About Us

The PRASAD Project is a not-for-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of economically disadvantaged people around the world. PRASAD (Philanthropic Relief, Altruistic Service And Development) is a philanthropic expression of the Siddha Yoga mission.

The PRASAD Project was initiated in 1992 by Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, spiritual head of the Siddha Yoga path. The PRASAD Project bases its humanitarian work on essential aspects of Siddha Yoga philosophy and culture—selfless service, enduring commitment, and respect for all people, regardless of their race or belief.

The PRASAD Project has licensees who provide services in India, the USA and Mexico. PRASAD Chikitsa operates health, education, disaster relief and sustainable community development programs in India. PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program provides dental care for children in the United States, and PRASAD de Mexico organizes free eye surgery camps in Mexico. PRASAD also has national licensees in Australia, France and Spain who raise funds to support the India programs.

Mission: The PRASAD Project works in partnership with people to benefit children and communities in need, regardless of race or belief. PRASAD implements innovative solutions that respond to local conditions and cultures.

Vision: PRASAD envisions healthy communities, prospering in harmony with the natural environment, where people are inspired to improve the quality of their own and others’ lives.

Values: PRASAD’s values manifest Siddha Yoga philosophy and culture in the arena of philanthropic work.

  • We recognize the inherent dignity and worth of each person.
  • We respect and love our fellow human beings.
  • We affirm the spirit of generosity that creates abundance.

Who Supports Us

PRASAD’s humanitarian work is possible thanks to the generous financial support from private donors, corporate and non-profit sources.

Executive Director of The PRASAD Project

Dr. M. Cecilia Escarra

Board of Trustees


Harriette Cole – Trustee & Chairperson of the Board
Jyotika Patel – Trustee & Treasurer
Deborah Royce – Trustee
Thomas Korula – Trustee
Linda Hindes – Asst. Treasurer
Katy Wyckoff – Secretary

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