The 5H program of the Art of Living aims that every village /rural area in the country has Homes for the Homeless, Healthcare, Hygiene, Human Values and Harmony in diversity. The main thrust of the program is eradication of poverty, misery, diseases and ensuring peace and harmony in rural areas. The youth from these areas are trained under the Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP). The YLTP program combines spirituality as well as leadership training and gives young people the skills, motivation and ability to initiate and lead service projects in their own villages based on local needs.
The 5H program clearly aims to bring about social as well as economic self reliance for both individuals and communities at the grassroots and ensure that the effects achieved through the program are long-term and sustainable.
Achievements of the 5H program:
- Around 36,557 villages reached
- Training of 61,546 rural youth in YLTP (Youth Leadership Training Program) completed
- Conducted 121,600 free stress-relief workshops benefiting more than 5,688,000 people
- Conducted 48,800 hygiene camps and 23,600 medical camps benefitting 2,582,500 people
- Planted more than 2,251,000 trees
- Built 1527 homes, 5670 toilets, 1036 bore-wells, 820 bio-gas plants
A major success story of the Art of Living's rural development initiatives is Kathewadi, a village in Nanded district, Maharashtra. Following the YLTP program, the youth in the village have now initiated several service projects including building of roads, cleanliness drives, preventing tobacco and liquor consumption, setting up of a community goodwill store, building of toilets etc. The villagers have been awarded the Nirmal Gram Awardby the president of India for their efforts. They also received the Sant Gadgebaba Award. The financial proceeds from the awards would be used for further development work in the village.
By contributing to the Dharma Sthamba Yojana you too can be a part of this holistic process of spiritual and social transformation in the remotest areas in India.