Our sustainable development activities embrace employment programmes, health care, education, housing and a variety of projects that aim to improve the living conditions of villagers in rural India, especially those who are socially and economically excluded as Dalits, or Untouchables, at the lowest level of the Indian caste system.
TIKAU is the Hindi word for ‘sustainability’. It aptly describes what Tikau Share as an NGO does in collaboration with the company Tikau – a design enterprise founded as a brand in 2008. Our operation is based on a wide approach to sustainable development, including ecological production, sustainable consumption and sustainable employment as forms of our sustainable development work.
Our operations are guided by the idea of global solidarity and sharing and have a far-reaching approach to sustainability and fair trade principles. We channel resources and time, providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and European and Indian cultures to meet by linking the places and communities where we work. We’ve started on a small scale, concentrating on small communities in India, but we hope our approach and ideas can inspire empowerment on a wider scale.
In 2014 the Finnish Foreign Ministry approved a significant grant to Tikau Share that will help to move our projects forward. The grant covers 2014 and 2015 and will be weighted towards handicraft and other training programmes in the Indian state of Odisha.
Another goal is to bring together ideas, skills and expertise from different fields to create innovative ways of addressing the challenges around sustainable employment, rural development, ecological production and consumerism, and sustainable design. We promote the Design Helps concept, combining innovative design with sustainable employment and the empowerment of under-privileged communities.
By sharing time, knowledge and skills, everyone can participate in the work of Tikau Share. We encourage solidarity and global sharing of resources as a means to make a difference.
We believe that everyone can help in some way and strive to make this opportunity available to everyone through Tikau Share. It does not need to be monetary, though we welcome cash donations, school supplies, toys, clothes, etc. Contributions can also take less tangible forms, such as consulting, volunteering, or simply sharing your ideas. By sharing time, knowledge and skills, everyone can participate in the work of Tikau Share. We encourage solidarity and global sharing of resources as a means to make a difference.
“Design” is more than beautiful objects to brighten up your home and make your life easier. It can be the gateway to improving the lives of those trapped in poverty and hardship.
Design Helps thinking focuses on how design can improve human and environmental wellbeing.
Tikau Share focuses on design as a tool to provide education, livelihoods and empowerment.
Tikau products are made from locally-grown sustainable materials, such as fast-growing bamboo and banana palm fibre. Sustainability is at the heart of all Tikau and Tikau Share activities.