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 Affiliated to Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India 

Our Mission 

The Ashram is a Participative Development Program, whereby the poor & needy are encouraged & fully supported to lead themselves out of poverty & struggle towards success. All our programs are centred on the main idea of 'Lift Yourself by Yourself'  

Where We Work

The Sarva Dharma Ashram is based in the government designated low cost housing project of Welbedacht. The main target region for the Ashram's activities is the community of Welbedacht although over the years this has grown into many more communities such as Umlazi, Marianhill, Savannah Park, and beyond. 

Our Goals

To alleviate poverty among the poor and needy

To provide opportunities to grow and become self sustaining

To support the poor and needy in self growth and progress

To provide the necessary facilities to support the delivery of our services

To create a mindset among the people of receiving and giving back to the community 

Business Model

The Ashram operates on a simple business model, which is, to identify the needs of the poor, and to satisfy those needs. The Ashram is well aware that needs, and scale of needs is a changing factor in social work. Based on these changing factors the Ashram is continuously assessing and adjusting its programs based on community participation and financial resources. Outcomes and results is another key key factor in determining where, and how much of resources, are invested. Another important business practice in ensuring cost savings and financial viability, is driving efficiency within the existing model. This has become the single biggest focus of the Ashram in the recent years, and it is paying off.              


The Ashram relies on the public and small businesses for all its funding. Funding is also generated internally through many fundraising efforts. In addition to cash contributions the Ashram accepts donations 'in kind' in the form of food items, clothing, gift packs, toys and stationery, building material, etc. 

Every effort is being made to source funding from the government which is proving difficult.    

Financial Accountability

The Ashram is a registered non profit, public benefit organisation, and is therefore obligated to meet strict reporting criteria as determined by the necessary authorities. Most importantly the Ashram has an obligation to its donors and beneficiaries in ensuring that the community benefits the maximum, based on best business practices. The Ashram holds itself financially accountable by maintaining up to date financial records and regular reporting to its donors.      

What do We Offer

With a selfless attitude of 'Love to Serve, & to 'Serve with Love', the Ashram offers unto the community:  


  • Feeding Program
  •  Job Seeker Training
  • Emergency Relief Efforts
  •  Women Empowerment
  • Primary Health Care Clinic
  •  Computer Classes
  •  Study & Learning Centre
  •  Community Peace & Harmony
  •  Clothing Distribution
  •  School Stationery Distribution
  •  Youth Education
  •  Youth Camps
  •  Arts & Crafts workshops
  • Arts & Culture Programs
  • Community Building Initiatives
  •  Religious Programs
  •  Health & fitness Centre & Classes
  •  Yoga & Wellbeing Camps
  • Mantra Club
  •  Interfaith & Unity
  •  Community Prayer & Worship
  •  Bursary Scheme
  •  Community Safety Programs
  • Comunity Networking
  • Employment Opportunities
  •  Music & Dance Classes
  • Youth Empowerment
  •  Community Help Program
  •  Cleanliness & Hygiene Classes
  •  Family Welfare 
  •   Literacy Classes
  •  Winter Warmth Program
  • Family Togetherness Camps
  •  Library & Resource Centre
  •  Skills Training
  • Computer Room
  • Classes in Human Values
  • Community Gym 
  • On the job Training 
  • Home Health & Hygiene 


About Us


Resident Teacher, Founder and Leader

 The Sarva Dharma Ashram was founded by His Holiness Swami Ramkripananda Saraswati, an initiated monk in the Holy Order of the world Renowned Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Divine Life Society, Rishikesh, India. Initiated by His Holiness Swami Chidananda Saraswati, late immediate successor of Swami Sivananda, Swami Ramkripananda has upheld all that His Master represents, and i.e. 'Service to Mankind is Service to God"

Swami Ramkripananda has redefined the 'Art of Serving', joyfully serving 100% of the time, with 100% effort but most importantly 100% selflessly.

Swamiji as he is dearly known together with a team of dedicated members, volunteers and paid staff manage the planning and operations of the Ashram. Swamiji is always at the forefront of all activities working alongside the staff and members.