"We know only too well
that what we are doing
is nothing more than a
drop in the ocean. But if
the drop were not there,
the ocean would be
1/ Letter from Akshy ́s
2/ What is Akshy 05
2.1/ Our Association 05
2.2/ How Akshy was born? 05
2.3/ Objetives and Values 06
2.4/ Our Team 07
3/ Where are we? 11
3.1/ Who benefits from our work? 12
3/ Cómo trabajamos y qué
3.1/ How we work and what we do? 14
3.2/ Integral Programme 15
4/ New projects 2017
5/ Origin and destination of
our resources 30
6/ Promotion and awareness 32
01/A letter from Akshy's
Raquel Mason Palomeque: President of Akshy
Dear Friends of Akshy,
Another year has gone by and in our 2017 Annual Report we have listed the activities we were able to
develop in our different projects, as always with sincere thanks to you all.
At the end of this academic year, in the Akshay school we were able to give certificates to another
group of children who completed their primary education and have now started in secondary.
Since the beginning of our activity here, our primary objective has been to have children complete
their primary education. Now we have before us yet another challenge: we are working to have them
finish secondary too. This year 6 pupils have managed it but there are still many who put an end to
their studies owing to difficult family circumstances or child marriage.
Interest among the villagers for the education of their children is growing and the number of pupils
too. We admitted a new group consisting mainly of girls, giving them the opportunity to have
schooling, since we believe in the saying: "Educate a girl and you are educating a family. Educate a
girl and you are educating the future" On requests from the people of the village of Nautapur, we
opened a new school since in this village there were none at all. The Shanti Niketan School is for little
ones who are keen to learn. With this we now have THREE SCHOOLS!
During the year we have tried to extend our impact in the programme for women by devoting more
time to workshops for them, with special emphasis on the importance of the microcredits for their
empowerment, and giving talks on the importance of education, the negative consequences of child
marriage and also on hygiene. It was gratifying to see how more people gradually joined us, how they
voluntarily took part in a direct manner or by helping to collect funds in the different events, allowing
the other projects as well as education to get under way.
Through our Awareness programme we were able to make contact with the youngest children, and
help establish a solidarity conscience among them; there is no doubt that the world needs supportive
people who can open their hearts and share with others. We had campaigns to purchase jumpers and
scarves and market stalls too where many people demonstrated to us the generosity and kindness of
We are only a small association but our efforts are aimed at little by little establishing it firmly through
our ongoing projects. Step by step we are obtaining results, believing at all times that education is the
tool for any change in which we can contribute towards the empowerment of the Dalit or
Furthermore, we are fully aware that Education must be accompanied by other projects for the benefit
of the community in general and these too we hope will also be consolidated in time. Your presence is
always of great importance to our Association; your strength and generosity make our work possible and
give us the spirit and enthusiasm to carry on. We wish to send an enormous THANK YOU for your
continued support from everyone in the AKSHY team.
Raquel Mónica Mason Palomeque
WHAT IS AKSHY?
Akshy India consists of a group of people
sponsors, members, supporters and friends
w i s h i n g t o c o n t r i b u t e v o l u n t a r i l y t o
alleviating some of the poverty and misery in
which a large part of Indian society exists.
We are a nonlucrative NGO which has as its
main objective the improvement, by means
of our different projects, of living conditions
for the most illtreated children, women and
old people in India, known as dalits or
In conformity with present legislation,
AKSHYINDIA is an NGO registered on 21 of
January 2007 as a nonlucrative Association
in the National Register of Associations at the
Spanish Home Office, number 588315, CIF
V84965912, and recognized by the Spanish
Agency for International Cooperation and
Development (AECID) having its seat in San
Lorenzo de El Escorial. AkshyIndia respects
the multiplicity of traditions, cultures and
religions of India, as well as its spirituality
How Akshy was born
AkshyIndia was started when Raquel Mason (Founder and Director) visited Bodhgaya, in the State
of Bihar, in the winter of 2005. She began to recognize in greater depth the realities of rural India,
the lack of equality existing among the castes and the needs of the population, especially of
children. In the village she visited where dalits or untouchables live, Rachel was impressed by
seeing a sick child whose name was Akshay. The poor boy looked sad, dirty, uncared for and
surrounded by misery. Rachel found a doctor to cure him. She knew its was impossible to turn
away and do nothing. She had to take action and began to realize that the only way to improve
the living conditions of these little ones was through education in its widest sense, offering them in
this way an opportunity to become adults with dignity.
