Rural Development

The Rural development Program of The Art of Living is predominantly driven by the yuvacharyas. The yuvacharyas are the youth from the local communities in the villages who have undergone the Youth Leadership Training Program (YLTP). This gives them the skills, motivation and abilities to initiate and lead service projects in their own villages and localities based on their needs.

Only a strong spiritual foundation brings self-esteem and self-confidence that is unshakeable. It is this combination of personal inner strength, as well as skills and leadership training that ensures the long-term effectiveness and sustainability of this programme. 

The 5H program aims at ensuring that every rural area/village has Homes for the homeless, Health careHygieneHuman Values and Harmony in diversity. Set up in 1997, 5H catalyzes social transformation. The program aims to eradicate poverty, misery, disease and to ensure peace and harmony in rural and tribal areas worldwide.

The individuals and communities at the grassroots become self-reliant both socially and economically, this ensures the effects of the program are long-term and sustainable.

5H Achievements

  • Reached 40,212 villages
  • Trained 203,220 rural youth in YLTP
  • Conducted 165,000 free stress-relief workshops benefiting more than 5,688,000 people
  • Conducted 49,500 hygiene camps benefitting 7,869,900 people and 25,950 medical camps benefitting  577,400 people 
  • Planted 10.6 million trees
  • 3819 homes, 16550 toilets, 1152 bore-wells and 904 bio-gas plants built
  • 55 model villages developed benefiting 115,000 people
  • Trained over 20,00,000 farmers in organic farming

Rural Electrification : Light A Home

Light A Home initiative laid its foundation during October 2012. The aim of this initiative is to bring clean and affordable lighting to 360 million people in India living in 74 million rural households who do not have access to electricity. A majority of these people rely on kerosene and other fuels to meet their lighting needs, which is hazardous to both their health and to the environment.

Till now, the Light A Home Project has touched lives of more than 65,000 such people by providing solar home lighting systems to 16,500 households across India.

Light A Home - Rural Development Achievements

  • Started in 2012, the initiative has impacted more than 16,500 household and 65,000 people
  • Set up 8 solar micro grids in rural belt of West Bengal, Karnataka and Maharashtra
  • Provided solar grids in nine schools in rural belt of Madhya Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Rajasthan
  • Trained 1,033 Yuvacharyas as Renewable energy technicians to install and repair renewable energy products
  • Inspired 98 new entrepreneurs in the field of solar energy to setup and maintain solar battery charging station
  • Distributed 1,500 solar study lights to school children in Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Karnataka in 2016
  • Distributed more than 15,000 solar lights in the tribal areas of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Assam, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil N adu  among others

Organic Farming

The Art of Living has been conducting Chemical Free Farming Workshops since 2007. Over the past years, more than 32,000 farmers have taken up the workshop. The workshop covers techniques for organic farming, making the farmers aware of the harm that is caused by the usage of chemicals in the fields and how the yield decreases gradually due to the usage of chemicals.

Join the revolution for change

  • Are you inspired and ready to take on social responsibility?
  • Want to be focused and be the part of the change you want to see?
  • Are you ready to be committed and build a team of leaders?

Then join the Family - Contact a YLTP Coordinator

Bringing natural famrming revolution

What started off as volunteering for The Art of Living’s social initiatives, soon turned into a full-fledged initiative as Rama went on to lead a natural farming revolution in the Northeast. The project generates employment for over 4,000 farmers, including surrendered United Liberated Front of Assam (ULFA) insurgents, helping them integrate into the mainstream. 

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