The SOAS Action Village India Group is a support club that aims to make links with university students, provide a space for critical examination and debate around India today and development issues, along with opportunities to gain experience in international development/work with Action Village India's partners on development programmes.
About Action Village India - The Charity
Action Village India is a UK charity that has developed strong long-term relationships with six organisations all working for non-violent change in rural India. The partners all adhere to Gandhian traditions and philosophy, but work in different ways on the issues which appear to be the most pressing in the areas where they are active.
Increasingly, Action Village India’s partner programmes aim to provide disadvantaged communities with an alternative to migration to urban areas and the option of remaining in their homes by: accessing government programmes, starting economic development and women’s development programmes, making people aware of their rights, and ultimately opposing projects and policies that threaten their livelihoods, culture and existence. All of AVI's partners aim to:
• improve the standard of living for the poorest,
• build and strengthen participation and democracy,
• promote equality for women,
• ensure that people know and can act on their rights,
• promote access to basic services like water, education, justice and healthcare.
Current programmes include livelihoods & land rights (Orissa), disability rights (Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand & Bihar), girls’ education (Jharkhand & Bihar), community action (Jharkhand & Bihar), organic farming (Kerala), maternal health (Tamil Nadu), and strengthening local democracy (Tamil Nadu).
Activities & Events
Action Village India is involved in events throughout the year such as the Om Yoga Show and the Madras Café at WOMAD, where student volunteers will be encouraged. We also plan to hold one event per term throughout the year in the form of special organised talks and a film screening followed by discussion.