Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles
Founded in 1991 by Sri Chinmoy in specific response to a request from President Mikhail Gorbachev and Raisa Maximovna to send chemotherapy to Russian children suffering with leukemia, The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles has since had the opportunity to work directly with a number of Sri Chinmoy’s friends, such luminaries and leaders as President Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, UN Under-Secretaries-General Anwarul Chowdhury and Ibrahim Gambari, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as a host of NGOs at the vanguard of international development.
The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles is a network of dedicated volunteers of many different nationalities and of all faiths with a mission to serve communities in developing nations, often through unique methodologies involving international parhership and cross-cultural dialoque, with an eye to sustainability and community ownership of projects.
Inspired by Sri Chinmoy’s philosophy, each project has built into it and aspect of oneness among peoples, irrespective of race, socioeconomic condition, creed or nationality. A goal of each project is to experience with the population served a sense of mutual inspiration, joy and gratitude in the spirit of true global sustainability, of all persons being equal co-inhabitants of the same planet.
The organization is politically neutral in the purest sense, as it is neither affiliated with any government, nor does it accept funding from any government. All of the members of The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles are strictly volunteers and provide their service in a spirit of selflessness.
Malnourished children from the Philani Nutrition Project in South Africa who receive milk powder from The Oneness-Heart-Tears and Smiles.
“Our humanitarian service is not our self-motivated condescending act of charity to the poor and needy. It is a gigantic opportunity to feed, nourish and strengthen our own poor brothers and sisters so that they can side-by-side march along with us to proclaim the world-oneness-victory of God the Creation.” – Sri Chinmoy
“Wisdom may not produce love, but love itself is wisdom.” – Sri Chinmoy