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In May 2011, The Anganwadi Project was officially incorporated as a Registered Not For Profit Association in Australia (INC9895089). We have assembled a dynamic and dedicated group of Board Members, all professionals from various disciplines who give their time and expertise to further the management and sustainability of the project.
The Anganwadi Project was initiated by Jodie in 2006, through the art and craft workshops she conducted with the children in the slum communities of Tekra for her company Bholu.
Through these workshops Jodie became aware of the extremely poor conditions of the anganwadis, and she was inspired to make a difference to these children’s lives, and soon, The Anganwadi Project was born.
Jodie is an entrepreneur with a social conscious. She founded her homewares design company Bholu in 2005, where the philosophies are based on creating a sustainable incomes and opportunties for traditional artisans in India and benefitting local communities and her second company Armadillo&Co in 2007, which is also a Fair Trade textile company.
In 2008, Bholu won the NSWTelstra Business Awards for Social Responsibility for demonstrated leadership by a business to education, environment, people and the community as well as being chosen as one of the Time Magazine’s Top Green products for 2009.
Jodie has a deep love and respect for India and its’ people and with the help of these amazing professionals plans to keep the Anganwadi Project sustainable for many years to come
Jane Rothschild is one of the Project Directors of the Anganwadi Project.
Jane graduated from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1984 and completed a Masters of Heritage Conservation the University of Sydney in February 2011. In 1992, she co-founded Dickson Rothschild, a multi-disciplinary firm of architects, urban designers, landscape architects and planners in Sydney. Jane became a Director of Architects Without Frontiers in 2007.
Prior to her involvement with AWF, Jane worked with Habitat for Humanity on several projects in Australia, Banda Aceh and Vietnam, developing model house designs and construction training manuals.
Jane has a passion for heritage architecture, travel and working in different cultures. Her vast experience in architecture offers great leadership to keep the aim of the project community driven, sustainable and functioning at a grass roots level.
Jane often speaks about The Anganwadi Project at architecture events, design firms and conferences.
Jane Johnson is an architect with over 20 years experience in the profession. She was a Director at Allen, Jack + Cottier Architects, a large firm based in Sydney. After a year’s sabbatical in France in 2012 she set up her own practice,JJA, in early January 2013.
The Anganwadi Project came to Jane’s attention through her association with Architects Without Frontiers, which she joined in 2005. Her daughters, aged 11 &13 at the time, are the youngest volunteers to ever lend a hand on The Anganwadi Project, helping paint the inside of Bholu 9 in January 2013.
Jane is committed to the idea that architecture should be accessible by all, and in fact it is those who do not share the privileges of a wealthy society that can benefit the most from good design.
Prior to joining Allen, Jack + Cottier in 1998, Jane worked in smaller architectural practices in Sydney, Paris and Amsterdam. She has always had a love of travel, which led her to becoming resident architect for two archaeological digs in Greece and Jordan.
Apart from a passion for the design of beautiful spaces, which can uplift the spirit of the people who use them, and an interest in environmental sustainability, Jane brings to the TAP Board the practical skills of coordinating building documentation and construction.
Sally has a background in accounting and studied a Bachelor in Business Science in Cape Town, South Africa. She then immigrated to Australia in 1995, and completed her CA qualification with KPMG in Adelaide, where she worked until 2001.
Sally took family time out between 2001 and 2005, and then joined her husbands floor covering business which comprises Contract Carpets - a large scale commercial operation, Terrace Floors and Furnishings - a high end interior design focussed business and 2 Carpet Court stores - one in Dulwich and the other in Mt Barker.
In 2007 she joined forces with Designer Jodie Fried to create a range of rugs as part of Jodie's homewares brand Bholu, and then in 2009 the pair launched Armadillo&Co, a Sydney based rug company with logistics out of Adelaide. Armadillo&Co now employs 29 staff across Australia and the US.
Pru Wood is an accountant and systems implementation manager. She has 25 years experience in accounting/IT roles in a diverse range of industries, from manufacturing to the wine industry.
She has managed major systems implementations in two previous roles, which involved travelling to New Zealand, USA, Belgium, UK and Singapore.She currently works as Software Administrator/Management Accountant for Armadillo&Co, and Office Manager for a small legal firm in Melbourne.
Pru was born and educated in Zimbabwe, and has a BCom in Accounting and IT from University of Natal, South Africa.
Legal Advisor/ Secretary
Mary is a legal and public affairs specialist based in Sydney.
She has a diverse background in providing advice on major projects to foreign and domestic investors, enterprises and non-government organisations both locally and in Scandinavia, India and South East-Asia.
Mary is experienced in addressing good governance practices, foreign investment, business and project set-up and property transactions, specialising in agriculture and resources, environmental and land dispute settlement and labour and immigration compliance.
Living and working in developing countries has given Mary a deep appreciation for building and promoting strong cross-cultural partnerships and sustainable community engagement.
She is passionate about early childhood education and the impact it has on the lives of children and local communities as a whole.
With a love for India, the diversity of its people and environment, Mary is proud to be supporting social and economic change through the Anganwadi Project.
Born and raised in South Australia, Mary completed a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice and a Bachelor of International Studies at Flinders University and is admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of New South Wales.