Whist in Rishikesh I took a walk up past Laxman Jhula bridge, through the winding roads and past the various ashrams to find the magical Ramana’s Garden Children’s Home. Even though they were getting ready for the end of their season there and packing up to head to cooler climates, I was met by smiling happy faces and an overwhelming welcome by the children and teenagers who live here. They were very animated as they talk to us about their life at Ramana’s, and showed us photo’s of themselves that were displayed on the walls from their years here.

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Picture gratefully used from http://sayyesnow.org/

This is their mission statement from their Facebook page;

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ramanas-Garden-Childrens-Home/224313421063260?fref=ts

“Ramana’s Seva Samiti vision is that every child regardless of caste, creed, or social-economic background has the right to quality education, proper nutrition, and primary healthcare. It is our further intention to empower women through literacy and vocational training so that they can generate their own income and thereby gain rights in their own households and communities.”

Here the children are schooled, and also get a chance to collect money for their college fund through working at the cafe that runs on the premises too. They even grow some of the food on the grounds, all organic. The place had a wonderful energy and it was incredibly inspiring to see the work that is done with so much love here.

A beautiful mural on the grounds of Ramana's.

A beautiful mural on the grounds of Ramana’s.

“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” – Margaret Shepherd.

Visit Ramana’s Garden Childrens Home website www.sayyesnow.org for more information and ways of supporting this wonderful work.