People’s Archive of Rural India

The People’s Archive of Rural India is a multimedia digital space and archive and the only website wholly dedicated to rural India with its 833 million people and millions of other rural migrants in urban India.


Patang, a youth-focused organisation working with a vision of a society where young people take initiative for a positive social change. Patang’s focus has been to nurture the youth potential in creating equity and justice in society.

Udbhav Vision Foundation

Udbhav Vision Foundation works for the holistic development of the Blind with a mission, “every blind and visually impaired has access to books”. We have successfully implemented more than 11 projects so far.

Can Youth

Can Youth aims to fostering positive change and empowering the youth and children from migration family and minority tribes to actively engage in societal development. Why they are the right choice for others:

Barefoot College

Barefoot College is a 50-year-old organization founded by Sanjit ‘Bunker’ Roy, applying Gandhian principles to empower marginalised communities. The work took shape in practical domains like water, education, solar, health, and rural livelihoods.

Foundation for Social Transformation (FST)

FST a not-for-profit, indigenous, philanthropic organization envisions in transforming lives by creating a cadre of change agents with marginalized rural and urban communities through promoting equality, social justice, gender-just in the region. Why they are the right choice for others:

Somaiya Kala Vidya, Kutch

Somaiya Kala Vidya, an institution of education for traditional artisans of Kutch, offers design & business education based on existing traditions, and teaches a spectrum of rural traditions so as to preserve and protect the traditional arts.

Apni Shala Foundation

Apni Shala

Apni Shala empowers schools to enable students’ wholesome development and foster a caring, equitable, and nurturing environment. The team works with government schools to implement a promotive and preventive school mental health framework.

Societal Thinking

Societal Thinking is an approach to reimagine and realise exponential social change, i.e., change that inspires more and rapid change. This systemic approach was developed through many Do-Think-Do cycles with change leaders across the globe. Why they are the right choice for others:

Sahjani Shiksha Kendra

Sahjani Shiksha Kendra

सहजनी शिक्षा केंद्र ,2002 में स्थापित एक नारीवादी संस्था है| जिसका मुख्य उद्देश्य साक्षरता और शिक्षा के जरिये स्थानीय और व्यापक सामाजिक मुद्दों की समझ बनाकर महिलाओं और किशोरियों के सशक्तीकरण पर काम करना है | Why they are the right choice for others:

the action northeast trust (the ANT)


The action northeast trust, or the ant, located in Rowmari, Chirang district, Assam, operates on two fronts: grassroots development in Bodoland Territorial Council areas and capacity-building training, along with advocacy network collaboration with other institutions. Why they are the right choice for others:

The Yuva Ekta Foundation

Yuva Ekta Foundation

The Yuva Ekta Foundation is a not-for-profit trust that works at the intersection of Youth and Governance, spanning a canvas that seeks to integrate young people from different socio-economic backgrounds, using the Expressive Arts. The Yuva Ekta Foundation is a not-for-profit trust that works at the intersection of youth and governance, bringing young people from […]

St. John’s Medical College Hospital (CBCI Society for Medical Education)

St John’s Medical College Hospital was an active part of the work against COVID-19, dealing with the surge with COVID care and beds during the years of the pandemic. They provided hospital beds and ICU beds and ventilatory support, and also ensured quality personal protective equipment, sanitisers, oxygens, masks and tubing for HFNC. They were […]

The Community Library Project

The Community Library Project believes all people should have access to books. They are a low-cost, people’s initiative that is committed to the work of building a movement for a publicly owned, free library system that is accessible to all. The project has 3 libraries in Delhi and Gurugram for 6000 children and adults, all […]

Synergy Sansthan

Synergy Sansthan grew from a view that despite being a large population in India, youth from rural and tribal communities are underrepresented in development agendas. The work began in madhya Pradesh, working for the rights of children, in Harda district where there began a platform for youth to develop their skills and potential to work […]

Slam Out Loud

Slam Out Loud uses the power of performance and visual arts to help build creative confidence life skills like communication, critical thinking and empathy for children from disadvantaged communities. It is an initiative that provides art-based learning to children from at-risk communities facing socioeconomic, physical or emotional barriers to exploring the Arts. The Delhi-based organisation […]

