Rural Institute for Development Education (RIDE) is located in Kanchipuram
, Tamil Nadu
. It is a non-governmental organization, dedicated to the welfare of the poor. Founded in 1984, it has been in the front of the fight against child labor, and for the social justice of women.
RIDE is working in partnership with, Tamilnadu Corporation For Development of Women Ltd, American Jewish World Service, Dreikonigsakiktion, The Global Fund for Children, and The Andheri Hilfe Bonn, Germany.
RIDE produces silk sarees, and supports production of other handicrafts through its self employment program for rural women. Some of the other activities of RIDE are transferring child laborers to schools, conducting day schools in remote villages, advocating child labor Laws and creating awareness on eradication of child labor.
RIDE welcomes volunteers from other countries to work with them in Kanchipuram for two to six months. It is also into Eco-tourism and conducts village tours.