For nearly 15 years, the association Oeuvre des Pains (OdP) has been helping rural communities in northern India to develop through education and entrepreneurship.
In Dugawar, a first school was opened in 2004. Today, there are 1800 students from the hundred surrounding villages. Classes are taught in English and 25% of children are sponsored, mostly girls.
In 2012, a vocational training center was created at the same time as a micro-credit program. 3000 families have already benefited and most have been able to start income-generating activities.
In 2014, a technical school opened its doors to teach a trade to students who will not attend university.
In some 40 villages, women’s empowerment, health for all, literacy and micro-credit programs have been developed.
The work done is amazing! More than just the construction of schools, the development of an entire region has taken place.
In 2015, OdP began to develop a new site in Rahrai. There are 180 children from kindergarten to the 2nd grade. Each year, new classes will be created, welcoming an additional 100 students to complete the curriculum up to the end of secondary school.
Finally, support programs for people suffering from leprosy have also been developed in three other locations.
BESIX Foundation has been supporting OdP since 2009 and has funded the construction of classes in several phases on the first site and the installation of solar panels on both sites.