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Seva at Chaitanya Jyoti Museum in November

Chaitanya Jyoti Museum is an architectural splendour which depicts the life and mission of Sri Sathya Sai Baba from his early childhood to date through multi media presentation techniques that reveals the divinity of Swami. The museum was formally inaugurated by Swami on 18th November 2000.

The museum opens 6 hours a day from 09:30 to 12 noon and then from 3pm to 6pm every day except Mondays, when the museum is closed to the public.

Devotees from UK are blessed with the opportunity to serve as volunteers in the museum during the month of November. A minimum of one week service is required and both ladies and gents are eligible to serve there.

About 10-12 devotees offer their services regularly every year. If you would like to join them and be a volunteer this November, please contact us at servicewing@srisathyasai.org.uk

"Service without ideal of self . . . trains you to transcend all the artificial distinctions imposed by history and geography, and to realize that the human community is one and indivisible."

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

The Gift of Sight
Eye to Sai

Eye to Sai is a project to help restore sight to the poorest by means of a modern surgical technique to remove cataracts which allows the person to get back to work almost immediately.

Cataract is the leading cause of global blindness and it is estimated that nearly one quarter of the world’s blind lives in India with over 50% suffering from blindness in both eyes. Cataract is a mainly age-related condition in which the lens of the eye becomes clouded and causes blurring of vision producing a visual effect like looking through a frosted window.

Blindness and poor vision have a detrimental impact on the quality of life, particularly for those living in poverty. As the cost of tertiary medical care is beyond the reach of the poor people, cataracts eventually lead to blindness which presents an enormous problem in India not only in terms of deaths but also in terms of economic loss and social burden.

Over 3 million people are affected annually by cataracts in India. Blind people often need assistance from sighted individuals and often sighted children have to help blind family members, and as a consequence, they no longer have time to attend school which further limits their career opportunities and worsen the cycle of poverty.

"God is the embodiment of compassion. He watches for a grain of goodness or humility so that He can reward it with tons of grace. Deserve the grace of God by helping the weak and the poor, the diseased and the downtrodden."

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

In 2004, our most beloved Swami graciously agreed for the UK to offer support to the Eye department at the Sri Sathya Sai Super Speciality hospital by providing the most modern surgical intervention for cataract using the ‘Phaco’ technique for the poorest to restore their sight and an on-going project to perform cataract surgery through a ‘Ceiling on Desires’ (COD) program.

COD are savings made mainly by reducing wastage. Instead of wasting money to buy unnecessary items which we don’t really need, we can curb our desires by using the savings to support our less fortunate brothers and sisters. This will enable them to regain their self-respect and dignity so that they can become self-reliant and productive members of their communities.

"Share your joy, your wealth and your knowledge with others less fortunate. This is the surest way of winning divine grace".

~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Would you like to give the gift of sight to someone? If you are prepared to make a sacrifice and would like to take part in this unique project, please contact servicewing@srisathyasai.org.uk

Prasanthi Nilayam Medical Camp

Each year, the Sri Sathya Sai International Medical Committee holds two camps in Prashanti Nilayam, one on the occasion of Guru Purnima and the second one is on Swami’s birthday. The medical camps run from 8am to 8pm and see about 400 to 600 patients each day. Medical volunteers from UK are invited to participate in this camp. If you are interested to join this camp, please send a copy of the following to servicewing@srisathyasai.org.uk -

  1. CV
  2. M.B.B.S certificate
  3. GMC/GDC or relevant medical council certificate

Overseas Medical Camps

Every year, medical volunteers from the SSSSO UK hold medical camps in different countries as requested. General volunteers are usually from the local area due to the language barriers and medical volunteers from UK are required in the following specialities:

  1. General Medicine
  2. Paediatric
  3. Optometry
  4. Ophthalmology
  5. Psychiatry
  6. Dental
  7. ENT
  8. Cardiology
  9. Physiotherapist
  10. Lady doctors in any medical speciality

If you would like to participate in this camp, please send a copy of the following to servicewing@srisathyasai.org.uk -

  1. CV
  2. M.B.B.S certificate
  3. GMC/GDC or relevant medical council certificate
  4. 1 original passport photograph
  5. 1 copy of the main page of your passport with your photograph and personal details

Non-medical devotees can also help by supporting the camps through Ceiling on Desires (COD) programme.

If you would like further information about this camp, please contact servicewing@srisathyasai.org.uk -

Medical services at the Sri Sathya Sai General hospital (SSSGH) and the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS)

Medical volunteers from UK have an opportunity to offer their services at the above hospitals for a minimum period of two weeks at a time to work together with the staff there under the rules and regulations of the SSSGH and SSSIHMS hospitals. If you would like to participate in these hospitals rota, please contact Dr Puvanachandra at puvanachandra@aol.com