Benevolent Fund is a charitable activity to help the poor/disadvantaged members of the Hindu community who face calamities like death or protracted illness and the family does not have sufficient assets to cope with such situations.
Until now, members of the Hindu American community have been collecting donations on an ad hoc basis to assist families who have lost the principal breadwinners. On those occasions, several members of the community have felt that instead of scrambling for donations whenever a family is hit by a tragedy, there is a need for creating a Benevolent Fund to which the members of the community can contribute and which could be utilized to assist needy families according to well-defined criteria.
HACSI’s effort so far has been modest. In 2009, HACSI volunteers, working under the leadership of another social service organization, prepared and delivered meals to members of a family in Montgomery County with a disabled child which faced such a calamity. In 2010, HACSI provided a donation of $5,000 to cover emergency expenditure to a family with two disabled children whose only breadwinner suddenly passed away.
In September 2011 when two Bhutanese youngsters were shot in downtown Baltimore near their residences in a robbery attempt, one of them, a 21-year old Bic Gurung died due to multiple wounds. The second youngster, 17-year old Bikash Gurung, is recovering from the ailment. When HACSI heard the news, it immediately provided the necessary physical support as well as gave $5000 checks to the two families to take care of immediate expenses.
In 2012 two Bhutanese families living in Baltimore, Maryland lost all their belongings in a fire accident. HACSI provided a seed fund of $1,000 and utensils and clothing to restart their lives.
In 2013 and 2014 HACSI and its volunteers are helping a Hindu family where the main bread winner is serously ill and hospitalized for a long time. The volunteers provided, food, accomodation, transportation, medical and legal help and financial support.
In 2015 HACSI and its volunteers are helping a family with young child who are victims of domestic violence and donated $1,000 for their legal aid.
Governmental agencies like social workers from Maryland Department of Social Service in Baltimore is calling HACSI to provide financial and other support to Hindus suffering from domestic abuse and violence. With the increase in Hindu populations, the number of domestic abuse and violence has also considerably increased.
Because the need for such emergency assistance cannot be predicted in advance, HACSI would like to build at least $100,000 in a Benevolent Fund which would be used exclusively for providing financial relief to needy Hindu American families.
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