NATIONAL MEET OF MATRICHHAYA INSTITUTIONS ORGANISES IN VRINDAVAN
A two-day national meeting of Matrichhaya institutions engaged in rearing orphaned infants and kids in north India was organised in Vrindavan fromDecember 1 to December 2. Sponsored by Rashtriya Sewa Bharati, the meeting was attended by 125 delegates representing 30 institutions from different parts of North India.
In her speech, Sadhvi Ritambhara, noted Sadhvi and founder of Vatsalya Gram in Vrindavan, objected to the use of ‘orphan’ word for the abandoned children and said no one is orphan in the Hindu society. She called upon the delegates to know their energy and use it in constructive activities to make Bharat a front ranking nation in the world. The delegates also paid a visit to Vatsalyagram to see and emulate its design, working style and work efficiency. There are 200 orphaned children here ranging from new born to 14 years of age. The way Sadhvi Ritambhara has involved destitute women in rearing of the orphaned children here has received high applause from everywhere.
Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sewa Pramukh of RSS Shri Ajit Mahapatra and Rashtriya SewaBharati president Shri Suryaprakash Tonk jointly inaugurated the meeting at the sprawling premises of Keshavdham. In his speech, Shri Tonk explained the objective of the meeting and highlighted various activities of the Rashtriya SewaBharati. America based Dr Ramesh Gupta while presiding over the inaugural session, called upon the delegates to insist upon transparency and purity in social work. Shri Ajit Mahapatra urged to work for making India a world leader.
RSS Sah Sarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal addressed the workers at the concluding session. Citing references from the Puranas and history, he stressed that in no circumstances infants and kids be left to fed for themselves. Our society has never neglected them. Taking their care has been a part of our philosophy, he said. He cautioned the delegates about the Christian missionaries and their real intention in running orphanages in different parts of the country.
The meeting discussed at length the nature of work, management, experiences, achievements, problems, legal process and provisions in adoption, etc. The discussions were attended by Shri Suryaprakash Tonk, Shri Ajit Mahapatra, National convener Shri Sundar Laxman and Treasurer Shri Lakshman Malya. A poster depicting the activities of different Matrichhaya institutions was also displayed during the meeting.
TWO – DAY SEWA SANGAM IN KERALA
A two-day Sewa Sangam of different Sewaorganisations of Kerala concluded at Kodungaloor on November 24. Inaugurated by Swami Chidanandapuri of Kulathoor Advaitasramam, Kozhikode, the Sangam was concluded by the RSS Sahsarkaryavah Shri KC Kannan.Swami Chidanandapuri said only the RSS can lead the society through its wide range of sewa projects. Prant Sanghachalak Shri PEB Menon, national co-convener of Seema Jagran Manch Shri A Gopalakrishnan, Dr M Lakshmi Kumari of Vivekananda Kendra and Akhil Bharatiya Sah Sewa Pramukh Shri Ajith Mahapatra were also present on the occasion. The proceedings of the final day began with the key note address by Rashtriya Sewa Bharati national convener Shri Sunder Lakshman. In his concluding remarks, Shri KC Kannan provided comprehensive outlook of the RSS sewa activities.
REUNION OF KIDS ON RAILWAY PLATFORMS WITH THEIR PARENTS
Imagine a mother, whose child is lost for one year. Being from a poor family she searched wherever she could and with passing time lost all hopes of getting the child back. Suddenly with the help of an NGO she meets her child. Both of them cannot stay away from each other, the child runs to his mother and she embraces him. Do you think a single human being can stop his tears? This was the scene in concluding session of Samatol Foundation’s “De-addiction & Home Orientation Camp”. Samatol works for kids staying on Junction stations in Mumbai. These are normally run away children who have leftaway their homes for petty reasons. Samatol works with these children, de-addicts them, counsels them & sends them back to their homes where they can progress. Sixteenth such de-addiction & Home orientation camp started on 1st November 2012 at Village Mamnoli near Kalyan in association with “Hindu Seva Sangh”.Total 28 kids of age group 6 to 14 were in this camp. They were kept busy with various activities like Physical Exercise, Yoga, Meditation, Games, informal education, Science experiments etc. On Kartik Purnima, Deepotsav was organized at Camp site. About 50 volunteers & well wishers lighted a lamp in support of Samatol.
At the end of the camp parents of these kids were contacted. The concluding function of handing over kids to their parents was organized at MaharashtraSeva Sangh in Mulund on 8 Dec. 2012. 10 parents were traced to be counseled, so that they can take care of kids in future. Chief Guests for this function were eminent personalities like Shri Achyut Godbole, Ex CEO & MD of many IT companies and Shri Tushar Dalvi, a celebrity Marathi actor. Both were deeply touched by the reunion of kids with their parents and extended all the help in future for this noble cause.Maharashtra Seva Sangh, Mulund made arrangements of this function.CAChandrashekhar Vaze, President of the Sangh & Janakalyan Sahakari Bank was the driving force behind the function. The 40 day “De-addiction Home Orientation Camp” was sponsored by a kind hearted donor Ms. Usha Prabhu of Standard Chartered Bank. Finally 11 children were taken by parents, 8 were reached to their homes by Samatol workers & 9 were admitted to Platform Jnyanmandir School in Nagpur.
