school ngo research in ahmedabad

the purpose of our time in ahmedabad was to research one of the most revered ngos in all of india: manav sadhna. based out of ghandi’s ashram on the sabarmati river, it is one of the most respected organizations in the entire country. we are focusing on how they utilize resources to build schools in slum areas. our goal is to determine whether or not we will be able to do similar work in the future. below are images from two of their many school projects. one of them is completed and one of them is in progress. we visited the school that will be moving into the latter. it is currently based in the home of a local who has been kind enough to loan them his home for 3 hours a day. it is a very small space but they do what they can with what they have.

a typical slum scene. children at play.

time for prayer and morning exercises.

some kids get really into it.

others, not so much.

meditating while they wait for the food to arrive.

the teaching assistant.

waiting so patiently to be served their daily government meal.

this bowl feeds 22 students and they get fruit twice a week.

the area surrounding their new school.

the school is made from found materials. manav sadhna uses recycled materials whenever possible.

a work in progress.

the school is already being utilized for learning!

a very creative use of materials to build strong walls.

curious on-lookers.

i took this picture form their “cricket pitch”.

evan and dave working their butts off to get the school done ASAP!

now he’s curious about us!

one of the completed bholu schools. made with the same recycled construction materials. looks great! this is an ideal structure for the bal niketan slum school in jaipur. we hope to team up with evan and his team to do it ourselves.




~ by jacobbmurphy on March 14, 2012.

4 Responses to “school ngo research in ahmedabad”

  1. what a very precious blog!

  2. It never ceases to amaze me how the beauty of these children’s souls come through your photos of them. Even with their meager means of exsistance, they have gratitude on their faces, and are happy! Maybe our children need some lessons from these kids about appreciation:) Love you!!

  3. Reblogged this on EvGoesIndi.

  4. Smart use of materials!

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