Established in the year 1952 at an obscure, remote place Jashpur, in
Madhya Pradesh, the Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram (V.K.A.) has now expanded its
activities in each and every state of our country. VKA has earned the
proud distinction of operating the highest number of seva projects (7648
as on 1-3-97) conducted by any Sangh inspired organisation in our country.
Out of a total of 276 vanavasi districts, the V.K.A. currently operates in
171 districts, covering 4974 places and with dependable, active contacts
established in over 20,000 villages. In addition, the V.K.A. also operates
in all major cities and in 43 other
non-adivasi districts. It proposes to reach each of the remaining vanavasi
districts in the next two years.
A remarkable feature of this organisation is that nearly 50% of their
full-time workers come from the vanavasi areas (528 out of 1115). Their
remarkable methodology of grooming local leadership is bound to have a
snowballing effect in fulfilling all their ambitious expansion proposals.
The V.K.A. operates in all the Seva karyakshetras i.e. Health, Education,
Social organisation, Economic development as well as carrying out numerous
casual/need-based programmes. Their major in-puts are in the field of
education, development of sports, re-establishing and strengthening the
blurred cultural links and weaning the vanavasi away from the evil
influence of foreign missionaries, anti-social, and anti-national forces,
etc. The impact of the selfless, untiring, all encompassing activities and
programmes are now becoming manifest in all the places where the V.K.A.
operates. The burgeoning demand for opening V.K.A. seva projects, the
growing self-reliance of the Vanavasis and financial support from all over
the country, are indicators of V.K.S’s favourable impact.