Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa (GAP)
A Project for the Holistic Development of Poor Children:
On the occasion of the 150th Birth Anniversary Celebration of Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna Mission, Kolkata had implemented the Gadadhar Abhyudaya Prakalpa (GAP) – a Project for the Children’s Holistic Development, during October 2010 to September 2014 with the financial assistance of the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. There were a total of 174 GAP units which benefitted more than 17,400 underprivileged children from city slums and interior villages in different parts of India. By the partway Ramakrishna Mission Home of Service, Varanasi had instigated 4 GAP Units in various slum areas (Lalganj, Lohara, Rampur, Gaura) in which totally more than 205 children’s are getting benefits. Irrespective of their caste, creed, colour, religion, etc., the project provided an opportunity to these children for their physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual development.
The Primary Aims of GAP :
(a) To instil moral and cultural values in the aforesaid targeted children,
(b) To educate them with special coaching on their school subjects,
(c) To inculcate a sense of cleanliness and hygiene in them,
(d) To nourish them for their physical development,
(e) To prepare them to be good citizens of India.
For their Physical Development, they get nutritive food supplements daily, and the items like, school bags, uniforms, study materials, raincoats, footwear, toiletry items, etc. periodically, and they participate in the sessions for games, exercises, overall health check-up-cum-treatments and general health awareness.
For their Mental Development, they have sessions for music, drama, chanting, painting, recitation, dancing, value education through the lives and teachings of great men and women, educative films, etc.
For their Intellectual Development, they get good coaching on their school subjects that enable them to join good institutes in later years.
For their Spiritual Development, the children get an opportunity for prayer, Bhajans and guided meditation.
The GAP programme created immense impact on these children, their parents and localities, so much so that the inhabitants of those areas are urging us to continue the project.
Now, to continue the GAP activity, we require about Rs. 10 crores yearly. We sincerely request you and other service-minded individuals to come forward and help us generously in this noble endeavour to the extent possible.
Anticipating a favorable response from you,
Swami Ritananda Maharaj
Ramakrishna Mission Home of Service
Donations may please be sent to the following address:
Ramakrishna Mission Home of Service,
Luxa,Varanasi – 221010.India.