Friends of India

Our Work

Despite India’s rapid growth, many Indians are still trapped in poverty with little access to education or opportunity. While many have gained access to basic education, only 65% of Indians are literate, drop-out rates are high and links to jobs remain a challenge.

Over the past 12 years we have been helping women and children defy poverty by improving their learning environment and encouraging them to aim for a better life. We have raised over 2 million Swiss Francs for our projects and work closely with our local partners in impoverished communities in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Our focus is in the following areas:

Basic Education

002We support access to basic education for children where severe problems with access and/or quality exist. We improve school infrastructure by installing classrooms and sanitation facilities and work to improve educational quality and student retention through teacher training, the provision of educational materials and in-school snacks.

 

Vocational Training

Yvonne Educational Development Center in Arni, Tamil NaduWe help develop employable skills for women and young people. In poor communities we put in place both the ‘hardware’ and ‘software’ required for training – by building classrooms, installing equipment, training teachers and funding courses.

 

 

Income Generation Support

20110127_untitled_1364Working with women’s self-help groups and through community training centres, we seek to empower women and young people – by helping them link to microfinance, income generation and employment opportunities.

 

 

Sustainability

Through the SUEB SHG I became aware that I could collect milk as a business.Our aim is for sustainability and so every project we accept to finance must become self-sustainable or have access to local financing within 3 years.