Omkarananda Educational Society


The Omkarananda Educational Society gives the invaluable gift of education to those that need it most. Currently it sponsors around 39 Primary and Junior High Schools in the remote villages of the Garhwal Himalayas.

Students and well wishers of Patanjala Yoga Kendra opened their hearts and requested Omkarananda Educational Society to carry out a special project to further develop a school called Omkarananda Shishu Shiksha Niketan, which is giving the poor village community hope for future generation.

This school is situated 50 km north of Rishikesh, at an altitude of 1300m, in a remote hill village Khadi, where local farmers grow wheat and rice. Surrounded by the beautiful Himalayan Mountains it has around 60 children and conducts classes from Nursery Class up to Class V.


After visiting the school we felt that the building needed renovation. Now the walls and floors have been renovated, new tables have been provided and the front side of the school has been covered so the children can sit outside during the classes.


Restoring the building, introducing uniforms and adding some color to these small children's lives might be simply taken as a visual, external change but has vast and substantial meaning. This example of humanitarianism has brought a breath of fresh air to these villagersí lives and has put hope and optimism into their hearts.


The community learns the lesson of helping others selflessly while the students benefit from a more comfortable and creative educational environment. The work done gives them a chance to improve their academic achievements and future prospects.
To see the children's shining eyes and happy smiles is worth all the effort.

At present we are working to provide the school with electricity, a school gate and a wall. Future plans include providing the school with an extra room for computers, a toilet and free uniforms for all students.

With people's good will we often receive used garments, such as sweaters, jackets, trousers, gloves, socks, caps, rain boots etc., which we distribute to the poor students and their families for the cold season.

We are very thankful to all our supporters. Since the new school year started in April the students have greatly benefitted from a surrounding that is much more conducive to their studies.

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