The PRASAD Project is a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. PRASAD has been ranked as a top-rated nonprofit by GreatNonprofits since 2014.
In 2016 the PRASAD Project achieved a Gold Level GuideStar nonprofit profile level. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information about nonprofit organizations. The gold level demonstrates PRASAD’s deep commitment to financial accountability and openness about its mission and plans.
The charitable work of The PRASAD Project has its roots in the 1930s, when Bhagavan Nityananda offered food and support to villagers in the Tansa Valley in Maharashtra, India. Swami Muktananda continued this great work through the 1960s and 1970s.
In 1978, under Swami Muktananda’s guidance, volunteers began offering medical services through the Shree Muktananda Mobile Hospital.
In the early 1980s, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda expanded the philanthropic initiatives in the Tansa Valley to include nutrition, community development, and medical services such as a hospital and diagnostic center, the provision of modern eye care and comprehensive dental care, a mobile clinic and tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS programs.
In 1992, Gurumayi initiated the establishment of The PRASAD Project as a central organization to oversee and support humanitarian projects around the world.
The PRASAD Project is an effective and acclaimed humanitarian organization that holds special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
PRASAD has three fundraising licensees, in Australia, France and Spain. These entities are dedicated to raising funds and bringing global visibility to PRASAD’s work around the world, particularly the programs in India.
● India – PRASAD Chikitsa is based in Ganeshpuri, India, in the rural Tansa Valley. PRASAD Chikitsa touches thousands of people every year through its healthcare programs and sustainable community development initiatives.
● United States – The PRASAD Project’s main office is located in Hurleyville, New York. PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program provides dental services and dental health education to children in Sullivan County and some areas of Ulster County in New York.
● México – PRASAD de México provides free eye surgeries to remove cataracts and correct strabismus (crossed eyes).