Priyasha Foundation

Founded by Gretchen McLaren.

Priyasha means, "dear, beloved hope" in Sanskrit and Hindhi. Our mission is to bring hope to the impoverished women and girls of India through income generation projects and social entrepreneurship.
We work with poor and orphan girls, slum women, girls that have been rescued from sex trafficking by setting up workshops and teaching them jewelry , a marketable skill so the women can provide for themselves.
If you'd like to support us, you can click on the donate button below, donate tools, or other resources. We welcome the opportunity to partner with your income generation project in the developing world. Please feel free to contact us directly at priyashafoundation@yahoo.com.
Posts tagged "india"

The rains came right after blessing the entrance. This is what’s left. Somehow this must be a metaphor for impermanence. #priyasha #priyashafoundation #puja #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #indiapictures #beautifulindia #lakshmi #womensempowerment #svtemple

She and I have been down since day 1. She’s traveled the world with me, been witness to many crazy things with the nuns in India, she’s been the star in many pujas. Now she’s ready to be installed in her new home. #priyashafoundation #priyasha #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #indiapictures #beautifulindia #lakshmi #travelingaltar #womensempowerment #svtemple

Used to be a navagraha #priyasha #priyashafoundation #puja #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #indiapictures #beautifulindia #lakshmi #svtemple #womensempowerment

Feeding the gods… #prasad #puja #priyasha #priyashafoundation #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #indiapictures #beautifulindia #lakshmi #svtemple

Ah, feels better already! #puja #priyashafoundation #priyasha #lakshmi #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #beautifulindia #indiapictures #lakshmi #svtemple #womensempowerment

12 hour epic puja/flat blessing/clearing…D-O-N-E! 🙏 #priyashafoundation #priyasha #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #indiapictures #beautifulindia #lakshmi #svtemple #womensempowerment

Holy moly. The epic puja/flat clearing is FINALLY finished! 🙏 #priyashafoundation #priyasha #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #indiapictures #beautifulindia #lakshmi #svtemple

Oh, you know…just a ho hum Monday with a FIRE in my living room…#puja #priyasha #priyashafoundation #lakshmi #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #indiapictures #svtemple

Puja aftermath. #priyasha #priyashafoundation #india #indiagirls #indiawomen #lakshmi #indiapictures #svtemple

Here the matriarch of the family, Mrs. Reddy starts to prepare the evening meal, prepping vegetables sitting on the floor of the porch.  Mrs. Reddy runs the family and the business and keeps the books.  She also is an incredible chef.  This was by far one of the best meals I had in India.  I’ll never forget the groundnut (peanut) curry she prepared.  This is a traditional local dish and Andhra Pradesh HOT.  Yum!  So goo