Raquel began to send financial aid to cover the first needs of materials and, in the summer of
2006, a little school was opened in Amwan. In January 2007, the Akshy Association was formally
registered and, little by little, more people interested in offering their drop of water joined, all
wishing to help set up what is today the Akshy Asssociation.With the commitment of sponsors and
supporters, the team began to develop different programmes. Although our Association has grown
and new projects have arisen, we have always based our decisions on those principles on which
our NGO was founded; Akshy is a direct, humane association accessible to all those who wish to
We give great importance to
l i s t e n i n g t o t h e n e e d s o f
individual persons, respecting
their traditions and customs,
trying to understand the difficult
conditions and circumstances in
which they exist.
We are committed to continue
supporting them regularly and
seriously, and this encourages
them to trust us in our work so
t h a t s t e p b y s t e p w e c a n
increase our projects.
We work with values: ethics,
wisdom, responsibility and
altruism which, being universal,
can be shared by all persons
regardless of their age, culture,
race or religion, and are based
on the Programme of Universal
WHAT IS AKSHY?
Objectives and Values of
O u r a i m t o i s p r o m o t e t h e
development of the most ill
treated rural communities in
India, with special emphasis on
the untouchables, by means of
education and improving the
status of women, informing
them of their rights, defending
them, assuring and watching
that the appropriate laws are
We work to alleviate extreme
poverty, fight injustice and
assist in the obtaining of a
more equitable society w i t h
the same opportunities for this
ostracized sector of India,
k n o w n a s t h e d a l i t s o r
O u r a i m i s t o educate for a
meaningful life to develop the
i n d i v i d u a l ́ s p o t e n t i a l f o r
reaching happiness and personal
excellence, in turn contributing
to the welfare of others, to an
improved society and to a more
The values and attitudes stated
in the Universal Education Act
and which we take into account
in our programmes are essential
to the honest character of our
project. For more information on
the programme, please browse
"I am Raquel Mason, the Founder and Director of the Akshy
Association. I have lived in India since 2008 and I manage our
projects in the field with the help of both the team in Spain and
that in India. I wanted my life to have true meaning. I am
convinced that we should feel universal responsibility within
ourselves towards others also living in this world. For this reason,
I gave up my comfortable life in Spain to follow my dream of a
more fair world. Every success here gives me happiness"
"My name is Catalino Giraldo but everyone knows me as Tino
and I am a member of the board of the Association. I became
acquainted with this project through my wife in 2009. I was
pleasantly surprised by the work being done and made up my
mind to collaborate and involve my work colleagues as well. I
think I ́m getting there! My trip to India to see the work being
done by our Founder Rachel with the scarce means at her
disposal made me even more enthusiastic"
Our team consists of people wishing to help others by giving up some of their free time
to assist voluntarily in our enterprise.
"My name is Diego; I am the secretary and responsible for
events. My relationship with Akshy commenced as a member in
2011 and since then a solid friendship has been built up with the
Association and the values it represents. In 2013 on a trip
organized by Akshy, I visited the project in India. Seeing the
school and walking around the village of Amwan made me
understand at once the reasons for Akshy ́s very existence"
"Namaste. I am Ana De las Heras. Some years ago I went as a
volunteer to the Akshay Educational Centre. The pupils gave me
lessons on life that I could never have imagined and, since
then, I cooperate whenever I can in the area of communications"
"Hi everybody! My name is Rosa. I discovered this NGO through
a workmate who is very involved in works of charity. I began to
attend Akshy meetings now and again and met Rachel. My
husband Tino gave me a surprise present with the trip to the
Centre in India and I began to fall in love with this incredible
project which is being carried out with such scarcity of means
but which has motivated me to continue working for Akshy in
any way I can"
"I am Julia and my commitment to Life has led me to lend a
hand in the Akshy projects, helping with accounts and its little
markets in favour of the neediest people in this part of India"
Hilary Lunn: "Wherever possible I have always helped children
in difficult situations but when a friend explained how her
daughter wished to improve the life of dalit children in Bihar,
India, it sounded a wonderful idea and one in which I wanted to
cooperate with my translations into English"
"Namasté. I'm Juana. I was put in touch with Akshy through my
friends Diego and Pilar. I fell in love with the project,
discovering the smiles and happiness of children who are
now able to go to school every day, as well as the loving care
taken of the elderly and families. This moved me to take action
(helping with sponsorship, fairs, markets, solidarity suppers, etc.)
together with other members of Akshy, our goal being to make
a dream come true for part of the dalit population in India"
"My name is Pilar, I have been collaborating with Akshy
because I need to do something for other people. I know my
help is very small for so much poverty, but it is also true that
with you and with many other people many important things
are being done. I feel good collaborating with this small and
close association in the north of India. When I visited the school
in Amwan I reaffirm myself that love has no boarders."
