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The Anganwadi Project’s approach is to create simple, beautiful and cost effective designs in close collaboration with the local community.
TAP’s mission is to design, build and renovate educational, health and community structures in underprivileged Indian communities to better the lives and conditions of children families and communities in need.
TAP focuses on small but effective design interventions such as the effective use of space, careful siting, ventilation, natural light, security and hygiene. We build spaces for children to learn, but also peaceful and safe sanctuaries in the stressful lives of slum children and where they can receive meals.
TAP volunteers work closely with the local community, who contribute to both the design process and the construction of the anganwadis. The anganwadis are constructed by local labourers and use largely re-cycled materials in order to support the Manav Sadhna philosophy of ‘Re-Use, Re-Cycle, and Reduce.’
The Anganwadi Project buildings are used not only as schools but become vibrant community hubs, for young and old to gather. The schools provide the community with public spaces, gardens, and for women and young girls a multi- purpose and beautiful space for their education needs. They have also been home to health clinics and used even as a street school.
A new anganwadi costs approximately $8,000 – $10,000 AUD to build by local builders, a small amount by our standards; however these schools make an enormous difference to the lives of slum children and their families.
Through our project partner Manav Sadhna, we have been working within the slum communities of Ahmedabad since 2007 and alongside local builders and we continue to see the incredible benefits of The Anganwadi Project in the lives of the local children.