Empowering women to lead the way

Friends of Barefoot College--Australia exists to fund innovative global programs.

We believe in the proven track record of Barefoot College to provide vital learning experiences for women and girls throughout the global south.

Every contribution is a direct connection between a benefactor to a woman or girl poised to make a lasting difference.


Our focus areas


Solar energy provides electricity and reduces carbon emissions. It is also a catalyst to boost income and provide self-reliant villages.
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Barefoot climate solutions from remote corners of the world provide a model for lasting impact.
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Barefoot educates more than 7,000 children each year by making academic subjects relevant to rural lifestyles. 
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Thousands of people receive training to become Barefoot professionals in a variety of careers that help sustain the local economy and community.
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"The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write,
but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

— Alvin Toffler

Our Fiscal Partner

The Human Kind Project exists to end poverty and hunger in the world by 2030, aligned with the Global Goals. Our vision is a world where every human has equal access to education, health and opportunity and we do this by connecting brands and thought leaders to global projects that change the world.


Digital Night Schools

Digital technology powered by Barefoot

The Human Kind Project partners with Barefoot College, which provides hands on, practical education to children who are not able to attend school during the day due to family responsibilities such as farming, livestock breeding and household chores. The informal environment utilizes innovative learning tools to teach literacy, democratic values, environmental sustainability, and mathematic and scientific skills. Giving them access to knowledge financially impacts the girl’s family, which in turn increases the age of the marriage for the girl. This has reduced abuse and poverty for a girl and the next generations. $150 US sustains a child for a whole year of education.


We believe in the central role of women as changemakers.

By funding the Enriche Curriculum, we help give women the tools and training they need to become agents of sustainable change. The Enriche Curriculum is a supplementary program that all Barefoot Solar Engineer trainees receive during their stay at the Barefoot College.


Regional Training Centres

Barefoot Regional Training Centers are launching across the global south

Training women in solar electrification and engineering addresses fourteen of the sustainable development goals. In October, Meagan Fallone, CEO, Barefoot College International signed an agreement with government officials from Fiji and India to build Fiji Barefoot College, a new regional center in Fiji in Vanua Levu. The center will train sixty women a year to be solar engineers and start enterprise activities through the Enriche training. Fallone says once these women return to their communities, they will be able to train other women to contribute towards green initiatives against climate change. “


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About Us

Barefoot College is a 45 year old not-for-profit entity registered in India. In order to create a way for global donors to support barefoot’s missions, Friends of Barefoot College International was created to support specific projects in Barefoot College’s global expansion activities. Donations on this page are tax deductible thanks to FOBC-Australia’s fiscal sponsor Human Kind Project.