What is Hindus United 108?

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha (SAHMS) is the umbrella body of all Hindu religious bodies in South Africa. It has over 200 affiliates. The Maha Sabha was established in 1912 with the express purpose of creating unity among all Hindus in South Africa.

Today the Sabha is recognized as the voice of Hindus in South Africa, across the religious, cultural, social, corporate and political landscapes. Due to the economic, social and moral issues plaguing our community in recent times, there is now more than ever a growing demand on the Sabha, from the community, for all sorts of social intervention. The Sabha has therefore taken a mandate to “raise the ceiling” of the organisation. In so doing it deals with many “grass roots issues” faced by the community it services. Moreover, the Sabha and its affiliates have over the years been involved in many upliftments and social welfare projects. It seeks to build on these platforms and take them to the next level.

The numerous problems plaguing our community such as poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, moral degeneration, crime, etc are issues that need serious intervention. The Sabha and its affiliates address these issues on various platforms and on the ground. However, in order to address the growing problems in the community and the increasing demands on the faith sector, the Sabha has elevated the services it offers. To this end, some of the more recent undertakings have been: opening of a crisis centre for domestic violence, and substance abuse, roll out employment creation initiatives through entrepreneurship and skills training, wellness initiatives at RK Khan Hospital, Priest accreditation programme with HWSETA, mediation, professional mentoring and coaching, feeding Schemes, distribution of food parcels, winter warmth, provision of water; educational support; care of the physically and mentally challenged, orphans and the elderly to name a few. These programmes all fall under 108 and are all run under the directorship of trained professionals in the respective fields. To do more of this and extend the services it offers, financial resources are essential to give the community the service it deserves.

Through the “HINDUS UNITED 108” Program members of the community are urged to contribute a minimum of R108 per month by debit order. These funds are to be used on projects listed above and new ones that will be of lasting benefit to the Community.

The number 108 is highly significant and auspicious for Hindus. We believe in the power of many and understand that although it may seem like a small amount, when contributed by thousands can make a significant difference.

The “HINDUS UNITED 108” Program is:

– Managed in a transparent and accountable manner and is subject to independent audit.
– Has been established as the Seva Chapter of SAHMS based on the basic pillars and philosophy of Hinduism “Nishkaam Seva” (unconditional service)
– Program is driven by the motto of SAHMS, “Vasudeva Kutumbakam” – The World is One Family

The Objective of the “HINDUS UNITED 108” Program is: to “Better the lives of all Hindus by providing the much needed services of employment creation, dealing with social ills, professional counselling, and wellness.” These services will be delivered through the projects listed above

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha (SAHMS) is the umbrella body of all Hindu religious bodies in South Africa. It has over 200 affiliates. The Maha Sabha was established in 1912 with the express purpose of creating unity among all Hindus in South Africa.

Today the  Sabha is recognized as the voice of Hindus in South Africa, across the religious, cultural, social, corporate and political landscapes. Due to the economic, social and moral issues plaguing our community in recent times, there is now more than ever a growing demands on the Sabha, from the community, for all sorts of social intervention. The Sabha has therefore taken a mandate to “raise the ceiling” of the organisation. In so doing it deals with many “grass roots issues” faced by the community it services. Moreover, the Sabha and its affiliates have over the years been involved in many upliftment and social welfare projects. It seeks to build on these platforms and take them to the next level

  • Supported the SA Red Cross – in its Xenophobia relief efforts. Food hampers and clothing were made available through Red Cross
  • RK Khan – construction of 3consulting rooms and upgrade of waiting room for patients to take bloods
  • Employment creation at Bufflesdale school and community through micro industry creation
  • A crisis intervention centre dealing with domestic violence, substance abuse – coming soon- Donation of wheelchairs
  • Co Ordination and Distribution of Clothing to the Needy
  • Fund Raising for Phoenix Community Hospice
  • Contributions towards the UKZN Abused Desk for Women
  • Contributions towards Blind and Deaf Society
  • Support and assistance to Shree Veeraboga Temple in hosting Annual Mass Wedding