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Issue12 - Oct 2010

TOS News from around the world

Environmental education in Nairobi, Ken

Many Theosophists are deeply involved in community service as individual citizens. Here is an interesting example. A pillar of the TS and TOS in Nairobi, Narendra Shah is Chairman of the Oshwal Education and Relief Board. This charitable organisation owns and runs many nursery, primary and secondary schools in Kenya. It has even had a college since 1992.

As a new initiative, the Board is sponsoring the development of the Karura Forest northeast of Nairobi for recreation and environmental education. We see Narendra at the launch talking with Nobel Laureate, Wangari Maathai.

Meeting His Holiness, the Dalai Lama in the USA


In May, Betty Bland (President/General Secretary of the American Section of the Theosophical Society) and Tim Boyd (TSA Vice President, and also President of the Theosophical Order of Service) had a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. They discussed some of the work that the TOS has done to support Chushul Orphanage in Tibet. The meeting took place at Iowa State University, where His Holiness also gave an hour-long interview about the situation in Tibet and took part in a panel discussion, "Educating for a non-violent world".

From left to right: Betty Bland, Tim Boyd, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lily Boyd, David Bland

More dynamic work in Orissa, India


In May, the Mahabharat Group of the TOS in Orissa, India organised a Summer Spiritual programme for the students of Venkateswar English Medium School in the city of Bhubaneswar. 


The one month long summer spiritual camp was organised under the banner "Body, Mind And Soul Awareness Programme”. During the camp the students were taught yoga asanas, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation, mantra chantings and moral lessons. On the closing day they were awarded certificates of participation.

The programme was inaugurated in the open-air grounds of the school.

The children learned moral lessons through games and songs.

The students had an opportunity to learn the rudiments of meditation.

Yoga lessons

New building and library at the Golden Link College in the Philippines


The Golden Link College is a project of the TOS in the Philippines. The College has recently added a new building to its campus.

The new building has four floors. The front fence and gate are still under construction.


A library is being established on an entire floor of the new building.

Opposite we see the new library ready for the construction of shelves. 

Recognising volunteers in Brisbane, Australia


To celebrate National Volunteer Week in May, Lynette Muller, President of the Brisbane TOS group, presented members with certificates recognising their volunteer service to the TS and to various community activities.

Here she presents a certificate to Colleen O’Rourke recognising her work with cancer patients.

Rugs for a nursing home in Perth, Australia


One of the ladies in the TOS in Perth made knee rugs, which the TOS presented to the residents of a local nursing home.

The ladies in the photograph were delighted with receiving the rugs.

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