Friends in Khajuraho

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About Us

Friends in Khajuraho is a French 'loi de 1901' association, which works in Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh, India) to allow the local population to live with dignity in a healthy environment through adequate education and resources. Its founders are French Violette Soni (president) and her Khajuraho-born husband Brajesh Soni (secretary) (who both live in Khajuraho), as well as Aurélie Cadilhac (treasurer), also founder of the yoga and Indian healthcare centre Centre Prana and who lives in Seyssuel, France. The main two projects of the association are:


1. The Different School (for village children)


In local schools education simply means memorising, so children are good at learning by heart but they don't understand what they learn. They are not encouraged to think by themselves or to be creative. Worst of all, they are motivated to learn by fear, because they get beaten if they don't repeat what their teacher has told them word for word.


With our after-school classes, we want our pupils to understand what they learn and to invite them to be creative so that they can become confident and independent individuals. Most of all, we want to teach them that learning can be fun!


For now, we teach English (as it is very badly taught in local schools), music (as it helps children’s social and emotional development, allowing them to express themselves and communicate, and it contributes to intellectual and motor skills) and art, painting & drawing (because here, with so many strict rules and such a lack of education, children’s creativity is discouraged from a very young age). In addition, we organise regular litter-picking sessions with all our pupils to awake their environmental awareness, as rubbish management is a huge problem in India.


2. Better Living Program


The program aims to improve our community's living conditions by providing adequate education and resources, allowing them to live with dignity in a healthy environment.


Practical objectives

  • To offer a professional activity to local women which will give them more autonomy and help them feel valued within our community.
  • To protect the environment, firstly by recycling fabric with our Cloth Bag project and regularly cleaning the rubbish in the village, both of which provide an example for our community. Secondly, by running an education campaign for our neighbours to stress the importance of reducing the use and littering of plastic and to encourage them to use (and reuse!) our cloth bags.
  • To recycle and redistribute clothing to our neighbours, in particular those who are most impoverished.


The association is currently looking for volunteers to teach English, art and music at The Different School.

Latest Listings

INDIA: Music teacher for village children (Volunteer Opportunity)

INDIA: Art teacher for village children (Volunteer Opportunity)

INDIA: Music teacher for village children (Volunteer Opportunity)

INDIA: Music teacher for village children (Volunteer Opportunity)

INDIA: Art teacher for village children (Volunteer Opportunity)


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