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Manav Sadhna, is an NGO based at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. Manav Sadhna is a registered trust in India and a 501(c)3 non-profit in the USA.
The organisation is comprised of a young group of dedicated individuals working for the upliftment of poor and needy children.
Inspired by the Gandhian principles of truth, non-violence, uplifting the poor and oppressed, promoting health and sanitation, and to educate the poor masses, Manav Sadhna has begun a movement to adapt these ideals to the current and complex issues facing not only India, but the world.
Manav Sadhna is engaged in constructive humanitarian projects that cut across barriers of class and religion while addressing issues faced by socio-economically neglected segments of society. In executing this mission, Manav Sadhna is guided by Mahatma Gandhi’s unshakable beliefs in love, peace, truth, non-violence and compassion.
Manav Sadhna wishes to plant the seeds of hope and inspiration among all people, especially those children who have been neglected by society.
Architects Without Frontiers Australia (AWF) is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to engage the Australian design professions in pro-bono projects that improve the living conditions of communities in need with a focus on the Asia-Pacific region.
While conflict, poverty, climate change and social dislocation pose many challenges to communities around the world, they have particularly severe impacts upon the most marginal communities. Unfortunately, 90 per cent of the world’s design resources are utilised by the richest 10 per cent.
AWF is committed to participatory, sustainable and community-focused outcomes as it engages with the architectural and related built-environment professions in providing pro-bono design services and model construction projects for those whose needs are greatest.
AWF, through its volunteers and supporters, focuses on developing the capacity of partner organizations and communities thorough project outcomes skills sharing and mutual knowledge sharing.
“I am strong supporter of The Anganwadi Project and the work they have been doing Ahmedabad, India. AWF was involved at the early stages of establishing The Anganwadi Project in 2008, supporting construction of some of the earlier preschool projects through its partnership with the City of Melbourne.Since then the organisation has achieved remarkable results with minimum funds. This includes building 12 schools in 5 years through direct community involvement in design and construction and the capacity building of local builders and artisans. They have also established a training program for slum teenagers to work with the project over the long term. This remarkable project has created both a sustainable environment and education for so many young resident’s futures in the Tekra and slum area. The philosophy of recycling behind the architecture, building and planning has built beautiful, sustainable facilities with minimum cost and maximum impact on the preschooler’s education. These small schools make a significant contribution to the community on a number of levels; they also house a street school and girls empowerment class centre and a permaculture vegetable garden and community centre. These schools have become refuges where children come for the calm, safe peaceful environment in the slums.” Dr Esther Charlesworth Founding Director, Architects Without Frontiers Associate Professor of Architecture and Design. RMIT University.