VHP runs more than 35,000 service projects across the country

via http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=244&page=27 published on July 2, 2008

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad
was established in 1964 with the objective of uniting the whole Hindu
society. Special emphasis was laid on the service activities to achieve
this objective. The establishment of a hostel at Talasari in Thane
(Maharashtra) in 1966 was the beginning in this regard. It was the
first service project by VHP. But today it has created a huge network
of service activities across the country. However, the Sewa Vibhag of
VHP was basically formed after the infamous incident of mass conversion
in Meenakshipuram. Today, the Sewa Vibhag runs more than 35,000 service
projects through more than 200 different trusts and organisations. The
total projects include 20,163 educational projects, 9,486 health, 782
self-reliance and 2,886 social welfare projects. Besides these
projects, many service activities are conducted during the festivals,
melas, religious yatras and natural calamities.

Bal Kalyan Ashram

the whole society looks after the orphans, how can they be called
orphan. It is with this thinking that the orphanage homes were renamed
as Bal Kalyan Ashram. One such Bal Kalyan Ashram was started at Fonda
in Goa approximately 30 years ago. Today, this project has become very
popular and many prestigious people of the society have associated
themselves with it. It is basically an effort to make the children
self-reliant. Weddings of the children of Fonda and Belgam Ashram are
also performed to give them stability in their life. A total of 14 Bal
Kalyan Ashrams are being run and there is a move to open one such
Ashram in every district.

are 105 hostels and 15 residential schools in different parts of the
country. These hostels have proved to be very useful for the VHP to get
large number of fulltime workers. Some of them have become Pracharaks
and Vistaraks in the Sangh. For the benefit of the children of
leprosy-affected people there is one hostel in Gulbarga (Karnataka),
one in Kotkapura under Faridkot district of Punjab and two projects are
in Haridwar. There are 16 hostels and 19 schools in the north-east.

Hospital of Ahmedabad, Eye Hospital of Pune and Ashwini Hospital of
Karnataka have earned a good name, fame and reputation in the field of
medical science. Modern treatment is provided there with
state-of-the-art medical technology. The cost of treatment is more than
50 per cent less, than the other hospitals. In special circumstances
free treatment is also provided. There are also some small medical
centres. In Orissa, the Vanvasi boys and girls are provided primary
health training under the Charak Health Scheme and then they are
appointed at the village Panchayat levels to look after the health
needs of the local people. A total of 133 workers are working today at
111 villages in 16 districts of Orissa.

A new project known as ‘Rugnashrya’ has been started for the
attendants of the patients at Goa Medical College. In the first phase,
the arrangement for 25 patients was made and the building to
accommodate 100 such people is under construction. There are centres
for the deserted women in Mangalore, Goa and Nagpur.

Banswara and Beawar projects in Rajasthan have proved to be a hit.
Under these projects more than 650 schools are being run in the
Vanavasi areas. The areas, which once had the influence of Christians
and Muslims, are today echoing with the slogans of ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and
‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’. Not only this, more than 70,000 people of these
regions have returned home i.e Hinduism.

More than 250
Self-Help Groups, run in Kerala have proved to be very helpful in
making the women self-reliant. Ayurvedic Gram Yojna is also being run
in 13 districts of the state. The work on planting more than 10 lakh
trees of Ayurvedic medicines at 30 acre land by Vishwa Bheshjam Service
Society is under process. Many Bal Samskar Kendras, Balwadi and
cutting-tailoring centres are being run in the Sewa Bastis of Nagpur,
Kanpur, Prayag, Thane and Portblair. They have proved to be very
helpful in removing untouchabilty and strengthening social harmony.

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