Isabel Porres: "My work in the NGO started 3 and a half years
ago. I have travelled twice to Bodhgaya to share with teachers
and students different educational new tools, showing how it is
also possible to learn playing and having fun. With the idea of
reaffirming my work I made tattoos and solidarity jewellery to be
able to buy material for equipping classrooms".
"We are Roberto and Diana. We learned about Akshy through a
friend who travelled to India. From the very start it seemed to us
a special project where, while being small or perhaps because it
is small, one knows that the work being done is extraordinary.
For this reason we wanted to help by becoming members and
contributing with our knowledge of web design. Besides, we
still cherish the idea of going as volunteers once our children get
a little older..."
"We are Enrique and Maribel. We learned about the AKSHY
project during an organized trip to Amwan where we were able
to see in situ the good work being done by Raquel for the boys
and girls, for women and for the most needy old people.
Although Akshy has only scanty means, it manages to make
dreams come true, bringing human values and education to
very poor rural populations. Our visit truly made us more
conscious of the important task being undertaken and since
then we are members and collaborators, helping especially with
market stalls and the general organization of activities wherever
"Hello! We are Alexis and Ana. We had the good fortune to be
able to visit India in 2016 and while we were in Bodghaya,
were lucky enough to meet Raquel and hear of the AKSHY
School. We were most impressed by the impact Akshy was
having and how it is certainly changing life for the dalits. We
wanted to join in with our own grain of sand so since then, we
help by fund finding, getting new sponsors and trying to give as
much as we can. Thank you, AKSHY, for letting us join your
02/WHERE DO WE WORK?
Trabajamos en el noreste de India, en las aldeas de Amwan, Amwan Colony, Nautapur y Jaitiya, en
el estado de Bihar. Se trata de una zona donde se vive de la agricultura y donde no hay industria ni
otras alternativas laborales.
India es uno de los países que más rápidamente está creciendo en el mundo, incluso se espera que
se convierta en una de las economías más importantes en los próximos años. Pero paradójicamente,
según datos de la ONU, también tiene 300 millones de pobres, la mayor cantidad del planeta y más
que toda el África subsahariana junta, y unos 60 millones de niños están desnutridos, de manera
que el 80% de los niños entre 6 y 35 meses sufren anemia.
Bihar es el estado más atrasado de India, con una renta per cápita anual en 2008/2009 de 235 euros
(la del paı́s ese año se estipulaba en 646 euros). El 53% de la población es analfabeta (41%
hombres y 67 % mujeres), de los cuales el 95 % son "dálits" ("intocables"). Debido a la miseria y a
las desigualdades sociales el estado se encuentra sumergido en un caos económico. Sus
habitantes con frecuencia se ven obligados a emigrar a otros estados para ganar 200 rupias al dı́a (2
euros aproximadamente) en trabajos temporales (cosechas, obras de construcción...)
15% of the population of Bihar are dalits who own less than 2% of the cultivated land. In Bihar ́s
rural villages the caste system is still in force and there is significant discrimination with regard to
Akshy ́s aim is to give particular support to the weakest, ostracized caste, the dalits, who live in
extreme poverty and suffer as both social and financial outcasts. The dalits or untouchables are the
members of a caste born with the "untouchable" stigma as a result of the impurity or uncleanliness
of their traditional occupations.
They represent a community of some 170 million people in India. In Bihar there are almost 13
million dalits who have to face being ignored, discriminated and suffering violence from the
dominating castes which do not allow them to possess one of the basic human rights, their own
personal dignity. The Indian Constitution prohibits "untouchability", meaning that the superior
castes cannot oblige the dalits to take the unclean jobs but road sweeping, corpse removing, toilet
cleaning etc. are still carried out by them.
The dalit children have to sit apart in schools; in police stations no one listens to them and they are
treated badly; social workers refuse to visit dalit homes; access to the houses of other castes is
refused them and they can never sit at the same table to eat; in coffee bars they have different cups
and other utensils. In some towns they are not allowed to enter the temples or cremate their
deceased in the town's crematorium. They must keep their head down, work longer hours with lower
wages and take insults and physical punishment. Their women are raped by their bosses as a form of
punishment or humiliation.
