What is Project 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 in partnership with its affiliates and other NGOs providing support for domestic violence and substance abuse 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 by the Sabha include: 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 Project 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 “Project 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 “Project 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 “Project 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

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha and it’s affiliates are embarking on a relief drive to assist families and individuals in our community that are most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food packs and booster packs will be distributed for free to those who can be supported by this drive. If you are in need of support, simply message the SAHMS Facebook page with your full name, contact number and physical address or email your details to info@sahms.org.za and a SAHMS official will get back to you.

Limited resources permit us to assist a finite number of people at a time, your understanding with this regard is appreciated.
Donate to the cause via EFT using bank account details with reference “COVID Relief”:

Account Name: SAHMS 108;
Standard Bank Acc No.: 273256092;
Account type: current account;
Branch code: 044926;
Branch Name:
Phoenix;
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ.

Kindly use your name or company name as the reference for payment. To donate items for distribution email info@sahms.org.za and we will make arrangements to collect or receive the items available.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page to get updates about this relief drive. We will be sharing status updates about this project regularly.

For more information or to get involved email info@sahms.org.za or message our Facebook page.

Link to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SAHinduMahaSabha

The South African Hindu Maha Sabha and it’s affiliates embarked on a women’s relief drive to assist women in need. Packs were distributed for free to women in need of assistance. Limited resources permitted us to assist a finite number of people at a time.
Donate to the cause via EFT using bank account details with reference “Womens Drive”:

Account Name: SAHMS 108;
Standard Bank Acc No.: 273256092;
Account type: current account;
Branch code: 044926;
Branch Name:
Phoenix;
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ.

To donate items for distribution kindly email info@sahms.org.za and we will make arrangements to collect or receive the items available.

Be sure to check out our Facebook page to get updates about this relief drive. We will be sharing status updates about this project regularly.

For more information or to get involved email info@sahms.org.za or message our Facebook page.

Link to our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SAHinduMahaSabha

Project 108 has heed the call from struggling Old Age Homes and has begun supplying groceries and toiletries.
We have begun by supplying the following homes:

  • ABH – Aryan Benevolent Home
  • Verulam day and frail care
  • Clare estate senior citizens.

We call on donors to help with funds, groceries or toiletries to assist more old age homes. Now is the time to make a difference, no donation is too small. Donate to the cause via EFT using bank account details with reference “Old Age Home”:

Account Name: SAHMS 108;
Standard Bank Acc No.: 273256092;
Account type: current account;
Branch code: 044926;
Branch Name:
Phoenix;
Swift code: SBZAZAJJ.

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