Light a Lamp creates a platform for its students where skills, expertise, resources and need-based guidance can be rendered by a team of successful professionals and intellectuals from diverse backgrounds.

About Us


Started in 2009 by volunteers of The Art of Living foundation, Light a Lamp is a mentoring program for underprivileged children and youth in Kolkata’s urban slums. The program empowers underprivileged children through mentorship, education, yoga, and meditation. 

Our Vision

Light A Lamp aims to create a loving, mentoring bond between the privileged strata of society and the children and youth from low-income backgrounds, to kindle in them the spirit of learning and enable them to grow up into beautiful and responsible human beings


Our Mission

  • Create a platform where skills, expertise, resources and need-based guidance can be rendered to the under-privileged children and youth.

  • Bridge the knowledge gap in society

  • Inculcate human values amongst the learners like belongingness, honesty, integrity and responsibility towards the society

  • Create an interest towards active volunteering amongst educated citizens


We leverage a pool of successful professionals from diverse backgrounds to provide mentorship to children and youth from low-income backgrounds and guide them in various academic, professional and emotional aspects.


The program curriculum includes

Soft skills and values

• Communicative English classes
• The Art of Living courses for kids and teens
• Values & moral classes

General mentorship and other guidance

• Mentoring and counselling to help students overcome personal challenges and make right decisions
• Assisting in job placement for the youth

Logical and reasoning skills

• Maths and Science classes
• Basic Computer skills
• Coding workshops

The curriculum revolves around ‘student-centered’
learning on aspects such as:


Personalized learning:

Giving individual attention to every student

Competency-based learning:

Teaching students based on their competency

Spontaneous learning:

Making learning fun with games and teaching aids

Encouraging students:

Encouraging students to take ownership of what they want to learn


Light a Lamp currently operates across the following centres

  • Adarsh Hindi Vidyalaya, Alipore, Kolkata

  • Janakalyan Shiksha Samity School, Dhapa, Kolkata

  • Ultadanga, Kolkata

  • Pranab Kanya Ashram, Sector 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata

  • Dakshini Prayash, Madurdaha, Kolkata

Light a Lamp has positively impacted the lives of more than 1000 students coming from economically challenging backgrounds