There are 113 million adolescent girls in India, accounting approx 11% of the total population. Violent behavior and fixed dominant mindset about girls is fairly common across the nation and is manifested in various aspects of their lives – gender discrimination, early marriage, domestic violence, early pregnancy, malnutrition, health problems – all these are a result of prohibition of education and lack of awareness among girls.
Therefore The OM Foundation established OM PATHSHALA which works on two important pillars towards a better future of the girl child from underprivileged families by investing more research, resources and programs for empowering adolescent girls :-
1. By educating girls and delaying child marriage issues like maternal mortality, child survival, gender based violence and HIV can be resolved.
2. By educating adolescent girls more families can be educated and the cycle of poverty can be broken, In another way they lead to the progress of the Nation.
In the last nine years 2000 children have been educated through our project OM PATHSHALA. Hundreds of girls have cleared graduation, post graduation and Diploma courses from different Universities after getting expert coaching from our teachers. Some have been trained with skill management courses like Beautician course, Stitching & Clothing course,Computer course, Nursery teacher training course.
Aim of OM PATHSHALA is to inculcate good habits and character through Moral Values, Meditation and Yoga. Because they are very important ingredients in developing a strong mind, body and soul. I t helps these poor children to face all challenges of life.
OM PATHSHALA provides Nutritive foods to the children to build healthy body and sharp competitive mind.
On the top we build COURAGE in these young children who come from very poor and backward section of our society , Swami Nityananda says….
” If you are afraid of water,you can not cross the river even by boat. If you are afraid of fire, you can not even cook a meal. For anything to be done , first you must have COURAGE…”