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I-India Project Australia committee’s celebration party!

There are very many people who contributed generously to the Jhag Children’s Village over the years.  Of course nothing could have been achieved without the kind support of members of the public who contributed funds towards the project, as they wish to make a difference in the world by being part of something really positive.

But there is also a small band of committee members who worked tirelessly over the years behind the scenes to make everything happen.

On the 4th July, some of us came together to celebrate, together with partners.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for being with us on this most amazing journey, and for being such beautiful, generous souls and dear friends.

In alphabetical order – Celia Barnett (Co-Founder and President), Craig Barnett (former Treasurer), Stuart Chapman, Natalie Court (Vice President), Marc Dunn (former Vice President), Jessie Dunphy, Sanjay Gidwani (former Treasurer), Christiane Hock, Zahin Keriwala, Lauren Langley, Michelle Lombard, Penelope Marshall, Sashi Paul (Treasurer), Apara Tayal, Hartmut Toepler, Catherine Vallentine, Ali Walsh, Liam Walsh, Fionna Ward, Cheryl Yeo and Ron Yeo OAM.

Sincere thanks to our Advisory Board who gave such strong support and direction to the Committee – Catherine Vallentine (Chairperson), Sanjay Gidwani, Nathan Betteridge and Ken Hunter.

I look forward to continuing to work together with Celia Barnett, Ali Walsh and Brenda Debenham, who are Project Management Group members of Friends of I-India.

Renate Barnett (Co-Founder, Secretary of I-India Project Australia and Project Officer of Friends of I-India)

I-India Project Australia committee celebration

I-India Project Australia committee celebration

Aashish Kaul, Craig Barnett and Apara Tayal

Aashish Kaul, Craig Barnett and Apara Tayal

Jit Lakhana and Jessie Dunphy

Jit Lakhana and Jessie Dunphy

Ron Yeo and Brenda Debenham

Ron Yeo and Brenda Debenham

Celia Barnett and Sam Court

Celia Barnett and Sam Court

Renate Barnett and Brenda Debenham

Renate Barnett and Brenda Debenham

Penelope Marshall and Liam Walsh

Penelope Marshall and Liam Walsh

Craig Barnett and Celia Barnett

Craig Barnett and Celia Barnett

Sanjay Gidwani and Ron Yeo

Sanjay Gidwani and Ron Yeo

 

Phil Doherty and Catherine Vallentine

Phil Doherty and Catherine Vallentine

Natalie Court and Liam Walsh

Natalie Court and Liam Walsh

Ron Yeo, Ali Walsh and Noah Tupai

Ron Yeo, Ali Walsh and Noah Tupai

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2015 – Thank you Jessie and Liam!

Congratulations and a huge T H A N K   Y O U to Jessie and Liam Walsh who were married in May 2015. They made the most incredible gesture of friendship by requesting that their guests donate to I-India instead of purchasing them wedding gifts. As a result they raised $5321! They decided that the most valuable assistance that they could give The Jhag Children’s Village is to provide the campus and its community with internet connectivity. We look forward to seeing the world opening up to the children, staff and local villagers. Heartfelt thanks, Jessie and Liam!

Jessie and Liam's wedding

May 12, 2014 / by Ciao
Ciao Article May 2014

May 27, 2014 / by Indian Link / indianlink.com.au
blonde girl and Indian boyA number of not-for-profit organisations both within the Indian community and in the wider mainstream are working hard to raise funds for charitable purposes in India. Check out the work of I-India Australia (www.i-indiaproject.org.au), who save destitute children from the streets of Rajasthan and provide and care for them, helping them to break out of the poverty cycle through education and vocational training at the Jhag Children’s Village, located about 45 minutes south-west of Jaipur.

The Ekal movement (www.ekal.org.au) raises funds for and trains primary school teachers who are sent out to remote and tribal regions of India. In single-teacher schools, these professionals teach 30-40 children in the age-group 5-14. The free schooling is centred not only around basic alphabetic and numeric knowledge, but also health and hygiene, and ethical values. Ekal Australia is currently sponsoring 350 such schools, ever since its inception in 2004.

Equally laudable are the efforts of Vision2020 (www.vision2020.org.au) and the 40K Foundation (www.40k.com.au), to help the needy in India.


“Inner West Courier” article from May 2014

Inner West Courier Article May 2014

“Indian Link” article from April 2014

Indian Link article from April 2014

“Indian Link” article from August 2013

Indian Link article from August 2013
Indian Link article from August 2013

Landscaping Project

Liam Walsh and Jessie Dunphy embarked on a three month project to landscape the Jhag Children’s Village.  Their aim was to create more shade, greenery and play spaces for the children, in an area which experiences extreme heat in summer. This is a video they made for the children which shows the progression of their project and the lives of the children and people who live and work there.

I-India Project Australia committee members working at the Jhag Children’s Village

Jessie Dunphy & Liam WalshJessie Dunphy and her husband Liam Walsh, a town planner, dedicated a number of months to work at the Jhag Children’s Village. They completed the final stages of Belinda Graham’s beautiful landscaping design for the campus. Sydney’s Wilson Pedersen Landscapes did all the heavy work in January and Jessie and Liam completed it, toiling in the 40+ heat with local workers. The central maidan where the children play cricket was a major focus. They installed curbing to retain the soil, prepared the ground and planted grass just before the monsoon rains were expected. It means the world to the children to have a great cricket pitch and green grass on which to play.

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