India – Bichli Haveli Project
The Bichli Haveli Project is restoring and rehabilitating a 140-year-old historic house located in the old city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, and transforming it into a community and heritage resource center. The project aims to bring many benefits to the community in which it is located through job creation (especially for women), support of local suppliers and services, and empowering residents to celebrate their heritage and improve their qualities of life.
Restoration Works volunteers work alongside the crew in hands-on restoration tasks and participate in the community engagement activities.
- Restore the beauty of a traditional Rajasthani courtyard home and rehabilitate it for use as a community and heritage resource center
- Provide stable and safe employment for a crew of primarily women laborers and train them over the life of the project to be a team of skilled restoration specialists who can use these skills to improve their livelihoods and the lives of their families and community
- Engage and empower the haveli neighbors, particularly youth and women, to celebrate their traditional and modern cultural practices and improve their quality of living
- Provide economic benefit by hiring local staff and supporting local suppliers and services
- Demonstrate to the larger Udaipur community, urban development professionals, and conservationists the viability of restoration as a tool of community renewal and improvement, and provide them with the resources at the community and heritage resource center to embark on similar initiatives
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Bichli Haveli Project News
Registration is now open for our next three volunteer tours to the Bichli Haveli Project in India. We invite you to spend your vacation in a meaningful way: experiencing a new place and making friends while contributing to a worthwhile community revitalization project. Trip dates are: July 2-13 (12-day trip) [...]
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