Barefoot College founding team creates an empowered and sustainable community through living its core non-negotiable values – every second.
The organization was established to solve grave problems like drinking water quality, female education, health and sanitation, rural unemployment, income generation, electricity and power, as well as social awareness and the conservation of ecological systems in rural India. Every founding staff member has contributed significant skills to create practical Barefoot solutions to address these problems, from implementing women’s development groups on wage equality to training on water harvesting.
The policy of the Barefoot College is to take girls and women from the poorest of villages and teach them to become professionals without requiring them to read or write. This policy is brought to life in the journey each founding member has experienced to make their own personal difference in the Barefoot evolution. Rambaba illustrates that even thought he is part of the lowest caste class (Dalat), he will be unstoppable in treating all men and women with respect and equality.
It is the only school with such a policy, as well as the only school in India that is entirely solar-powered. Keeping with the principles of the Barefoot College founders, solar panels were installed by a Hindu priest with only eight years of schooling, and many of the builders were themselves illiterate. The Barefoot College founders have turned the impossible into the possible.