From the remotest villages in Bihar in the East to the dusty rural areas of Kutch in the West, Veerayatan has worked through Seva, Shiksha and Sadhana to uplift the needy in India since 1973. It has made a tangible difference to the lives of thousands through education, healthcare, and other humanitarian efforts.
Veerayatan has built quality primary and secondary schools, vocational training centers and professional colleges that collectively educate thousands of youth across rural India. Currently, the organization’s efforts reach 6000 students yearly; this number is slated to keep growing in the near and distant future.
In keeping with the goal to educate and empower as many children and youth as possible, Veerayatan aims to eventually build a school at, or near, every holy site. Its current target encompasses 200 schools in and around Tirth Kshetras across India.
Titled Jaha Jinalaya Vaha Vidyalaya, this project aims to ultimately uplift the lives of over one lakh young ones who live around the sacred yet backward areas of India by providing them quality education. The estimated cost of this initiative is Rs 1,000 cr.
Acharya Shri Chandanaji envisions vidya mandirs across the country where, along with the best of education, children are also taught values and purity in thoughts and actions. She firmly believes that gyaan daan – the gift of education is the most benevolent kind of giving.
“We are in dire need of such temples of education, where the potential of every child is realized; and responsible, self-reliant and kind individuals are created.”
Veerayatan understands that imparting education doesn’t end with building infrastructure. The school should become the nodal point for the development of a region. Thus, the entire experience would comprise vocational training as a tool for change, well-trained staff, comprehensive curriculum, instilling of moral values, and a focus on protecting the environment. Only an amalgamation of the above will facilitate the achievement of transformational education, individuals, and society.
Acharya Shriji aims to leverage holistic education to raise awareness about protecting natural resources, cleanliness, an addiction-free life, and non-violence. The success of these initiatives will transform entire villages into safe havens for children, respectable lives for adults, and love for animals and nature. The vidya mandirs will truly act as life temples for humanity.
The ambitious project will only be possible with the endearing support of devotees, corporates, and communities from across the world. Only then will Veerayatan be able to construct centers of excellence throughout India irrespective of cast, creed, race, religion, and socio-economic status.