahasamadhi, His burial. Prasanthi Nilayam is in Puttaparthi, in the state of Andrah Pradesh in South India, about 120 kilometers north of Bangalore airport. The ashram is open to the public. Two additional ashrams are located in Whitefield and Kodaicanal. The Whitefield ashram is known as Brindavan. Whitefield is a suburb of Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka in South India. The Kodaicanal ashram known as Sai Sruti is a mountain retreat in Tamil Nadu, in South India.