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Kirtan Aid: Standing Rock

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The people of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have stepped up in powerful non-violent protest to protect the life-giving waters that run through their land.  Their efforts have ​impeded the $3.7 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline known as DAPL.

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Now that the cameras have stopped rolling, the water protectors have a long fight ahead of them.  In order to ensure that this temporary delay becomes a lasting victory, they have to stay at Standing Rock.  But winter is here, and the dangers of staying there in these severe conditions are becoming more intense each day.

Kirtan Aid: Standing Rock brings together a community of musicians who are activists and peace makers who stand with Standing Rock!

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We hope to inspire people around the world to join us in supporting Standing Rock.  We hope that you will use this opportunity to give to this important movement, and take our music as a gift of gratitude.

Track List for Kirtan Aid: Standing Rock  {‌{Listen to All Clips}‌}

  1. Eagle’s Sight by Estas Tonne, Pepe Danza  {‌{Listen}‌}
  2. Love Is A Fortress by Tina Malia {‌{Listen}‌}
  3. All Nations Rise by Lyla June Johnston {‌{Listen}‌}
  4. I Am Thine by Jai-Jagdeesh {‌{Listen}‌}
  5. Water She Dances by Rising Appalachia/The Dogon Lights {‌{Listen}‌}
  6. All Related by Nessi Gomes {‌{Listen}‌}
  7. Darti Hai by Gurunam Singh {‌{Listen}‌}
  8. The Brightest Night by Todd Boston {‌{Listen}‌}
  9. Akaal by Ajeet Kaur with Trevor Hall {‌{Listen}‌}
  10. Sacred Stone by Jamshied Sharifi {‌{Listen}‌}
  11. Water Song by Carrie Tree {‌{Listen}‌}
  12. Agua by Bolé {‌{Listen}‌}
  13. Chattr Chakkr by Snatam Kaur {‌{Listen}‌}
  14. Corazon de la Tierra by Alma Tierra {‌{Listen}‌}
  15. Song Of Bliss by Simrit {‌{Listen}‌}
  16. Ganapati Mantra/Strong My Roots by Deva Premal & Miten {‌{Listen}‌}
  17. Ma by GuruGanesha Singh {‌{Listen}‌}
  18. Feathers by Kailash Kokopelli {‌{Listen}‌}
  19. Triple Mantra by Nirinjan Kaur {‌{Listen}‌}
  20. Sat Narayan by Ram Dass {‌{Listen}‌}
  21. Rebirth of a Thought: Between Water & Fire by Estas Tonne {‌{Listen}‌}
  22. Song Of The Stars by Mirabai Ceiba {‌{Listen}‌}

“The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything.” – Albert Einstein

Over the last year, the water protectors prayerful protests were met with violent, militaristic response by the US Government and local law enforcement, bringing to head the conflict between the forces of corporate​ greed and the rights of indigenous people, between the intent to monetize our earth and the intent to protect our earth.

Thousands traveled to the banks of the Missouri River to stand in solidarity with Standing Rock.   Millions have voiced their support online, urging our leaders to make the right decision and stop the construction of this dangerous pipeline beneath precious and irreplaceable waters.  The project was temporarily halted, but a new administration is about to take over, and indications are pointing to this fight needing much greater support.

Use of Funds:  The funds we raise with this project will be used in the following ways.

First, many of the people who are serving at Standing Rock are elders and indigenous people whose financial struggles started long before this movement.  With the onset of winter, they are desperately in need of winter-ready tents and sleeping bags, not to mention food and firewood.  Some of the musicians whose music is on our Kirtan Aid: Standing Rock are on the ground at Standing Rock helping to provide supplies, get food and more.  Your donations will allow us to keep the people of Standing Rock warm, clothed and fed.

Secondly, we will be donating to the medical and emergency support of the water protectors.  The treatment of the water protectors and activists of standing rock is inhumane.  They have been shot with rubber bullets, sprayed with water cannons in sub-freezing temperatures, doused with tear gas, and attacked with percussion grenades.  The need for emergency services is growing, and supplies are in high demand.

Thirdly, we will be directly supporting the legal process of Standing Rock.  The battle to protect this water and the rights of the indigenous people will ultimately need to be won in the court of law.  Being able to fund the process of taking this fight through the court system with strong capable lawyers is critical to the long-term success of this movement.

Finally, we will be funding activist efforts to bring political pressure to the movement to honor the rights of indigenous people and people of all ethnic and religious backgrounds..  We will put the pressure on politicians from the bottom to the top of the food chain to make this a priority in their platforms.  Standing Rock is a symptom of a ​much larger problem for the rights of marginalized people in the United States, and we believe that it can give birth to a new generation of politicians who make our voices heard.

Please donate today and Stand with Standing Rock!

 

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Kirtan Aid: Chants for Haiti

Update:  $3,000 Raised for Doctors Without Borders!

Chants for Haiti was Spirit Voyage’s first fundraising album, in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti.  Our album brought together GuruGanesha Singh, Snatam Kaur, Gurunam Singh, Satkirin Kaur Khalsa, Mirabai Ceiba and Nirinjan Kaur to raise money for Doctors Without Borders and their work in Haiti.

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Kirtan Aid: Hurricane Sandy

Updated: $18,000 raised for the Red Cross!

Kirtan Aid: Chants for Hurricane Sandy was launched after the devastating hurricane that reached to shores of New Jersey and New York.  We were able to raise $18,000 in donations for the Red Cross with the support of 33 sacred chant artists who donated their music to this album, including Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Deva Premal & Miten, Mirabai Ceiba, David Newman (Durga Das), Shantala, Girish, Sat Kartar, Sada Sat Kaur, Simrit and more.

This was the first album that we used the “Kirtan Aid” brand name as a tool for marking albums as special fundraisers in partnership with Spirit Voyage.

