Friends of Ramana’s Garden, Inc.
Friends of Ramana’s Garden, Inc. is a nonprofit charity established in 2005 in the United States. We support Ramana’s Garden India, a wonderful and loving children’s home and school near the renowned spiritual center of Rishikesh in northern India. Our mission as Friends is to support abandoned, destitute, and abused children who are given food, shelter, necessities, and education so they may thrive in a world that once seemed almost hopeless. One doesn’t have to be an “orphan” to come and live at Ramana’s Garden. One has to be at risk of, hunger, death, abuse, torture, or being sold into prostitution or child labor. Most of all, the children are given lots of love and nurturing in a welcoming and tolerant spiritual environment.
Ramana’s Garden India was founded by a dedicated and forceful American woman, Prabhavati Dwabha, 18 years ago as a result of her spiritual practice on the banks of the River Ganga. Prabhavati’s heart overflowed with compassion for the numerous homeless, destitute, and abused children she met there, and she decided to make those children her life’s work. On a shoestring budget, she has for years provided a growing number of children with education, nourishment, and a future where they had little or no hope. Through her guidance and perseverance, Ramana’s Garden India has also instituted programs to educate local villages in practices of proper sanitation, safe drinking water, general health care, as well as support for the advancement of Indian women through vocational skills like Angora Rabbit Wool Weavings and establishment of Women’s Self Help Groups.
Today, a dozen years after opening its doors, Ramana’s Garden India is home to more than 60 resident children, many of whom have lost both parents. There are an additional 165 children from nearby impoverished families, many with a single parent, who come into school each day. Twelve paid professional teachers lead a solid curriculum of core classes, including Math, Science, English, Hindi, and the arts. The education provided is on a par with the best primary schools in India, and thus will serve to provide the kids with opportunities for adult careers that otherwise would be unimaginable. Ramana’s Garden India places a strong emphasis on environmental protection and creative expression such as painting, music, and dance. All children have the opportunity to study Classical Indian Dance. In Summer 2008, the Ramana’s Garden Dance Troupe traveled internationally, offering their message of love and oneness to hundreds of children and adults in hospitals, nursing homes, and some of London’s worst slums.
Friends of Ramana’s Garden, Inc. is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) charity. We are grateful for your kind interest and support. We operate on an all-volunteer basis, have no monthly overhead, and are committed to minimizing costs and maximizing the support we provide to the kids at Ramana’s Garden India. Since inception, Friends of Ramana’s Garden, Inc. has sent more than 98% of its receipts to support the kids at Ramana’s Garden India.
To learn more, we kindly invite you to enjoy this delightful 10-minute video professionally produced by the Annenberg Foundation in 2007. It was shot onsite at Ramana’s Garden India and includes an interview with Prabhavati. The story of Ramana’s Garden India and how these wonderful kids are creating joyous opportunities for themselves will truly open your heart and inspire you to realize your own greatness.