AVASAR ORGANISATION

For Every Child’s Right to Education

A non-profit charity organization fighting for children’s, especially girls, right to education in Radha Kund, India.  

Why is education important?

Education is a gift none can take away. It is a tool that gives us power over our lives and it can provide a way out of poverty. Education means a better chance of a life with greater health, fair income and above all, the opportunity to make an impact. Today, there are still more than 200 million children worldwide who don’t have access to school or an education. Many are forced to leave school early, especially girls, while others do not even get the chance to start.

Currently in India, the opportunity among children to learn English is a matter of economic condition. The ability to speak english often means a greater chance of getting a job and earning an income. In the rural areas of the country the economic conditions rarely suffice and the capacities and resources in the public schools are often insufficient. The purpose of Avasar Organization is therefore to provide an opportunity for the children in the rural areas to go to to school, without costs, especially focusing on learning English. 

Avasar Organisation believes in the power of education and we believe it should be a right. Why? Because education is a fundamental steppingstone for societal as well as personal development. It is a necessary means for building a future where every child has the chance to evolve and reach their true potential.  

The word Avasar is hindi for opportunity. Our name therefore stands as a symbol for our purpose, vision and goal. To provide an opportunity and to fight for every child’s right to education. 

 

 

 

 

How does it work?

Together with the english speaking indian family, Sinha, we started Avasar Organization for all children living in their rural village Radha Kund. The Sinha family lives in the village and run a hostel/temple called Bhajan Kutir Ashram, which is also where our classes are held. The Avasar school is open Monday to Friday and every class last for at least 1.5 hours, often longer. After lessons, food is distributed and the children gets to play and interact with each other.

All financial contributions, such as one-time payments or recurring monthly donations, goes directly to the school and pays for the teachers salaries, school materials such as textbooks and notebooks and the daily food distribution. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vision, Purpose & Goal

Opportunity is our goal and education is our method. We perceive 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 school. There are currently among 40 children that goes to Avasar School on a daily basis, and based on their age and abilities we have divided them in different groups to enhance their learning.

Our vision for the future is to further expand the organisation and to create job opportunities for the women in the village based on their skills, interests and desires.

Together with the Sinha family, whom we are incredibly grateful to be working with – we hope that the future of Avasar Organisation will be able to keep providing education without costs to the children of Radha Kund and to keep making their futures full of opportunities.

Do you want to contribute our work? Become a member of our Avasar family by sign up for monthly donations on the top right corner of this page. Thank you!

 

For more information…

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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