“The future of India lives in the villages. India is not Calcutta or Bombay. India lives in her seven hundred thousand villages`” – Mahatma Gandhi
While we shift our perspective from global competitions to national ethics and re-organise our priorities to provide the basic needs of our own people, mere paper agreements, MOU are likely to bring us no nearer to our goals. This is the message of Gandhi, the Mahatma. Unless villages are not seen in the right perspective, we shall not be able to live in peace with ourselves or bring about peace in the world. True to the words of the Father of our nation, the development of our country has to be assessed by the state of the villages. 365 million people live there below poverty line, mostly illiterate and in low economic status struggling to lead their daily life. Keeping villages the main focus, the World Community Service Centre strives for a better world through its Village Service Project.
THE VILLAGE SERVICE PROJECT Village Service Project scheme was initiated in March 2012 at Vallipuram in Erode district of Tamilnadu. The project is the brain child of Padmashri. Arulnithi.SKM.Maeilanandhan, President, WCSC and follower of Vethathiri Maharishi.The Pilot Project at Jarugu village set a benchmark in its own standard. By the end of five years since inception, more than 150 villages have benefited from this scheme. Donation / Sponsorship received are exempted from IT Act and also covers Companies under Section 135 of the companies Act, 2013 under their Corporate Social Responsibiity (CSR) Policy
AIM OF THE VILLAGE SERVICE PROJECT Rural development by promoting spiritual education through SKY yoga, promoting preventive health care, promoting rural sanitation, empowering women, enhancing vocational skills for rural children, conducting counselling sessions for rural people, enabling value based education, good health, stable mental health and personal development is the aim of the project. The aim of the study is the power of transformation through SKY Yoga training by reaching out to being about positive change in the lives of rural people.
NEED OF THE VILLAGE SERVICE PROJECT The back bone of the country lie in its villages. The villages are economically backward and the villagers do not lead a normal life. Poverty, disease, mental illness, crime, illiteracy, unclean environment, improper sanitary system, lack of infrastructure, lack of motivation, laziness, alcohol addiction, unemployment and the list goes on which bother a villager. All these or most of these problems make the village a problematic dwelling unit.
PROCESS OF VILLAGE SERVICE PROJECT WCSC through VSP project adopt a village and organize a Twelve month capsuled program. Vethathiri Maharishi`s SKY Yoga (Simplified Kundalini Yoga) is taught by well trained and dedicated SKY yoga teachers (a male and a female) who stay in the village and mingle with the people. In addition to the yoga teachings, various other programmes like health camp, children skill development programs, counselling sessions, women empowerment programs, de-addiction camp, Environment awareness, Tree sapling etc are also conducted by professionals bringing value addition to the project.
SKY Yoga Training methods imparted in the VSP are as follows: 1. Simplified Physical Exercises for the body 2. Meditation for the mind 3. Kaya kalpa for the soul 4. Self-introspection for the personality development 5. Karma yoga for social harmony
Special Camps 1. Health Camps 2. Skill Development programs for students 3. Environment awareness 4. Tree planting 5. Counselling Camp 6. Women Empowerment Programs 7. Deaddiction Camp
TIMELINES OF THE VILLAGE SERVICE PROJECT WCSC through VSP project adopt a village and organize a six / ten month capsuled program. (1) Village Service Project – 5 months (2) Corporate Social Responsibility Project – 9 months
Lots of success stories are in the air whenever any village is concluded as a `Peaceful village`. Interactions with the villagers time and again during the VSP programme has revealed that the villagers are able to feel the change within and are able to get immense benefit out of it in their day to day life. It may be concluded that introduction of VSP by WCSC has made a positive impact to the beneficiaries of the scheme. The smile and happiness in their face speak volumes of the success of VSP and the success stories are never ending.
Village service project has successfully reached more villages in and around Tamilnadu to enrich the villagers with health, peace and prosperity and ready to spread its wings far and wide moving on towards world peace.