Isha Outreach is the social development branch of the Isha Foundation. Its central vision is to empower the deprived sections of India towards improved health, education and environmental wellbeing. A passionate force of 2 million volunteers work in various projects to facilitate just that. The three vehicles of Isha Outreach are Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR), Project GreenHands (PGH) and Isha Vidhya, which provide an interconnected and comprehensive approach to transform the lives of the rural poor.
Action for Rural Rejuvenation (ARR)
ARR is a multi-dimensional program with a holistic approach towards improving the overall health and quality of life of the rural poor. ARR is not just about giving the rural people economic or administrative help, it seeks to transform rural living. ARR has reached more than 4600 villages, serving a population of over 7 million people.
Project GreenHands (PGH)
PGH is a grassroots ecological initiative established by Isha Foundation. It has grown out of a deep concern for the global effects of deforestation and land degradation, and in particular, for the rapidly degrading ecology of Tamil Nadu. PGH aims to take corrective measures to increase the green cover, restore soil health and manage natural resources appropriately. Towards this end, PGH has successfully overseen the planting of more than 14 million trees by over 2 million volunteers since its inception.
India’s rural youth have the potential to contribute to and share in the growth of the country. Yet, due to low-quality education, many young Indians graduate from school without basic skill sets necessary to gain employment and pursue higher education. Isha Vidhya was founded as a means to transform the lives of rural children by providing affordable, high-quality education where it is otherwise unavailable. Isha Vidhya functions on a grass-roots level, relying on community involvement and the support of innumerable volunteers and donors. Currently, seven schools are in operation, with the eighth school taking shape.
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