The George Foundation was
established in January 1995 in Bangalore, India, as a not-for-profit organization
under the Indian Trust Act. Our mission is to work towards poverty eradication
in India, promote environmental health, and strengthen democratic institutions
and values in developing countries. Consistent with this mission, the
Foundation initially embarked on two major projects:
Shanti Bhavan: Facility to house and educate at a time 336 children
of deprived backgrounds from pre-school to grade 12. It is a world-class
institution committed to excellence and globally shared values.
Lead-Free: Infrastructure to test for blood lead levels in urban
population throughout India. In 1998-99, the project conducted
25,000 blood tests of children, pregnant women, and emergency referrals,
and this study led to a world conference in Bangalore in 1999 that resulted
in the initiation of prevention measures by the Government of India and
several other developing countries.
Subsequently, the Foundation initiated several new projects:
Projects: A medical diagnostic and management system (EDPS
2000) was developed and implemented in 1998 to improve the delivery
of rural healthcare. Subsequently, the Baldev Medical &
Community Centre was opened in December 2000 to provide primary health
care and health education for the rural communities around Shanti
Several initiatives are currently under way to empower women through
education, cooperative farming (BALDEV FARMS), vocational training, savings plan,
and business development.
Various projects to foster community involvement and welfare have
been successfully initiated by BALDEV community centre.
Tillany Fine Arts
Museum and Gallery: This project is designed to assist talented and upcoming artists and artisans who have not been able
to promote their work. These artists and artisans from poor backgrounds do not have the means to create art consistent
with their talents, and display their work in the right environment.
Indian Institute of Journalism & New
Media (IIJNM): This institution is a joint venture of The George Foundation with
Adi Chunchanagiri Foundation, under the banner of BS&G Foundation. The institute has developed the curriculum in association with Columbia
University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, offering students
a diploma program at the Master's level, to promote quality journalism
through a free, fair and independent press.
Centres for Studies
in Emerging Critical Issues: Dr.George has spearheaded
several studies to debate and present viable solutions to economic,
environmental, human rights and other major issues facing both developing
and advanced countries.