Twentieth Anniversary of The PRASAD Project
Twenty years ago, on March 13, 1992, The PRASAD Project was established as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of economically disadvantaged people around the world. The goal of The PRASAD Project is to help people to help themselves and their community, in harmony with the natural environment. A Hindi word for blessed gift, PRASAD is the acronym for Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service And Development.
Gurumayi Chidvilasananda initiated The PRASAD Project, basing its humanitarian work on essential aspects of Siddha Yoga philosophy and culture—selfless service, enduring commitment, and respect for all people, regardless of their race or beliefs. As such, PRASAD is a philanthropic expression of the SYDA Foundation, the organization that protects, preserves, and disseminates the Siddha Yoga teachings.
This philanthropic work was first inspired by Bhagavan Nityananda, who provided food, clothing, education, and medical help for the adivasis, the indigenous people of the Tansa Valley, in India, where he had settled.
Baba Muktananda also did humanitarian work, including distributing milk to protein-deprived children in the Tansa Valley and building a high school for adivasis, and houses for over five hundred homeless families in the area. In 1978 Baba inaugurated the Shree Nityananda Mobile Hospital (now called Shree Muktananda Mobile Hospital), a modern dispensary that continues to travel from village to village and has, over the years, provided free medical service to tens of thousands people who had no other way to see a doctor.
With Gurumayi’s guidance, this philanthropic work has expanded substantially. Every year, more than 75,000 people benefit directly from PRASAD’s health, education, disaster relief, and sustainable development programs in India, dental care for children in the United States, and eye camps in Mexico.
PRASAD has national licensees in Australia, France, and Spain that give support to the India programs. PRASAD also receives financial support from international donors and from private, corporate, and non-profit sources.
To read more about The PRASAD Project, visit www.prasad.org