Bunker Roy’s Barefoot College has one main purpose: to bring rural villages out of poverty by training women (preferably illiterate grandmothers) new skills for economic and environmental sustainability.
The women arrive with no formal education and return home six months later as specialists in a particular field: solar engineering, mechanics, traditional medicine, dentistry, midwivery, weaving, and a variety of other disciplines. In turn, they educate entire villages to incite independence from outside sources for basic needs.
While in India over New Year’s, we made a special detour for Tilonia (Rajasthan) – home of Barefoot College. I’ve posted photos and details of our tour over at ChowPourianLab, in the new “Journal” section.