Hariharananda Balashram is a residential school for disadvantaged children in Orissa (an eastern coastal state of India). The mission of the school is to provide physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development for up to 480 poor and underprivileged children, irrespective of cast, religion, or gender. Each year, forty children, of kindergarten level are enrolled for twelve years of education.
Approximately 50% of the children are orphan, and the others are from the poorest families in the least developed districts of rural Orissa. Were it not for Balashram many of these children would be living in the streets, deprived of primary education, health-care, and the opportunity of productive and bright futures. The school gives the poorest children the chance of an education normally only available to children of the wealthiest families.