serving underprivileged children
The year 1900 saw a severe plague ravage the city of Mumbai and parts of the State of Gujarat, claiming innumerable lives. The wife of then Governor of Mumbai, Lady Northcote, with the help of some affluent businessmen, started the Lady Northcote Hindu Orphanage (LNHO) to provide shelter to the children orphaned during the catastrophe
The original trustees had a provision that the children be provided excellent quality training and education, along with spiritual values. However, over the years the standards and the facilities deteriorated.
In the late 1980s, the trustees requested Radhanath Swami to bring the orphanage into modern times and provide a spiritual revival.
In 2005, the Lady Northcote Orphanage was shifted to Govardhan Ecovillage to provide a serene atmosphere for the children to live, learn and play in.
To live a life of responsibility and dignity, a holistic training model has been developed. Unlike the modern-day emphasis on only academic training, the Lady Northcote Orphanage educational curriculum also includes training in vocational skills, spiritual qualities, and physical wellbeing:
- Interactive teaching methods
- Students are trained in taking notes, rapid reading, writing and study
- Special tuitions for mathematics and science
- Periodical exams
- Home Schooling
- Annual educational tours
Today, the Lady Northcote Orphanage caters to about 60 underprivileged rural children, none of whom come from educated backgrounds.
Over the past many years every single student has cleared the standard board examinations (as per the Maharashtra State Board of Education) with more than 50 per cent of students scoring well above distinction.
The school has also produced many athletes who have won awards in traditional games like wrestling and kho-kho.