PROJECTS & PROGRAMS
Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA), or World Hindu Council of America, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and nourishing Hindu culture in America. We have several regional and national projects, including:
Bal Vihar provides an opportunity for our children to discover their cultural bond with India and develop pride in their Hindu identity. It is a weekly (or bi-weekly) 2-3 hr program open to children 4 years and above. A sample agenda includes opening prayer, Surya Namaskar, yoga, games, geet/bhajans, Hindi class, storytelling, and closing prayer. We currently have 3 Massachusetts locations: Newton, Lexington, and Southborough. For more information, please contact:
Newton: Kiran Kuchroo (617-965-1937, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lexington: Aparna Payasam (781-862-0464, email@example.com)
Southborough: Jaya Asthana (508-875-0432, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nepal Earthquake Relief:
A massive earthquake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale hit Nepal on Saturday, April 25, 2015. By Sunday afternoon, authorities said at least 2,169 people had died in Nepal alone, with 61 more deaths in India and a few in other neighboring countries. VHPA has established a relief fund to help those in dire need of support. The volunteers from our sister organizations in Bharat will visit the affected areas, assess damage, provide emergency medical relief, provide food and clothes, and eventually adopt villages for rehabilitation. Please contribute generously to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund. Your donations are tax deductible.
Hindu Heritage Day:
HHD is a day of celebration of our ancient Hindu heritage, traditions, arts, culture, and food. With an average attendance of over 1500, this is a place where Hindu American families come together with their American counterparts to meet and enjoy authentic Indian music, songs, dances, and skits. Families enjoy sumptuous Indian food, including professionally-prepared traditional chai. Parents can get information about Bal Vihars, camps, yoga centers, and other events taking place around the Boston area. There are activities for children including mehndi, kite flying, and face painting. There are booths which sell Indian comic books, spiritual books, jewelry, clothes, CDs of bhajans, meditational practices, and decorative items not easily available elsewhere. Click here for more information and videos of past events.
Vivekananda Family Camp:
A week-long family camp in Tolland, MA where families can learn about their Hindu culture, spend quality time together, and have fun with friends. This year’s camp is August 9-15, 2015. For more information and to register, visit vhpafamilycamp.com.
Om Hindu Community Center:
Om Hindu Community Center (OMHCC) will be a common facility for all Hindus in the Greater Boston area, serving as a social, educational, and cultural epicenter for the entire community. Planned support services include a children’s spiritual school, after-school tutoring, and elderly services. The center will also be available for community activities including pujas, weddings, satsangs, yoga, festival celebrations, parties, conferences, conventions, and retreats. To find out more, visit om-hcc.org.
The Support-A-Child (SAC) program was started by VHPA in 1985. It provides education (up to high school), boarding, lodging, medical care and Samskara (values) to underprivileged children in India. Under this program, we have supported more than 1000 boys and girls all over India. To find out more and support a child, please visit sacusa.org.