We work in the districts set aside expressly for the "untouchables", in the villages close to Bodhgaya
such as Amwan, Nautapur and Amwan Colony, as well as in remote rural villages which become
isolated during the Monsoon season such as Jaitiya and Laxmipur. These village districts have no
sanitary infrastructure or access by road. The dwellers there live in mud and straw huts, with one or
two rooms for the whole family, no bathroom, light or running water; they have to share water
pumps with the other neighbours.
Who benefits from our work?
03/HOW WE WORK AND
WHAT WE DO
We have an integral programme which consists in different projects, starting with education and
health awareness and finishing with environmental awareness.
All our projects are directed to the most meeded sector of the indian society.
rate of literacy, dignify the
position of the woman within
i n d i a n r u r a l s o c i e t y a n d
encourage attention to the old
To this purpose, we have a n
integral programme composed
of different projects adapted to
t h e a r e a i n w h i c h A k s h y
o p e r a t e s : B o d h g a y a a n d
surrounding villages in the
State of Bihar (North East
A k s h y A s s o c i a t i o n works
directly on its projects in the
field in India w i t h n o l o c a l
c o u n t e r p a r t , p e r s o n a l l y
developing and managing the
a c t i v i t y . I n t h i s w a y
management costs are reduced.
Each project is supervised from
start to finish, ensuring correct
handling in a part of India
where corruption is rife.
We obtain firsthand information
from direct contact with the
people and this helps us to
manage the projects correctly
and also remain faithful to our
WHAT WE DO
How we work
Aware of the fact that the
future of a country depends on
its schools, our mode of action
i s a l w a y s f o c u s e d o n
education. We believe that
this is the best way for those
m o s t i n n e e d t o r e a c h a
m i n i m u m s t a n d a r d o f
wellbeing which could be
perpetuated in time.
Firstly, we develop the area of
child education. In addition to
providing schooling, food,
medical attention, emotional
support, e t c . f o r t h e m o s t
vulnerable children, we also
work on projects favouring
development and the health
of the community in which
they live. These children, once
taught to read andwrite, will
contribute to improve the
living conditions of those
around them. For this reason
w e p l a c e v e r y s p e c i a l
emphasis of the education of
girls. T h e y a r e t h e f u t u r e
mothers who will be in charge
of transmitting to their sons
and daughters the importance
o f a t t e n d i n g s c h o o l a n d
receiving an education. In this
connection, Akshy ́s education
p r o g r a m m e a t t e m p t s t o
convince the children of the
importance of developing
b e h a v i o u r a l a n d healthy
habits which will endow them
with the dignity due to them as
We believe, therefore, that the
care and education of the boys
and girls will not only dignify
future generations but will give
a position of greater relevance
to women and also teach the
c h i l d r e n t o v a l u e t h e
importance of respecting and
assisting the old people and
those with discapacity.
The relevance of our project is
s o c i a l a n d f o r c o m m u n i t y
integration, deriving from
education as the instrument of
The establishing of schools
creates a strong bond between
t h e p o p u l a t i o n a n d o u r
Association, at the same time
giving rise to a trust in us which
draws us nearer to the women
and old people. This also
allows us better access to their
problems, to see more easily
their needs and so be able to
act by laying down a base or
structure which will make it
possible for both the women
and their children in the future
to enjoy improved social and
e c o n o m i c o p p o r t u n i t i e s ,
p e r h a p s b e i n g a b l e t o
generate their own source of
income, thus breaking down
the vicious circle of poverty.
As will be explained in later
chapters, our prime objectives
are to improve the conditions
of the dalit boys and girls
through education, raise their
The Akshay School, in
It was started in 2006. T h e
boys and girls attending our
school are the first generation
of the "untouchable" caste to
become literate in Amwan.
