Official Rajghat Rural Center Website
"Why do you want to do social work? Is it because you see misery in the world -- starvation, disease, exploitation, the brutal indifference of great wealth side by side with appalling poverty, the enmity between man and man? Do you want to do social work because in your heart there is love and therefore you are not concerned with your own fulfillment? Or is social work a means of escape from yourself? ...If it is a means of escape, or if you are merely pursuing an ideal established by a leader or a priest, or by yourself, then any social work you may do will only create further misery. But if you have love in your heart, if you are no longer ambitious, no longer pursuing success and your virtue is not leading to respectability, then your very life will help bring about a total transformation of the society."
The Rajghat Rural Centre was founded by
Mr. Achyut Patwardhan, a close associate of J. Krishnamurti, in the year
1953. It has a campus of 125 acres located on the eastern bank of the Varuna
and the northern bank of the Ganga. Through these lands the Buddha is said
to have walked to Sarnath 2500 years ago!
Immediately adjoining the Rural Centre are the villages of Sarai-Mohana
and Kapil-dhara with a total population of 12,000 very poor and uneducated
villagers. Most of them are small farmers, fishermen, or weavers of silk
There are two schools, one for boys and the other for girls, located in the Sarai-mohana village,
offering highly subsidized holistic education
to nearly 400 rural children ranging in age from 3 to 13 years. It has 20 teachers,
and the classes range from the pre-kindergarten to Grade VIII.
A twelve-bedded rural hospital which functions as a primary health-care centre caters to the needs of nearly 100 out-patients every day. The hospital has two doctors, a laboratory technician, a compounder, and one nurse. It provides free medicines to the extent donations are available for it. Health awareness programmes, particularly for eradication/containment of T.B and AIDS, are also being run. Complicated cases are referred to the city hospitals.
This project trains village women to learn tailoring, embroidery and
handicrafts, to enable them to earn and support their families and become
economically independent. It also aims at increasing the literacy among
women in the village. At present, there are 30 students undergoing training
at a time.
The Rural Centre has a 110-acre farm, of which nearly 85 acres are under
cultivation. There are two tube-wells for irrigation. The farm produces
seeds of high-yielding cereal and vegetable crops for supply to local farmers
and demonstrates their benefits to them. The surplus produced is used by
the school and college hostels.
This consists of approximately 50 cross-bred cows and operates as a
demonstration unit for the surrounding village farmers and cattle breeders.
It provides improved cross-bred bulls for natural breeding and veterinary
aid for the rural masses. The milk is supplied to the school and college
hostels for the students.
A major forestation project was undertaken on the banks of the Varuna. With the planting of 35,000 trees a beautiful forest has grown which is becoming a sanctuary for birds and animals. The Rajghat Rural Centre is extending this project to cover other areas in the vicinity.
The Rural Centre has virtually no income since it offers free services.
Consequently the educational and health services offered to the poor villagers are heavily dependent
on donations received for this work from the public. Your generous support for a good cause is solicited and all donations in the form of cheques or drafts may kindly be drawn in favour of "KFI RURAL CENTRE" and sent to the Secretary, KFI Rural Centre, Rajghat Fort, Varanasi - 221 001(INDIA). Income-tax exemptions
are available for the donors under section 80G of the Indian Income Tax Act.
Rajghat Rural Centre,
Krishnamurti Foundation India,
Tel + 91-542-2591248 / 09918775566
updated on APRIL 28,2011
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