The Jhag Children’s Village, 2007 to 2015 – timeline

February 2007 - The beautiful dream

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February 2007 - The land

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May 2007 - The site is secured

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June 2007 - Boundary Wall construction

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April 2008 - Snehanchal Boys' Shelter Home construction commenced

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August 2008 - The second building begins to emerge

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October 2008 - Prem Pathshala School construction

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November 2008 - Snehanchal Boys' Shelter Home construction continues

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March 2009 - Prem Pathshala external rendering completed

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April 2009 - Prem Pathshala's western verandah

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April 2009 - Solar hot water system installed

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April 2009 - Snehanchal Boys' Shelter Home completed

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25 April 2009 - Snehanchal Boys' Shelter Home inauguration

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30 June 2009 - Prem Pathshala completed

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July 2009 - Prem Pathshala School Assembly

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July 2009 - Prem Pathshala Classroom

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July 2009 - Playground installation

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August 2009 - Rainwater harvesting

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August 2009 – Generator installed

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5 November 2009 - Prem Pathshala inauguration ceremony

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May 2010 - Jeep ambulance

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June 2010 – Prem Pathshala computer lab established

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July 2010 - Guru Arogya Kendra Health Centre construction

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September 2010 - Guru Arogya Kendra Health Centre construction

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September 2010 - Prem Pathshala Toy Library established

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October 2010 - Preeti Prabha Girls' Shelter Home construction

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February 2011 - Preeti Prabha Girls' Shelter Home completed

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February 2011 - New school buses

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February 2011 - Guru Arogya Kendra Health Centre complete

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3 February 2011 - Inauguration of Guru Arogya Kendra Health Centre

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10 September 2011 - Preeti Prabha Girls' Shelter Home inauguration ceremony

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December 2011 - Guru Arogya Kendra Health Centre ward

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December 2011 - Playground equipment installation

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December 2011 - Mahindra Jeep purchased

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18 January 2012 - Didi School and Community Hall construction commenced

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18 January 2012 - Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre construction commenced

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February 2012 - Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre

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February 2012 - Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre

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March 2012 - Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre roof construction

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May 2012 – Prem Pathshala second storey construction commenced

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September 2012 - Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre rendering

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December 2012 - Didi School and Community Hall external rendering

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January 2013 - Didi School and Community Hall construction completed

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January 2013 - Prem Pathshala expansion completed

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January 2013 - Landscaping works commenced

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January 2013 - Landscaping works

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January 2013 - Grading and levelling works

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January 2013 - Ring road construction

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January 2013 - Dry creek bed construction

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February 2013 - Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre completed

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11 February 2013 - Didi School and Community Hall inauguration ceremony

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13 March 2013 - Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre inauguration ceremony

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13 March 2013 - Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre inauguration ceremony

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April 2013 - Landscaping works continued

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May 2013 - Laying blocks around the central maidan (oval)

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May 2013 - Shade structures constructed

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June 2013 - Vegetable garden established

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June 2013 - Planting of grass on the maidan

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August 2013 - Gorgeous green grass

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September 2013 - Mahindra Jeep purchased

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October 2013 - Sewing and overlocking machines purchased

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February 2014 - High Power electricity connection

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June 2014 - Evaporative cooler installations

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June 2014 - Water cooler installations

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September 2014 - High School construction commenced

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February 2015 - High School construction

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Prem Pathshala High School Inauguration - 7 May 2015

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I-India Project Australia was established in 2007 to support I-India’s dream of establishing the Jhag Children’s Village, located about 45 minutes drive south-west of Jaipur off the Jaipur-Ajmer Highway.

The Jhag Children’s Village has become a very important hub of the local community and is a connection to the world for villagers who lead the very traditional lives of the extremely poor. The local villagers were the driving force behind I-India’s acquisition of the 5 acres from the Rajasthan Government when they campaigned strongly for essential services that were almost completely lacking in their local area. They are employed in the construction and maintenance as well as some of the operations of the schools, shelter homes and health clinic which stimulates the local economy. It is hoped that by providing work and training opportunities close to where they live, the migration to the cities can be stemmed. Unfortunately when impoverished and uneducated villagers relocate to the cities in the desperate search of work, they invariably join the millions of similarly desperate people who struggle to live day to day in appalling conditions, suffering exploitation, abuse  and exposure to countless dangerous situations.

The Jhag Children’s Village campus currently includes:

  • Prem Pathshala Primary school
  • Prem Pathshala High school
  • Snehanchal Boys’ Shelter Home
  • Preeti-Prabha Girls’ Shelter Home
  • Guru Arogya Kendra Health Centre
  • Didi School & Community Hall
  • Franklyn Scholar Vocational Training Centre

Our “GUDRI PROJECT” 2015 – 2016

“As more cash and assets get into the hands of women, more of these earnings get into the mouths, medicine, and schoolbooks of their children, while at the same time increasing women’s bargaining position and power in the family and community; and their ability to act against violence in the home and in the world. There is no development strategy more beneficial to society as a whole – women and men alike – than the one which involves women as central players.”

– Kofi Annan, Former Secretary -General of the United Nations

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The goal of this project is to create a women’s co-operative, run by and for the benefit of the women themselves and their families, with the ongoing objective of creating leaders who will duplicate their training with their children and young village girls. I-India provides support to underprivileged women through new skills, business and leadership training plus initial financial support to help them to start (or improve) their income generating capacity.

The Self Help group of women form a community owned social-enterprise, brand named – “The Gudri Project”. Female beneficiaries, as co-operative shareholders, effectively participate and use their larger labour and buying power to create sustainable income and education opportunities for their members.

Key Areas of Expenditure:

  • Design of Training Programme
  • Education / literacy Campaign
  • Business / entrepreneurship Upskilling
  • Legal Aid
  • Health, Sanitation, Family Planning
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