Working with the Barefoot College to improve the life of the rural poor by meeting basic needs for water, energy and economic opportunity.
Barefoot College believes that for any rural development activity to be successful and sustainable, it must be based in the village as well as managed and owned by those whom it serves. Therefore, all Barefoot initiatives whether social, political or economic, are planned and implemented by a network of rural men and women who are known as ‘Barefoot Professionals’.
Rural men and women irrespective of age, who are barely literate or not at all, and have no hope of getting even the lowest government job, are being trained to work as day and night school teachers, doctors, midwives, dentists, health workers, balsevikas, solar engineers, solar cooker engineers, water drillers, hand pump mechanics, architects, artisans, designers, masons, communicators, water testers, phone operators, blacksmiths, carpenters, computer instructors, accountants and kabaad-se-jugaad professionals.
With a little guidance, encouragement and space to grow and exhibit their talent and abilities, people who have been considered ‘very ordinary’ and written off by society, are doing extraordinary things that defy description.
A copy of the latest annual report of Friends of Tilonia, Inc. may be obtained on request from: Friends of TIlonia, Inc., 134 Lincoln Place No 2, Brooklyn, NY 11217 or the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York, NY 10271 or the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau online registry www.charitiesnys.com.