The PRASAD Project
The PRASAD Project is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of economically disadvantaged people around the world. PRASAD (Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service And Development) is a philanthropic expression of the Siddha Yoga mission.
The charitable work of The PRASAD Project has its roots in the 1930s, when Bhagavan Nityananda offered food and support to villagers in the Tansa Valley in Maharashtra, India.
Baba Muktananda continued this great work through the 1960s and 1970s. In 1978, under Baba’s guidance, volunteers began offering medical services through the Shree Muktananda Mobile Hospital.
In the early 1980s, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda expanded the philanthropic initiatives in the Tansa Valley to include nutrition, community development, and specialized medical programs.
In 1992, Gurumayi initiated the establishment of The PRASAD Project as a central organization to oversee and support humanitarian projects around the world.
Over the years, The PRASAD Project has evolved into a respected, effective, and acclaimed humanitarian organization that holds special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Each year, The PRASAD Project has an impact on the lives of thousands of people around the world through the following programs:
- In India, PRASAD Chikitsa has programs that meet the needs of the people in the Tansa Valley. These include healthcare initiatives, which focus on general, specialized, and preventive care, a nutrition program, and community development initiatives.
- In the United States, PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program provides dental health education, as well as preventive and restorative dental care for children in need. PRASAD CDHP received the Give Kids a Smile Award from the New York State Dental Foundation three times, in recognition of the program's continuing excellence in improving the oral health of children.
- Through eye surgery camps, PRASAD de Mexico has restored the vision of thousands of adults and children at no cost to the patients.
The PRASAD Project also provides relief to communities affected by floods, earthquakes, and other natural events by providing food, shelter, medical supplies, and emergency services. The PRASAD Project partners with international relief organizations to provide aid to those who are affected by natural events worldwide.
PRASAD Australia, PRASAD France, and PRASAD Spain provide financial support to the programs in India.
To read more about The PRASAD Project, please visit www.prasad.org.