BAPS Charities focuses its efforts on improving local and global communities through educational services, community empowerment, environmental protection and preservation, health, and humanitarian relief by engaging volunteers around the world. BAPS Charities believes that individuals, families, and communities can build a better world at large by acting on a spirit of selfless service. BAPS Charities operates a variety of programs aimed at encouraging positive and productive community development, including walkathons and community health fairs. These efforts help to build closer, more resilient communities, which aspire to move towards progress.
In the aftermath of natural disasters, BAPS Charities has partnered with the UNICEF USA to support UNICEF’s response efforts across the globe. In 2010, BAPS Charities donated over $63,000, contributing to UNICEF’s ability to respond to the devastating earthquake in Haiti with critical resources to enable short and long-term recovery.
In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical storms on record, caused tremendous damage when it made landfall in the Philippines. More than 6,000 people were killed. Thousands of homes were destroyed. Over 14 million Filipinos, including nearly 6 million children, were affected. Recognizing both the need for an urgent response and UNICEF’s expertise and ability to respond quickly, BAPS Charities contributed $11,000 to assist the recovery. BAPS Charities enabled UNICEF to address the needs of vulnerable children and families, including providing clean water to nearly a million people, deliver emergency health kits to depleted clinics, reunite lost children with their families, and open child-friendly spaces and temporary schools for thousands of Filipino students.
Most recently, BAPS Charities donated $30,000 to UNICEF’s emergency response in Nepal. Two devastating earthquakes in Nepal in just three weeks in April and May 2015 claimed thousands of lives and caused immense destruction in the capital city of Kathmandu and surrounding areas. More than 1 million children have needed immediate humanitarian assistance.
BAPS Charities and the UNICEF USA have built a partnership rooted in service and support for children, working together to mobilize locally and have an impact globally.