Lakshmi Ashram, situated in Kausani in the Almora district of Uttarakhand, was established in 1946 by the London born disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, Sarala Behn, to provide education for rural girls along the holistic ideals of Basic Education or Nai Talim, as developed by Gandhiji. At present there are some fifty students from Class I to Class XII in the ashram.
Besides educational activities, the girls are provided with vocational training as well. The Ashram has always been active in the wider community, especially working on social issues such as prohibition, and environmental issues such as the need for preservation and regeneration of the forests and rivers of Uttarakhand.
Lakshmi Ashram was linked with Action Village India in the mid-1990s by Elaine Morrison, formerly an AVI Management Committee member and still an active supporter. Elaine spent time there as a volunteer.
The Ashram hosted the AVI Partners Forum in 2007 and has been represented at most Forums.
Lakshmi Ashram is currently a solidarity partner of Action Village India.