The school is located in our
E d u c a t i o n a l C e n t r e
inaugurated in 2012 where
various different programmes
are developed. At the present
t i m e a r o u n d 1 5 5 c h i l d r e n
attend the Akshay School in 7
different classes. We teach up
to 5th Grade, the end of the
primary cycle in India, and
f o l l o w t h e c u r r i c u l u m o f
subjects stipulated by the
The Kamal Infant Center,
in the vilage of Jaitiya:
Opened in 2013 a n d a s o f
today has 38 children in two
classes. The school is in
Jaitiya, a rural village distant
from Bodhgaya where more
t h a n h a l f t h e p o p u l a t i o n
b e l o n g s t o t h e
With this Infant Centre our
i d e a i s t o e n c o u r a g e a n
interest in education both in
the children and the parents
in this isolated village. With
regular daily classes imparted
by two teachers, parents begin
to realize that our project is
serious and they become
Primary Education Project
We have three primary education schools. The children ́s ages range from 4 to 12 years old. In the
Centre as well as the official subjects, they learn to express themselves, to take part in the
programme of ethical values, have an opportunity in the plastic arts, value the environment and
grow up with dignity, In our Environment programme we include different activities for the children
so they become aware of the importance of living in surroundings free from plastic rubbish and filth.
They are also taught the importance of not wasting but taking care of their natural resources.
Shanti Niketan School:
In 2017 we opened this little
infant school in the village of
N a u t a p u r . I t h a s t w o
classrooms with 35 pupils.
The project was initiated on
the request of parents from
the village since, being close
t o A m w a n , s o m e o f t h e
children who live there come
to our Akshay Educational
C entre and parents were
b e g i n n i n g t o r e a l i z e t h e
importance for their children
of receiving education. These
parents have undertaken to do
all maintenance and cleaning
of the classrooms as well as
having previously carried out
the work involved in making it
suitable for a school, viz. our
NGO provided the materials
and they did the work.
i n t h e i r s t u d i e s b y d a i l y
s e s s i o n s i n t h e A k s h a y
It must be mentioned here that
the secondary education of our
g i r l s r e p r e s e n t s a t r u e
challenge if we bear in mind
the traditional obstacles of
child marriages and work in
The fact that girls can have
access to secondary education
is extremely important since,
while being really hard to get
them to the primary level,
access to a secondary school
signifies a drastic change and
efforts which must be given
their full due..
V e r y f e w f a m i l i e s o f
"untouchable" g i r l s a l l o w
t h e m t o c o n t i n u e w i t h
secondary studies once they
complete primary; they have
t o t a k e c h a r g e o f t h e
h o u s e w o r k o r p r e p a r e
themselves for marriage.
With the support we provide for
secondary education, the girls
and their families accept a
short delay in marrying them
wich in turn enables them to
continue their learning procces
fot a few more years.
Secondary Education Project
W e f i n a n c e Secondary
Education for those children
who wish to continue once
they have completed Year 5
Iin the Akshay School and
when their parents agree. With
our help they have access to
more advanced studies.
At present we are paying
secondary education for 21
pupils at various schools in
Bodhgaya. T h e y a r e n o w
mixing with boys and girls from
all different castes. Their
academic life is in different
surroundings but they continue
t h e i r e d u c a t i o n i n ethical
values and environmental aw
areness as well as support
Photo gallery: Education
In the Akshay Education Centre private classes and study hours are provided each day for children
at primary level who need extra help as well as for those with special educational needs.
The primary school children with learning problems receive help in private classes with a teacher in
Once the children complete their primary education, it is important that they have support and
encouragement to continue their studies with tutors to guide them.
With our Support Project, the children can continue their secondary education and receive help in
daily private classes during which the teachers can clarify doubts and revise the subjects studied at
By means of this project the children/adolescents reach a better understanding of their subjects and
can enter their exams adequately prepared.
Study Revision and Support Project
Medical Attention and Preventive Care
It is also of vital importance that the children
have access to qualified medical attention.
Since their families cannot afford to pay for a
doctor and medicines they have resort to
witch doctors or rural medical men with no
qualifications and this often causes an
aggravation of the illness even to the point of
We have a nurse who provides first aid and
also explains to parents how they should
administer the medicines to their children.
We finance visits to qualified doctors and the
relevant medicines, vaccination campaigns,
every day sickness care and first aid, as well
as giving informative health talks in school
hours to stress to pupils the importance of
hygiene or tell them about changes during
p u b e r t y a n d o t h e r t y p i c a l m a t t e r s o f
Preventive healthcare. We hold talks and
p r a c t i c a l workshops f o r t h e v i l l a g e
c o m m u n i t i e s w e v i s i t i n w h i c h h e a l t h
representatives inform them of how to prevent
illness or how and where they can receive
They are given information on the most
common of their illnesses such as malaria,
diarrhea, dehydration, sunstroke, burns,
tuberculosis and VIH. Furthermore, talks and
informative activities are arranged with regard
to problems caused by child marriages,
alcoholism, u n d e r n o u r i s h m e n t , t h e
inappropriate care of babies of pregnancy.
