Education for Dalit Children (the “Untouchables”)

Self-defence courses for girls – karate against sexual assault

In order to combat sexual violence (which is deplorably widespread in India, particularly against women from lower castes), we offer regular and free karate courses to our female students as well as to girls from surrounding villages. They are extremely popular!

In 2015 and again in 2017, Austrian Karate World Champion and SONNE-testimonial Alisa Buchinger visited our schools in India and held several training sessions with the girls, who adored her!

Vocational training enables women to generate income and improves their position in the family and in society

Since 2022, we have been offering tailoring courses for up to 80 women annually in Basadhi Village. After the course (where they will be taught – among other things – to produce ceremonial saris that are in high demand in the area) the women will be given the chance to rent sewing machines from the project so that they can start working right away. Thus they will be able to contribute to the family income and their children will no longer be forced to beg in the streets.

Our Indian project partners

Since 2012 SONNE-International has been cooperating closely with the Indian non-profit organisation Buddha Educational Foundation Society, which has been actively involved with the school project since 1999 and which is therefore a reliable and professional partner. As far as finances are concerned, the organisation relies entirely on local donations, all its members work on a voluntary basis.