Rakhi Foundation helps discriminated populations
Rakhi Foundation puts into action the main global goals of the millennium of the United Nations
This goals were prepared by Dr Fernand de Varennes RP, Doyen, United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues in the world.
In South India, “Dalits” and “Irulars”
The Dalits, of lower castes, are often discriminated.
The Irulars are very old semi-nomadic populations that are part of the “out-castes”.
Their main economic activity is the hunt for vipers, cobras, and rats: they sell snake venoms to the labs, and are also paid by farmers who are rid of rats.
Danielle Brochier is the president of Rakhi Foundation.
She belongs to family of Silky Lyonnais, discovered India in 1973. She worked for several years in Bangalore, Karnataka, in a textile manufacturer. Then, further south, in Tamil Nadu, between 2004 and 2014.
Touched by the distress of children in Pondicherry and its region, she accompanied many educational projects in the most disadvantaged areas, before creating Rakhi Foundation.
Rakhi is the name of the bracelet that is handed over to an esteemed person in his family, or to a friend of another caste during an annual Hindu festival, in late August, the “Raksha Bandan” or “Rakhi Festival”.
Several social actions are carried out by Enlight Mission for the Dalits and Irulars, thanks to the financial support of Rakhi Foundation.
Albert Velankanni created Enlight Mission in May 2014, an Indian association of which he is the president. He’s the Indian partner who ensures the smooth running of Rakhi Foundation projects.
The Hospitaller Order of Saint-Gabriel
The Hospitaller Order of Saint-Gabriel is our first French partner. Since 2015, he participates in our work with Irulars women and children.
Rakhi Foundation and Enlight Mission, with the support of the Hospitaller Order of Saint-Gabriel, contribute to the economic and social development of Irulars and Dalits by:
- obtaining identity cards and property land,
- children’s education,
- training women,
- donation of goats to families.