This project is designed to meet
our objective of reaching out to
other sectors of society as well as
to the children, in such a way that
the Akshay Educational Centre
act as a pilar of support for the
I t i s d i r e c t e d t o t h e a d u l t
c o m m u n i t i e s o f Amwan,
Nautapur, and Amway Colony
who have been abandoned by
t h e i r f a m i l i e s a n d e x i s t
u n p r o t e c t e d i n s u b h u m a n
T h e precarious economies o f
t h e f a m i l i e s i n r u r a l a r e a s
together with the fact that they
b e l o n g t o t h e "untouchable"
caste, p l a c e t h e m i n a n
atrociously vulnerable position.
When families have nothing to
s p a r e , i n o r d e r t h a t o t h e r
members can survive, the old and
disabled are separated from the
f a m i l y c i r c l e , r e l e g a t e d t o
isolation and extreme poverty.
W i t h o u r p r o g r a m m e w e
guarantee that they can have a
roof over their head, a meal each
day, be clothed and attended by
a d o c t o r , i n s h o r t h a v e the
minimum necessary for survival.
We build or repair their huts so
they have a roof, give them doors
so they feel safe, bunks so they do
not have to sleep on the ground
c l o t h e s s o t h e i r b o d i e s a r e
covered and, in winter, blankets to
keep them warm.
T h e primary and secondary
pupils help in developing this
programme by attending to
the old and disabled. In this w
a y t h e y learn solidarity,
respect for older and weaker
persons or those with physical
impediments, to be generous
with their time, to open their
hearts and be kind.
"DadaDadi" Project of attention to the old and
In addition they also receive
medical care and medicines
when they are ill and aid with
Twice a month they come to
our Centre where we give
them a special meal.
W e listen to them and stay
with them so they can tell us
their needs. They also join our
students in celebrations held
in the Centre.
Photo gallery: Health and DadaDadi
The Water Pump Project
T h e shortage of water o r
contaminated water are the
m a i n c a u s e s o f g a s t r o
intestinal problems in the
Many villages have to share
a water pump among over
We build water pumps i n
rural villages of this area and
s h o w t h e p e o p l e h o w t o
Our plan is that they have
clean water t o d r i n k , f o r
personal hygiene or cooking
a n d s o avoid Illness a n d
T h e g r o u p s a r e mixed,
married women and young
adolescents together so that
they share space and activity.
Women from different castes
also join and this is a fine
opportunity for encouraging a
f e e l i n g o f u n i t y a n d
i n t e g r a t i o n a m o n g t h e m
regardless of the caste to
which they belong.
The women ́s course lasts for
six months on an everyday
basis and when completed
and the final exam passed
they obtain a diploma. They
all learn to make clothes for
L a t e r t h e y c a n t a k e a n
advanced course where they
are taught other techniques,
s u c h a s t e x t i l e p a i n t i n g ,
embroidery, making uniforms,
bags, purses, tablecloths etc.
all of which give them the
o p p o r t u n i t y t o r e c e i v e
payment for their work a n d
s o h e l p i n t h e d o m e s t i c
The Sewing Centre Project 'Women United Mahila Ekta
This project is available for
all women adults, young girls
a n d a d o l e s c e n t s i n t h e
villages of Amwan, Nautapur
and Amwan Colony to learn
a trade (even have their own
workshop in the future) or
simply learn to sew or make
clothes for their families.
The workshop is also a place
where they can meet, chat
a n d a n d s h a r e t h e i r
experiences and problems.
The women who are illiterate
have some basic classes first
so they can follow the course.
Photo gallery: Women
Following is a short outline of the results of the projects mentioned at the start of the 2017 Annual
We continued to give primary education to 244 children from the towns of Amway, Nautapur,
Amway Colony and Jaitiya.
Primary education was also given in the Akshay School, at the Kamal Nursery Centre and in
the Shanti Niketan School.
The children have been given all their school materials free, as well as the uniform and medical
attention and have taken part in different activities.
10 children finished primary school. They are the fifth promotion.
20 adolescents have followed their courses in different centres in Bodhgaya, being supervised
daily by our staff, so ensuring they are successful in their studies.
At the same time they have taken part on Sundays in different activities held in our Centre, such as
conversation in English, debates, watching educational films, contests, etc.
