Mahila Sahayak Samiti (Hindi script, literal translational: Women Helping Organisation) as established in 1946 by Mrs. Hemlata Devi, a devoted social worker and a group of other like minded women including Mrs. Sohala Mohd Habib to help poor widows and destitute women.
First meeting of the orgarnisation was held in the Collector's house. It was a small begining but the Municipal Board, Aligarh, provided a nice big hall in Gandhi Park which was used as a classroom for teaching women to become literate and also to learn some handicrafts.
In the early fifites, Mr & Mrs K C Mittal (District Magistrate at the time) became very interested in the organisation. With their help MSS was registered as a charity in 1952-53 and a plot of land was allocated for carrying out the activities.
Although MSS was started with the primary aim of helping out poor and destitute women, need was felt to educate their children at the same time. This led to establishment of a primary school (Adarsh Bal Mandir) in 1972 to help educate children from poor backgrounds from the sorrounding areas. Today this is a junior high school and is recognised by the primary education board.
A family counselling centre was established in 1985 with the help of Central Social Welfare Board, New Delhi, and state Social Welfare Board, Lucknow to help resolve various family disputes such as those related to dowry and domestic violence.
Mahila Sahayak Samiti is a Registered Charity in India (UP) No. 166/1953-54