VEDIKE's Rural Campus is based in Kallinayakanahalli, which is a village in Gauribidnur Taluk, Chikballapur District, Karnataka, India.
It is located 27 KM west of the District Headquarters in Chikballapur, 16 KM from Gauribidnur, 65 KM from Bangalore and 54 KM from Bangalore Airport. VEDIKE works with communities in a 40 KM radius from our campus, hence working at a grassroots level with rural and peri-urban communities in Rural Bangalore and Chikkaballapur District.
(For our work in urban Bangalore and our global community, please visit our Global Citizens Program page.)
VEDIKE works on issues related to education, sanitation, health and hygiene, housing and capacity building. VEDIKE builds homes and toilets/bathrooms for disadvantaged families, supports women's SHGs and runs outside-school-hours programs, summer camps, sports days and health camps for the local community, 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.
VEDIKE has been partnering with private hospitals (such as Baptist Hospital, Bangalore) to conduct free health camps (free check-ups and medicine) for not only our own school students, but also children attending government schools and Aanganwadis (daycare centres) in the local area.
COVID-19 has affected rural lives and livelihoods drastically. Our relief work, in collaboration with local leaders, has helped to provide provisions for families in need and has helped to boost the morale of the local health workers (Asha Workers).
Since the launch of the Swaach Bharath campaign in India, VEDIKE has not only raised awareness about health and sanitation issues, but also helped to build 26 bathrooms/toilets for underprivileged families in rural Bangalore.
Sports and Development go hand-in-hand. VEDIKE encourages children, youth and women to participate in sports activities and events such as volley-ball, kho-kho, cricket and track events organised by VEDIKE and/or local leaders.
VEDIKE has run several capacity building programs, such as evening English classes and sewing classes, specifically targeting women living in the rural communities around our campus. In the future we aim to build a Vocational Education/Livelihood Training Centre to increase the capacity of the local community in rural Bangalore.
VEDIKE raises awareness in rural communities about housing and house ownership for women, which is an important issue in a patriarchal society. We continue our advocacy work around this issue and have helped 7 struggling, women-headed families to build houses in rural Bangalore so far.