Lakshmi Ashram, also known as the Sarla Ashram, was established in 1948 by Catherine Hillman, a disciple of Mahatma Gandhi. A big admirer of Gandhi, Catherine left London in 1931 and joined Gandhi in his struggle for independence. Later she adopted the name Sarlaben and founded this ashram to educate the girls living in the Himalayan region.In this ashram, girls are taught various skills such as cooking, growing vegetables and cleaning. This ashram is home to several orphan girls and women. The main aim of the ashram is to give Kumaoni women a safe place to live as well as teach them skills to lead an independent life.