KERALA

VHP's social service activities

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) is engaged in a host of social service activities in various States. Over 46,000 projects are being taken up at present, according to M.V. Dixit, in-charge of the service activities under the organisation. Much of the activities are focused on extending a helping hand to the needy in village and tribal areas, he said at a press conference convened on the occasion of the national VHP meet being held here on Saturday.

Schools have been started in backward and tribal areas. Over 39,000 projects in education are being run by VHP across the country. Self-reliance is one of the key objectives of the projects. Vocational training is imparted at many centres so that the trainees could take up suitable occupations. Over 2,000 projects for self-reliance are being undertaken by the organisation, he said.

Orphanages

The VHP is also running orphanages and homes for the physically challenged at various places. These are included in the social service projects category and over 2,800 projects are being taken up. Providing succour to leprosy patients and their dependants is another activity of the organisation. This apart, over 1,300 casual social service projects are also handled by the organisation.

The activities are executed by a human resource network consisting of more than 2,000 devoted members. The institutions are managed under trusts.

K.P. Narayanan, in-charge of the VHP social service wing in Kerala, said 12 orphanages with over 420 children are being managed in the State. Medicinal plant cultivation was one of the projects taken up recently, he said. Over 250 people had benefited from the project for cultivation of medicinal plants. Counselling centres and Sanskrit teaching centres are also run by the organisation. An old age home at Ottappalam is among the new projects being taken up, he said.

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