Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America
Tejal Shah, VHPA Joint Gen Sec, Dharma Teacher ( Vidya Kendra, HSS, Kearny New Jersey)
A primary mission of Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America (VHPA) is to connect people to people, communities to communities and organizations to organizations to protect and strengthen Hindu Dharma.
VHPA addresses social, educational, cultural, intellectual and spiritual needs of the Hindu society in the US and networks with other Hindu organizations to address humanitarian causes worldwide. VHPA is strongly focused on the need of future generation Hindus in North America. Since 1970, VHPA has spread its horizon from Bal Vihars and youth camps to universities, communities, interfaith groups and Mandirs in the service of Hindu community through various programs across the country.
Instead of concentrating the power, VHPA Governing Council farmed out separate organizations for specific goals, which have become fully independent institutions, such as Hindu University of America, Hindu Student Council, Ekal Vidyalaya Foundation of USA, and Hindu-Net Internet service provider.
During its 47 years of service to the Hindu community in North America, VHPA has brought one platform more than 20,000 delegates, more than 500 institutions and more than 1,000 distinct speakers through its networking efforts, VHPA has influenced more than 30,000 youths through Bal Vihar and Youth camps, it has disbursed more than 10 million dollars through Seva programs.
The upcoming event of World Hindu Congress at Chicago is a historical event in social cultural life of Hindus of America and the world, a major milestone in development of global consciousness through Hindu principles. Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America is one of the primary movers of the congress.
About the presenter…
Tejal Shah is a Joint General Secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America. She is an Information Technology program manager and lives in New Jersey with husband and daughter.