Seva Sangha (VSSS) implements an Integrated Approach for Rural
development and healthcare through selfless service in several
clusters of villages in rural West Bengal. Since its formal inception
in 1984 the activities of the VSSS has steadily grown and the number
of village centres multiplied through the network of rural service
centres and sub-centres.
Our philosophy is
Service to man as service to God, as preached by Swami
Vivekananda. The genesis of VSSS lies in the Call for Youth Movement
during the Second Convention of Ramakrishna Mission at Belur Math in
1980. Senior Monks of the Ramakrishna Order are our guides and
advisers. We also follow the guidelines of WHO and All India
Institute of Hygiene and Public Health.
Medical Service was our entry point to the villagers but Integrated
development is what we aim at under our programmes. We arrived at
Integrated Approach as the solution for self sufficiency while
trying to make our villages self sufficient under our primary health
care programme and subsequently education and other socio-economic
Our uniqueness that
sets us apart from all other organizations is we uplift a village
into self sufficiency and move on to other villages which is in dire
need of development. Thus we invite every citizen to take active part
in our activities for the upliftment of our Nation.
VSSS is nourished by the moral guidance of Monks of Ramakrishna
Order and technical know-how from experts of Public Health following
WHO guidelines. It is purely a voluntary organization and we maintain
the spirit of selfless sacrifice without any financial incentive.
Health Care Service
The Sangh runs several rural health centres and several satellite
sub-centres. The activities are mainly based on primary health care
programme of the Govt. of India and World Health Organization.
The Sangha serves on an average more than 300 rural women and
children annually through its 3 Adult Education centres and 5 Early
Childhood Education centres.
About 120 rural youths and farmers are trained annually in various
trades, - farming, tailoring and wool-knitting, computer operation, etc
- through community polytechnics, and through agro-based seminars and
workshops organized by the Sangha in its rural service centres.
Community Health Guides
Our CHG make home visits to educate and supervise the rural mass on
best practices in physical and environmental health. This is considered
as a backbone of our Comprehensive Health care Program. Our aim is to
visit every house in the village and make the villagers aware.
Mobile Health Care Unit
Our Medical Vans provide medical services on wheels to the remote
rural areas. It renders the following services: Audio-visuals on
health; Immunization; Conducting Home visits; Refresher course for
Volunteers and CHG; Nutritional supplementation therapy; Naranarayan
VSSS started its first venture through curative programs, followed
by curative and preventive programs. Through experience, we found that
it is only through Integrated Development Program lasting benefit can
be achieved through Community participation and its effect can be felt
for long and self sufficiency achieved.