for Selfless Service
A band of selfless
workers was needed to run the Anath Balikashram and Mahila Vidyalaya. Karve had observed a
flock of missionaries coming from other countries to our country; they came in the guise
of social workers, and converted people to their religions. An idea struck Karve. If only
our people volunteer to do social service our society will flourish and the fear of
conversion to other religions will vanish. To create a tradition of such social work he
founded the 'Institution for Selfless Service'.
Karve took the oath of the Institution for Selfless
Service. He would make over all his earnings to the Institution and take from the
Institution only just enough money for a very simple life for himself and his family. Even
out of this amount money was given to charities. There were no servants. Anandibai who had
been trained as a midwife had now to work as a midwife and earn some money!
By about l914 Karve left the Deccan Education Society and
devoted himself entirely to the work of the Mahilashram. Karve had four children in all.
Anandibai was looking after the welfare and solved the problems of the family; on account
of this, the household affairs did not come in the way of Karve's activities.