In the afternoons they have had support classes to consider their school studies in greater depth.
In 2017 six boys and one girl were awarded the Certificate of Secondary Education with marks of
over 80% in the exam.
One of the students who began her education in
our school ten years ago has successfully completed
her secondary education and was given the
MATRIC. certificate. She has now started advanced
studies, with our continuing support at all times.
She is the first Dalit girl in the Amway community to
complete her secondary studies in English with
an 82% result.
Sometimes the poverty in these families
is so terrible that we have to take actions
going beyond our normal work. This
was the case of two children whose
families could not afford to keep them,
given the extreme poverty in which they
live, not even being able to feed them.
We managed to get them, with the
consent of their families, into a private
boarding school where they now have
schooling, meals, a bed and tutorial
support. T h e r e h a s b e e n a n
outstanding positive change in these
children both in their physical aspect
and their general attitude; they have
adapted very well to the studies.
Shanti Niketan School
In 2017 we opened this little
infant school in the village of
Nautapur. It has two classrooms
with 35 pupils. The project was
i n i t i a t e d o n t h e r e q u e s t o f
parents from the village since,
being close to Amwan, some of
the children who live there come
t o o u r A k s h a y E d u c a t i o n a l
C e n t r e a n d p a r e n t s w e r e
b e g i n n i n g t o r e a l i z e t h e
importance for their children of
These parents have undertaken
t o d o a l l m a i n t e n a n c e a n d
cleaning of the classrooms as
well as having previously carried
out the work involved in making
it suitable for a school, viz. our
NGO provided the materials and
they did the work. Support and help in applying to join government programmes
The Government of India has a study programme with grants for attending boarding schools for which
students can apply although access is difficult. This State programme is for children from rural areas
with academic potentials; the curriculum is in English and they can study there up to Year 12. Owing
to the lack of information as well as the complicated bureaucracy involved, very few Dalit boys and
girls apply or benefit from them. We have a project whereby we prepare the children academically
to pass the entrance exam as well as assisting with all the prior paperwork etc. they need to file
their applications. If they are admitted we then take care of their wellbeing and watch over their
studies too. This year two boys were admitted to Class 11.
Preventive Health Care
183 children from our schools and those in
Secondary education have received specific
medical attention when necessary, including
medicines and specialists.
Hygiene female materials were share out
w i t h t e e n a g e s t u d e n t s a n d w e m a d e
workshop with them.
23 students have received vaccination of
16 old people abandoned by their families or with no family, widows or disabled, have
been given assistance through DadaDadi project. They have received from us twice a month
enough to food to cover basic needs.
We have repaired the roofs of their dwellings with tiles instead of straw to avoid Monsoon
rains seeping in. They were given a bed each so they did not have to sleep on the floor, as
was the norm up to now..
They have also received from us blankets and clothes in winter in order to prevent them
against low temperatures.
As usual in this programme, all of them have
received support from our oldest students.
We have taken all the necessary steps so that
those taking part in this project collect all pensions
due to them from the Government.
Through us they have also received free medical
We have talked to these people too on the
importance of hygiene to avoid illness.
We had a special handout of
blankets to the people in to
our DadaDadi project.
Similarly we gave jumpers
and scarves to 240 children
in the different schools as
none of them had suitable
warm clothing and winters are
Projecto for Women
The women taking part in
t h e Microcredits Project ( a
total of 120) have continued to
use the money they saved for
buying seeds or doors for their
dwellings, for paying medical
bills, repairing roofs or starting
small businesses without
h a v i n g t o h a v e r e s o r t t o
moneylenders. The project is
open to different groups of
w o m e n i n a l l t h e v i l l a g e s
where we work.
After attending a Sewing
Course f o r 6 m o n t h s , 2 0
w o m e n h a v e g a i n e d t h e i r
S e w i n g C e r t i f i c a t e w h i c h
allows them to work for others.
A group of 18 women has
also completed the Beauty
Course during which they were
taught how to use henna, to
prepare brides (hairdressing,
m a k e u p , e t c . ) f o r t h e i r
weddings. Thanks to our
course and its certificate they
can now earn money doing
this type of work in the village
when there are weddings or
Similarly we held a signature
workshop in which the village
women were taught to write
their names so they can sign
when opening a bank account
a n d t a k e p a r t i n t h e
EXPENSES 2017 67.430,92 euros
Education project Akshay School 37.937,07 euros
Education project Kamal School 5.184,40 euros
Education project Shant Niketan School 1.847,36 euros
Secondary Education 11.043,80 euros
Health care project 3.998,63 euros
DadaDadi project 1.451,20 euros
Women project 513,41 euros
Bazaar and events 772,70 euros
Bank charges and refunds 1.551,06 euros
Currency adjustment and others 1.591,32 euros
We have various promotional activities directed towards the different types of public (from children to
adults) aimed at making them aware of the needs of the poorer countries.
