Amitabh Soni was born in Indore but lived in Bhopal most of his life before moving to London for employment. He had a hefty-paying job in the Social Welfare Board of the British Government, London.
Amitabh came back to India in 2014. The main intention behind his job in England was to learn the functioning of democracy, “how the government and people synchronise their efforts”.
Immediately after his return, he started his NGO ABHEDYA, and began his work in a tribal village 25km from Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh named Kekadiya in 2015. Along with Kekadiya, he took three other surrounding tribal villages under its wing.
His work concentrated on areas such as education, employment, the livelihood of people, water management and improving governance.
Commenting on his works in the villages, he said that “A fundamental mistake that organisations like ours make is that they see things from a very urban perspective. A lot of knowledge resides among these people – the crime rate is almost zero, there is no competition, no greed – something we can learn from them. We approached them to mutually learn from each other.”
His main works include opening schools in the villages for the children to learn, opening IT centres to create employment in the village, with the help of locals, initiating activities to preserve water in the regions.
According to him, the children in the villages were very intelligent, and all they needed was official education. He wanted to empower them and open the world to them.
Other than that, people were leaving the villages for employment. To create job opportunities in the village itself, with the help of locals, he opened IT centres, educating them and offering them the job under the initiative “Willage Quest”.
His NGO has started the initiative regarding the conservation of water.
He has been working since 2015 for the tribal people. He was not alone in his initiatives as his friends and colleagues helped him. Some provided his NGO with funds whereas some provided furniture.
He said he always had the intention to work for the people of India. During his college time too, he did some social work for the people of tribes. He credits his father for his credit works, who was in the Indian army.