Since 2013, Sadhana has been organizing cleanups on the first Saturday of every month from April through November. in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area, local temples, and community-based organizations.
Sadhana was awarded Citizen Committee for New York City's "Reuse & Repair" Grant for 2018. We held workshops at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to restore items collected from our cleanups which we find difficult to dispose of - broken murthis, diyas, etc. We involve local community members and the general public to attend the workshops, which uplift various mediums of art and awareness of Hindu religious practices.
In September 2014, Sadhana presented "Sacred Waters" at the Queens Museum, a display of Hindu religious offerings which Sadhana members and other volunteers collected from Jamaica Bay during our cleanups. We hoped to move devotees to worship in more eco-friendly ways and to raise awareness among the broader public that the items are religious offerings being made by devotees and not people who have no respect for nature.
Sadhana rallies religious community leaders who have already made efforts to keep the beaches clean and to work towards building dialogue about how to address this problem. Our hope is that priests help us make the point that, since our Hindu texts describe the Earth and the water as goddesses, it does not honor them to pollute or destroy them.
Project Prithvi Coordinators:
Rohan Narine, Sadhana Co-Founder
Aminta Kilawan-Narine, Sadhana Co-Founder
Hemma Kilawan, Project Management Intern
Project Prithvi Advisory Committee:
Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director, Green Faith
Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, President, Shri Trimurti Bhavan
Pandit Umesh Sharma, Shri Vishnu Mandir, Bronx, NY
Dr. Kamini Doobay, Bellevue Hospital-NYU School of Medicine
Pt. Arjunen Armogan, Adi Shakti Maha Kali Mandir, Queens, NY
Gateway National Recreation Area of the National Parks Service - through a partnership with Gateway, Sadhana has "adopted" areas of Jamaica Bay most frequented by Hindu worshippers. Gateway also provides supplies for our cleanups.
Citizens Committee for New York City - Project Prithvi is funded in part by two small grants from the Citizens Committee.