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White Washed Wood

Our Story

In 2018, Agnel had a vision - To create and empower women from the underprivileged sector.

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Having himself grown up in an orphanage,

he witnessed discrimination against girls.

He was particularly affected by the plight of girls and women in his country and aware that only EDUCATION can make changes to  mindsets.



The lessons he learned during his childhood in the orphanage and his incredible tenacity helped him continue his studies to become a sports teacher.

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In April 2020, following Covid, Indian schools closed and he found himself out of work.

After a few months of discussions, he was persuaded by family  to work in Switzerland in 2021.

One year later, in 2022, after 18 months of total closure, classes partially- resumed in India and Agnel decided to come to Pune to bring his project to life.

Image by Markus Spiske

His stay in Switzerland, which he could have extended if he had wished, and his strong view reinstated by the culture in Switzerland - our society and the school system - only reinforced his conviction that a good education is essential to make advancements in the situation of girls and women in India.


Touched by his stubbornness and his sincere heart and deep desire to open this school, his family in Switzerland looked for what could be the best solution to help him implement his project and quickly the creation of an association became the first step.

Kids in Preschool
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This is how the association was born on October 6, 2022.


which means ray of hope – for girls from poor neighborhood.


With the help of a local lawyer, the authorizations requested by the Government of India are being processed for the opening of two preschool classes at the primary level.

The project is progressing rapidly India as well as in Switzerland. We should be ready to receive 40 students for the next school year school - starting June 2023.

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