Ramana’s Garden takes children from these brutal circumstances and provides a healthy and loving environment in which they can heal and grow. We provide children with a home and the security of an extended family, in addition to the education and training they need to become independent and functioning adults. At Ramana’s we know that human relationships are fundamental to all learning. We encourage our children to be creative and independent, and to be responsible for themselves and each other. We strive to create an environment where children can find out what they love to do and learn to do it better!
Ramana’s nursery and primary schools are specifically designed for creative learning. The layout is labyrinthine, non-hierarchical and non-institutional. The children participate in every aspect of their environment, from growing and cooking their own food to helping construct their own classrooms and living spaces. We are a school, but more importantly, we are also a community and an extended family that works and plays together. Like any family, we work with our children until they are ready to care for themselves. We believe every child has the right to quality education, proper nutrition, and primary healthcare. We do not cast our children out into the world because they’ve reached the age of 14 or 16, but assist them to obtain training or a university education, according to their interest and capability, to ensure they are prepared to make a success of their life.
We believe children learn what they live. We strive to create an environment that will help them create the future we all want to live in, by living as an extended family. We believe that with quality education, vocational skills, proper nutrition, and lots and lots of love, it is possible for children to overcome the vicious cycle of hunger, poverty, and discrimination they were born into. We know that all of our futures and the future of India depends on these very children to implement changes that will affect the consciousness of our nation and our world.