A heaven for the homeless. An inspiration for the world.
While many of us are fortunate to have food, clothing, shelter, education and love from our families, there are others who are deprived of these necessities and are left to fend for themselves. They struggle to get even one square meal a day, leave alone other things.
Didi Maa Sadhvi Ritambhara ji felt disturbed at the apathy of the abandoned children, poor and distressed women and took up the cause of giving them a family life they deserved so much. She came across scores of people who were disowned by their families, thereby depriving them of not only the care and affection of family but even their basic needs.
She strongly believes that every child has a right to have a family, every woman has the right to nurture a family, everyone has the right to shelter, education and a respectable living. With this belief, she started Param Shakti Peeth with primary focus on the welfare of children and women. She was the pioneer in the country to start a first-of-its kind concept of Vatsalyagram which was designed to be a three-pronged community welfare program of child care, women protection & empowerment and elderly care with the mission of providing them a holistically well-balanced family life with the best of education, healthcare, and family life, all within the same campus.
A road map of Vatsalyagram
Vatsalyagram is a living gated community for the poorest of the poor who have nowhere to go, no family to bank upon, no food to eat, no shelter to live and no education to thrive. Didi Maa brought all the deprived groups such as abandoned children, destitute & homeless women, widows, old aged women together and made to form a family and assigned their roles to run their own families – role of a mother, an aunt and a grandmother for 7-10 children.
Families are nurtured by bond
Under the Vatsalya Parivaar, Didi Maa Ritambhara assigned the eldest woman with the role of a grandmother, the second woman with the role of a mother, the third woman with the role of an aunt to over seven to ten children who were abandoned by their families. So, the Vatsalya parivaar was created of people who became the pillars of institution with hope of finding love, shelter and family- they can call their own.
To date, the Vatsalyagram houses over 169 children and 24 women who have found a purpose in life and made their own families for life.
Home is where the heart is. Didi Maa provided every beneficiary with a shelter in Vatsalyagram by assigning one house to every family. Like any well-designed house, their homes have a living room, bed rooms, study room, kitchen and bathrooms. They also have a playground, lawn and a special provision room from where the head of the family takes the groceries and other supplies to run their homes.
With a sense of ownership and responsibility towards their family and children, women got empowered to live a happy, peaceful and a meaningful life at Vatsalyagram while every child gets the love of family like he/she would if they had their own.
Spreading wings of knowledge
Once the families found bliss and purpose towards a meaningful life in the security of a family, Maa Ritambhara felt that the children need to be provided with the best of education so that they become learned citizens contributing towards the growth of the nation. With this key essence, she built many educational institutions where children are provided the best of education in all faculties be it spiritual, moral, technological and general affairs with holistic education catering to body, mind and soul.
For the mental, physical, emotional well-being of children, and overall personality development Didi Maa started several schools. Some of the prestigious institutions working towards this mission are Samvid Gurukulam School in Vrindavan (A CBSE school till 12th), Krishna Braham Ratan Vidyamandir, Samvid Gurukulam Kanya Vidyalaya – Omkareshwar, Samvid Gurukulam Co-ed Eng Med school, Omkareshwar, Samvid Gurkulam Sijai, Vashishtyam, Sanskar Vatika, Vatsalya Sports Academy and Nanhi Duniya.
Towards creating a healthy society
After the needs of home and education of the beneficiaries of Vatsalyagram was completely taken care, Didi Maa Ritambhara took the next step of building health centers to take care of healthcare needs of Vatsalyagram residents and the poor people from surrounding areas. In this endeavour, the GD Bansal Swasti Hospital - Allopathic Medical Centre (Vrindavan), Premvati Gupta Eye Hospital (Vrindavan) and Swami Parmanand Prakritik Chikitsalya were started to provide free and complete health care solutions to the beneficiaries.
With the concept of self-sustained families, Vatsalyagram has garnered worldwide acclaim and recognition because of its unique and humanitarian outreach programme. Residents of Gokulam and other women from nearby villages are given the means to become self-reliant by providing them with the complete hands on training in different vocations such as computers, tailoring, beauty care, making diyas, candles, pickles, jams, tomato sauce, papad, hair conditioner etc.
|Param Shakti Peeth|
|Year of Establishment||1992|
|Legal Status||Society - Registered under Society Regn. Act, 1860|
|Regn. No.||S/22809 dt. 2nd April, 1992|
|Tax Exemption||U/s 80G vide No. DIT (E) 2007-08/P-366/1938 dt. 26.09.2007|
|FCRA Regn. No.||231660255 dt. 20.06.2002|
|Niti Aayog Unique ID||DL/2017/0119005|
|Regd. Office||27/15, Radhey Shyam Park Delhi - 110 051|
|Head Office||Luv 102 Agrasen Awas, 66 I.P. Extension, Delhi - 110 092|