Amrit Sagar is managed by Aghor Foundation, a nonprofit NGO created in 2000 in Varanasi by Baba Harihar Ramji, disciple of Aghoreshwar Bhagwan Ram. Baba Harihar Ramji is a spiritual teacher and social and ecological visionary who distributes his time between his Ashrams in the United States (Sonoma Ashram) and India. His teachings are putting international volunteers and local citizens into action and are proving that an individual can make a difference, and we can help each other.
Aghor Foundation has a Board of Directors and a talented Varanasi-based management team who are devoted to improving the lives of people and the environment. The elements of success for Aghor Foundation projects have come from:
- Clarity of purpose
- Being frugal, with a high ratio of volunteers and minimal waste of time and resources
- A belief that educating and helping children is the best way to change our world
- Thinking big and moving people from apathy into action through simple steps
- Generous financial gifts from the private sector
- Generous donations of time and advice from experts regarding technology, education, program management and child development
- Employing inspiring staff leaders who share the goal of helping others as a spiritual practice.
Professor Saket Kushwaha, Head of Agricultural Economics Department of Agriculture, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) is most gracious in guiding the project. Many local experts will advise the project as well, and will be involved in mobilizing students and generating local interest in the project.
- Professor Saket Kushwaha, Head Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Institute of Agriculture, BHU.
- Dr. R.H. Singh – Emeritus Chair Department of Ayurveda, BHU.
- Dr. V.K. Dwivedi – Emeritus Chair of Department of Agriculture from BHU.
- Professor SK Sharma – Dean of Students, Institute of Technology, BHU.
- Professor RC Panda – Professor of Vedic Studies.
We have already received site visits and blessings, as well as assurance of active participation from:
- Anna Hazare, an Indian social visionary, awarded Padme Bhushan.
- Sunderlal Bahuguna, a noted environmentalist of India.
- Dr. Rajaram Vasudevan, a Senior Environmental Engineer at Techknow Engineering in Chicago and Managing Director of Techknow Environmental & Sustainable Solutions of New Delhi.