In 2012, Project Ahimsa donated $1200 to Music Basti, a New Delhi based music education NGO that works with at-risk children throughout India’s urban centers.
Music Basti believes inmusic for community building and personal development. The program focuses on children-at-risk and urban youth through creating participative music education programs and life-skills. Its aim is to create and promote self- confidence and creativity through interaction and sharing in and through music actively, also involving the youth and music community in consultation, creation, implementation and evaluation.
Music Basti is recipient of the Best Use of Social Networks – Public Service/Cause/Event at Indian Digital Media Awards 2011, the prestigious “Real Heroes” National Award 2011 for Youth (CNN IBN and Reliance Industries), and Karamveer Puraskaar 2011 National Award for Social Entrepreneurship, as well as a part of British Council India’s Connections Through Culture programme.
Project Ahimsa is thrilled to present EKATVA, the journey of 16 street children from Ahmedabad, at Zellerbach Hall on May 27 at UC Berkeley. More info available at http://ekatvazellerbach.eventbrite.com/
Almost there! We are aiming to raise $30k in 30 days to support EKATVA: the journey of 16 slum children from the streets of Ahmedabad to stages around the world. Over $18k already raised, with just 18 days left! Help us make this tour a reality: http://www.gofundme.com/ekatva
Check out the Blind School Music Program, where impoverished blind children receive musical instruction for two hours each day. The staff believes that music education has played a major role in enabling the school to achieve an astonishing 90% graduation and retention rate. In October 2011, legendary world music act Rupa & the April Fishes visited the Blind School for a day of interaction and performance alongside the children at the Blind School.
Project Ahimsa supports this very special hospital for poor children from West Bengal and Bihar provides comprehensive surgery, prosthetics and physical therapy for over 500 children each year, free of cost. Some of the children stay for over 2 years here as they undergo slow and painful corrective surgery. But what is most remarkable, is that every child walks out of the hospital after their stay on their own.
Project Ahimsa is thrilled to be supporting EKATVA, a dance/drama musical performed by 16 slum children, hoping to share a message of ‘oneness’ and universal love, to the world. A Manav Sadhna experiment, supported by many loving human beings. EKATVA aims to tour India at the end of 2011 and hopes to continue the journey to the US and UK in 2012.
Vishal Vaghela (left), a stunning young tabla player in Ahmedabad India, was supported by Project Ahimsa early in his studies with Pandit Divyang Vakhil. Amazing to hear and see him shine here, executing difficult compositions on tabla with grace and ease.
We present to you the beginning of a journey, a gift from the world: “EKATVA”. We hope you enjoy this video that gives a glimpse into the EKATVA production, a dance/drama musical performed by 16 slum children, hoping to share a message of ‘oneness’ and universal love, to the world. A Manav Sadhna experiment, supported by many loving human beings. EKATVA aims to tour India at the end of 2011 and hopes to continue the journey to the US and UK in 2012.
Project Ahimsa believes music is a path towards non-violence. Music is one of the life changing outlets for self-expression and creativity while also offering an escape from gangs, domestic violence, self doubt and depression. For these reasons, it is our mission to empower youth through music. Project Ahimsa provides organizations microgrants of a few thousand dollars each to support a music teacher or instrument purchase by local non-profits from Thailand to Tanzania. So far the organization has created 70 grants in fourteen countries serving 10,000 kids.
The organization operates under the auspices of the Patel Foundation for Global Understanding, a registered 501c3 non-profit based in Tampa, FL. Project Ahimsa’s mission is to empower youth though developing and supporting community based music education.