Background / über Varanasi


Varanasi ist eine Großstadt im Nordosten Indiens. Offiziell liegt die Einwohnerzahl bei 1,3 Millionen. Vermutlich leben aber rund zweieinhalb Millionen Menschen in der Metropole. Damit ist Varanasi die drittgrößte Stadt im indischen Bundesstaat Uttar Pradesh.
Für die Hindus ist Varanasi der wichtigste Wallfahrtsort. Es wird gesagt, dass Shiva, der mächtige Gott der Schöpfung und Zerstörung, Varanasi zu seiner Wohnstatt auserkoren hat. Außerdem liegt die Stadt am Ganges, der als Göttin Ganga verehrt wird. Nach der Sage hat das heilige Wasser die Kraft, Sünden abzuwaschen und die Seele zu läutern. Besonders in den Morgenstunden kommen deshalb Zehntausende jeden Tag zum Fluss, um zu baden und die Göttin zu verehren. Am Steilufer der Stadt liegen über achtzig Badeplätze (Ghats), an denen lange Treppen wie Wurzeln hinab zum Fluss führen.

Varanasi is a large city in the northeast of India. Officially, the population is at 1.3 millions. But there are presumably around 2.5 million people living in this metropolis. This makes Varanasi the third largest city in the Indian federal state of Uttar Pradesh.
For Hindus, Varanasi is the most important place of pilgrimage. It is said that Shiva the mighty god of creation and destruction has chosen Varanasi as his residence. Moreover, the city is located at the river Ganges worshipped as the goddess Ganga. According to legend, the holy water possesses the force to wash away sins and to purify the soul. Therefore, tens of thousands come every day, especially in the early hours of the morning, to bathe in the river and worship the goddess. On the city's steep bank there are more than 80 bathing places (Ghats) with long stairs leading like roots down to the river.


Die Menschen leben hier eng zusammen und teilen sich den Platz mit Kühen und Ziegen. Oft bewohnen Dutzende Familien mit hunderten Mitgliedern ein einziges Haus. Manche hausen in den Ruinen eingestürzter Gebäude oder in überdachten Winkeln direkt an der Straße. Wenn die Menschen Arbeit haben, verdienen sie ungefähr 17 – 40 € monatlich.
Kinder armer Familien müssen als Tee- oder Blumenverkäufer arbeiten, um die Familie mitzuernähren. Oftmals fehlen Zeit und Geld für eine Ausbildung, und sei es nur die grundlegende Schulbildung.
Deshalb wurde Learn for Life ins Leben gerufen – um eine Schulbildung für die Ärmsten zu garantieren.

The people here live cramped together and share their little space with cows and goats. There's often dozens of families with more than hundred members living in a single house. Some dwell in the ruins of collapsed buildings or in canopied corners directly on the street. If people have jobs, their monthly income is around 17 – 40 €.
Children of poor families have to sell tea or flowers to help feeding the family. More often than not they lack time and money for an education, even for the most fundamental basic knowledge.
This is why Learn for Life was founded – to give education to the poorest.


October 17, 2011 at 3:14 AM sunil said...

this place is good for whose parents unable to teach them.there bright future.

April 18, 2013 at 1:09 AM Sophia Mallmann said...

i was here for one month as a volunteer and its a really good place to stay. The organisation is great, the kids and the teachers are all great ant the atmosphere is so good. The kids have the possibilities to learn english, maths and hindi and also do some extra classes like music, computers, dancing and reading for a better future.

April 6, 2014 at 9:40 AM vinzenzkrainhoe said...

I am about to finish my voluntary work this week and it was an amazing month. The staff and the teachers are a great team to work with. I was a one in a lifetime opportunity and I am really glad that I worked at the school. Most of all the kids are great and really special. It is a good time for the kids and moreover a great change to make a difference in their lifes. I will really miss it!

January 29, 2018 at 7:19 AM anwisthal said...

I‘m working as a volunteer at the school since October 2017 and will stay till the end of March 2018. Until now I have just positive things to say about the school and the project. The people involved really care about the kids and the school, the teachers always want to improve themselves and the children are so nice and lovely, it’s just fun working with them.
I’m working in the kindergarten, helping with teaching, playing and preparation. I’m also doing social media for the Brown Bread Bakery and work there from time to time, when someone is absent.
Overall it’s been a great experience so far, I can recommend to everybody who’s interested in social work, working with kids or teaching.
If you have any questions you’re welcome to ask me:

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