Get Involved-Bajaj Rural Development Lab - Carnegie Mellon University

Get Involved

The people of Wardha are working to improve their lives. There are many ways you can help.

Visit Wardha

Whether you come for a week or for a semester, to conduct research, to study, or to teach, a visit to Wardha will allow you to contribute to the Bajaj Foundation's innovations and to explore best-practices in rural development.

Visiting a farmCarnegie Mellon teams have studied restored rivers, biogas plants, and organic farms and have helped lead trainings in computers, business, leadership, and English. We have worked with village volunteers, members of women's self-help groups, and indigenous farmers. Your itinerary will depend on your interests and the needs of the villages you visit.

The Bajaj Lab can help you design your visit depending on your time, interests, and whether you want to study, conduct research, or teach. We offer resources for students and faculty and staff, and can provide logistical support as you implement your ideas.

Contribute from Pittsburgh

In hundreds of villages and thousands of projects, the Bajaj Foundation is providing crucial support to the people of Wardha. You do not need to visit Wardha to help.

Learning TogetherHost a Women's Collaborative

In the fall of 2014, the Bajaj Lab will bring the leaders of a women's self-help group to Pittsburgh to share their stories and their hopes with the Carnegie Mellon community. There are many ways you can help, whether by contributing financially, offering to host one of our visitors, or helping lead tours of Pittsburgh. Please contact Nico Slate if you would like to help.

Support a Student

In Wardha, college tuition costs only a few hundred dollars. And yet many young people do not have the money to pursue their dreams.

The students of the Social Change Semester created a scholarship fund to help disadvantaged children in Wardha attend college. Our first two students, Akash and Suraj, have already begun their studies. Each is being mentored by a senior staff member of the Bajaj Foundation.

You can contribute to the fund so that future generations of students are able to have the opportunity to attend college. If you would like to contribute or learn more, please contact Nico Slate.

A Journey of Empowerment

Women Leaders from Vijaya Gopal

Help bring the Women of Vijaya Gopal to Pittsburgh!

Located a few hours drive from Wardha, the village of Vijaya Gopal is home to one of the most active women's self-help groups in the region. The leaders of the group have become role models for other villages. We can learn much from their courage and creativity.

The Bajaj Lab is working to bring a group of women leaders to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2014. If you would like to help, please contact Nico Slate.