More than 50 listeners came to the kick-off event of the annual program 2018 at 17:00 o’clock in the cultural center HNKKJ in Waldkirchen in the Bavarian forest under the motto “Indian evening – a somewhat different travel report” and was organized by KS-plus e.V.. Tea lights and flower decorations between the chairs, the gentle smell of Indian spiced tea and soft piano tones put the visitors in the right mood. The pianist Tatiana Sverko had put together ten well-chosen musical contributions, from Indian Bhajan to the late Romantics Satie and Debussy to arrangements of current compositions. They divided the lecture with the emphasis on health (Dr. Walter Stadlmeyer), education (Martina Stadlmeyer) and current projects, embedded in a personally colored report on the development of Kirpal Sagar. For the break, busy hands had conjured up a buffet: cakes and tarts, coffee and the typical North Indian spiced tea, as well as finger food and snacks. It resulted in many stimulating discussions, the last visitors went shortly before 21 o’clock. “One can hardly believe it that so many listeners for such a special topic came” was the comment of a visitor prevented because of other date, an estimate, to which the scarcely 20 participants, aids and musicians could only follow.
In Kirpal Sagar, a trade fair with a series of lectures on the subject of sustainable agriculture took place in November, one highlight being the presentation by a top-class speaker from Austria who presented sustainable dairy farming.
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October 25th 2017
The last voting talks with the Academy for the first aid course are in progress. The course is planned for 11th and 12th grade students attending the medical branch.
28th October to 30th October (noon)
We are participating as spectators and guests of honour in a U19 fully-elimination tournament for schools from eastern Punjab. This year it will be hosted by the Kirpal Sagar Academy. The tournament will be opened by the highest administrator of the SBS Nagar district, which has 180 schools. During the welcoming speech, Academy Chairman Mr. Karamjit Singh Virk reported that a first aid workshop for grades 10 to 12 will take place at the Academy in the following days. There will be a lively exchange during the opening game. The official thinks the idea of learning first aid at school is great. She already has concrete plans to include such training in her area of responsibility in the curriculum, which includes 180 schools. This was all the more astonishing, since here in Germany, for example, the University of Regensburg has been trying for a long time with much commitment and in vain to include revival as obligatory content in the curriculum of Bavarian schools.
After exciting matches, the winner of the 11 participating girls’ teams has been announced on 29 October. The highlight on 30.10. is the final match of the 16 boys’ teams.
30th October (after lunch)
The theoretical part with rescue chain, emergency call, blood loss, shock, unconsciousness and resuscitation takes place in the auditorium. There about 200 pupils of the classes 10 to 12 expect the lecture in English language.
Today in parallel in up to 6 groups the classes are practiced, repeated and explained intensively. 6 trainers and instructors are in action. As a stroke of luck it turns out that there are 2 school paramedics in the instructor team. Exercises and explanations by peers are the best after the theoretical unit of the previous day. The director of the academy notices this quickly and plans to exhibit a school medical group in the near future. Exercises on emergency call, stable lateral position and resuscitation take up a lot of space on this day. At the end we show the director a short presentation about the school medical service at the home school.
Class by class is repeated and practiced again. This time the focus is on hemostasis and shock care. At the end the knowledge is checked and improved if necessary.
After two classes, which were no longer available the day before, the ninth classes plus further younger pupils follow, a good 60 in number. They had already been taught about disaster control before.
At the debriefing at the Academy’s directorate, we hand over the certificates of attendance and receive letters of thanks, also for the home school. The first indian parents had already contacted the headmistress, whose children had enthusiastically reported on the course. An Indian newspaper reported.
All in all an overwhelming experience for us.
Help for self-help is the “magic word”, so that no one has to feel like a helpless supplicant, who does not let the gap between the giver and the receiver become even deeper.
Many great minds have thought deeply about the topic of help and being helped. The truth probably lies somewhere between loving giving without preconditions, demanding and encouraging, joy and gratitude, as in an ideal family.
How is the result supposed to be?
It should be an incentive for the person helped, as it were, a starting capital on which one can build.
It should fill the helpers with joy instead of arrogance and know-it-all, in short, help should connect people and bring them together.
Save the world en passant once more and jet restlessly from here to there, like this?
We at KS-plus have decided to concentrate our forces. We have decided to (try to) reconcile different aspects of helping people to help themselves instead of focusing on one topic in many places. No, it’s not quite true, actually it’s more of a contribution to support a local effort to bring this “under one hat”.
In the course of time one becomes somehow more humble when one notices that one is only a cog in the clockwork. From a Western individualistic point of view, this initially caused discomfort.
After some time one wondered how one had been changed, more content, more relaxed, more grateful for the possibilities one had received. At first glance, it feels like being dropped from time; at second glance, it’s a change you don’t want to miss anymore.
Who was it who said that the helper ultimately receives much more than he gave? Somehow there is some thruth in it…
We believe it is our duty to help people help themselves. So-called charity is a special form of self-adulation.
Nothing is more helpful than a challenge to bring out the best in a person.
If everyone wanted to help each other, everyone would be helped.