Queensland Bottle Tree, Australia

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The year 2022 was one of recovery from the COVID pandemic. It was also a year filled with climate-related crises, such as floods and wildfires, that became a service opportunity for SSSIO members, who promptly responded by helping families impacted by the disasters. Following a record flood in Lismore, New South Wales, 16 pallets of food supplies were transported to the town. Following floods in Queensland, SSSIO volunteers supplied hot meals to displaced families sheltering in their cars.

About 12,900 meals were served to the homeless nationwide, and 1,200 birthing kits were distributed to needy, expectant mothers.

Regular blood donation was coordinated by providing whole blood, platelets, and plasma.

SSSIO members planted 900 trees throughout the country in 2022, reflecting their commitment to the environment. In addition, they made Possum boxes and pouches and delivered them to the Sydney Wildlife Services.

SSSIO members supported healthcare workers through the Care for the Carer program, which utilizes a mindfulness approach and provides positive affirmations on an App that subscribers can access. The project is currently operating in Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.

The Australian Sai Medical Unit team was actively involved in webinars for medical students in Fiji, making nine presentations in a year. The annual Sai Health Week was held in August 2022 with a focus on 'Adolescent & Child Mental Health,' which was especially welcomed due to the impact of the COVID pandemic and the consequent isolation. A face-to-face session in Sydney attracted over 100 participants who appreciated the content, supporting their role as parents.

The SSSIO held a three-day National Retreat in October 2022 at the Sathya Sai College. focused on 'Omnipresent, Indwelling Sai.' More than 250 SSSIO members from across Australia attended the retreat, featuring programs that appealed to all ages. All attendees valued this opportunity for in-person interaction after two years of isolation.

Sathya Sai College

The Sathya Sai College Australia had a very productive year, with a second batch of High School Certificate (HSC) students graduating and 5 out of 7 students entering a university. At the end of the year, 155 students were enrolled at the Primary Campus and 121 students at the Secondary Campus. After devastating floods, facility reconstruction work was completed in January 2023.

In 2022 the Sathya Sai College received two awards. The local government recognized the school's commitment to the environment. The school also received an award from the New South Wales government for its resilience in coping with the devastating floods.


Sai Young Adults held a national retreat in June with the theme Let's Reconnect and Recharge. Young Adults led several service activities, including a medical camp, blood drives, palliative care services, spirituality and well-being workshops, teen-youth leadership workshops, disaster relief assistance, and beach clean-ups.

A much-needed medical camp was held at Namosi on the island of Viti Levu in August 2022. A team of 80 volunteers provided healthcare to 240 patients with limited access to healthcare. In addition, seven blood drives were held in collaboration with the Fiji National Blood Services and other organizations – 266 people donated blood, with 57 first-time blood donors.

Sri Sathya Sai Center members in Fiji continued distributing food throughout the pandemic. In addition, food was delivered to the homes of needy families impacted by COVID. Financial support was provided to the disadvantaged Lovu Seaside community. Families who lost their income due to the pandemic were grateful for the support as they had no other recourse.

A group of 70 New Zealand volunteers participated in a medical camp during October 17–21, 2022, on the island of Viti Levu in Fiji. The group comprised doctors, nurses, dentists, physiotherapists, pharmacists, a dietician, technicians, and general volunteers. During the five-day camp, there were 2,040 consultations, including dental health.

Always a cornerstone of Sri Sathya Sai Center activities, the women's wing in Fiji made significant contributions through many service activities. In August 2022, 73 ladies attended a National Ladies Retreat at Sigatoka with the theme Women's Capacity to Transform the Home and Society.

In recognition of its contribution to the environment, the Sathya Sai Primary School was the overall winner in the Rural Division of the Clean School Competition. The Lautoka City Council gave the award to the school for spreading environmental awareness and composting and recycling.

New Zealand

After the long period of isolation due to the pandemic, a three-day camp was held in January 2022 to rejuvenate and reconnect members of the Sai community. The theme 'My Life is My Message' was aptly chosen. Members were inspired through uplifting devotional sessions, Veda chanting, communion with Nature, and recounting personal experiences.

A service opportunity occurred on January 15, 2022, when the Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on the Pacific Island Nation of Tonga, followed by a tsunami. The eruption covered the entire island in a blanket of ash, leaving the island without power and significantly impacting the communication infrastructure. In response to the Tonga Appeal Committee, all SSSIO Centers in New Zealand contributed non-perishable staple food items to support families devastated by the disaster. In addition, SSSIO members donated funds for building materials to help people whose homes were swept away in the tsunami.

As part of Serve the Planet initiatives, SSSIO members planted and restored trees and cleared weeds in Auckland and Hamilton.

In July 2022, a group of 20 ladies from Auckland devoted themselves to making 25 colorful blankets for the children at the Starship and Waitakere hospitals in Auckland, where the blankets were gratefully accepted by the children and brought much cheer to the ward.