The Work in India is aimed at children and communites from the lowest castes, the Dalits and Schedule Tribe people.
We began working in India in January 2008 when we ran a six week project with Familia Home in West Bengal. Two creative education programmes were given with children aged five to 16 and a training programme for teachers and parents. Familia Home is an alternative community; three large houses set in gardens amidst paddy fields are home to some 64 orphaned children. A parental couple live in each house and act as guardians for the children in their care.
In 2014 a long-term relationshio was started with Anuvibha, an Indian NGO concerned with education, working with children, many from the lowest castes in Indian society. From March 2014 – May 2014 Creative education projects were run in government schools and Amloi village outside Rajsamand, in the state of Rajasthan.
In November 2014 this work continued and expanded untill the end of December 2014: We ran creative education programmes in Rajsamand, Rajasthan, with acutely poor village children, as well as a village health care project (delivered by a retired UK nurse) and a vocational training scheme for women, plus a series of teacher training sessions, given by Graham Peebles, in a teacher training college
October 2015 – December 2015, we were back in Rajsamand working with Anuvibha. Creative education projects were run in government schools and Amloi village outside Rajsamand. Together with a a series of teacher training talks given by Graham Peebles
Anuvibha. Rajasthan. November 2017 – January 2018: Creative education workshops were run in the school in Veerbanji village and in Amloi village outside Rajsamand. Together with a a series of teacher training talks given by Graham Peebles. In December 2019 Graham Peebles returned and conducted further talks in schools and colleges with teachers and trainee teachers.
The work with Anuvibha is ongong, further projects are planned for late 2020 and early 2021, we are also in discussions with HTCDN is a non-governmental humanitarian organization (NGO) located in the capital of Nepal, Kathmandu, with the view to collaborating on projects in 2021.