By the express command of His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree, the Sants of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan have been distributing education material, textbooks and food parcels to the poor and deprived villages of Gujarat.
On behalf of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan and the disciples of Shree Swaminarayan Gadi residing in the Gujarat village of Shihol, a function was held on 30th October 2003, during which the newly built village entry gate was inaugurated and officially donated to the village. The gate opening ceremony was performed on behalf of Acharya Swamishree, by Sadguru Shastri Shree Jitendriyapriyadasji Swami. After the inauguration ceremony, an assembly was held in the village High School during which books were donated to the school and the students. The leader of the village of Shihol, the schoolteachers and other leading representatives of the village were present throughout the functions.
Similar functions were also held on this day in 9 other villages; Gozaria, Dhandhusan, Kukarvada, Sokhada, Ashanapura, Ubakhal, Khanusa, Pundhara and Lodara. Food and clothing was distributed to the poor in all these villages. The Sants also gave lectures and taught about the benefits of becoming free of all vices and addictions.