Education is the key to a better future so here at VWF we are providing work and vocational skills for young women, and schooling for children from the slums. We also run health awareness programmes and access to low cost and free medicines.
More than 1500 young women and children have benefited from the support provided at the VWF Education and Skills Centre in the Cantonment area of Varanasi and through our rural outreach programmes.


Working for the Empowerment of Women through Education and by

breaking the cycle of poverty for Women and Children.

Where VWF Works

Varanasi, also locally known as Banaras and Kashi, is a city situated on the banks of the River Ganges in the Indian state of Uttar-Pradesh, 320 kilometres (199 miles) southeast of state capital Lucknow. It is probably one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest city in India.
Varanasi is a religious hub, a Holy Place for many religions.
However much of the population is extremely poor, with little or no opportunity to improve their situation and in a country where if you do not work or earn money in some way, you do not eat.
Varanasi is a place where families stretching back whole generations have never been to school.
Within the inner city of Varanasi there are many slum areas where more than 200,000 people live without running water, electricity and without even the most basic of sanitation facilities. This is an “official” figure the real number is likely to be very much higher.
Much of the city still depends on a system of open sewers which regularly overflow especially during the rainy season.
Whole families live on the street where their only shelter is a piece of cloth stretched out and held up by a couple of sticks. Here they will sleep, cook and carry on life as best they can. It is a common sight to see people defecating in public or sitting on the pavement pouring water that they have carried in buckets from a standpipe, over themselves in an effort to stay clean and wash off the dust of the city.

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