1. Inspiration and Mission Statement
Bhagwan Nityananda, a great God Realizing Soul lived in Ganeshpuri village of Maharashtra, just two hours north of Mumbai from 1937 until the time he left his body in 1961. Even after his passing, he continues to inspire and guide many devotees in India and abroad. Before his death, he sent one of his most beloved devotees, Baba Muktananda, to travel around the world giving spiritual knowledge to thousands of people living in many foreign countries.
Now, years later, some of those recipients of India's spiritual knowledge return to Ganeshpuri to join with Indian devotees to give something of themselves to those living in the Tansa River Valley, the forgotten people who live far from the infrastructure of modern India. As an act of gratitude for what Nityananda has given them, these devotees created Shree Nityananda Education Trust as a Bombay Trust, an NGO according to the State of Maharashtra.
During Nityananda's life, he established centers for feeding and housing the poor and needy, and built schools, hospitals, wells, and roads. Shree Nityananda Education Trust (SNET) takes its inspiration from the Blessed Bhagwan Nityananda and continues that work in his name.
Mission Statement :
Shree Nityananda Education Trust was founded in 2005 to provide basic educational, health, and agricultural support to impoverished communities in the Tansa River Valley. SNET strives to provide inspiration and hope to these communities through programs that encourage individuals and groups to become self-sustaining.
Because the needs of these people are so great, relatively small efforts can bring about significant changes. Your support helps SNET in its mission to help those who face a life of hardship and economic oppression.
2. Our Trustees
Swami Govindananda SaraswatiSettler
Provided many years of service to Baba Muktananda at his ashram in Ganeshpuri. Due to his great experience of working in the field of service in Ganeshpuri, he was asked to help form this trust.
He was an early devotee of Baba Muktananda, and serves as a spiritual guide and mentor to many international students of meditation.
Gangu Prakash GarelRecently Mayor of Nimboli/Kelthan area (2011-13)
Aarti Vijay Patilcurrently school teacher of local English medium school
3. Our Advisors
Doctors Vismai and Jyoti SchonfelderChiropractors in Holland, Australia and Bali
Anne GodfreyAustralian Designer of Wild Blackberry Garments, and Director of Rose Circles, Maharashtra, India
Noshir DadrawalaCenter for Advancement of Philanthropy, Mumbai
Suneel RajavaramCenter of Affordable Water & Sanitation Technology, Calgary, Canada
Dr. Stephanie ConnanWater Biologist, CALTECH, Pasadena California
Dr. Ashish SatavMahan Trust, Malnutrition Specialty, Melghat, Maharashtra
Dr. Nitin BhoreAgriculture Specialist, Pune, Maharashtra, Sachin and Hetal Mehta, educational and self discovery tours, Directionz360, Mumbai
Nimesh SumatriCo-Director, Caring Friends of Mumbai
Dr.Vijay HonkalaskerCoordinator, Tech for Seva, Pune
Swami GaneshanandaSwami Ganeshananda of Norway, and Shambhavi Devi of Switzerland
Babul SutradharRetired Mumbai jeweler and businessman
Michael PickensIrrigation Specialist, Melbourne
Dewa HaleyRetired building contractor, electrician, high school teacher, Vetting Committee of Third Millennium Awakening
Dr. Jeanetta Monosoff HaleyRetired psychologist and marriage and family therapist, Vetting Committee of Third Millennium Awakening
Sachin and Hetal Mehta of Mumbai
4. Our Partners
Parivartan Mahila Sanstha (PMS), Dombivli
Thet are working hand in hand to develop successful programs in Tansa River Valley.
Go Kiss The Earth, Holland
They provides support to Parivartan Mahila Sanstha and Shree Nityananda Education Trust joint projects of Health Education.
Third Millennium of Awakening, USA
They inspires its members to volunteer at SNET as vetting committee coordinators, English teachers, hosts at Fire Mountain Retreat.
Caring Friends, Mumbai
They sent SNET on an exposure visit to be trained by three of their most successful NGO partners.
Rudra Meditation Center, Norway and Switzerland
They provides support to Parivartan Mahila Sanstha and Shree Nityananda Education Trust joint projects of women's empowerment.