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Kirtan Aid: Nepal Earthquake

UPDATE:  Kirtan Aid Live: Nepal Earthquake Relief has raised more than $36,000 to fund rebuilding efforts in Nepal.

UPDATE: We are now establishing an on the ground Sat Nam Foundation Nepal in partnership with a group of local women outside of Kathmandu to begin building a school for children in hopes of helping to build strong futures filled with hope, love, education and Kundalini Yoga!  Your support of this effort is greatly appreciated!

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Our story:

The terrible earthquake in Nepal has devastated an entire country.

Homes have crumbled to the ground.  Roads have become impassable.  Entire villages have no access to food, shelter, water or medicine.

The numbers are staggering; thousands and thousands of people killed, tens of thousands more injured, and hundreds of thousands of homes destroyed.  Nearly 1 million children now lack access to basic needs and 8 million people’s lives are impacted by this tragedy, so far.

Nepal is one of the homelands of the yogic tradition, and its time to take care of the people whose culture has so richly nourished ours. The Sat Nam Foundation is funding groups on the ground bringing supplies and support to the hardest hit areas of Nepal.

We are working with our friends at Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home, the site of our last Seva project, who are organizing tents and supplies to be hiked in to some of the most remote regions where aid isn’t already getting in.

We are also working with The Divine Shakti Foundation, headed by leaders of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, India, who are organizing large truckloads to take desperately needed aid into Nepal.

They are sending food, tents, lanterns, blankets, clothing, insect repellent and medical supplies.  Lives are being saved with each  delivery.

Sat Nam Foundation has created a new album called “Kirtan Aid Live: Nepal Earthquake Relief” to raise money for these incredible projects in Nepal.  Join Snatam Kaur, Deva Premal & Miten, Ajeet Kaur, Mirabai Ceiba, Ashana, Aykanna, Shantala, Sirgun Kaur, Donna De Lory, Jaya Lakshmi & Ananda, Nirinjan Kaur, Krishna Kaur, Luna Ray, Dave Stringer, Harnam, Gurutrang Singh, GuruGanesha Band, Paloma Devi and Jai-Jagdeesh.  We are yogis changing the world.  Let’s be the light houses that we were born to be.

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Kirtan Aid: Orphans of Rishikesh

Update: $50,000 successfully raised…and the new dormitory has been built!

Ramana’s Garden, an orphanage and home for destitute children, needs a new dormitory!

The Sat Nam Foundation is raising funds to build a new home for children at Ramana’s Garden in Rishikesh, India, an incredible sanctuary for orphans and other children in extreme distress, run by an American woman named Prabhavati Dwabha.

This dormitory building will allow Ramana’s Garden to take in children waiting to find sanctuary from their lives of extreme poverty and abuse.

Children will get a roof over their head, beds, bathrooms, cupboards, bedding & more.

Here’s What We’re Up Against….
-Approximately 14% of children in India between the ages of 5 and 14 are child laborers.
There are about 100 million children in India who do not attend any school and spend most of their time on the streets.
7-10% of street children are runaways. Many children who run away from home because they were beaten or sexually abused, others were abandoned or neglected or needed to work due to family circumstances. Some have lost family contact because of conflict, natural disasters, or HIV/AIDS.
Street children live and work amidst trash, animals, and open sewers. They are exposed and susceptible to disease and are unlikely to be vaccinated or receive medical attention. Homeless children are exposed to the elements, have an uncertain supply of food, and are at high risk of suffering addiction, abuse, and illness. Children on the streets can often be seen scavenging rubbish heaps for a meal or sleeping between the tracks. They fall prey to drug peddlers, pimps and child traffickers. They are often beaten and sexually abused.

-Even children who live with their families in the slums are seen living and playing in garbage dumps with distended bellies and plastic covered shacks for homes. They live together on the ground with open sores and bruises, small children struggling to care for even smaller children. These lives of poverty rob children of all material security and leave them ill, traumatized, and emotionally scarred. In the safest and most loving environment, it can take years to recover from such damage; on the streets, it is unlikely that they will ever heal….

In Rishikesh, India, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the birthplace of yoga ….There is a Place That Works to Help….

Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home & School

Ramana’s Garden takes children from these brutal circumstances and provides a healthy and loving environment in which they can heal and grow. They provide children with a home and the security of an extended family, in addition to the education and training they need to become independent and functioning adults. They encourage our children to be creative and independent, and to be responsible for themselves and each other. They strive to create an environment where children can find out what they love to do and learn to do it better!

Ramana’s nursery and primary schools are specifically designed for creative learning. The children participate in every aspect of their environment, from growing and cooking their own food to helping construct their own classrooms and living spaces. They are a home and school, but more importantly, are also a community and an extended family that works and plays together. They believe every child has the right to quality education, proper nutrition, and primary healthcare. They do not cast their children out into the world because they’ve reached the age of 14 or 16, but assist them to obtain training or a university education, according to their interest and capability, to ensure they are prepared to make a success of their life.

The Sat Nam Foundation and Spirit Voyage have come together to create an amazing new fundraising album called “Kirtan Aid: Orphans of Rishikesh” featuring the music of Krishna Das, Deva Premal, Snatam Kaur, Jai-Jagdeesh, Jai Uttal & Ben Leinbach, Simrit, Tina Malia & Shimshai, Dave Stringer & Karnamrita Dasi, Ram Dass & Nirinjan Kaur, Harnam, Sudha & Maneesh de Moor, and Wynne Paris.

100% of the profits from this album will go to fund the building a new dormitory at Ramana’s Garden Home for Children in Rishikesh, India in addition to the funds raised from this crowd-funding campaign.

 

Update!  Our dormitory was built and the kids have moved in!

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