The Mission A History



An educational project founded on cultural exchange,
international, humanitarian values and service learning.
3 villages, 3 crèches, 150 children, 30 Ecolint students, every year for 17 years.

The India Project was founded in the year 2000 by Kate and Dave Harrison, teachers at the International School of Geneva (Ecolint) from 1990-2009. During a teacher exchange with Kodaikanal International School in Southern India in 1999, they developed a connection with the Betsy Elizabeth Trust (BET), a grassroots, charitable organisation that had established a crèche programme for children from the most disadvantaged families in the outlying villages of Kodaikanal. The concept of the crèche was to offer early education, nutrition and healthcare in a safe and caring environment. This was an opportunity to free parents to work as labourers to support their family, and an opportunity for children to thrive.

The Harrisons recognised this as an opportunity to develop an intercultural and service-learning project based on the international, humanitarian values of the International School of Geneva Charter. The mission of the project: to educate for a better world.

The Ecolint student and teacher team made their first visit to Kodaikanal in 2001 and they have returned every year since. The students have brought support and momentum to the BET crèche programme and community projects, and opened two new crèches in 2002 and 2003. There are now three BET crèches serving 150 children in the Kodaikanal area, and the Ecolint community has become one of their most important donors and supporters. The crèches give the children a better start in life and they bring hope to the community through education.

As well as the crèche programme, the Ecolint team supports outreach programmes in Kodaikanal, including SEW, an initiative for underprivileged women in the community, a school in the tribal village of Thamaraikulam, and the installation of smokeless stoves in family homes. Each one of these projects promotes education and health, helping to break the cycle of poverty and empower the entire community.

Through the crèche and community programmes in Kodaikanal and the service learning experience for Ecolint students, the mission is to educate and empower. This is an opportunity for the next generation to take a positive step towards social responsibility and global change.


To educate for a better world.


Betsy Elizabeth Trust (BET)