In 2014, a number of service projects were undertaken throughout the Netherlands in honour of Avatar Declaration Day. In Amsterdam and Oosterbeek, Sathya Sai volunteers prepared and served a vegetarian meal of fried noodles, salad, and fruit-and-cream dessert to the homeless.
In Amsterdam-West, on 20 October 2014, volunteers conducted an educational activity to teach children about eating right, and distributed healthy food, as part of the “Children: Our Future” initiative. Ten children, who meet for SSEHV lessons each Monday in a community centre, imbibed the importance of healthy food through a drama in which they acted as magicians creating good food. The drama concluded with a human-values song sung jointly by the children and their mothers, on stage.
The Sathya Sai Centre of Arnhem initiated another educational project with two teachers and 64 children at a primary school, where week-long lessons were given on cleanliness under the theme, “Eco-Rhythm.” The teachers stressed that outer cleanliness is important, but ultimately the foundation for all cleanliness is inner cleanliness. At the end of the week, on Avatar Declaration Day, the children and Sathya Sai volunteers picked up litter from the city streets. The local government provided garbage bags and removed the collected waste. The children constructed little musical instruments from the waste material, prior to disposal, and presented poetry, songs, and instrumental music performances at the school.