Helping Hands for India School
Helping Hands for India is a registered charitable organization. We are committed to providing educational opportunities and to promote well being to children in India. Inspired by our teacher, Yogrishi Vishvketu, a group of yoga teachers came together in 2009 to give back to the children in the area of Rishikesh, India, where we had received so many blessings. We are supported by the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh and the generosity of the Akhanda yoga family and friends.
Meet our team
There’s been lots happening at Sansar Gyaan Pathshala in the past two months! Here’s some of our top highlights: January 15 School reopened after winter holidays and the kids received new sweaters to keep them warm. January 26 We celebrated Republic day and we organized a parade and march through our villages with the slogan of Read more about News from the school: January and February 2018[…]
In Melanie’s words… I met Gayatri in 2009 at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre; the studio she owned in Kemptville. At the time she was preparing for her first trip to India to take part in the 300-hour YTT (Yoga Teacher Training). She came back very excited about the dream of helping children – the Read more about Meet Melanie (Om Shanti)[…]
We are grateful for our dear friends and family of Helping Hands, who have provided much needed support over the years. Thank you! Our fundraising goal for 2018 is $38,000 CAD. The easiest way for you to help is to set up a monthly contribution through CanadaHelps. Here’s how you can help: $10/month ~ Essentials Education Read more about 2018 fundraising goal[…]
Last month we celebrated Farmers’ Day at the school! The students planted small trees and plants and learned more about the importance of farming in our lives.
It’s been a busy few months to end 2017 at our school. Sansar Gyaan Pathshala, which means ‘World Knowledge Lessons’ is the name of our eco-friendly school. We have almost 300 children, from Kindergarten to grade 8, coming every day. Here’s some highlights from November and December 2017: The students have completed their bi-annual exams and so Read more about News from the school December 2017[…]
A local Ottawa high school is holding sewing classes where students can learn valuable skills while giving back to the community. They are providing reusable menstrual kits for young women in need as part of the Days for Girls program. The Ottawa chapter was key in collaborating with us at Helping Hands to bring the Read more about Days for Girls Ottawa Sewing Classes[…]
Did you know you can set up your own personal page and help raise funds for your favourite charity through CanadaHelps? It’s a great way to encourage your friends and family to get involved in a cause close to your heart, such as Helping Hands. Step 1: Go to CanadaHelps and select ‘Fundraise’ . Login Read more about Create your personal fundraising page in minutes[…]
This summer, an idea came to light, via a TED Talk by Aditi Gupta, to break down the taboo and shame that many girls live with around menstruation. We decided to expand our program of distributing moon cycle kits to include an education program, with the help of Menstrupedia comic books. Two of our board members, Read more about Girls, we’re talking about periods[…]
Meet Elizabeth, who joined the Helping Hands team this year in the role of Director and Secretary. Elizabeth is responsible for taking minutes and preparing and maintaining the official documents needed for the operations of Helping Hands for India. Elizabeth and Danielle (Dristhi) visited the Helping Hands school this September to distribute moon cycle kits and Read more about Meet Elizabeth[…]
Danielle and Elizabeth, two of our Helping Hands board members, recently visited the school and got everyone involved in some fun and games!