Barefoot College

When he finished college, Bunker Roy was positioned to live a life of ease and privilege in urban Indian society. To his family's dismay, he chose instead to go live in an impoverished village "for a while." He's never left. Amazed and impressed by the skills and character of the often illiterate villagers, Roy saw them as invaluable teachers. He founded the Barefoot College to bring together such knowledgable people to share what they know with others. None of the Barefoot College faculty members have degrees of any kind; Roy calls them "barefoot professionals." And the Giraffe Heroes Project has honored them as well as Roy for sticking their necks out to teach others about solar energy, clean water, handicrafts, wasteland restoration and health care. Go to the Barefoot College website and you'll be amazed by what they're accomplishing.