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VWF works for the empowerment of women and the support of children and their families who are disadvantaged through poverty, illness or disability. The Charity aims to improve the life chances of its members through education and skills training and access to health and welfare resources.

Varanasi Welfare Foundation is working to:

  • Help young women and children break out of the cycle of poverty.
  • Provide work and educational opportunities for the poorest of families.
  • Improve the health of young women, children and their families.
  • Encourage young people to play a full and active role in their community.

Varanasi Welfare Foundation currently employs 14 local people, most of whom are women and for the majority this is their first paid employment. This is in line with our commitment to Empowering Women, enabling them to add to the family finances or to be financially independent

There are the three Directors of the charity; Linda, Ashish and Richard.

All the Directors give their time free of cost to provide the support & guidance needed to successfully develop the Foundation

Where VWF Works

Where VWF Works

Varanasi, also locally known as Benaras or 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 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.  This is the environment where VWF is working among the poorest of families.