Aangen: noun. (sanskrit) Front yard of a home where community members gather to give each other comfort, support, and nurturing.
Aangen's foundation was started four generations ago by a humble woman named Mataji, which means dear mother. Every Wednesday she opened her home to people from all walks to life to come meditate and have some of her healing food and teas. Those who needed some medical attention were given a wide range of herbs and spices from her medicine pouch. She passed these traditions to her daughter, granddaughter and finally her great granddaughter, Executive Director Gurbeen Bhasin who currently runs Aangen.
Who We Are
We are a non-profit organization that proposes to facilitate independence and cause community. We also aim to provide personalized emergency relief to those in disadvantaged life situations, by providing unconditional support and wraparound services.
Aangen's Social Enterprise Model
Aangen purchases ethically sourced farm products within a 100 km radius and supplies them to local businesses.
Vote With Your Dollar
All proceeds from our services go directly to fund our operating costs.
With this model, Aangen ensures that 100% of donations go directly to the programs you care about, which impacts the world locally and globally.
In order to help our community members facilitate independence, we must facilitate our own. As such, we do not count on government or external funding, we raise our own funds. This is our definition of independence. We are committed to providing educational workshops for everyone that are easily affordable and promote self-reliance whilst causing community.
Paying It Forward
We seek to empower those who come through our doors by encouraging them to receive in one hand and give with the other. We are all one step away from either needing help or providing help and as such the cycle continues and reinforces the strength and fortitude of community. Namaste.
We embody the concept of one love and one world. We believe in the interconnectedness of all beings, and all things and it is our vocation to serve the world with love and compassion.
Find us at:
Aangen Main Office
868 Dovercourt Road
McCormick Park Cafe
66 Sheridan Avenue
Toronto, ON. M6K 2G9
(south of Dundas St. W/ east of Brock Ave)
Open Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-5:00pm