September 2017

Upcoming Webinars: Info Session and Q&A about New Year’s India Trip

2017-09-22T07:36:17+00:00 September 22nd, 2017|Featured News, India Project|

Wondering what a Restoration Works trip is like? The Bichli Haveli Project in India is off to a great start, and we'd like you to see it for yourself during our upcoming New Year's trip. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or a first-time overseas volunteer, a 12-day trip to India can be a big commitment. Join us for a [...]

July 2017

Learning traditional plaster skills at Bichli Haveli Project: grinding lime

2017-08-09T13:31:56+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Featured News, India Project|

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.

Keeping waste out of the landfill at the Bichli Haveli Project

2017-08-09T13:56:49+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Featured News, India Project|

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 [...]

Keeping workers and volunteers safe at the Bichli Haveli Project

2017-08-09T13:57:38+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Featured News, India Project|

Safety at the Bichli Haveli Project is important, not just for our volunteers but the local crew too, many of whom have become accustomed to preventable work injuries at other construction sites. With JanDaksha Trust's oversight, we're equipping everyone with their own safety equipment (including steel toe shoes), which will be stored securely and managed by [...]

Restoration Works partnering with nonprofit JanDaksha Trust at the Bichli Haveli Project

2017-08-09T14:06:04+00:00 July 12th, 2017|Featured News, India Project|

One of the Bichli Haveli Project goals - and an RWI foundational value - is job creation. We're delighted to be partnering with local Udaipur NGO (nonprofit), JanDaksha Trust, who is assembling and supporting the project's crew of primarily women laborers who will be trained in restoration over the next three years. JanDaksha's work focuses [...]

Volunteer team arrives at the Bichli Haveli Project for 12 day stay

2017-08-09T14:28:00+00:00 July 10th, 2017|Featured News, India Project|

We've arrived! Project crew at the Bichli Haveli was incredibly welcoming and gracious today. We learned about the history of Udaipur and the building, toured the site from top to bottom with project architect Malvika and owner Mahim, and enjoyed a generous tea spread. Tomorrow, we start getting our hands dirty alongside the crew. [...]