About Us

On an average - For every 100 girls in rural India only a single one finishes school.
A lot of the rest are lost to Child Marriage.

Our Mission

Food for Life Vrindavan has been working in Vrindavan area since 1991. Our work includes free Meal Distribution, Cleaning and Tree planting, Paper Recycling , Organic farming, Sewing and Embroidery Centre (providing training & employment opportunity for village women). Primarily, FFLV runs schools providing free education, meals, skill training and medical help to over 1500 girls in Vrindavan, India.

Over the past 25 years of working at grassroots, we saw the intense hardships a girl faces without an education, Child Marriage being the most common one, where she is forced into an adult role at an early age. FFLV aims to keep the girl in school until she is 18 to prevent early marriage. We also encourage & support the girl to pursue university education if she wants.

FFLV educates poor girls in Vrindavan, empowering them to transform their lives and communities, through a service oriented approach, committed to integrity and excellence.

The founder of Food for Life Vrindavan (FFLV), Pietro Paolinelli, was born in Italy in 1954. As a young man, he became the disciple of an Indian guru who gave him the name Rupa Raghunath Dasa. ‘Rupa’, as he is called by his friends, dedicated his life to the service of the children of Vrindavan, and inspired others to donate their money and time for this noble cause.

Rupa Raghunath Dasa had the vision, skills and persistency to develop FFLV from a food distribution program into an organisation that seeks long-lasting solutions and effectively helps to improve all areas of life in Vrindavan.

Now as the international coordinator of a large organisation, he spends time travelling overseas, raising awareness about the work of FFLV and establishing relationships with businesses and individuals interested in supporting the children of Vrindavan.

The second pillar of FFLV is Nikunja Mataji, who joined in 1999 and established the Sponsorship Program in the year 2002.

She has been working tirelessly for many years as a volunteer to educate the girls of Vrindavan. Nikunja (Nicoletta Santagostino) is the president of Cibo Per La Vita and does fundraising for FFLV in Italy. She is also the head of the sponsorship department that oversees communication between the sponsors and the kids and updates about the progress of their sponsored child.