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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KHEL Annual Report 2013

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It’s been a challenging year at KHEL. We couldn’t save the life of one of our students, the monsoons were financially and emotionally devastating, our volunteers were threatened by an online stalker (who lived a little too close to ignore) and one volunteer/family member suffered a traumatic brain injury. Swami Veda, […]

I Meet a Young Woman–by Ammaji

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I arrived back in India not too long ago and it’s been a fun and crazy carousel ride, even more so than usual since my two sisters, Sharada and Shanta, and my brother, Sat, were with me. We attended a family wedding in a village a couple of days travel from Dehradun and then continued on to visit several cities. We checked in at the Ramada Inn in Varanasi, one of the oldest inhabited cities […]

October–Month of Festivals by Lalita Arya, KHEL’s Founder

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The October 2nd birthday of the ‘Father of the Indian Nation’, Mahatma Gandhi, is a national holiday and celebrated with great vigor and prayers. Since schools are closed on Gandhiji’s birthday, the students at Lakshmi Devi Academy (LDA) KHEL’s school for underserved children in Dehradun, India, observe and celebrate the day before; the teachers speak to the students about Gandhiji’s life, his dedication […]

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