The “Save the Cow” Project (STC) is the Centre’s first charitable initiative, designed to protect and care for cows that have been abandoned or abused. The cow is a holy symbol of Indian tradition, and Shailendra has been saddened by the treatment of this sacred symbol to the extent where he sincerely felt
the need to establish a refuge for cows that have been mistreated and left to fend for themselves. Towards this end, the STC project aims to provide a shelter for these animals to care for their overall health and quality of life.
To house these abandoned animals, the Vedic Yoga Trust purchased a small parcel of land (approximately half an acre in size) in 2005 in the village of Kunau, Gangabhopur, which is around 12 kilometres from Rishikesh on the way to Haridwar. Through the grace of donations from previous yoga students of the Vedic Yoga Centre, a shelter has been built for the cows. The project is primarily run under the guidance of Ganeshi Devi, grandmother of Shailendra, with assistance provided by other members of the family, villagers and volunteers. It is also overseen by the following Committee:
Chairman: Chandra Mohan Singh Negi
Rajendra Singh Negi
Bijendra Singh Negi
The project is far from being completed as it currently provides only one shelter for the cows and a very small area for protecting their feed. With the number of cows that are currently suffering from neglect and abuse, the space is severely limited in its ability to provide the assistance required for these sacred animals.
As part of the Centre’s vision in this project, we would aim to provide additional facilities to store feed for the animals so that many more cows could be housed on this property. Once a sufficient number of animals can be sustained on the property, the Centre would establish an enterprise for the sale of milk and other dairy products to help support the cost of running the project.
Anyone wishing to make a donation towards the STC fund can do so at the following link, and even the smallest amount would be greatly appreciated. The provision of services from volunteers would also be gratefully accepted, but due to the limited funds available to the Centre, anyone wishing to volunteer their services would need to do so at their own expense.