Badi Asha in Hindi means “Big Hope”. The school provides free education, for 140 children from kindergarten to grade 6, from the ages of 4 to 16 years, who reside in the impoverished Aurangabad district of Varanasi. In addition to a child-focused and creativity centred education and a safe environment for learning and play, we provide our students with uniforms, school supplies, two healthy organic meals a day as well as healthcare free of cost for the children and their families. Further, we provide assistance with secondary school tuition for our alumni. We give great importance to the pedagogy aspect, in fact we design and implement regular training sessions for our teachers and our approach is based on non-traditional methods of education and pedagogy, inspired by the philosophies of Montessori, Steiner, and Krishnamurti. Beside this, we give a great importance to extra-curricular activities such as art, music, drama and gardening which are deployed therapeutically with special needs children. Moreover, we provide our students and community members with computer training.
Brown Bread Bakery is the brand name of our restaurants, bakeries, and a guest house in Varanasi and New Delhi. The project provides free Vocational Training and employment for underprivileged section of society, while promoting sustainable organic farming and local food production. Organic German Bakeshop is the unit of Brown Bread Bakery which produces packed food, of which the profits go to further support the project. Our Varanasi branch offers jobs to Mothers of our school students.
Our Tailoring Project is committed to Community and Women's Empowerment. In traditional Indian society, women are confined only to domestic sphere of life with no means to earn their economical independence, therefore it is very important to create work opportunities for them. The allwoman staff is trained to design and produce tailored goods which are sold under the "LEARN for LIFE" brand, as well as to manage the physical storefronts and the online shop. All products sold are hand-made, and many fabrics used are hand-printed or hand-woven.