Foundation date: 1970

Asha Niketan the name chosen by L’Arche in India, means House of Welcome. And that welcome is very broad: Asha Niketan brings together men and women with and without disabilities from all castes, faiths and social backgrounds. Asha Niketan is a bridge of collaboration with the shared goal of helping each person to fulfil their full potential.

If L’Arche (Asha Niketan) is a 'school of the heart', Core Members are the professors. They teach us how to live in love.

James Schreiner, volunteer who lived in Asha Niketan Chennai for a year

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