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Hindu Seva Pratishtana: Where service comes first

The youngsters trained with the Hindu Seva Pratishthana work to brighten the lives of those afflicted by poverty, injustice and natural disasters, discovers Sharada Prahladrao Here’s an organisation that believes that volunterrism is the back bone of any social development. Hindu Seva Pratishthana established in 1980, identifies and trains volunteers for social action, social change and development in and around the State.

When HSP was established, there were several questions about gathering volunteers. Who would work as Sevavrathis (dedicated volunteers)? The concept of training volunteers for social action was new at that point of time. What kind of curriculum was needed? Who will train the volunteers and where will they be trained? Who is going to make use of the trained Sevavrathis?

When HSP plunged into volunteerism, they discovered that a large chunk of the people who approached them were youngsters. More than 90 per cent of volunteers trained by HSP were young …