Events - Dates for your diary 

2017 is quickly coming to an end, but we still have loads of great events, fundraisers and ways to get involved with AVI. We couldn't do what we do without the support and participation of our community and for that, we would like to say a huge thank you. 

Here are just a few of the things we will be getting up to and some dates for your diary. 

Interested in organising an event yourself? Get in touch with us at

Diwali at Trafalgar Square: 15 October

Hosted by the Mayor of London, this year's Diwali event will take place in Trafalgar Square on 15 October with a number of food and craft stalls to celebrate the Festival of Light. We are pleased to announce that this year, Action Village India has a stall at the event, where we will be selling handcrafted products to raise funds for our projects in India - do come along and support us! If you would like to volunteer at the stall, send us an email at

Khadi Event & Workshop: 24 November

AVI, in collaboration with 4 ethical businesses, is organising a workshop at the Fashion and Textile Museum on 24 November to explore options for branding khadi as an ethical fabric for the global market, and how the concept of a 'khadi way of life' can be adapted in Britain and in other countries. This will be preceded by an event on khadi in the morning to be hosted by the Museum for visitors to learn about khadi as a system from farming to handcrafted clothing.

Khadi can create zero carbon, zero chemical, zero poverty fabrics. The production system has the potential to scale up in grassroots clusters, which would include organic farming and the use of solar energy. Additionally, the concept and technology can be adapted globally. 

Please click here to buy tickets to the event. 

AVI AGM: 25 November 

On Saturday 25 November, Action Village India's AGM will take place, over the whole day. To find out more about becoming a member of AVI, please click here. As a member, you will be supporting AVI and its partners financially, have the right to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting, receive notice of forthcoming events, and more. We look forward to seeing you there!

Disability Rights Exhibition at the Jain Centre: 3 December

In recognition of the 2017 International Day of Disabled Persons, Action Village India and the Jain Community Centre invite you to a special Christmas lunch and the launch of AVI's photographic exhibition from our project working with people with disabilities in Bihar and Jharkhand. 

The event will take place on Sunday 3 December at the Jain Community Centre in Colindale, London, from 11:30 am and will include a celebratory vegetarian feast, Christmas music and the opportunity to buy gifts, profits of which support the work of AVI. There is a suggested meal donation of £5, payable in advance or on the day. If you would like to register to attend the event, please email us

11:30 am   Arrival and registration
12:00 pm  Welcome: Dr Natubhai Shah, Chair & CEO of the Jain Network
​12:10 pm​  Speeches and Christmas messages
​12:30 pm​  Launch of photography exhibition
​12:50 pm​  Christmas carols 
​1:10 pm​    Closing remarks and thanks 
​1:20 pm​    Vegetarian lunch 
​2:00 pm ​   End of event 

Disability Exhibition Tour: 2017-18

Following its stint at WOMAD, the photography exhibition is going on tour! The exhibition highlights case studies from our project with NBJK, an AVI partner that works to secure the rights of disabled people in Bihar and Jharkhand, in north India. If you know of a suitable venue or would like to know more, get in touch

Case Study: Upendra Kumar 

Upendra, 22, has a mental disability, which his family discovered when he was 8 years old. Medicine had no effect, and because he was struggling at school, his parents took him out of education. This seriously limited his career prospects, and it was difficult for him to find a job. 

With the help of NBJK, Upendra found a job at a bike repair shop near his home and now has a job to go to everyday. He is very happy to be there, and his employer is pleased with his work. Upendra's extra salary is a huge help to his family, enabling them to buy food and other essentials. He is planning to get married next year, and hopes to open his own bike repair shop one day. 

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We welcome supporters to organise fundraising events for AVI. We will send you printed publicity and anything else you may need. To set up a fundraising page for your event (one or as many as you like) please click below:

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