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Guild History

Guild’s Mission is to empower women and children become self-reliant by providing better education along with skill/capacity development training and also provide them social, economic and psychological support for healthy living.

Well... it all started in the year 1972 the dark war clouds of the 1971 Indo-Pak war had abated, leaving behind a trail of anguish, loss and despair. One soldier dies-leaving behind at least 5 lives, in living death. The civil society in India was shaken by the uncertainty of the lives of women who had been widowed. Those with a sensitive foresight realized that this uncertainty extended to all women who are dependent traditionally, socially and economically on the patriarchal framework. Women had to come out of the confining walls of their homes if they had to carve out a future for themselves in the changing world. Women would have to come out of their cocooned existence if the process of nation building had to be undertaken. Women themselves would have to realize and build on their own strengths and capacities.
With this realization was born the War Widows Association & Guild of Service in North India. Dr. V. Mohini Giri’s committed initiative was beginning in 1972. Since then there has been no looking back.  

To be a catalyst of social change for conflict affected women, widows and children by formulating integrated and innovative methods for progressive social change with innovative skill development.
  • To provide women with skill/capacity development training to become self-reliant.
  • To provide children with better education thereby creating a platform for better future.
  • To provide beneficiary with social, economic and psychological support for healthy living.
  • To provide legal and social awareness to the beneficiaries.
  • To provide suitable and friendly environment for healthy growth and development.
  • Ensure women and children’s issues are addressed in all programming and represented at major fora.
  • Collaborate with key stake holders to represent the cause of widows and the elderly.
  • Uphold a rights perspective and propagate for dignity and justice for women and children.
  • Develop sustainable program models that can be scaled up nation-wide.

Ma Dham

Constructed, operated and supported by Guild for Service, Maa Dham is a home for homeless and destitute women.

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Meera Khanna speaking at the Parallel event Widows & Widowhood: a n economic and humanitarian crisis at the 60th session of CSW, New York

Fun and Frolic at Ma Dham

Guild for service

The Guild For Service is a national voluntary developmental organization dedicated towards the empowerment of marginalized women and children.


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