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By NewsGram Staff Writer

With an aim to educate kids in Indian values and morals, a week long youth camp was organized by the Badri branch of Chinmaya Mission, Chicago. The camp just concluded here last Sunday (19th July).

The camp was organized to acquaint the children with India, Indian heritage, culture and spirituality. Imparting values of vedanta and spiritual growth are core areas of focus at the Chinmaya Mission and likewise, they were the core practices at the camp too.

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The camp saw children of diverse age groups, ranging from kindergartners to 12th graders in attendance.

Children from various states of the US came to attend the camp in Chicago. The camp was conducted by Swami Sharanananda, the resident swami of Chinmaya Mission here along with acharyas (teachers) from Chicago. Also, other acharyas from different parts of US and Canada were also present.

Speaking to NewsGram about the activities of the Youth Camp, Jyoti Shah, the coordinator of the camp said that during the program, the day started at eight in the morning with bhajanas.

After the morning bhajanas, various activities like sports, arts, and crafts kept the children occupied. Yoga was also an important activity during the camp.

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The children were served satvik food in the camp. The cuisines served included both Indian and non-Indian delicacies.

Words of wisdom were imparted to the kids by Swami Sharanananda and the acharyas through extempore speeches. The emphasis was on enlightening the kids in Indian values and morals.

The penultimate day of the camp, i.e 18th July, witnessed fun activities. Food stalls were set up in the camp premises with popcorn, cotton candy, and ice cream. A barbecue was also set up. Various games like dunk tank, etc. kept the children engaged and made it a memorable event for them.

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The concluding session of the camp took place on Sunday, 19th of July and the children were joined by their families. The kids took part in a quiz which was followed by a cultural program for everybody.

Various volunteers from different places came and worked with the camp and the children and helped in making it a success.

Similar camps are also conducted at satellite branches of Chinmaya Mission over the summers and also at the Yamunotri branch, situated in Greyslake, a suburb of Chicago.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 "for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world".

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India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.

“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.

“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.

Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.

“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.

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Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.

He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.

The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.

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Annan was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize jointly with the UN in 2001 “for their work for a better organised and more peaceful world”.

His tenure as the UN chief coincided with the Iraq war and the HIV/Aids pandemic. (IANS)