Nepal: Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir

This is the first solidarity action organized by Yoga Solidarity, the one that prompted the creation of the association, to help a Children’s Home (MAE) in Kathmandu, Nepal, following the earthquake of April 2015.

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Flyer Népal avril 2022 A5

 

The consequences of the 2020/21 pandemic

The community was spared by the disease but resources were considerably reduced due to the closure of markets (great difficulty in selling the organic farm’s dairy and vegetable products) and borders (lack of tourism). Swami Ramchandra has launched an appeal for help to help the community survive this new ordeal.

Support letter to sympathisers-French

Today, in 2022, SAYM’s infnaical situation is still really worrying since receipts are still greatly inferior to what they were before the pandemics. This is why Ramchandra is calling for help to support his community and we invite you to answer the call:

For the past seven years, Yoga Solidarity has been supporting this structure by financing various projects:

  • purchase of food and reconstruction of premises after the 2015 earthquake
  • new school layout
  • tuition fees for young people through to university
  • access to healthcare

Slide show on Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir when we knew him in 2015.

Since then, the SAYM (Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir) has been gradually rebuilt, notably thanks to the support of a French association which is totally dedicated to them: Ram’s children which gives you a more complete and updated presentation of SAYM in the spring of 2020 below:

A story out of the ordinary

The Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir was founded by Ramchandra Das.
Without telling anyone, at the age of 12, he left his family, mountains and country to go to India to earn some money to help his parents. But nothing went as planned, and after many intense and varied adventures, he returned to Nepal only 20 years later.

Discovering a poor country, full of out-of-school children left on their own, he decided to act. But Life took him by surprise, thwarting his initial plans. He finally settled in a small earthen house on the heights of Kathmandu, without water, electricity or toilets, without access road, and started by welcoming the children that his family members wanted to entrust to him.

Ashrams in the Himalayas

Thus, since 1993, the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir from early childhood to university and beyond, free of charge, welcomes children from the most underprivileged areas of Nepal.

Today, in the spring of 2020, it looks after more than 210 children and young people, offering them a comfortable life (for Nepal), one big family harmonious and loving, but above all a deep dignity and a great joie de vivre. He guides these children to become men of high values, generous hearts and living souls through the integral yoga, the philosophy developed by Mother and Sri Aurobindo and the practice of karma yoga, the art of selfless action.

Three centres have been created in 25 years: the Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir in Kathmandu, the Sri Aurobindo Nagari in Kolhuwa, in the Terai plains of southern Nepal, and the Sri Aurobindo Tapobhumi in Madane, in the Gulmi region, in the foothills of the Himalayas.

An autonomous and sustainable economy

The organisation covers many activities, in the spirit of autonomy, sustainability and respect, but also to offer children and young people an environment that allows for multidimensional learning.

  • 2 Ashrams-School in Kathmandu and Kolhuwain the Terai Plain,
  • 1 Ashram-Hermitage in Gulmi in the Himalayas,
  • 2 Dairy farms and 3 Vegetable farms in organic farming,
  • 1 Mill,
  • 1 Sewing workshop,
  • 1 Incense making workshop,
  • 1 Workshop for making pashmina shawls (down from high mountain goats),
  • 1 Cultural Centre,
  • 3 Guest-Houses,
  • 1 Trekking Agency,
  • 1 Himalayan health care and cure centre in ayurveda and naturopathy,
  • 1 Hospital for Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Medicine (under construction),
  • … and many projects in the process of creation or development …

 

The earthquakes of 2015

They lasted a whole year!
In addition to the first tremor that everyone remembers, another one, 7.4 on the Richter scale, occurred 2 weeks later. And few people know that following these painful episodes, India blocked the border with Nepal in order to pressure Nepal to draft a Hindu rather than a secular constitution. More petrol, more cement, and prices multiplied by 5.

All these events have imposed an economic reorientation of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir.
Thus were born the 100% solidarity trek agency: Auronepal Travel & Trek and the group tours.

 

 

 

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