VEDIKE is a registered non-government and not-for-profit (Charitable Trust) organisation, based in Bangalore, India.
VEDIKE is registered under the Societies Act, the FCRA (Foreign Contribution Regulation Act), and enjoys recognition under Section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act as a charitable institution.
The VEDIKE mission is, “To transform the lives of underprivileged children, engage in ecologically responsible activities and develop the community through sustainable acts”.
The VEDIKE campus is located not far from Doddaballapur in Chikkaballapur district, a rural area approximately 50km north of Bangalore, Karnataka, India.
VEDIKE’s primary focus is working with children and families in rural Bangalore, specifically those living in a 40 kilometre radius of the campus.
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Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka, is one of India’s fastest growing cities and major economic centres. Often referred to as India’s Silicon Valley, Bangalore’s technology sector is booming, with each new development creating demand for low-skilled workers for construction, labour and ancillary positions in the informal employment sector.
As VEDIKE is located just north of the outskirts of Bangalore city, many families migrated to the area from neighbouring states in order to seek work in Bangalore’s informal employment sector. Unfortunately, this often comes at the expense of stability as it provides only transient employment and an inconsistent income. As a result, many families do not have access to stable housing and sanitation.
Education is also a major concern in the area surrounding VEDIKE as there are large disparities between educational opportunities in urban and rural areas.
Another concern is in relation to agriculture. Climate change, land degradation, struggles over land ownership and the increased amount of land being used by companies for commercial crops are challenging rural life.
VEDIKE aims to address these critical issues through:
Since 2012, VEDIKE has provided a children’s home for at-risk boys and engaged in community development activities, such as building homes and toilets for underprivileged families.
VEDIKE Global Pre-Primary School (Nursery, LKG and UKG) is now recognised by the Government of Karnataka and will be opening in June 2018. We will be opening our Primary School (Standards/Grades 1-5) in June 2019.
VEDIKE is currently working towards opening a separate dormitory for girls, a registered primary and secondary school and a vocational/livelihood training centre.
VEDIKE’s vision is to provide a children’s home for 120 children (boys and girls), a school for 400 students and vocational training opportunities for the local community.
GCSD is a youth organisation based in Bangalore that provides opportunities for youth to volunteer, intern and study abroad in India. GCSD is currently partnered with universities in India, USA, Japan and Australia. GCSD sends volunteers, university students and interns to work at Vedike throughout the year, through programs such as GCSD WE BUILD and GCSD Teach in India.
Anugraha John is the founder and executive director of VEDIKE and Global Citizens for Sustainable
Development (GCSD). He has a background in computer science and experience working in the corporate world. However, he felt called to focus on development issues in India and gained a Masters of Arts in Development. As an education and development practitioner, John has been working on rural and urban development issues in and around Bangalore for over fifteen years. He focuses on education, sanitation, housing, environmental and sustainable development issues. He also has vast experience in running volunteer and and service learning programs to engage local and international youth with hands-on development experiences and cultural exchanges and immersion. He has been the director of many study abroad courses in India for overseas universities. John began VEDIKE in 2012 to focus on the education of underprivileged children and development issues in rural Bangalore.
Michelle John is a primary-school teacher from Sydney, Australia and is now based in Bangalore, India. She specialises in teaching English as an additional language. Michelle has been travelling to India since 2009 to teach in rural areas. She joined the VEDIKE team in 2012 and co-founded the VEDIKE Children's Home and Global School with John. Michelle is passionate about providing quality education in order to see underprivileged children reach their potential. She also helps international volunteers and students to acclimatise to Indian culture and assists them in working with children and women in India.
VEDIKE acknowledges the contribution and support of Olivia Llopart and Alas Para Todas, Spain in the initial establishment of the VEDIKE campus.