association 'Loi 1901' founded on 5 June 2017.
To allow the local
population to live with dignity in a
healthy environment through adequate
education and resources.
To download our statutes
in pdf format, click
here (French text only).
Communication Officer & Teacher
Co-founder of this association, Violette (Vio)
is French and has been living in India for 10
years. She is married to Vijay from Khajuraho.
Vio has many skills, and for several years she
has been teaching English, Hindi, as well as
(a disciple of Pt. Sukhdev Prasad Mishra in
Varanasi) North Indian violin. She is also the
manager of our homestay and is the designer of
this website. She is involved in several other
NGOs such as the French association Partage
et Culture Sarasvati (for which she acts
as vice-president) and the Swiss association Taaro
ke Bacche (for which she is responsible
for media communication).
More about Vio : her
story on our the blog of partners
Ganpati • her
website • her
|VIJAY (BRAJESH) SONI
Social Worker & Literacy Project
Co-founder of the association, Vijay is the
owner of our homestay
Friends in Khajuraho and of our family shop Lakshmana
Handicrafts, which specialises in brass
and bronze. He has been head of his family
since he was a teenager, which means a lot in
India! He is devoted and charismatic, and he
has a strong popularity and influence in
Khajuraho. Before the creation of our
association, Vijay was already involved in
social work since 2010 through the German NGO
Bank and French association Partage
et Culture Sarasvati.
More about Vijay's
story on the blog of our partners
Co-founder of the association, Aurélie is also
the founder of Centre Prana,
a unique Indian healthcare and yoga centre for
all in Vienne, France. She is a yoga teacher
and also holds a Masters degree in social
entrepreneurship. She has great experience in
the associative world and holds India very
close to her heart.
Literacy Project Teacher
Ravi is Vijay's younger brother. He holds a
bachelor's degree in mathematics as well as
certificates in hotel management and computer
science, and is an excellent guide. He is
currently studying German at the Goethe
Institute in Delhi, and whenever he can when
visiting Khajuraho, he teaches on the literacy
For many years, Vijay and
Vio had been involved in various NGOs, not
only in Khajuraho but also in Varanasi
(Banaras, the Hindus' holy city on the River
Ganges in Uttar Pradesh). Later, based in
Khajuraho, they were doing what they could to
act locally and make their surroundings a
better place. Since 2010 they have been
sponsoring two children and have been involved
with the actions of German NGO Blue Bank which
seeks to improve environmental awareness among
local children and adults... On and off Vio
gave free English and violin classes to a few
children, while Vijay distributed clothes to
poor families in nearby villages.
They met Aurélie in Khajuraho during her yoga
teacher training course in January 2016, who
opened their eyes and encouraged them to
create their own NGO so that they could
concentrate their socio-educational actions
into an integrated project that could develop.
And the seed was planted...
Nine months after their meeting, in September
2016, the first English class of the future
Different School took place. In November,
campaign for the school was launched, and 40
days later the requested €3500 were collected.
In December, thanks to the world wide web's
magic (and probably also to a boost from the
universe!), they met the Norwegian woman
Cathrine Bergjordet who, a few months later,
founded her own association Ganpati
Norway to begin in partnership with them
a sponsorship, a literacy project and clothing
distributions in a small village near
Khajuraho. Finally, it was obvious that they
would found the French association Friends in
Khajuraho with Aurélie, in June 2017...
Documents for download.
Please do not hesitate to download and print
brochure (in pdf format) to distribute
it around you!
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