Lakshmi Ashram is a Gandhian Basic Education school for girls, as well as a center for the inspiration and practical training of rural community activists. It is also a base for voluntary work, and a place where women from rural areas can organize themselves to define and solve their own problems.
Lakshmi Ashram, also known as Sarla Ashram is instituted by Sarla Ben (Katherine Mary Heilemann). This institution, established in 1948, has the objectives of well beings of the girls in the Himalayan ranges. Sarla Behn was the great admirer of the Mahatma Gandhi, who left London in 1931 to join with the movements of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Ashram runs a boarding school for the girls, located at the lust green foothills of Himalaya in Kausani.
This School is self sufficient and run independently by the Lakshmi Ashram. The Ashram conducts many programs for the uplift of local woman. Several skills like growing vegetables, cooking, caring for the animals and cleaning are taught to over 70 orphaned poor girls and woman who live in the ashram. Lakshmi ashram is located in a quiet place up the hills which lends a serene atmosphere to the ashram.