Arpana, based in India, improves health, provides education and enhances livelihoods for over 330,000 people in rural Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and in Delhi slums.
Arpana began in 1962, through Param Pujya Ma, its founder and inspiration. She sowed the seeds of selfless service from the Trust House in Madhuban, Karnal, in the state of Haryana.
Now more than 70 volunteers of diverse cultures, nationalities and professions, inspired by Param Pujya Ma, run Arpana's programs to serve the needy, the disadvantaged and the vulnerable.
Arpana’s goals are to:
- Bring holistic and accessible health care to marginalized populations, encouraging use of Government services when available.
- Provide educational programs for disadvantaged children in Delhi slums based on children’s needs and aspirations.
- Establish and sustain over 1500 women’s Self Help Groups (SHG) in nearly 300 villages enhancing women's self-esteem, confidence, and social recognition in the family and community.
- Promote methods for sustainable livelihoods that give individuals dignity and a better future using appropriate livelihood systems.