Three University of Birmingham students have put their learning into practice by setting up a not-for-profit organisation to help tackle some development issues in India.

Alessandro Capozzi, Nicholas Jackson and Richard Adams, currently studying International Relations at the University of Birmingham, founded Procedo Foundation after their two month HIV/Aids awareness and rural development internship in north west India.

“When we returned to the UK, we resolved to set up an organisation to help raise awareness and also deal with some of the issues that we witnessed in India,” Alessandro explains.

They will work in partnership with Kanak’s Academy of Human Resources in Gujarat.

The charity plans to build a drainage system in Karakhadi village, Gujarat. It will also finance vocational training and construct a science lab to improve education facilities in the local schools.

Procedo Foundation will also fund a support program for the medical and social care of the elderly in the area.

“We are currently in the process of fundraising,” Alessandro reveals. “We are therefore appealing to corporate organisations and individuals to support our work.”

People interested in supporting the charity can e-mail

Full details about the charity can be found here:     

The International Relations  degree at the University of Birmingham addresses a wide range of problems and concerns that have a global dimension or impact, and which require international co-operation if they are to be resolved or managed effectively.

Students get to learn about conflict, war, poverty, peace, security, international and regional organisations, and international law.


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