The Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Durban

The Centre was founded in 1942 and was made a branch of Ramakrishna Mission in March 2007. Swami Sumanasananda is its President. The Centre celebrated the platinum jubilee of its foundation this year.

Activities:

  1. Medical services: (i) Monthly medical clinics (1164 patients treated), (ii) 5 medical camps conducted through the sub- centres and satsang groups (2036 patients treated), (iii) 4 special eye camps (328 spectacles distributed), (iv) a blood donation camp (15 units of blood collected), and (v) medical and health care education programmes.
  2. Nutrition programme: Monthly ration of groceries given to 14,256 poor people in different areas. Medical and educational support was also extended to needy families.
  3. Publication of a biannual English magazine Jyoti, some booklets and brochures, etc.
  4. Certificate courses on Hindu scriptures and religious personalities; 16 students registered this year.
  5. A reference library with more than 1500 titles and a book showroom.
  6. Programmes for children: Classes on Hinduism (30 children), karate training (30 children) and two annual cultural festivals.
  7. Programmes for the youth: 30 youths were taught life skills, moral values and chanting of scriptures.
  8. Swami Vivekananda Centre for Human Excellence: Conducted programmes for the development of self-reliance and skills.
  9. Scholarships to 10 school children, and the Sister Nivedita Seva Award to 2 ladies in recognition of their humanitarian service.
  10. A legal advisory desk which provides legal help to senior citizens and the needy and the destitute.
  11. Support and guidance to the satsang groups in Etete, Estcourt and Glencoe to conduct religious and educational activities and charitable services such as distribution of groceries.
  12. Daily worship, meditation, prayers, arati, reading from the scriptures, weekly satsang programmes, regular classes, discourses, audio-visual presentations, retreats for adults and children, etc.
  13. Celebration of the birth anniversaries of the Holy Trio and other spiritual luminaries, and festivals like Durga Puja.

Durban centre has the following four sub-centres:


Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Chatsworth: Located 38 km away from Durban centre, it was started in 1983.

Activities:

  1. Monthly medical clinics (about 250 patients treated) and a medical camp (300 patients were treated).
  2. Nutrition programme: 55 poor families were given monthly ration of groceries.
  3. Development of children and the youth: 22 youths were taught life skills, moral values and chanting of scriptures.
  4. Weekly satsang programmes, regular classes, educational activities and celebration of the birth anniversaries of the Holy Trio and other spiritual luminaries, and festivals like Durga Puja.

Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Ladysmith: This was started in 1957 and is located about 250 km away from Durban

Activities:

  1. Monthly medical clinics (186 patients treated) and a medical camp (484 patients treated).
  2. Nutrition programme: 100 poor families were given food and monthly groceries.
  3. Development of children and the youth: 45 youths were taught life skills, moral values and chanting of scriptures.
  4. A Sister Nivedita Mentorship Programme for girl students (about 250 girls attended).
  5. Weekly satsang, regular classes, educational activities and celebration of the birth anniversaries of the Holy Trio and other spiritual luminaries, and festivals like Durga Puja.

Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Newcastle: This lies 350 km away from Durban centre and was started in

Activities:

  1. A medical camp (347 patients were treated).
  2. Nutrition programme: 30 poor families were given monthly ration of groceries.
  3. Development of children and the youth: 25 youths were taught life skills, moral values and chanting of scriptures.
  4. Regular classes, educational activities and celebration of the birth anniversaries of the Holy Trio and other spiritual luminaries, and festivals like Durga Puja.

Ramakrishna Centre of South Africa, Pietermaritzburg: This was founded in 1972 and is located 100 km away from Durban

Activities:

  1. Monthly medical clinics (386 patients treated) and a medical camp (455 patients treated).
  2. Nutrition programme: 25 poor families were given monthly ration of groceries.
  3. A Sister Nivedita Mentorship Programme for girl students (about 180 girls enrolled).
  4. Weekly satsang programmes, regular classes, educational activities and celebration of the birth anniversaries of the Holy Trio and other spiritual luminaries, and festivals like Durga Puja.
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Altar
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Swami Vivekananda Statue
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Centre of Human Excellence
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Skill Development Programme
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Medical Services