We propose alternatives for reconsidering and contemplating generosity and compassion and
stimulating a social and humane conscience. We give talks on the present and historic situation of
India as also on the particular needs of Amwan and its community. We do this in order to have
children and adults become more aware of the importance of the most universal of human values:
education and respect.
To carry out this work of awareness and information we organize presentations and workshops in
various scenarios (town halls, universities, companies, yoga centres, etc.), prepare reunions in private
houses, hold photography exhibitions on Akshy and India ́s reality, arrange charity concerts and
suppers in the houses of friends, take part in different solidarity fairs and give interviews on the radio,
all aimed at making the general public more aware of what happens "there" with a better life "here".
PUBLICITY AND AWARENESS
Events held in 2017
10th Anniversary celebration
2017 was a very special year since in it we completed our first 10 years of work in India. We
celebrated this anniversary with a party during which we had the opportunity to meet again many of
our sponsors and members without whom none of this would be possible.
Events, markets and other initiatives
Each year, with the help of our collaborators, we carry out different activities in Spain. It can be said
that some are being consolidated since they have taken place regularly throughout the last few years,
but others happen almost spontaneously through children and grownups who put into practice their
own ideas for collecting funds for the benefit of our NGO or for making people aware of the alarming
situation lived in and suffered by the rural population in India where we work. In this connection, in
2017 a dinner was organized in the Ecocentro Restaurant in Madrid, a Yoga Workshop was held in
Malaga and a Solidarity Day was prepared by the students of the San Lorenzo State College in
Ezcaray (Logroño) during which they sold tapas of Spanish omelette, all proceeds going to Akshy. We
also took part in the Cultural Programme of the Rioja Ibercaja Centre with a day devoted to talks on
"Give Me Education and I Will Change the World".
In addition, we visited the Pomme D´Appi infant school and talked to the pupils about our work,
making them more aware of how the Dalits live. We also joined in the Solidarity Saturday in San
Lorenzo de El Escorial with a stall in the solidarity market.
Another of our activities was to put into action, via the Dohelping platform, this particiular means of
financing the purchase of warm clothing for the pupils of our schools. 240 children benefitted from
PUBLICITY AND AWARENESS
Events held in 2017
This year, many of our helpers have given us their art work, through the sale of handpainted mugs
and a CD of guided meditations inspired in Varanasi, the benefits from which were shared among
the different projects of our NGO.
Our youngest members also wanted to take part in organizing market stalls by the swimming pool in
their colony of houses or in their schools; not only did they collect funds for the projects but they also
passed on to their classmates and friends their reasons for being supportive and told them how other
children of their own age live a reality very far reached from theirs. Solidarity again came from the
hands of the Gaelic Mercenary Group.
Give presents of smiles
More and more people are experiencing their own need to share their Birthday, Wedding, First
Communion, etc. gifts with the children, the women, the elderly or disabled who need help in India.
Thanks to this we collected donations which will go towards financing our different programmes there.
Thank you for belonging to Akshy
Having managed to read to the end of this Annual Report, you will now be fully aware of the number of
projects we have been able to introduce in our part of India, although none of them would have been
possible without the support and financial assistance of each and every one of those persons who
believe in us and have given us their assistance.
In the field we have had visits from different volunteers who came to share part of their time here and
held some interesting workshops. On returning to their countries of origin they have continued to help
us, telling their friends and contacts about the work we do in India.
In Spain too we have a group of volunteers always ready to lend a hand when we ask them.
We wish to devote these last lines to the sponsors, members, helpers, companies, associations and
friends of the AKSHY ASSOCIATION without whom nothing would be possible. As our leitmotiv goes:
"Sometimes we feel that what we do is a drop in the ocean, but what would the ocean be without its
Office in Spain:
Patriarca San José, 2bis1ºD. 28200. San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Madrid
Telephones: 91 2420721 / 619792834
Office in India:
Akshay Educational Centre
Bodhgaya. 824231 Distt. Gaya. Bihar