• Project for humanitarian help

    India with its great spiritual tradition and its needs for help to the most destitute people

    has appeared as the ideal place of installation for this project.

    This project is made of 4 levels that interact

    and complement one another




    Ayurveda Centre

    Centre for Yoga and Meditation

    An Agricultural Land to feed people on levels 1, 2 and 3 with healthy food, organically grown if possible. In case of surplus it can be sold on the marketplace of villages nearby. Ayurveda, the traditional Indian medicine, recommends us to eat produce coming from the very region in which we live.

    The presence of an experienced farmer will be necessary for the implanting of cultures.

    An Orphanage where a number of abandoned streetchildren will be received and housed in small homes by groups of 6 or 7. They will be raised by foster mothers who are destitute women (mostly widows, or lonely women, as the latter often need help). These women will be chosen according to their qualities of responsibility, activity, kindness and love, so that children may grow in small warm homes where they can individually receive all the love and attention they deserve for their physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual growth.

    Gradually, a sort of school will be set up for the youngest ones, giving them the basic skills for reading, writing and calculation; the most learned mothers may play the role of schoolmasters at the beginning.

    An Ayurvedic Clinic permitting to give medical care to the children and to people of the area if they wish, but also to receive people from other countries. The latter will go there to receive regeneration cures and all the specific Ayurveda treatments.

    These international travellers will be housed in rooms or in small appartments so that they can become completely immersed in this place which, as the Ayurveda tradition recommends for healing places, will be a place of beauty, purity and harmony, a place where nature is very present.

    A Centre for Yoga and Meditation so that, to comply with the Ayurveda tradition, healing of the body be accompanied with renewal of the soul and awakening of the spirit. Meditation, Yoga, Pranayama, etc., will be taught by qualified people, along with every technique for the beings’ renewal and regeneration. A library and a place to listen to music will be available, along with computer equipment allowing to communicate with the whole world through the Internet.

    Why these 4 activities and why must they interact?

    • As we previously said, gardening and field cultivation will provide food (organically grown if possible) for the Orphanage children, for those who care for them, and for visiting people taking Ayurveda cures or Yoga classes, etc. This will make the place sustainable and independent at the minimum.
    • During the cures, many Ayurvedic prescriptions involve not only massages, but also specific meditations, yoga postures, mantras, etc. All this training will be taught and practised in the appropriated centre, under the guidance of specialised teachers.
    • If they wish so, the people attending Ayurveda cures or yoga and meditation workshops will be able to teach the children their own knowledge and talents (foreign languages, computer use, handicraft, art, etc.). They will also be able to do some gardening and field work if they wish so. These actions (or “karma yoga” actions, as the Vedas at the origin of Ayurveda call them) will be a source of joy and rebalancing for them.
    • Nowadays, the costs of Ayurvedic cures in India often have been raised too high because this traditional Indian medicine has been proven to give extremely good results, which Western countries now have aknowledged. This is contrary to the original spirit of Ayurveda, which says that one should not become rich at the expense of the beings’ suffering and disease.

    Therefore, we feel it is better to ask for fairer and reasonable prices for Ayurveda cures, and to suggest that visitors freely give a one-time participation as they wish so (under the form of a donation), or send money on a regular basis (if they wish to specifically sponsor a child) in order to support the Orphanage.

    Experience Already Acquired in this Domain

    For several years, my friends and I have been helping Joseph Raju’s Orphanage in Gannavaram, Andhra Pradesh, India. We allowed him to build a new housing place and a school.

    Our experience with Joseph allowed us to better understand what an orphanage is like.

    If the orphanage is only supported by donations from good people, it only gets by day by day and may run the risk of seeing that its survival is not comfortably secured.

    That is why associating with a business that works very well, such as an Ayurveda centre, a Yoga centre and a Farm all together, seemed to be the best long-term solution to help the orphanage become autonomous.

    One of the people at the origin of the project studied Ayurveda in India. Six of the Ayurveda doctors who taught this person have become enthusiastic about this project, which they now support.

    Each of them already have their own clinic, hence a very good knowledge of the management of this kind of place.

    Dr Mahesh Patil, who very frequently visits Western countries to teach Ayurveda, is the Indian person in charge of the project.

    Thanks to the contacts they have in their profession, these doctors can find the children and women who could be involved in this adventure at the beginning, along with a farmer to take charge of agricultural works.

    They have already been looking for a suitable place, and they have sent us several descriptions of pieces of land that would be appropriate to the project’s needs.

    An Indian man who is an international lawyer volunteered to supervise the legal aspects of this project involving the purchase of land and the construction of houses.

    An Indian woman who is a lawyer living in London and who had the experience of creating an orphanage in Sri Lanka after the tsunami, also offered to participate.