Shakti is a non-sectarian, non-political and non-discriminatory organization dedicated to empowering under-privileged girls so that they can lead a wholesome, dignified life with financial independence and actuate their inherent potential. It is spearheaded by mystic master Anandmurti Gurumaa who has been zealously addressing the issue of education and empowerment of girls besides condemning the evil practices of female foeticide and infanticide in her talks held around the world. The core belief of Shakti is that education is pivotal in accomplishing the mission of female empowerment and changing the prevalent misguided mindset, derivative of socio-cultural factors towards the girl child and women in general.
Since its inception in 1999 under the aegis of Anandmurti Gurumaa, Shakti has been empowering under-privileged girls by giving them scholarships to complete their education up to 12th standard. These girls are the daughters of handicapped parents, war martyrs, divorcee and widows, who are not able to afford their education. In certain cases the financial aid is extended to help those who want to pursue higher education or a professional career. Further through its vocational training institutes called Shakti Udaan, Shakti has also been offering learning opportunities to girls from deprived families so as to make them self-reliant and independent.
Shakti has been educating and empowering girls since its inception in 1999.
In 12 years, more than 10,000 underprivileged girls have received monetary aid in the form of scholarships to complete their education up to the 12th standard. In this academic year 2013-2014 Shakti is offering scholarships to 1000 girls from different parts of the country.
45 girls could triumphantly realise their dreams of a career in nursing as Shakti extended financial support for completing the nursing course at SGTB Institute of Nursing Education, Ludhiana, Punjab.
Shakti assisted 5 girls in successfully accomplishing their pursuit of a degree in B-pharmacy.
Shakti Udaan has efficaciously transformed the lives of more than 1500 girls from deprived families, who are now well equiped with skills acquired from this vocational training institute and are earning an independent and dignified livelihood. Shakti Udaan is now operational in three zones: Kaithal, Mumbai, Gurgaon.
Shakti has managed to endow 2369 girls with basic computer education skills. This has opened up job opportunities for them and has also managed to instill in them a desire for furthering their education and pursuing professional careers.
Institutional support has also been provided to a number of institutes to accomplish the objective of empowering and education girls. To name a few, SGTB Institute of Nursing Education - Ludhiana, S R Govt. College of Women - Amritsar, Shakti Udaan - Kaithal, Montessori Education Society - Delhi, Khushboo Welfare Society – Gurgaon. Over 6000 girls have been inspired through the Shakti Awareness Campaign to complete their education before marriage.