VEDIKE is a registered non-government and not-for-profit organisation (Charitable Trust), 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”.
In Kannada (the local language), the word 'vedike' means stage or platform. Our goal is to be a platform for change!
The VEDIKE campus is located not far from Doddaballapur in Chikkaballapur district, a rural area approximately 60km 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.
To visit our city (administration) office based in R.T. Nagar, Bangalore, please contact us through email firstname.lastname@example.org for office times and directions.
Vedike Global School (VGS): In rural India there is a desperate need for accessible, quality education. We opened Vedike Global School in the 2018-2019 academic year to provide affordable, high quality, student-centred education for rural children. The majority of our students come from families catergorised as BPL (Below Poverty Line). Our school is open to all local children; however, we provide scholarships for girls and children from families in special need. Vedike Global School is recognised by the Government of Karnataka.
VEDIKE's Community Work: Since 2010, VEDIKE has been engaging in rural community development activities in the rural villages surrounding the VEDIKE campus. VEDIKE has built 26 toilets/bathrooms for underprivileged families and 7 houses for struggling, women-headed families. We have also run literacy and capacity-building programs, outside-school-hours programs, summer camps, sports days and health camps for the local communities, including children from the local government schools. VEDIKE has also engaged in community relief work during the COVID-19 pandemic, through providing provisions for families in need, masks and soap for children, and PPE for local 'asha'/health workers.
Future goals: In the future, we aim to expand Vedike Global School into a high school and open a vocational/livelihood training centre for the local rural community. VEDIKE aims to operate in an ecologically responsible manner. We currently engage our students in kitchen gardening and make use of some solar lighting on our campus. We hope to expand these initiatives in the future.
Anugraha John is the Founder and Executive Director of VEDIKE . He has a background in computer science and experience working in the corporate world. However, he felt called to focus on grassroots issues in India and further studied development and education and is an alumni of Azim Premji University. As a development and education practitioner, John has been working on rural and urban development issues in and around Bangalore for over fifteen years. He also served on the UN-Habitat Youth Advisory Board (representing Asia and Pacific) from 2008 to 2014. Today John focuses on education, health and sanitation, housing, environmental and sustainable development issues through his organization, VEDIKE.
John began VEDIKE's work in rural Bangalore to focus on the education of underprivileged children and development issues in rural communities. In 2018, he founded and became the Head Master/Principal of Vedike Global School.
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