KHEL provides equal opportunity education, support and employment, regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation. We believe that it is only through one’s own efforts that success is possible. KHEL gives future generations the necessary tools to change their lives.

In Hindi, the language of North India, khel means “to play.” KHEL stands for kindness, health, education, and laughter. We consider these essentials of childhood. KHEL Charities is a non-profit, secular organization based in Dehradun, the state capital of Uttarakhand (previously called Uttaranchal) in northern India.Read More
Education isn’t just about academics. In order to be able to focus on their studies, children need to be healthy and learn how to stay that way. Their families need to be healthy, and they need a clean, safe environment in which to live. Read More
Fifteen years ago, some of KHEL’s teachers and managers of today volunteered as laborers, carrying bricks and fetching water with their own hands to help build what is now Lakshmi Devi Academy (LDA). At LDA we provide a healthy, safe and nurturing academic environment from kindergarten through 5th grade. Read More
There’s nothing like the sound of a child’s laughter: innocent, healthy and full of happiness. It is hard to laugh when you’re hungry and scared. We provide basic needs to children so they have the freedom to enjoy life, to laugh. Read More

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LDA Buddies

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In September 2014, KHEL started a new program to foster good relationships between the younger and older students at LDA. Once a week, our 5-8th grade students meet with a 1-4th grade student to work on a project together, share a snack, help with homework or just chat about their lives and their families. Recently the Buddies got together to make thank you cards for KHEL’s friends and donors. Shalini, a long time KHEL volunteer, […]

The Peoplr of KHEL’s Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC)

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At Lakshmi Devi Academy (LDA), KHEL’s school for under served children, we’ve been running the ARC Program for a few months. The kids look forward to the days when they get to stay after school to take part. The program is designed to be fun so they have a great time with their friends while learning about health, hygiene, relationships and other topics relevant to 7th and 8th graders. There weren’t any sessions in January […]

Adolescent Resource Centre (ARC) at Lakshmi Devi Academy

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An initiative of Dhyana Mandiram Trust, Swami Rama Sadhaka Grama, Rishikesh, an Adolescent Resource Centre has been established at Lakshmi Devi Academy (LDA), KHEL’s school for underserved youth in Dehradun. Initially, programming will focus on LDA’s 6-8th class students, with plans to expand services to more children at the school and in the community.

The ages of 12-19 are a crucial developmental period in a child’s life. About 10% of the population of Uttarakhand, where Dehradun […]

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