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”.
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.
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Vedike Global School (VGS): In rural India there is a desperate need for accessible, quality education. Local government schools are under-resourced, under-staffed and crippled by a system where corruption is commonplace; girls are underrepresented; and children with special needs are often ignored. Private schools are expensive and therefore inaccessible to most families. We opened Vedike Global (Pre-Primary and Primary) School in the academic year 2018-19 to provide affordable, high quality, student-centred education for underprivileged children. All are students come from families living below the poverty line. These children are full of life and embrace every learning opportunity we can offer them. . Our school is open to all local children; however, we provide scholarships for girls and children from families in special need. Both our pre-primary and primary school are recognised by the Government of Karnataka.
Vedike Children's Home: Vedike Children's Home was initiated in 2012 with the goal of providing stable housing, sanitation, food, clothing, school supplies, additional lessons and extra-curricular activities for underprivileged children from rural Bangalore. However, over the past few years the Government and NGOs (including VEDIKE) have made tremendous efforts to improve the living situation of the poor and under-privileged, through initiatives such as housing and sanitation schemes, making it easier for families to take care of their children at home. This has made us rethink our strategy and focus on addressing the need for quality education through Vedike Global School
VEDIKE's Community Work: Since 2012, VEDIKE has been engaging in community development activities, such as housing and sanitation projects, in the rural villages surrounding the VEDIKE campus . Since 2012, VEDIKE has built 30 toilets+bathrooms and 10 houses.
Future goals: In the future, we aim to expand Vedike Global School into a High School. We are also working towards opening a vocational/livelihood training centre for the local rural community.
VEDIKE aims to operate in an ecologically responsible manner. We currently engage our children in kitchen gardening and make use of 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 study development and education. 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 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's work in rural Bangalore in 2012 to focus on the education of underprivileged children and development issues in rural Bangalore. In 2018 his role expanded as he became the Head Master/Principal of Vedike Global School.