March 14, 1999 VNN3323
Children Of Krishna
BY JAHNAVI DASI
USA, Mar 14 (VNN) — Dear Devotees, please accept my respects.
In reading recent posts it seems that many devotees may not know
about some of the positive measures being taken to rectify and
prevent abuse to the children of the Hare Krsna Movement.
Organizations like Children of Krishna Inc. and the Office of Child
Protection both have proactive and comprehensive programs dealing
with such issues as past abusers, helping our youth affected,
preventing child abuse in the future and supporting our youth in
achieving their goals in general. More can and should be done, and if
you would like to help be part of the solution or know more
information please get in touch with us. 904-462-1081, or read
below to learn about us.
Yours truly, Jahnavi dasi, Managing Director, Children of Krishna
Children of Krishna, Inc.
Main Office - Alachua, Florida
Children of Krishna, Inc. supports, furthers and protects the
educational, economic, emotional and spiritual well being of the
children of the Hare Krishna Movement.
The children of the Hare Krishna Movement are our greatest asset.
Therefore we must:
a) create a loving environment for our children and protect them from
b) Provide our students a first-class, well-rounded education,
including trained professional teachers and exceptional schools; and
c) Give our young adults the transitional training and support they
require to become productive and happy members of our society.
Our Motto: "Helping Hare Krishna Youth to Help Themselves"
Children of Krishna, Inc, (CKI), was formed during the 1996 North
American GBC and Temple President meetings. It was a direct and
proactive response to a panel presentation by ten Hare Krishna youth
who shared very candid stories of their personal experiences while
students in the Gurukula system. It became obvious that our devotee
society needed to not only remedy past mistakes but also offer our
youth the type of tangible assistance and support that the elders in any
family must provide. As a result of the strong feelings generated,
$105,000 was pledged that afternoon to help our youth. Thus,
Children of Krishna, Inc. was born.
Children of Krishna serves over 1,000 gurukula alumni worldwide
(and growing!) We are here to provide our youth with a step up to
inspire them to help themselves. We do this through offering referral
information, grants, loans, and other resources. Children of Krishna
offers emotional, spiritual, educational, and economic support to our
youth while encouraging accountability and personal initiative.
Since our inception we have helped youth, granting over $85,000 for
college tuitions, business seed funds, counseling, reunions for
comradeship, and many other programs and worthwhile projects.
Children of Krishna has fast been becoming a grass roots organization
where all devotees are coming together to support our youth in
achieving their goals in life. We have also established a toll free line for
our youth to share their thoughts, opinions, needs and ideas with us.
(888-Krsna-kids) We were a driving force in the formation of
ISKCON's International Office of Child Protection and we continue
to act as a positive support system for our youth.
If you would like further information on Children of Krishna or the
Office of Child Protection, or would like to help, contact:
Jennifer Haggard (Jahnavi dasi), Managing Director
P.O. Box 2458
Alachua, FL 32616
Tel - 904-462-1081
Email - email@example.com