Third Mela!

On Sunday, March 4, 2012, we celebrated our third semi-annual Mela at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh. This time we had 11 sponsored children and their families, along with Helping Hands for India (HHFI) volunteers and ashram guests to join in the fun. After checking in on the children’s progress our first game was musical Read more about Third Mela![…]

Drawing and Dancing

Our second visit to the Himalayan Rural Welfare Society school was a day filled with creativity, inspiration and fun. We started off by showing the children how to make a collaborative art project by tracing our hands then letting the imagination fly, continuing to draw colourful patterns and shapes to piece it all together. In Read more about Drawing and Dancing[…]

Never too young to donate

This little one is saying goodbye to her clothes that kept her warm and comfortable through her first few months of life. At 9 months of age she has quickly outgrown them and is donating them to Helping Hands for India. We are accepting donations for children of all ages, even newborns. If you are Read more about Never too young to donate[…]

Helping Hands Success Story

Rajni-ji, a Helping Hands success story, is now a qualified yoga teacher! Rajni is like family around the ashram. She was living there for the past two years working as an Ayurvedic massage therapist while pursuing her Masters degree in the town of Rishikesh. In October 2011 she graduated from the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Read more about Helping Hands Success Story[…]

Second Mela!

This past October, 2011 Helping Hands for India (HHFI) celebrated our second semi-annual Mela at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh. The first Mela was held last March where we had all of the sponsored children and their families, along with HHFI volunteers together. This time we invited even more children for fun and games, followed by Read more about Second Mela![…]


At the first semi-annual mela at the ashram some of the children created poems based on the letters of their name! Shivani Sunny Happy Indian Very Able Nosepin Ice cream Uma Under the clear blue sky My heart feels wide All is love Neha Nothing is impossible Everyone is special Happiness is all around us All Read more about Poems[…]

Proactive Education in the Himalayas

A local trekking guide and family man has started a project to educate children in remote villages of the Himalayas and is looking for volunteers for the summer program in June 2012. The name of his project is ‘Proactive Education of the Young Generation’.  B.C. Bhatt, of Iron Horse Adventures (based in Rishikesh) has been Read more about Proactive Education in the Himalayas[…]

First semi-annual Mela!

On March 13, 2011 Helping Hands for India (HHFI) celebrated our first semi-annual Mela (fair) at Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh. This was the first time we had all of the sponsored children and their families, along with HHFI volunteers together for a fun and educational morning, followed by lunch at the ashram. At the Mela Read more about First semi-annual Mela![…]

Helping Hands Success Story

Naveen Joshi recently completed the YTT-200 (Yoga Teacher Training 200 hour course) at the Anand Prakash Ashram in Rishikesh. I spent some time with him behind the front desk of the office at the ashram to ask a few questions about his experience and to find out how Helping Hands for India has made an Read more about Helping Hands Success Story[…]