Vijay and Vio have been interested in social work for many years, getting involved in various NGOs not only in Khajuraho but also in Varanasi.
In June 2017, with Aurélie Cadilhac, they founded the French association Friends in Khajuraho, to concentrate their current efforts towards an integrated project which can grow…
Their mission is to allow the local population to live with dignity in a healthy environment through adequate education and resources.
Their projects include:
The Different School
for village children
A school whose aim is to awake children’s creative potential. Disciplines so far include music and art, painting & drawing. We also teach English because it is so badly needed in the community, and regularly we run environmental awareness workshops with our pupils.
We are always looking for volunteers from January to April 2018 to teach music and art. Click here to find out more.
Cloth Bag Project
In September 2017 we started a cloth bag project, aiming to:
- fight against single-use polythene bags, which end up littering our soils,
- recycle all types of fabrics to make the bags,
- empower local women – who make the bags and sell them to local shop, thus earning a living.
Since November 2015 we have been keeping the “ecofriendly promise” that we will do everything in our power to keep our surroundings clean, as an example for the whole Khajuraho community. With the support of Blue Bank, we keep as many locals involved as possible. We keep an explanatory sign both in English and Hindi, as well as a dustbin near the Brahma Temple and we encourage all our neighbours and passers-by to use it. We gather regularly to carry on cleaning when needed.
Whenever possible we distribute shoes, beddings, blankets, toys, etc. to people who need it. The items are mostly donated and sent to us from Europe, but some more privileged inhabitants of Khajuraho have also donated clothing or materials to us for distribution. We distribute clothing in our community when needed, and organise distribution sessions in villages surrounding Khajuraho.
We have been working in partnership with the Norwegian association Ganpati Norway since December 2016.
With them, we sponsor the family of a poor cycle-rickshaw driver who passed away in 2015 leaving his wife and 9 children and we run a literacy class in a village a few kilometres away from khajuraho, for children and adults who do not have access to proper education.
TO FIND OUT MORE PLEASE VISIT OUR ASSOCIATION’S WEBSITE.