Rural Development

Reached 70,000 villages in India, training 203,220 rural youth

Any country’s progress is directly connected with rural development. Lasting rural transformation can be achieved only with a holistic approach, one that considers and integrates all aspects including economic, social and environmental. For any change to be sustainable,  it has to begin from within. In rural development programs run by The Art of Living, the emphasis is on empowering the local communities and making them the torch bearers of change. The ‘Youth Leadership Training Program’ (YLTP) gives youth the skills, motivation, and abilities to initiate and lead service projects in their own villages and communities based on their needs. It is this combination of personal inner strength, as well as skills and leadership training that enables them on the journey of rural development.


Approach

The fulcrum of the rural transformation of The Art of Living in India is the empowerment of the rural youth leader, called ‘Yuvacharya’. These are bright young men and women drawn from the same rural milieu and developed on multiple facets by 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 communities based on their needs. It is this combination of inner strength as well as skills and leadership training that enables them on the journey of rural development.

Yuvacharyas leverage The Art of Living model of development called the 5H:

  • Health – physical, mental, financial, and environmental
  • Homes for the homeless
  • Hygiene
  • Human Values
  • Harmony in Diversity

The 5H catalyzes social transformation and aims to eradicate poverty, misery, and disease and to ensure peace and harmony in rural and tribal areas worldwide.

Impact in India

70,000 villages in India

Reached

203,220 rural youth

trained through Youth Leadership Training Program

165,000 free stress-relief workshops

conducted, benefiting more than 5,688,000 people

52,466 hygiene camps

Conducted, benefiting 7,869,900 people

27,427 medical camps

benefiting 577,400 people

3,819 homes

built, impacting the socio-economic conditions of families

15,000 toilets

built, improving the health of local villagers

1,199 bore-wells

built, offering a regular supply of water

904 bio-gas plants

built, offering alternate fuel solutions

55 model villages

developed

65,000+ people

across 16,500 households benefited from solar lighting

98 solar entrepreneurs

trained, providing clean energy to 4,000 rural families

Rural Transformation Service Projects

360 million people in India i.e. roughly 40 percent of rural households 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. Every year 2.2 million litres of kerosene is burned for lighting, emitting approximately 5.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Traditional fuel combustion, the primary source of indoor air pollution, causes between 300,000-400,000 deaths per year in India alone.

Initiated in 2012, The Art of Living’s vision to ‘Light a Million Homes’ is an on-going campaign inspiring individuals and corporate partners to work with us to bring clean and affordable lighting solutions to un-electrified homes and villages in India and in Nepal.

The Light a Home follows an integrated approach that combines multiple elements of rural transformation including building rural entrepreneurs. While there is still a journey to be completed, smiles are already lighting up thousands of faces as they begin to experience the benefits of this project.

Some highlights:

Assam: India’s largest solar battery charging station launched to power 287 houses on a remote island in Dibrugarh, Assam in December 2016. With women heading the implementation, the portable solution has been installed on a sandy island.

West Bengal: India gets its solar-powered village in Bengal through the Light a Million Homes project. This is India first de-centeralized solar electrification project.

  • Arunachal Pradesh: 33 homes light up in the remote regions
  • Jammu & Kashmir: Two schools fully electrified after the 2014 floods
  • Tamil Nadu: A remote tribal settlement of Kodamban Kombai in the Nilgiri forest was electrified for the first time
  • Karnataka: Three remote villages on the border of Karnataka and Goa got electricity for the first time in their history
  • Maharashtra: Solar lamps provide portable electricity to nomadic laborers who are migrants and travel from place to place

Featured Rural Transformation Service Projects

360 million people in India i.e. roughly 40 percent of rural households 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. Every year 2.2 million litres of kerosene is burned for lighting, emitting approximately 5.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Traditional fuel combustion, the primary source of indoor air pollution, causes between 300,000-400,000 deaths per year in India alone.

Initiated in 2012, The Art of Living’s vision to ‘Light a Million Homes’ is an on-going campaign inspiring individuals and corporate partners to work with us to bring clean and affordable lighting solutions to un-electrified homes and villages in India and in Nepal.

The Light a Home follows an integrated approach that combines multiple elements of rural transformation including building rural entrepreneurs. While there is still a journey to be completed, smiles are already lighting up thousands of faces as they begin to experience the benefits of this project.

Some highlights:

  • Assam: India’s largest solar battery charging station launched to power 287 houses on a remote island in Dibrugarh, Assam in December 2016. With women heading the implementation, the portable solution has been installed on a sandy island.
  • Arunachal Pradesh: 33 homes light up in the remote regions
  • Jammu & Kashmir: Two schools fully electrified after the 2014 floods
  • Tamil Nadu: A remote tribal settlement of Kodamban Kombai in the Nilgiri forest was electrified for the first time
  • Karnataka: Three remote villages on the border of Karnataka and Goa got electricity for the first time in their history
  • Maharashtra: Solar lamps provide portable electricity to nomadic laborers who are migrants and travel from place to place