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BAPS Women Volunteer Force

BAPS Volunteer Department was set up to help the people mainly during times of natural disasters like floods, famine, earthquakes and other forms of relief work. Today, the Sanstha has some 45,000 male and female volunteers around the world that serve society from relief work to organizing medical camps, literacy drives to dowry-free mass marriages. Each individual volunteer works with zeal, sometimes in harsh conditions to uplift society.

National Volunteers’ Competitions

  • On 23 and 24 August 1997, the U.K. National Women Volunteers’ Competition for girls and women was held in London. 178 selected women volunteer leaders from London, Leicester, Preston, Birmingham, Wellingborough and Luton had participated in a number of competitions ranging from elocution to management and memory skills.

More than 300 active male and female volunteers had attended 5 special training conventions in 1997 for child and youth forum volunteer co-ordinators. Param Pujya Pramukh Swami Maharaj has entrusted these volunteers with the task of teaching the upcoming generation the ideals and values of satsang and steering them onto the path of virtuous living.

  • As part of the Sanstha’s volunteer training program, a special volunteer leaders’ convention was organized in 1996. The program, spread over four months, culminated in district competitions between 13th to 20th October 1996. 1,448 volunteers were hand picked from the Sanstha’s different centers in India. A specially formulated training program was organized in 52 different locations where the volunteers were given the training.
  • From 8th to 16th October 1994, 5,000 leading male and female volunteers gathered for the first ever Volunteers’ Convention held in Vidyanagar in Gujarat. Special seminars, exercises and workshops were conducted to train the volunteers better at serving society.

A Permanent Volunteer Training Center
For many years now, plans for a permanent volunteer training centers were discussed. In 1997, a Permanent Volunteer Training Center was inaugurated at our international headquarters in Ahmedabad where expert and professional training is imparted to the Sanstha’s active volunteers. The aim is to train volunteers in a variety of fields in order to serve society better.

Pramukh Swami Maharaj inaugurated a whole new block to promote activities for women in Ahmedabad – the Headquarters of BAPS, in February 1999. It will become the total central brain for all activities and women’s centers around the world. The aim is to expand activities that will help women in every respect.

© 1999, Bochasanwasi Shree Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, Swaminarayan Aksharpith