THE BAREFOOT COLLEGE, TILONIA
WATER | SOLAR | HEALTH | EDUCATION | ENVIRONMENT | COMMUNICATION | LIVELIHOODS
We are a community-based grassroots organization working to make marginalized communities sustainable and self-sufficient since 1972. We believe in the Gandhian philosophy that knowledge, skills and wisdom found in the villages should be used for their own development.
"Strengthen the rural areas and you will find less people migrating to urban areas. You give them opportunity, self respect & self confidence, they will never go to an urban slum"
FOUNDER AND ADVISOR
1,708 rural women from 96 countries have been trained as Barefoot Solar Engineers, widely known as 'Solar Mamas' with the support of the Ministry of External Affairs
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA
"Rather than being focused on external material development, the college provides an opportunity for individuals to go back to their roots and to free their minds"
CHARLES, PRINCE OF WALES
"I was inspired by the simple, appropriate solutions Barefoot College was deploying in order to support rural communities, based on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi"
"The Barefoot College has pioneered in solving the basic problems of livelihood by acting in the true sense of systems leadership"