In November 2020, public meetings were held across Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Kyrgyzstan. About 350 people from 22 cities participated in these public outreach events, including 165 newcomers who learnt about the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba and the activities of the SSSIO. In Russia, the attendees also received information about integral education for the youth. Spiritual songs were sung at many events and guest speakers addressed the audience.
Representatives of the Kharkov Group in Ukraine were invited to the Indian Reiki Center for a study circle. After the two-hour session, many were filled with tears of joy and expressed gratitude at the opportunity. A group from Kiev met with migrants and discussed the dangers of addiction with 12 teenagers. Children received sweets and personal hygiene products.
In two universities in Belarus, SSSIO volunteers organized classes to teach self-confidence and discussed how to lead by example, with about 45 students. Films were shown to supplement the discussions. The first film titled, “Five Secrets of a Real Man”, focused on responsibility and dedication in one’s life. It also portrayed how bad habits can sway one from his or her goals while highlighting the importance of good company. The role of the teacher and the importance of recognizing individuality in children were discussed.