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If you are familiar with charity in India you might wonder if the money you are donating is being used as you expect. Turiya Yoga’s founders are dedicated to bringing together Westerners and Indians, the latter of which are of course familiar with their country’s charitable institutions and NGOs, and are therefore able to help our visitors choose which institution is trustworthy. This is why we are confident to suggest to you an institution which we trust wholeheartedly. We do not have our own charitable organisation but in our hearts we are sure of one organization that has always been trustworthy: the integrated institute for the disabled.

The Institute was founded in 1993 in the holy city of Varanasi, as a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting people with disabilities through a multi-disciplinary team of professionals. Nowadays they have two branches. Since its inception, the founder Dr R A Joseph and his institution have received 8 awards – both regional and national – for their contribution to the field of social work and disabilities.

Education and rehabilitation are provided daily at the institute serving thousands of people with disabilities. The institute aims to cultivate a society which values every human being as equal while allowing each citizen to fully cherish its opportunities. In order to do this, the team relies on their own professionalism, a positive environment and extensive research on the development of human resources.

European volunteers in NGO in Varanasi India

But… how exactly can you help?

Monetary donations are always welcome, of course, or you can sponsor a child’s study and care for approximately 70 euros per month. You could alternatively volunteer to spend some time at the institute itself, like other foreigners already have, to see it with your own eyes and to experience what happens there on a daily basis.  All you need to do is go to their website and complete the application form.

A boy from NGO Varanasi

"Teach this triple truth to all:

a generous heart,

a kind speech,

and a life of service and compassion

are the things which renew humanity.”