Routes 2 Roots, a non-profit NGO engaged in cultural exchange programs in India and abroad since 2004 has done pioneering work in peace building through the medium of cultural exchange. With culture as the backdrop and a belief that an understanding of each other’s cultures breeds tolerance and eventually mutual respect and peace, the organization has done path-breaking work at a global level. From cultural exchange programs between different countries to promoting people to people contact through culture between conflicting regions, the NGO’s work has had a massive impact across the world.
Routes 2 Roots has to its credit numerous projects and events hosted across the country and China, Russia, South Africa, UK, Sri Lanka and Pakistan among others. Routes 2 Roots also undertakes the world’s largest oral histories “Exchange for Change” program, which is a year-long activity culminating in select children visiting each other’s countries. This program has been successfully operational since 2010 connecting 31 schools and over 20,000 children from 9 cities.
Their many projects also include an 8-hour anthology of the Vedas recited by priests of Varanasi and South India distributed in DVDs featuring sub-titles in ten global languages.
Routes 2 Roots now runs the world’s largest cultural education program for students in India and overseas. With over 2 crore children being impacted by Virsa - its program of Digital Learning of Performing Arts, the NGO brings together the finest exponents of Indian culture to provide cultural awareness and education for students.