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Architect acts for disaster relief

The Australian - Tuesday, December 27 2011

 
Architects without Frontiers - working with four Australian Indigenous Communities

Architect Victoria - Winter 2010 Publication

This issue of the AIA Victorian chapter journal wasfocussed on introducing the Architecture profession to the Chapter Reconciliation Action Plan as well as confirming a commitment to the meaningful engagement of the profession with the Indigenous community in Victoria and Interstate. As part of this, the work of local practices and organisations already working with Indigenous communities locally and across Australia is highlighted. This includes a two page article outlining 4 Australian Indigenous Communty projects that AWF has worked on in the last 7 years.These projects include an Elder's House, Two Arts Centres at Maningrida and Oenpeli along with a Business Centre and a Cultural Centre in Wadeye.

Through all of these projects AWF has sought to develop capacity within its community partners and assist Indigenous communities in achieving their own identified and tangible objectives. All of the projects rely on promoting respect and understanding between cultures and promoting knowledge and skills sharing between the partners.

Read more in the Article.

Architect Victoria (current and back issues) are available from the Australian Institute of Architects - Victorian Chapter, 1st Floor, 41 Exhibition Street, Melbourne. Tel: 03 8620 3866

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Bholu helps colour the world

Architecture and Design - Online News

22nd April 2010

The online newsletter for Architecture and Design ran a short story on the inauguration of Bholu 8. This is the 8th preschool to be opened as part of the successful and ongoing AWF/Bholu Anganwadi Project .

Read the full story online at the Architecture & Design website.

 
'Bholu 3' to give wings of freedom to kids - DNA Newspaper

Anganwadi, launched with foreign aid, will give education & health services to children

Aidila Razak. Ahmedabad

The Vadaj Tekra slum area of the city, a section surviving with inadequate means for long, was enlivened with excitement when the third anganwadi was inaugurated on Friday last. The anganwadi, which stands on land donated by a local resident, will provide pre-school education, health services and nutritious meals to more than 30 children in the area. Meals will also be provided to young and expectant mothers in the community.

The Vadaj Tekra slum area of the city, a section surviving with inadequate means for long, was enlivened with excitement when the third anganwadi was inaugurated on Friday last. The anganwadi, which stands on land donated by a local resident, will provide pre-school education, health services and nutritious meals to more than 30 children in the area. Meals will also be provided to young and expectant mothers in the community.

The establishment is built as part of the anganwadi project, which is jointly initiated by local NGO Manav Sadhna, Australian organisation Architect Without Borders and Sydney-based home ware company, Bholu.

The anganwadi, named Bholu 3, is designed by AWF volunteer Leeanne Marshall, who along with fellow Australian Harry Gardiner and other local builders, spent about two months to complete the project in record time.

Addressing parents, volunteers and other community members present on the day Marshall said, "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this community, and for the many things which I have learnt during my stay."

A number of AWF volunteers are making their way to Ahmedabad which means more anganwadis can be expected to crop up soon. Plans are in place to rebuild six existing anganwadis and renovate six more before the upcoming monsoon season.

"It is my dream to see the 86 anganwadis in the Tekra slum get reconstructed and renovated through the Anganwadi project. And I am sure we will be able to do this with the help of AWF volunteers," said Bholu founder, Jodie Fried, who also celebrated her birthday yesterday.

Bholu, which has received multiple awards for responsible business in Australia, was inspired by the sophisticated skills and craftsmanship of the women artisan in the region of Kutch.

 
Australian hand to bolster renovation work in city anganwadis - Indian Express, 3 December 2008
Australian hand to bolster renovation work in city anganwadis - Indian Express, 3 December 2008
 


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