Bunker Roy and Megan FalloneBunker Roy and Megan Fallone to Discuss the "Barefoot Approach"

On April 21st and 22nd, the SU Humanities Center in conjunction with the South Asia Center and Cornell University’s South Asia Program, will host Sanjit “Bunker” Roy, founder of Barefoot College, and Megan Fallone, CEO of Barefoot College International, to give a talk on the Barefoot approach to rural development and poverty alleviation. The talk on April 21st will take place in Maxwell Auditorium at 5:30 PM and the talk on April 22nd will take place in the Gateway Center at SUNY ESF at 7:00 PM.

The Barefoot College, located in Tilonia, Rajasthan, is the only college built by and for the rural poor with a focus on decentralizing and demystifying technology, placing it in the hands of those most in need. Its "Barefoot Approach” to empowering communities towards self-sufficiency is grounded on the lifestyle and work of Mahatma Gandhi. The college has successfully trained grandmothers from throughout the developing world to be solar engineers so that they can bring electricity to their remote villages.

Roy and Fallone will share some of the “barefoot solutions” that have transformed the lives of more than 3 million rural people across 75 countries in the developing world--“solutions” that center on solar energy, water, education, connectivity, health care, handicrafts and the empowerment of women.