Heart for India Foundation

“Education is the most powerful weapon

which you can use to change the world”. 

Nelson Mandela


India is the largest democracy in the world with 1.3 billion inhabitants. It is an amazing country with smiling people, a rich history, a fascinating culture and a delicious cuisine. However, it is a country where poverty, malnutrition, inequalities, insecurity and corruption are rife.

We are proud to give these students a stable life, self-confidence,  human rights values and environment Awareness.This is our mission.



Created by Princess Françoise Sturdza, Heart for India Foundation is a non-political, non-governmental and non-religious organization. Nelson Mandela said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” and this is exactly what reflects the daily work of Heart for India. In order to cut the cycle of poverty, the Foundation is helping underprivileged children from 3 to 18 years old to access to Education. Additionally, the two Training Centers sponsored by HFI offer a unique opportunity to young women to get an official diploma and find long-term jobs.



In 2005, Heart for India started its work in a Government School in the suburbs of Chennai. Since then, the Foundation has grown step by step and built a winning model based on the following method: to link Education with Nutrition, to identify and solve serious problems related to  Health & Hygiene, Security & Safety and Environment.


 The results are self-explanatory: the children’s success rate has come from 40% to more than 90%. This is one of the reasons why the Government has nominated our Schools as “Model” for the entire country. Regarding the two Professional Training Centers, our rate of success reaches 98%. Every year, 200 young women who already pass their Standard XII receive their professional diplomas and 100% of them find a job. That's how they get out of the poverty.

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Any donation, big or small, is very important. Can you realize that with :

  • CHF 10, you provide 80 meals
  • CHF 70, you finance one academic year for one child
  • CHF 100, you provide school uniforms and shoes for 4 children
  • CHF 400, you take care of the training of a young woman for a year

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Looking for original gifts? Come and visit our shop at Rue d'Aoste 5, 1204 Genève. We will be pleased to show you our Indian collections.


Coming directly from the oldest company in Kashmir, these pashminas are made from Mountain Goats's hair who are living between 3'500 and 4'000 meters in the Himalayas. A large pallet of colors is available.

Price : CHF 320


For any further details, don't hesitate to visit the shop or contact us.


Following your passion will be profitable for underprivileged children. 0.5% of all your daily transactions will be sent to HFI free of charge for the cardholder. Only Swiss residents can apply for a Cornèrcard. You just have to do as usual and you support Heart for India’s children and young women every day. As an option, you can also, on a quarterly or annually basis, send additional donations.


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