Publishing Next

Publishing Next is a conference held every September organised by CinnamonTeal Publishing, a Goa-based publishing house that provides publishing services to authors and publishers. The conference provides a platform for publishing professionals to meet and discuss relevant issues in Indian language publishing. They also have Industry Awards to reward talent in publishing for books. They […]

Project Potential

Project Potential is aimed towards a movement of self-empowered community leaders and change-makers working on sustainable rural development. They work on a number of programmes that focus on different sectors. eArth Kala Manch works to create an art and theatre team in every panchayat of rural India, creating awareness on topics of malnutrition, unemployment, education […]

Project Khel

Project Khel works with children between the ages of 8 and 18, including underprivileged children and school going children in low income schools, and offer age-appropriate and customised activities in the playground that are playful, fun and approachable which act as a safe learning space for children to open up and express themselves freely. They […]

Pratham Education Foundation (ASER)

Pratham is an innovative learning organization created to improve the quality of education in India. Pratham Education Foundation was set up in 1995 with the aim of providing pre-school education to children in the slums of Mumbai city, and has grown since then to become a large non-governmental organisation that works to provide education to […]

Pratham Books

Pratham Books responds to the primary problem in India that every second child in India cannotread at her grade level. The aim is to introduce children to the joy of reading, by creatingengaging storybooks in multiple languages and formats, with locations they can recognise, andcharacters with whom they can identify. The mission is to see […]

Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya

Kalkeri Sangeet Vidyalaya (KSV) provides free education in academics and performing arts to socio-economically disadvantaged children. In addition to schooling, KSV also provides food, accommodation and healthcare. Why are they the right choice for others:

Make A Difference

Make a Difference

Make a Difference offers community-powered social protection for vulnerable children and makes age appropriate interventions to enable them to break out of poverty within a generation. They provide individual care and attention and protection, starting with the age group of 10-13 years, hoping all children can have a reasonable quality of life without suffering and […]

IDIA Charitable Trust

IDIA started out as a student run movement in 2010. Now a registered trust, it DIA strives to provide access to quality legal information and education to underprivileged and under-represented communities with the aim of empowering them to help themselves and their communities. It runs with 600+ volunteers from leading law universities in India, who […]

Gram Vaani

Gram Vaani enables communities to use technologies and share information that can equip them to bring positive changes in their lives. They form participatory networks by identifying partners and community volunteers who can facilitate awareness and behaviour change, highlight local issues and work on grievance redressal. With their help, they mobilise the target communities to […]

Give Foundation (Give India)

Give India was created to bridge the gap between people who want to ‘give back’ and those who do work but need support. They focus on building trust in the social sector with due diligence of their partners, and transparency in how donations impact work on the ground. Their platform in India enables individuals and […]

EkStep Foundation

EkStep takes on the multidimensional problem of a lack of access to learning opportunities in India, working to improve literacy and numeracy and addressing this challenge at scale. EkStep has developed SunBird, an open source, configurable and modular digital infrastructure designed for scale and open sourced under MIT license. SunBird’s open digital infrastructure supports many […]

Edelgive Foundation


EdelGive Foundation is a grant-making organization, helping build and expand philanthropy in India by funding and supporting the growth of small to mid-sized grassroots NGOs committed to empowering vulnerable children through education, women through empowerment, and communities through resilience building. They support work that is community driven, high impact and at the grassroots, providing both […]

Center for Catalysing Change (C3)

C3 works to design solutions that will empower women and girls access their due entitlements. They view gender equality as essential for democracy and development, and towards this end equip women with practical life skills. Some key areas of work include equal participation of women in governance and leadership, access to reproductive and maternal health […]

Akshara Foundation

Akshara Foundation

Akshara Foundation focuses on quality education as the right of every child. Through the use oftechnology and digital infrastructure, they aim to bring education to all children. They offeraccessible technology-based innovations for teachers and children. This was conceived as atripartite partnership between the government, corporate and voluntary sector. Thus far, theyhave worked in Karnataka, Odisha […]

Indus Action

Indus Action has been working on enabling sustainable access to welfare rights for disadvantaged families through organizing and convening social leaders, consulting and diagnosing key issues and problems, and research. Its vision is to enable 2.5 million vulnerable people to access legislated rights. Working across three key areas of the Right to Education (reservation in […]

Wildlife SOS

Wildlife SOS is a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife, particularly elephants and bears, from exploitation and abuse, while also promoting conservation and awareness. Why they are the right choice for others: