What a joy it was to have ALL of our India volunteer alumni, many of the Nepal and Mongolia volunteer alumni, and so many RWI supporters at a get together this weekend in Albany, California. We shared some exciting news (watch this space for an announcement about a new US-based project) and updates from the [...]
RWI is proud to be partnering with JanDaksha Trust, an Udaipur nonprofit that works with migrant laborers to improve their economic and social security. Through JanDaksha, our crew recently received Labor Department-sanctioned ID cards, which, for some is the only real identification papers they possess. This enables them to receive Workers' Compensation insurance while they [...]
Restoration Works volunteer groups are sometimes made up of all strangers, while others are comprised of long-time friends. The New Year's trip to the Bichli Haveli Project in Udaipur, India, combined the best of both, with volunteers cementing years-long friendships while forging new ones that will last for many years to come. The volunteers had [...]
Because of your generosity on #GivingTuesday, $4,260 has been raised toward traditional building craft and safety equipment at the Bichli Haveli Project in India. Yesterday was a thrilling day celebrating all that is happening at the Bichli Haveli Project in India. You met - and far exceeded - the goal for #GivingTuesday! We can do [...]
This #GivingTuesday, we’re honoring the crew and traditional building craft at the Bichli Haveli Project in India
#GivingTuesday 2017 On this annual day of giving back, we are inspired by our local crew at the Bichli Haveli Project in India. The majority come from the Udaipur region and especially from the local female laborer population, a highly vulnerable group who normally does not have the opportunity to learn a trade. The Bichli Haveli crew [...]
Registration is now open for our next tour to the Bichli Haveli Project in India. Photo by Jamie Thornton We invite you to spend the New Year's holiday in a meaningful way: experiencing a new place and making friends while contributing to a worthwhile community revitalization project. Trip dates are December 29, 2017 [...]
With full hearts and abundant good memories, we said farewell to Udaipur and our new friends at the Bichli Haveli Project yesterday. We can't wait to see what the historic preservation crew has accomplished by our next volunteer trip over New Years. (Dates to be announced shortly!)
One of the joys of volunteering at Bichli Haveli Project is hands-on learning about traditional building and craft methods, which we're using wherever possible. Here, Gangabai and Restoration Works board member Gretchen demonstrate the first step in preparing natural lime plaster: grinding the lime into a fine powder.
This weekend, the volunteer team traveled a few hours outside Udaipur for a couple days of rest and relaxation near Kumbhalgarh Fort. What a beautiful and renewing stay!
According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, building-related demolition and construction accounts for 2/3 of all non-industrial solids waste generation. But at the Bichli Haveli Project, as we make the necessary alterations to adaptively use the building, we are saving as much of the stone as possible to reuse elsewhere at the site and to [...]