Our vision is to form a new society based on equality, non violence, loving kindness and spiritual understanding through the system of education.
Our mission is to serve the children to encourage a better childhood and to help them become responsible individuals and spiritual human beings. We achieve this by providing food, shelter, clothes, and medicine and equality education.
The Shikshangram Shelter for Children is home for 123 children from the age of 4 to 16.
Their lives now are totally transformed.
The Shikshan Gram Shelter was established in 2008 by Satish and Yogita Moon both passionate and dedicated people and the original rented accommodation is located in a tiny village called Malavali near Lonavala in Maharasthra, India. Their story is in itself a journey of the heart. Both come from a similar background to the children they now care for. They were brought up in an orphanage – given a real chance in life, brought together by their benefactors and educated and trained in all the skills they need pass on those opportunites to others.
Satish’s many talents range from being a skilled musician – to overseeing and planning the new shelter for the children – building a solid construction from local stone and concrete – (on the outskirts of the nearby Devale Village) to running a team of 17 staff – teachers and carers. His projects the Dhnyanratna Scholarship Program and the Strong Village Project reach well beyond the bounds of the Shelter to influence and make change at many villages throughout Maharasthra.
His diminutive wife, Yogita – is a tireless fund raiser – travelling constantly to meet and encourage others to open their hearts and their finances to build develop and provide for the daily needs of this growing band of children.
All our children all orphaned, homeless or abandoned, are now living at the main new partially completed building close to Devale Village – the girl’s securely housed in the upper floor – and the boys in the lower levels. Very soon the girls will be moved into their new home as soon as construction is completed.
There is a team of 17 dedicated staff to supervise, teach, counsel and cook for the children.
The Shelter is run on the principle of natural education and all the staff work hard at keeping the children cared for in the best possible way with play – supplementary education and good nutrition.
The vision of Satish includes creating grounds for natural education for the children. As he says: “Nature is going to change them. We are just caring for them”.
All the children attend school – the small ones going to the local Devale School and the older children to the school at Bhaje.
They are a very happy group of children who are nurtured, loved and counselled, as they grow.