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Kashmiri Sewak Samaj Faridabad 

ABOUT KASHMIRI SEWAK SAMAJ

Faridabad represents the Social, Cultural and religious aspirations of the around 2000 families of Kashmiris, 90% of who have settled in this township after the displacement from the Valley in the early 90’s. Kashmiri SewakSamaj was founded in the early 80’s and the founding fathers created and inculcated a spirit of brotherhood, discipline and service among the team members of the Executive of the Samaj.

Shri D N Kaul, a teacher by profession, founded the Samaj in Faridabad

As the story goes, a Punjabi Transporter in Faridabad had a KP employee, who had a sudden death. The Punjabi gentleman went around the town to locate a KP family so that the deceased KP could have his last rites as per Kashmiri tradition. The responsibility of collecting KPs in Faridabad for the last rites of the deceased fell on late D N Kaul Sahib. After the event, Shri D N Kaul tirelessly worked to keep the community well knit and socially together.

In the mid eighties, Shri Shibanji Raina as the President and Shri K L Bakshi gave KSS a simple and workable Constitution, which created the foundation of the KSS body as a cohesive and disciplined team. Shri M N Pandita, an entrepreneur by profession, led KSS as the President till 1993. His tenure was marked by spirit of selfless service and immediate help to the needy in a silent and obedient way.

The Faridabad Biradari approached Shri J N Kaul in 1993 to lead the Community keeping in view the turbulence that the Community was undergoing due to trauma of loss of home and their homeland. The first couple of years were very challenging as our Boys and Girls in the camps were facing a future without hope. Given the abysmal living conditions in one-room tenements, the boys and girls were growing into unemployable adults. Here Shri J N Kaul conceived the first bold step of Social Entrepreneurship.

All India Kashmiri Samaj, Kashmiri SewakSamaj and the SOS Children’s Villages of India forged an alliance to recruit boys and girls from the camps and impart one years training to them in Computer Applications.The name of Vocational Training Center was SOS Helmut Kutin Vocational Training Center. Special Hostels were created for these boys and girls in Faridabad and well-equipped Computer Lab was built in the Hermann Gmeiner Institute of Vocational Studies in Faridabad. Undertaking an effort like this was not easy as the skeptics were at each stage offering counsel to follow the easy way out and “cut corners for the sake of Practicability”! They wanted this education to be imparted to these boys and girls close to their homes in Nagrota and similar camps, in and around Jammu. But Shri J N Kaul would have none of this. He wanted the boys and girls to be far from a life of virtual hell in these one-room tenements. When the program came to close nearly 300 boys and girls became breadwinners for their families. The boys and girls would undergo a metamorphosis in their personalities after a first class boarding fitted with colour TVs, Refrigerators and more. Most of these boys and girls are employed today in Companies of repute. “Give a man a fish; you have fed him for today. Teach a man to fish; and you have fed him for a lifetime”.
Our Social organizations may use their energies, resources and the thought to emulate the example given here. The last decade has been a decade of great accomplishment for the Samaj. The decade has given the Community two great Institutions: SharikaBhawan and Hari Parbat in the Village Anangpur.