VISION OF AVASAR

Every Child Has The Right to Education

A non-profit charity organization where every contribution goes directly to our cause – to provide free of charge education to the children of Radha Kund.

WHY

Up until 1965 english was the official language of India (joint by Hindi). Therefore in the larger cities, english is still spoken by the majority of its inhabitants. In the past decades, due to globalisation and the growing global market affecting the country, the english language has become an important tool for communication in the everyday lives of the Indian population. Unfortunately, the english language hasn’t spread from the larger cities to the rural areas and the language skills in smaller villages around the country is almost non-existing. What we have learned it that this is not due to an unwillingness of the population, but a question of resources and capacity. This in turn creates a segregation between the larger cities and the rural areas, where speaking english has become an advantage. These unjust conditions in turn creates unjust opportunities for building a future.

Avasar Organisation believes in the power of education and we believe it should be a right. Why? Because we believe that education is fundamental in order to evolve as a person and create a future where you can reach your true potential. The purpose of our organisation is to provide free of charge english classes to the children of Radha Kund. Together with the Sinha family, we are seeking to provide the opportunity of education, with the hope of making their futures filled with even more opportunities. 

The word “Avasar” means “opportunity” in english and stands as a symbol of our purpose, vision and goal.

WHAT

By working together with the Sinha family, who are living in the village of Radha kund and running the Bhajan Kutir Ashram, we got the chance to create Avasar Organisation. Jointly we started our first education project, in favor of the children of Radha Kund. Avasar Organisation is a non-profit charity organisation where all financial contributions are directly allocated to our cause – providing free english education to the children of Radha Kund. From Sweden we are running the organisation in regards of collections, communication and administration, which enables the Sinha family to implement the project by organizing free of charge english classes one hour a day, six days a week. Once a month all the collected contributions are sent from Sweden to Radha Kund, directly distributed between paying the wages of the teachers and purchasing necessary school material.

Every child has the right to education – regardless the conditions

 

 

 

 

 

 

VISION

Opportunity is our goal and education is our method. We look at our education project in Radha Kund as a far-reaching process and our goal is to keep expanding the project.  Our vision is to be able to use the contributions that exceeds the budget allocated to wages and school materials, to build new facilities. These facilities will be used to expand the project and enable our organisation to give more children the opportunity of joining our free english educating. There are currently 32 children enrolled on the first english class of the project. There were a much larger number of children who signed up and wanted to participate, but we had to create a limit. The limit was based on the fact that Shivdas and us wants to ensure the quality of the lessons and make sure that every child is being heard and seen, for the purpose of them learning as much as they possibly can. Our vision for the future and expanding the project is also to be able to provide opportunities that goes beyond the education of the children, such as working opportunities for the people of the village.

Together with the Sinha family, whom we are incredibly grateful to be working with – we hope that the future of Avasar Organisation will keep providing free english education to the children of Radha Kund and keep making their futures full of opportunities.

ABOUT AVASAR

The story behind the Avasar Organisation begins with how the Yugal Bhajan Kutir Ashram, came to be built. In 1979 the founder of the Ashram, Torbjörn Fjällström, travelled to the northern part of India to visit the little village of Radha Kund. He had set out to find a special book, a grammatical book of the Sanskrit language. The book could only be found in Radha Kund and it was titled Hari-nāmāmṛta-vyākaraṇam, written by the author Srī Jīva Gosvāmi.  In the beginning of the 1960’s, Torbjörn had become interested in Indian culture and religion, and more specifically the so called Vedic Philosophy. He started to study Sanskrit, which then led him to search for this particular book of grammatics. Several years later, in the end of the 1990’s, Torbjörn decided that he wanted to build an Ashram. An Ashram can be compared to a type of monastery, where people are welcome to join and dedicate their life to the practice of bhakti-yoga and meditation. The Ashram of Radha Kund was also built with an additional purpose, to providing the elderly Bahtkas (people who have dedicated their lives to their beliefs) a place to go where they could feel welcome to live out the rest of their lives without expenses, in stillness and in peace.

During one of Torbjörns early visits to Radha Kund, he met a boy named Shivdas Sinha. Shivdas spoke mostly Hindi, but by trying to communicate with the western pilgrims who from time to time journeyed through his village, he had started to pick up bits and pieces of the english language. As Torbjörn continuously returned to the village of Radha Kund and always made sure that he and Shivdas would meet, they became friends. In the end of the 1990’s, when Torbjörn decided to build the Ashram, he asked Shivdas for help. He suggested that they would built it together, which meant that Shivdas and his family were offered the opportunity of building themselves a home. This opportunity then led to Shivdas continuing to learn english, to get an education and become an english teacher.

Today, Shivdas is 48 years old and still lives in the Ashram that he and Torbjörn built, with the help of Shvidas family (among others who also contributed). Together with his wife Vibha and four children, Ishan, Kishan, Lalih och Gopal, he runs the business of the Yugal Bhajan Kutir Ashram as his livelihood.  Since 2008 the Ashram became available for visitors of different kind, although mostly pilgrims from all over the world. This created an opportunity for the rest of the members of the Sinha family to learn english in order to speak to the guests of the Ashram. Today all members of the family are speak fluent english.

The opportunity to learn english and to practice bhakti, was the opportunity that led Shivdas and his family to where they are today. Since January 2019, Shivdas is running the Avasar Organisation’s education project in Radha Kund with us, Hanna Söderlund and Alexandra Axelsson. We believe that with one opportunity, follows more opportunities. We want the children of Radha Kund to have this – regardless of their circumstances.

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