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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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 […]

A Child’s Right to Education: KHEL’s Practical Application of an Indian Regulation

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The Right to Education (RTE) law has, at its roots, a wonderful philosophy to help alleviate the daunting issue in India of access to a decent education. RTE mandates that every private school reserve 25% of its 1st grade seats, or 7 seats (whichever is more), for children from marginalized and minority communities. The government gives each child rs2 (US$0.033) per day of school attended and provides uniforms, books and other essentials directly to the […]

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, our spiritual preceptor, ardent KHEL supporter and former family member to some of us was extremely ill. Mrs. Lalita Arya (fondly known as Ammaji) […]

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