Sevavratis Full Time Volunteers Away From Home
An Intervention program in various fields such as health, education, livelyhood, samskara…etc at various locations in state.
It is rightly said that a life best lived is the one lived for others. Mahatma Gandhi is a notable illumination of selfless service and kind-heartedness. He spent his entire life working for humanity and fighting against injustice. He served the poor and the needy, considering them as his own family. It was not his sole personality which earned him the title; but the great deeds done by an ordinary man in an extraordinary way. Sevavratis Training Programme is one such medium through which the legacy of Gandhiji could be foretoken.
Started in the year1980, the programme provides training to young men and women, who are referred to as ‘sevavratis’ towards serving the needy, underprivileged and marginalized people irrespective of their class, gender, creed, religion and geography. To date, 30 batches of training have been conducted and about 4,150 young volunteers have been trained and provide ongoing support.
Sevavratis have been working as full time volunteers for a minimum of three years in places assigned out of their native place. Most of them are girls who come from a humble background and have attained education only till 10th or 12th standard. Over a span of 35 years, there have about 4,500 sevavratis working in slums, tribal areas and other neglected areas of society by rendering services in various disciplines such as health, hygiene, education, livelihood, cultural, social and economic fields. Out of the total number, about 3,750 are girls. Sometimes, they are made to work in the Vanavasi areas or tribal belts under precarious conditions. They address the basic issues, language serving no barrier for them. Moreover, the volunteers are not provided any remunerations; only basic facilities like food, accommodation etc. are available to them. By their roles, sevavratis have inspired thousands of young boys and girls to start similar organisation which are more than 100 plus in number, thus serving lakhs of people without any expectations. Hence, the total beneficiaries are two million and the number is still continuing.
Reach of Sevavratis :
Sevavratis have served in numerous locations in Karnataka and have previously even gone to Manipur, Gujarat, Bodoland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. Presently, Sevavratis are working across many districts in Karnataka.
Persons who contribute their full time for a minimum of three years towards a social cause assigned outside of their native place. These full time volunteers, have not only been involved in projects in slums, tribal areas and other neglected part of society across multiple locations of Kaataka on various disciplines such as Health, Hygiene, education, livelihood, cultural, social and economic, but also have inspired thousands of youth to start similar organization Which are more than 100+ in number thus serving lakhs of people without any expectations. Total beneficiaries 2 million & continuing. About 5000 Girls above 18 years are trained and deployed in the social activities areas – Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachala Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttara Pradesh, Rajasthan, Delhi total project cost is Rs. 2.50 Lacs per month.
Maatru Mandali :
Mothers get together in this unique initiative. It is a regular meeting of experienced mothers, educated mothers, professional mothers, and house wives. Debating subjects of common interest, current topics, social and political issues, health, child care and education leads to a healthy exchange of ideas which benefit them in the long run.
Few Sevavratis working as a part of Hindu Seva Pratishthana:
Dedicating their lives for the sole motto of serving the society, these Sevavratis have been working as an integral part of HSP over many years doing selfless service. They did not have any expectations, but a dream in their eyes. A dream to transform, a desire to serve the underprivileged and needy and a want to address their concerns. Just like a candle which itself melts and burns, but provides light to others, these volunteers have spread light into the lives of others being put under difficult circumstances.
We are glad to share the experiences of some of them:
Savitri is a native of Shimoga district of Karnataka. She joined Hindu Seva Pratishthana in the year 1983 and has been working here for over 22 years. She has been teaching small kids, aged three to six years for a over a span of 8 long years at Kolar district. According to Savitri, she gained a lot of experience working with the children. She came to work as a volunteer in Maitreyi Gurukula in 1994 and has been working since then. She also worked in the HSP office for three years.
Srimati came to join Hindu Seva Pratishthana on September 26, 1982. Her first karyakshetra or work place was Shahapurataluk, Gulbarga district. Then she moved to Bidar District and worked at Bidar Sarasvathi Vidya Mandir for over 10 years. According to Srimati, her experiences while working at these places is quite immense, and she could not find adequate expression to convey her feelings.