What is Basic Aid & Basic Human Needs?

Basic Human Needs Group Photo

What is The Basic Aid and Basic Human Needs (BHN) project?

It all started when our friends Jess and Dan Ship left a comfortable life teaching English in Taiwan to work in the trenches of  the poverty stricken part of Varanasi to help street kids. Through BHN, they provide shelter, food, medical treatment, education and of course love to these children… and have been doing it for over a decade.

It hasn’t been an easy road, but it has been fulfilling.

BHN is a nonprofit organization in Varanasi, India, that has been giving hope to underprivileged children through their school and hostel (Jeevan School).

Every year, Jess comes back to raise money for their school. As she was a musician that we had all done shows with, jammed with or just sat around a campfire and sang songs on beat up guitars with, we decided to put on little festivals to help out and Basic Aid was born.

Though Basic Aid has also been there to help raise money and send supplies to typhoon stricken areas of Taiwan, the main focus has been to raise money to send to the Jeevan School or to buy things BHN needs: musical instruments, blankets, clothes, food and much more.

You can also get a bit more understanding and see some of the work they are doing in these videos:
Basic Human Needs’ Jeevan School:

You can find out more about this project and donate here:


Our next Event will be August 27 2016. You can find out more about this here:



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