The Dalit (Outcastes) and Scheduled Castes Communities in Bodhgaya District (Bihar) are among India's most backward and deprived population groups. Realizing that so much human talent gets lost because the village communities are locked into an agonizing status quo, Anand vzw aims at helping the villagers to self-organize their community development - mostly by providing basic health care and free, creative and enticing models of non-formal education.
Anand vzw is a Belgian registered charitable trust founded by Francis Laleman and Jerry Meuris. It partners with the local organisation Jeevan Deep, led by the able hands of Kailash Prasad, from his home in the village New Taridih, just outside Bodhgaya. Currently, the Jeevan Deep organisation encompasses ten villages and entails non formal educational centres (kindergarten and primary), basic amenities, health care, women groups, vocational training centres and the development of self-providing home industries.