Learn about Krishan Shiva Singh's Langar's Seva projects in Peru, which provides support during times of pandemics, offering food and supplies to various vulnerable communities in Lima.
PROJECT NAME: Langar In Peru. Popular restaurants, Cantagallo Community and Virgen del Carmen Home Community
of Los Abarrotes.
DESCRIPTION: Assistance with basic food supplies and meals to several communities in situations of social vulnerability in Lima.
PEOPLE SERVED: Low-income families, communities and children. Vulnerable people in times of pandemic.
STARTING YEAR: 2020
PERSON IN CHARGE: Krishan Shiva Singh [ Johnny Molfino ]
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Since the pandemic began, thousands of people around the world are now unemployed. In Peru, unemployment rates have increased by 42%, which has triggered great uncertainty and an unprecedented social and labor crisis, since many of these people do not have the necessary resources to deal with this situation.
This is the case of the " wanderers"; people who lived in Lima, but who were unemployed and consequently homeless, and who therefore began to leave the city, literally walking miles and miles, trying to return to their places of origin.
Krishan Shiva Singh saw this news with his wife, right at the beginning of the pandemic: "Because of Covid-19, groups of wanderers gathered, and they started walking from Lima along the road to the north, to the center, and to the south."
And he said, " No way! Something has to be done!"
And so he did.
He organized with family and friends, in and out of Sangat, to support the wanderers in their purpose and also bring them, as he calls it, "food and love."
"They left Lima because they lost everything they had in the pandemic. Many of them walked 200, 300 and even 500 miles back to their provinces."
When the wanderers reached their destination, Krishan Shiva continued to serve in other collective Seva projects, in the Cantagallo Community and in a popular community restaurant in Lima.
We talked with him and we invite you to watch the video above, where he shares this experience of service in times of pandemic with us.
DO YOU FACE CHALLENGES WHEN YOU DO THESE SEVA PROJECTS?
HOW DO YOU OVERCOME THEM?
Big challenges arise during this Covid-19 moment: taking all preventive measures to avoid the spread of the virus, protective measures to purchase, distribute and even transport disinfected items; leaving the house; worrying about not having enough food to serve the next day, considering having to stop... "but suddenly ... we are already covered for the next couple of weeks!"
"You accept the challenge, hand it over to the universe, and the universe ensures that there is always enough and that we can accomplish what we are called to do..."
CAN YOU SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT WHAT INSPIRES YOU TO SERVE?
"As a teenager, I felt restless and wanted to help. Along with a friend, we used to visit sick people in a hospital. Years later, when my son was young, we used to spend Saturday mornings together in a children's home; we played with the children, read stories and watched movies. At various times and moments in my life these invitations to serve have continued to appear and the truth is that it is something that fills my heart. What moves me the most and continues to motivate me, are the happy faces of people when they are given something...... This is what you get in the end and if this inspires and serves other people to be inspired and serve....Wahe guru! It's wonderful."
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE US ABOUT THE PRACTICE OF KUNDALINI YOGA AND THE TEACHINGS, ANYTHING THAT AWAKENS YOUR SERVICE?
"As I mentioned, since I was 13, 14 years old I have had this sensitivity to service. But as a result of my approach to Kundalini Yoga, of being part of the sangat, this intensified a lot. I realized that there are always opportunities to serve, and they allow us to grow. I then noticed that there were many places to help, so I tried to get more involved. I started to get to know realities that were completely different from mine and I started to think, well, this is something you can do here too. This also gave me a little more structure to do some things with continuity and permanence. For example, Kundalini Yoga classes for special needs children."
ABOUT KRISHAN SHIVA SINGH
With degrees in Law and Social Sciences, he is a Kundalini Yoga level II teacher and a Sat Nam Rasayan practitioner. Serving is his vocation.
For ten years he has organized Christmas breakfasts for low-income populations, supported soup kitchens with purchases of groceries, and offered langars and food to socially vulnerable populations. He currently manages and participates in several Seva projects that offer support in times of pandemic.
SEVAS IN WHICH HE PARTICIPATES
• Seva “Los Caminantes”: bringing food, love and hope, to the wanderers who had to leave Lima, walking along the road due to Covid-19.
• Seva “Comedores Populares”: with great love bringing the provisions to prepare the meals and share with the community.
• Seva “Cantagallo”: bringing fruit, sandwiches, and cooking tools to help in these difficult pandemic times.
• Seva "Hogar Virgen del Carmen de los abarrotes”: providing provisions to prepare breakfast and lunch for 120 children and grandparents.
If you want to support any of these Projects, contact Krishan Shiva Singh, at: