If we are to teach real peace in this world…we shall have to begin with the children. – M.K. Gandhi
Linked with Arun Manilal Gandhi – South Africa and USA.
a vision: Provide the exploited children of India with a safe place where they will be housed and fed while they receive an education to prepare them for a life outside the prison of poverty. Beginning in Nandwan in the Kolhapur District of Maharastra where 60,000 children live in extreme poverty, the Institute has purchased five acres of land for the first project: THE GANDHI MEMORIAL SCHOOL. (Vision).
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- In May of 2008, the Institute was founded in the United States by Arun Gandhi, grandson of M.K. Gandhi, to promote community building in economically depressed areas of the world through the joining of Gandhian philosophy and vocational education for children and their parents.
- Arun and his late wife, Sunanda, spent almost 30 years in India working with friends to help the oppressed and abandoned children using Gandhi’s philosophy of SARVODAYA — the Welfare of All Citizens. They rescued and found homes for almost 130 abandoned children and developed several economic programs that successfully changed the lives of several thousands of impoverished people.
- The Institute, a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, is headquartered in Wauconda, IL with Board officers based in Rochester, NY, Chicago, IL, Los Angeles, CA, and Mumbai, India.
Our Guiding Principles – The fabric of our vision is woven with the threads of three fundamental principles:
- SARVODAYA – Our vision is to create communities with a foundation rooted in “the welfare of all.” Sarvodaya promotes self-determination and equality of all individuals regardless of their socioeconomic status.
- WIDE EDUCATIONAL FOCUS – Our vision is to promote both economic self-reliance and spiritual uplift through educational programs that encompass both practical vocational training as well as Gandhian philosophic teachings to better the mind and spirit.
- A FAMILY’S INVOLVEMENT – Our vision also incorporates the ancient proverb that “It takes a village to raise a child.” The successful education of a child can only be achieved in part through an understanding of the importance of parental involvement, and taken one step further involvement of the community in which that child is cultivated. Due consideration to the negative impacts of parental non-involvement is of equal importance.