I-India is a registered NGO (Non Government Organisation) that began caring for some of the most unfortunate children in the world in 1993.
I-India Project Australia was established on 3 May 2007 in Sydney as a Not-for-Profit charitable organisation to support the work of I-India through our project, The Jhag Children’s Village. It operated until 30 June 2015.
On 1 July 2015 it commenced operations as Friends of I-India, and established a Project Management Group with World Relief Australia (WRA).
Friends of I-India continues to be committed to working with I-India. Our goal is to improve the lives and futures of underprivileged and marginalised children from Jaipur and below-poverty-line families in the impoverished villages surrounding our initial project, The Jhag Children’s Village, located about 45 minutes' drive south-west of Jaipur in Rajasthan.
Friends of I-India supports The Gudri Project established at the Jhag Children's Village, which provides vital assistance and training for local underprivileged women.
Liberty and equality has unfortunately not reached the vast majority of Indian women. Impoverished women are materially, financially and socially dependent on men and have few alternatives. They are conditioned from infancy to accept their own inferiority, to be docile, obedient, submissive and domestic. Girls in rural areas are withdrawn from school to fetch water, collect wood for fuel, care for siblings and to cook and clean. An educated, happy and secure mother imparts a sense of well-being and security to her children. Self-respect, self-confidence and self-esteem are precious gifts which we have the power to give through the Gudri Project. With courage and determination, our Gudri Project participants can reach beyond their fears and inhibitions to fulfil their dreams, for their own sake and for the sake of their families.
"You can tell the condition of a nation by looking at the status of its women." Jawaharlal Nehru
"The fastest way to change society is to mobilise the women of the world." Charles Malik, former President, United Nations General Assembly