The Sathya Sai Center of Cuauhtémoc in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, supports an active Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) programme for children, and twice a year, children enrolled in the SSEHV programme serve the needy of the community with love and compassion. On 21st November 2015, the children lovingly prepared pambazos, a delicacy of Veracruz consisting of bread with beans and cheese, for distribution. In the process, the children not only developed culinary skills but also self-esteem and self-confidence.
The group then visited a local hospital to distribute the pambazos along with blankets. In a touching incident, a needy person, upon receiving food from one of the children, presented her in return with a beautiful handmade artificial flower. A teacher stored the flower for the student in her bag, as the food distribution was underway. This was the first experience for the student in serving the underprivileged, and afterwards, the student eagerly retrieved the flower, remarking joyfully, “This was a happy day for me since I received a flower, with a smile.”
Blankets were also distributed by the students, with the help of teachers, for warmth and comfort of the needy during cold weather. A young student, upon observing a person in need, requested her teacher to hand over a blanket. Upon receiving the blanket, the grateful recipient told the student, “You know, my baby was just born, and you gave him his first blanket. What you have done is very noble, and you are a good person.” The loving statement, demonstrating the value of selfless service, touched the heart of the young student.