VEDIKE Eco-Residential School has been in operation since the 2012-2013 academic year, when our temporary children’s home was constructed on the VEDIKE campus. In 2015, our first permanent children’s home was opened. Now (2016-2017 academic year) VEDIKE is home to twenty-three boys, between the ages of six and sixteen, from at-risk homes. VEDIKE supports these children through providing them with shelter, food, clothing, school supplies, additional lessons and extra-curricular activities. They currently attend local government schools as the VEDIKE school is not yet in operation.
From 2014-2016, students and volunteers from India, the US, the UK, Australia and Kuwait constructed the foundations and walls of two addition dormitories (with bathrooms/toilets) and a kitchen/storage facility on the VEDIKE campus. We are now raising the funds needed to finish the roofs of these three buildings. These new facilities will allow Vedike to open a separate children’s home for girls.
Temporary Global Citizen Learning Centre facilities have also been constructed and VEDIKE has hosted several volunteer, study-abroad, service learning and social responsibility programs. These programs have engaged in activities such as: working with children at VEDIKE and in the surrounding villages; building homes and toilets in the surrounding villages; hosting awareness-raising events for the local community.