Mahatma Gandhi was the political and spiritual leader of India during the Indian Independence movement. Child Haven International tries to uphold Gandhian Ideals, including the following;
1. No Recognition of Caste
Although caste walls are breaking down in the larger cities, they are still a factor in some areas. At Child Haven, all children are given the same opportunity.
2. Equality of the Sexes
Gender-based inequities continue to exist throughout the world.
At Child Haven, girls and boys are treated equally.
Child Haven practices non-violence not only in raising the children, but also in dealing with the outside world. It also applies to dealing with animals.
4. Vegetarian Meals
The meals are rice and lentils and vegetables, with some soya milk and yoghurt from our SoyaCow machines, which were invented by Raj and Rashmi Gupta of Ottawa.
5. Respect for Cultural/Religious Background
No proselytizing is allowed, but we celebrate all the festivals, religious and secular. A dance master teaches the children traditional Indian dance.
6. Simple Living
Each child has a little metal suitcase. All their worldly goods have to fit inside, and they do - very nicely.