PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN
AFFECTED BY THE TSUNAMI
8 January 2005 London UK
Saturday 8 January 2005 between 8pm and 9pm, 500 children from various
BAPS centers around London gathered at the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden, London to offer a special ‘Children Praying for Children’
prayer. The prayers were offered in remembrance
of those children who sadly lost their lives or were orphaned in the
South East Asia Tsunami.
Pujya Atmaswarup Swami talked about the importance of children praying for others, what we can do to help and how we should remain firm in our belief that with God's help everyone will surely be solaced. He also mentioned that at a time like this we must have empathy for those children who are going through a very shocking period in life.
At the end of the program children generously donated whatever they could, even from their pocket money.
The prayers were attended by chief guest Ms Caroline Boswell, Head of the Children and Young People’s Unit, Mayor of London’s Office, GLA, Councilor Mike Freer, Barnet Council, as well as other prominent VIPs.
To mark the end of the prayers a one-minute silence was observed in remembrance of those who were victims of this tragedy.
The ‘Children Praying for Children’ prayers were part of a larger BAPS Tsunami Appeal launched by HDH Pramukh Swami Maharaj, spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha. The appeal has generated generous donations and the funds are being used to provide aid across South East Asia.