MEDICAL AND LEGAL AID SCHEME BY HINDU HELP LINE
Hindu Help Line launched medical and legal schemes for economically deprived people of the country. The decision to this effect was taken at the national meeting organised in Pune on November 25. Conveners, coordinators and representatives from over 25 states attended the meeting, which was presided over by VHP working president Dr Pravin Togadia.Addressing the workers, Dr Togadia said the Hindu Help Line in its meeting held in Indore had announced the Annapoorna Tiffin Service for the relatives of the patients. Now, as a follow up of the scheme, the Dhanvantari Hospital Scheme has been introduced. Under this scheme, the Hindu Help Line activists would arrange food and fruits for the patients. In every six months, Dhanvantari health camps will be organised all over the country. Dadhichi Blood Donation camps scheme started last year has got excellent response and since then over 33,000 needy patients have been provided blood all over the country. The legal aid will be provided through Hindu Advocates Forum.
STREET CHILDREN PROJECT, DELHI
Perhaps the flagship project of Delhi Seva Bharati is the ‘Street Children Project’. Children who used to dwell on streets begging for bread are now living a life filled with self-respect at SewaBharati's Keshav Sewa Kendra. Their lives are enlightened by education and they have understood the real meaning of life. It is housed in Keshav Sewa Kendra, Dilshad Garden, Delhi on the other bank of the river Yamuna. It was started to provide education as well as some vocational training to children of poor slum or pavement dwellers. About 6,000 people reside in this colony and most of them are rickshaw pullers, labourers, beggars, sweepers, etc. Many children also struggle for bread along with their parents. Some kids dance as jokers at traffic signals, some are engaged in boot polish, and some sweep the streets while some just beg on roads. After one year’s coaching some of these children got admitted in nearby Government or Corporation schools. These children are oriented to develop finer values of life and adopt healthyhabits. Stress is laid on cleanliness, punctuality, prayers, group songs, and yogasanas.They are also told about the cultural panorama of our society and stories of patriotic sons and daughters of Mother Bharat are also told to them. They develop good relations with their friends and pay respects to their parents and teachers. They, thus develop reverence for cultural values. The efforts of these street children have been appreciated by the society on a number of occasions. Even Delhi Chief Minister Sheela Dixit rewarded the children for their creativity. At present this project is run at six places with an enrolment of 450 children from the nearby slums. Ministry of Women and Child Welfare supports this project financially by providing 90 per cent grants while Sewa Bharati adds 10 per cent contribution.
NAGARVASIS TO EXTEND HELPING HAND TO VANVASIS
A two-day meeting of Rajasthan Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad urban areas workers was organised in Pushkar from November 17 to 18. A total of 131 workers from 32 cities attended the meeting. Kalyan Ashram national organising secretary Shri Somyajulu guided the workers.Shri Somyajulu inaugurated the meeting while exhorting the workers to bridge the gap between the Vanvasis and Nagarvasis by intensifying the activities. He called upon them to draw maximum benefit of birth centenary year celebration of Kalyan Ashram founder Balasaheb Deshpande to reach the Nagarvasis. He also appealed to them to effectively implement the Bhamashah Yojna and bring maximum urban people into the Kalyan Ashram fold. State Working President Dr Radhika Ladha, State General Secretary Shri Gopal Lal and Organising Secretary Shri Bhagwan Sahai were also present at the meeting. Noted saint of Pushkar Swami Govindram Maharaj also blessed the workers.
FREE WATER BORE-HOLE COMISSIONED IN KENYA
In March 2012, Water Trust Fund reported that 10 Million people in rural Kenya do not have access to clean water and it is known that women and children walk long distances through difficult terrain to get a few liters of water. Under the guidance of renowned hardworking social worker Mr. Vinubhai Dattani, the Hindu Community in conjunction with the Bharatiya Swayamsevak Sangh (BSS) have embarked on a forty (40) Free water bore-hole initiative, with the fourth free water bore-hole recently commissioned at Basi Primary School, Kilifi County. The initiative is to encourage donors to assist the less privileged in the society by providing free easy access to clean water. To encourage parents in those regions to send their children to school, the boreholes are planned to be drilled within the school compounds. The Basi School Free water borehole is currently assisting over 1,200 school children and 500 homesteads and is expected to improve the health and hygiene of all in the locality and give the children more time to concentrate on their studies compared to long trekking in search of water. Other free water boreholes have been commissioned at Vipingo, assisting 600 students and villagers, Kikambala, covering 250 homesteads, Ngerenya Primary school, which have over one 1,500 students and cover 600 homesteads.
FINANCIALLY AND EDUCATIONALLY PRIVILEGED AMONGST US SHOULD SERVE THE UNDERPRIVILEGED
—Dr Krishna Gopal
RSS Sahsarkaryavah Dr Krishna Gopal appealed to the better off people of the country to come forward to serve the underprivileged and weaker sections of the society. “The financially and educationally privileged amongst us should join hands with the weaker sections of the society and take care of their needs,” he said. He gave an example of a swayamsevak, who runs a hospital for the leprosy patients. He said our philosophy is strong but we need to address such social ills so that everyone accepts it. He was addressing a select gathering of intellectuals in Bengaluru on December 8. through the over the country.
A DAY FOR DIFFERENTLY-ABLED
Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram organised different activities for the physically challenged persons in Jashpurnagar on December 3, in which 167 differently abled people gathered at the Kalyan Ashram headquarters ground. Twelve of them participated in a drawing competition, while 18 participated in 100 metre race. Five boys and girls participated in a song competition. The dance performed by Kumari Mona received applause from all, while Vinod Ram Yadav stood first in 100 meter race. Kumari Seelmina stood first in drawing competition by making a bouquet by her legs, as she does not have hands. Bhanu Pratap Sai got first prize in song competition. District Disabled Rehabilitation Centre distributed Braille watches, wheel chairs, hearing aids, etc. to the differently-abled people.
Food For Thought:-
"Even a man in the grip of rage will not be harsh to a woman, remembering that on her depend the joys of love, happiness and virtue. "For woman is the ever lasting field, in which the Self is born."