It all began in 1981 when Sri Sri Ravi Shankar noticed children of construction workers playing in the dust while the Art of Living center was being built.
Sri Sri observed these children had no access to education. Basic lessons, healthcare and free healthy food was provided to the children. With support from donors like you, we now have over 600 schools with over 67,000 children. When we educate our children, we empower our communities. We believe that education is a universal right that can help break the cycles of poverty, disease and social inequity. It empowers children with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to shape a better future for themselves, their communities and the world. Join us (and the world) in making the world a better place, starting with one child at a time.
"Life is sacred, Celebrate Life, Care for others and share whatever you have with those less fortunate. Broaden your vision, for the whole world Belongs to you.” - SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR
Caught in the vast disparity between the urban and slum.. drugs, alcohol, tobacco are more readily available than books, and provide an illusory escape for mentally and physically abused children. How will your money help the world's largest slum?
Children work as domestic help, as farm labor, or care for their younger siblings without going to school. How are the resources that you fund for, help the villagers?
Remote areas that have no roads or electricity, fraught with naxal activity. Children are more familiar with guns than soap! How will your contribution help this section of the society?
The story of Kalyan is one among many thousands; read on to know more about how we're transforming the lives of children -
"Kalyan is now 14. His parents worked as anti-social elements and his father died in a police encounter when Kalyan was 5 years old. He was in trauma for a year, along with his mother. Police gave us their contact, we counselled them and got the mother working in a normal stream and took in Kalyan at our Ashram. He was 6 then. When he came to us he had a lot of anger in him. He talked about taking revenge on the police as he had been brainwashed by the anti-social agents and his mother, who wanted him to become like his father. Kalyan thought his father was a social reformer and had been killed unnecessarily. Just in a couple years of joining us, Kalyan had become a top ranking student and very good at sports as well. Kalyan became very responsible and took care of the small children with a lot of love and affection. Now his aim is not to take revenge, but to either become an engineer or pursue higher education on the spiritual path. He is also getting trained in sports and will soon participate in nationals. If he had not been taken away from his environment, by now he would have taken up a gun in his hands. Now he is transformed and is becoming a good citizen of the country."
Interested in reading more such true stories?
The list of our schools, their location and number of students can be found here.