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Dawn Gibson
Thursday, September 12, 2013

A NEW charitable organisation, Vishva Hindu Parishad Fiji (VHP Fiji), launched its office in the Central Division over the weekend.

In July, the organisation launched other offices in Labasa and Tavua with about 300 people attending the launch from 100 different affiliate organisations.

Funded by the World Hindu Council, the world's largest international Hindu organisation, VHP Fiji hopes to promote and protect the interest of Hindus the world over.

In a statement, VHP Fiji's president Jay Dayal said they hoped to place branches in more areas around Fiji.

"Our aim is to serve the whole Fijian society, in addition to the Hindu community," Mr Dayal said.

"It is a matter of time that we will cover the entire country, opening regional chapters and district branches to suit the local situation."

The president said they were specifically targeting youth development and women's empowerment in their different community activities. With branches spread out around the world, the organisation's motto is Vasudheiva Kutumbakam, meaning the world is one family.

"VHP was formed on Krishna Janmashtami on August 29, 1964, with an aim to organise and serve the Hindu community worldwide," Mr Dayal said.


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