World Vision: Karnataka Govt school fails in due diligence

Incident 

The Karnataka Government-run Higher Primary School at Bangarappa Layout, Rajarajeshwari Nagar, Bangalore, in collaboration with World Vision, issued certificates to its students in August 2013 confirming their participation in a “Life School” camp conducted by World Vision. The following graphic shows the original certificate issued to a student named Sachin.

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The translation of the text is as follows:

This is to certify that Sri Sachin from GHPS Bangarappa Nagar School has attended the “Life School” camp between 12/08/2012 till 14/08/2013 as a participant.

Sponsored by: World Vision India

The certificate is signed by the Vice President of World Vision India and cosigned by the Organizer of the camp and the Principal of the Government school.

Facts

In 2006, the public opinion forum VIGIL published a research volume on NGOs operating in India entitled NGOs, Activists, and Foreign Funds. This book was subsequently included in the Indian Parliament’s library.

According to VIGIL’s research, of the hundreds of NGOs and other forms of non-commercial foreign funding that flows into India, World Vision International occupied the second place in 2003-04 in terms of the funding it pumped into India. World Vision is listed by the United States tax authorities as a Christian missionary organization. Indeed, it makes its evangelical intent clear on its website:

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

To follow our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in working with the poor and oppressed to promote human transformation, seek justice and bear witness to the good news of the Kingdom of God.

Indeed, as an earlier IndiaFacts article showed, World Vision had a major role to play in the aggressive missionary activities in Kandhamal, Orissa, which eventually led to the murder of the 80-year old Hindu Swami Laxmananda Saraswati.

And it is this selfsame World Vision that has tied up with the aforementioned Government school in Bangarappa Nagar in Bangalore in the name of education for schoolchildren. A citizen journalist, Shrikantha has also left a firsthand account of the evangelical activities of World Vision in Bangalore.

It is thus shocking that the Principal of this Government school did not do due diligence before collaborating with and allowing World Vision to conduct its camp for young and impressionable schoolchildren.

Verdict

Missionary outfits like World Vision continue to inflict serious damage to the social and religious fabric of non-Christian countries like India by means of such overt and covert evangelical activities. Its extreme ramifications can be seen in incidents like that of the Swami Laxmananda’s murder and the continuing, missionary-sponsored arming of converted tribals and other native communities in the North East, who have all but turned against the Indian state.

IndiaFacts Verdict: That the Principal of the Government school at Bangarappa Layout, Bangalore has not done due diligence on World Vision is True.

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  • @ Inquisitive _indian, Can it be proven that conversion in India is illegal? I google but did not find any solid proof or govt. notification that conversion is illegal. Please provide as i need to forward it.

  • It is illegal 2 convert Hindus in India. evangelisation is Banned in India. Still why are they roaming free ? What is VHP legal cell doing ? VHP is hopeless . Would like VHP to ACT Aggressively .

  • I think it is useless beating our breasts over the activities of other religious organisations! We cannot stop them from doing whatever they are doing. The only thing we need to do is to set our own house in order. And I don’t know if we will ever do that with our society fragmented into so many castes, and each one scrambling for more and more political clout! What people need is dignity and a deity who they all can lean on. Unfortunately, Hinduism has failed to provide these, treating a large section of people as untouchables and erecting a pantheon of multiple gods! So, instead of blaming others, we must introspect, atone and offer apologies for our past misdeeds, and embrace the people who we have treated shabbily! This, I am afraid, is as difficult as stopping the disadvantaged sections from seeking salvation elsewhere! The rest is silence!

    • /* We cannot stop them from doing whatever they are doing. */ yes, we can. Stop foreign funds / agencies putting money in Hindusthan. Stop giving visas to foreigners involved in ‘social’ work.

      /* And I don’t know if we will ever do that with our society fragmented into so many castes, and each one scrambling for more and more political clout! */ Standard accusation of fragmentation. Any society WILL be fragmented. Based on money, power, vocation & so on. Ours was based on vocation. Those vocations are not being supported but instead turned over to MNCs in the name of free markets & capitalism.

      /* What people need is dignity and a deity who they all can lean on. */ They already have that through their jAthi & clans. As for jAthis trying to get political clout, its expected under a democratic system.

      /* Unfortunately, Hinduism has failed to provide these, treating a large section of people as untouchables and erecting a pantheon of multiple gods! */ Hinduism provided these & much more. Its only our limited vision that fails to notice it.

      /* This, I am afraid, is as difficult as stopping the disadvantaged sections from seeking salvation elsewhere! */ The disadvantaged are seeking solace elsewhere, because as I’ve said, their vocations / jobs are being turned over to MNCs. They are being forced to take up alien education & work in urban MNCs in salaried jobs; which, if free market supporters’ get their way, will be under ‘hire & fire’ policies in favor of MNCs. What is needed is giving back their vocations through their jAthis’ enterprises. Not ‘free market’ , ‘free trade’ & all such Western ideals.

      As far as the school goes, no point in blaming the headmaster. When the central government itself allows such dubious charities to act in Hindusthan. Fixing the top will fix everything else as the top that is rotten.

  • gbhai

    Excellent work. This is extraordinarily sloppy work, rather lack of work on the part of the government. World Vision is not just a Christian missionary organization but one of the worst Christian fundamentalist organizations whose founder, a notorious American tele-vangelist called Pat Roberson, has called Hindus “demonic”: http://www.sullivan-county.com/news/pat_quotes/hindus.htm. This organization also supports Christian terrorists in the North-East. I have personally seen the son Pat Robertson on his TV show the 700 club soliciting funds from U.S. citizens to support these terrorists. What an amazing oversight. Will we next collaborate with the Lashkar-e-Taiba?

  • vinayak

    HI great article,true fact finding, you can even go one step further, can you do some sting like cobra post,that is how we nail them.