India – Bichli Haveli Project
The Bichli Haveli Project will restore and rehabilitate a 140-year-old haveli located in the old city of Udaipur, transforming it into a community and heritage resource center with revenue-generating accommodation to ensure its ongoing operation. In addition to the restoration of the Bichli Haveli, the project aims to bring benefit to the community in which it is located.
- Restore and rehabilitate the Bichli Haveli
- Establish a community engagement program including alley greening, composting, graywater treatment and provide public meeting and play spaces
- Train and employ Udaipur’s migrant women laborers to create teams of skilled restoration specialists who can use these skills in the future
- Provide economic benefit by hiring local staff and supporting local suppliers and services
- Demonstrate to the larger community the viability of restoration as a tool of community renewal and improvement, and provide them with the resources to embark on similar initiatives
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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!