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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"

BUNKER ROY, FOUNDER

96

COUNTRIES

20

INDIAN STATES

5000+

VILLAGES

5 million+

PEOPLE
SOLAR ENERGY

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

Second wave of flood in the Indian State of Assam caused by unprecedented rainfall has affected more than 300,000 people in the Southern part of the State, causing acute shortage of food, clean drinking water, essential medicines. 

 

We are working to alleviate sufferings of the flood-affected communities targeting homeless families by ensuring immediate distribution of food, safe drinking water, essential supplies, medicines with the primary objective of saving lives and preserving livelihoods.

FLOOD RELIEF IN ASSAM
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OUR SUCCESS STORIES

EDUCATION

Solar Digital Night Schools

NUTRITION

Super 5: 
A Nutritional Supplement

LIVELIHOOD

Tilonia Bazaar: 
Tradition Meets Modernity

TESTIMONIALS

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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"

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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"

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HILDE SCHWAB

"The Barefoot College has pioneered in solving the basic problems of livelihood by acting in the true sense of systems leadership"

Listen to the people on the ground. They have all the solutions in the world.

BUNKER ROY, FOUNDER