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Empowering women to lead the way

Barefoot College International UK exists to fund innovative global programs.

We believe in the proven track record of Barefoot College to provide vital learning experiences for women and girls throughout the global south.

Every contribution is a direct connection between a benefactor to a woman or girl poised to make a lasting difference.

News from Barefoot College International UK

“Race Against Climate Change”: Envision Virgin Racing Partners with Barefoot College

By Cliona Keane | March 25, 2020 |

Mothers have always been at the heart of Barefoot College. Our achievements to date would not have been possible without the courage, perseverance and belief of rural mothers and grandmothers who journey across the world to work with us and to become Solar Mamas.  Our partnership with Envision Virgin Racing is an exciting new step…

Barefoot College is Fighting Global Period Poverty

By Cliona Keane | January 23, 2020 |

What would you do if you didn’t have access to sanitary products for your period? Or if your mother, daughter, wife, friend or partner wasn’t afforded such a seemingly simple right?  This is the unfortunate reality for millions of women and girls, every single month. Period poverty is a serious, pressing issue and one that…

Hogan Lovells Celebrates Success with Barefoot College

By Cliona Keane | December 16, 2019 |

For the past three years, Barefoot College and Hogan Lovells have worked hand in hand to help improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the developing world. The success of this partnership, which included the creation of the wonderful Flip the Switch documentary, was celebrated recently at Hogan Lovells’ Citizenship Celebration 2019.…

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Solar energy provides electricity and reduces carbon emissions. It is also a catalyst to boost income and provide self-reliant villages.
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Every community has the right to clean water. Combining traditional practices with new technologies makes water accessible, clean and safe.
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Barefoot educates more than 7,000 children each year by making academic subjects relevant to rural lifestyles. 
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Thousands of people receive training to become Barefoot professionals in a variety of careers that help sustain the local economy and community.
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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

— Alvin Toffler

Solar Electrification

Access to electricity opens doors to greater safety, education, employment, and more.

For the 1.2 billion people living without a source of light, the future can feel uncertain and without hope. We’re on a mission to equip and empower rural women from remote regions to spread village-based solutions that improve the wellbeing of families and communities everywhere.


We believe in the central role of women as changemakers.

By funding the Enriche Curriculum, we help give women the tools and training they need to become agents of sustainable change. The Enriche Curriculum is a supplementary program that all Barefoot Solar Engineer trainees receive during their stay at the Barefoot College.

Digital Night Schools

Digital technology powered by Barefoot

With the introduction of digital technology powered by Barefoot solar-powered projectors and other off-grid solutions, our funding improves the Barefoot Education program. We will help open 25 new night schools associated with solar electrified villages, expand the rural solar bridge school model across 8 states in India, and ensure that children have the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.

Regional Training Centres

Barefoot Regional Training Centres are launching across the global south

Launching new centres in Africa, Latin America and the Pacific Islands, helps to train more solar engineers who can then disseminate their knowledge internationally. Barefoot Regional Training Centres are launching across the global south, including Zanzibar (2015), Madagascar (2018), Senegal, Burkina Faso, Liberia (2018), Guatemala (2018), Indonesia, Myanmar, and Fiji.

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Barefoot College is a 47 year old not-for-profit entity registered in India. In order to create a way for UK based donors to support barefoot's missions, Barefoot College International UK, a UK registered charity, was created to support specific projects in Barefoot College's global expansion activities.


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