BAPS women volunteers
are extremely active in conducting social activities of all kinds:
- Medical camps and blood donation
- Literacy drives and helping
girls achieve high grades during board examinations
- Organizing seminars and conventions
to help women and their families
- Helping dowry victims and strive
to crush this evil practice altogether
- Helping victims of natural calamities
- Cleaning villages and towns
and promote mass awareness on hygiene
- In 1979, floods devastated the
district of Morbi, Gujarat, India. It is written down in history
as ‘the worst flood disaster of the century in India.’ The
floods left thousands of people and cattle dead. BAPS set
out immediately to help. Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj,
Head of BAPS requested all BAPS volunteers to go to Morbi
The women volunteers
of BAPS served with zeal.
- For 15 days, 107 women volunteers
of BAPS prepared food for 2,000 victims in Morbi.
- 300 victims were provided with
meals, snacks and lodging in Rajkot.
- 25,000 cups of tea were distributed
free everyday for 13 consecutive days. The tea stalls run
by the Sanstha were open 24 hours a day.
Since 1979, women
volunteers of BAPS have served society without discrimination
of caste, creed, color or community. They served during the famine
of Gujarat in 1987. Again, 1993, they prepared food for the earthquake
victims of Latur and Osmanabad. During the Pneumonic plague that
struck Surat, Gujarat, the women volunteers distributed Tetracycline
tablets and mouth-guides. In 1996, they helped victims of the
cyclone that hit Andhra Pradesh in Southern India. In 2001, BAPS
women volunteers served for many months in the earthquake relief
camps preparing and serving hot meals to the victims.
The women volunteers of
BAPS organize ‘Village Development’ programs every year, whereby
women volunteers from BAPS go to villages to clean slums, water
tanks, public roads and streets, mandirs, libraries, schools,
clinics, hospitals, and guest-houses.
The women also impart
hygiene and cleanliness knowledge to village folk, motivating
them to keep their village or town clean.