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We will be remembered only if we give to our younger generation a prosperous and safe India, resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with civilization heritage. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Aubrey Maurice King-Lee

Growing up in the Tea Gardens of the Dooars (Bengal) gave me first hand insight into the plight of the rural folk. Their determination, kindness and simplicity left an indelible mark, a mark that make’s its presence felt today, a mark I carry with care for it illuminates my path. After completing my Masters in Business Administration from Christ University Bangalore, I entered the corporate world but the call to head back to rural India was loud. Four years later, I got the opportunity to answer that call through the State Bank of India Youth for India fellowship, (a 13 month fellowship that places young men and women in rural India so that they can learn, understand, develop, appreciate and give back to their country). I was placed in Pandhana, 20 km from the district of Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh working alongside the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSPI), one of the seven NGO’s that works with the fellowship. After my fellowship, I decided to return to Pandhana and continue my bathing bar operation in a small remote village called Udaypur Gaon, 13 Km from Pandhana and I have never looked back since. 

The Women of Udaypur Gaon

Being accepted by the village is a must. For any rural project to be successful three pillars must be adhered to. Consistency, continuity and constant monitoring. Without these, no work can be sustainable and behind those three pillars, you need people who believe in your work and your vision.  I had the privileged of being introduced to Rekha Di, a hardworking , kindhearted soul who immediately believed in my work. She along with two others, Kali Di and Tara Di (Di for big sister) got down to making my dream a reality. Their never give-up-attitude inspired me to keep on going no matter how difficult the road was and after months of toiling we got our small unit up and running. Their families are a constant source of encouragement and in rural India, family is everything. 

From  the left

  1. Kali Di
  2. Rekha Di
  3. Tara Di