Superadobe Shelters Rising in Kolhapur!

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s first act of non-violent civil resistance we are happy to make the following exciting announcement… After three years of intensive research, architectural programming, design, development and budgeting by GWEI, Mahatma Gandhi Foundation and AVANI (see Catalyst House October 22 2012 and GWEI January 5 2013) the first two of up to 16 Superadobe earthen-based […]

Summer Camp is a Special Time

Every year in the month of May, AVANI organizes summer camp for the children. The duration of the camp is 10 days. The objectives of this “camp” are to help children to develop a variety of different skills, as well as to make each of them aware of their own special talents, potentials and uniqueness. […]

Indian Human Rights Activist Rescues Child Laborers

Every morning at 6:00, the children that Anuradha Bhosale has rescued from labor in the nearby brickyards gather to practice yoga. After a simple breakfast and assigned chores, those of school age go off to classes at the government school.  Images by Scott Kafora / Teysha For the past 17 years, Anuradha Bhosale has lived […]

AVANI In The News!

Times of India story featuring Arun Gandhi, Anuradha Bhosale, and AVANI, fighting forced child labor! Times of India AVANI story from KOLHAPUR

The Bandit Queen* of the Social Movement

Guest post by: Dr. Sunilkumar Lavate, Principal, Mahaveer College, Kolhapur *[EDITOR'S NOTE: India's previous 'Bandit Queen', Phulan Devi (at right), was a seasoned bandit of north India. An ordinary village woman, she was abducted by outlaws and raped. She escaped and turned herself into a 'bandit queen' and avenged all of her assailants. After undergoing […]

Anuradha on the Plight of India’s Impoverished Children

Ms. Anuradha Bhosale graduated from the Tata School of Social Sciences and decided to educate children living in the slums of Kolhapur, 200 miles south of Bombay (Mumbai). She found that the children could not come to a school because they had to work during the day to supplement the parent's income. Note: THIS is […]

Anuradha Bhosale to Attend U.S. Gatherings

Soon Anuradha Bhosale will travel from India to the U.S. to attend meetings and other gatherings in Chicago, Rochester NY, for the express purpose of raising awareness in continuing support for the GWEI-AVANI Child Education Residence in Kolhapur India. During her visit stateside,scheduled for June of this year, Ms. Bhosale will speak at gatherings hosted […]

Unite to Light Donates Lights to AVANI

Unite to Light is a not for profit 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to providing low cost lighting to those without electricity, and eliminating the health and environmental issues associated with existing light sources used by this population, such as kerosene. In doing so, we will allow children the opportunity to study in the evening.  […]

Anuradha Bhosale and the Untouchable Revolution

Guest post by: Missy Crutchfield and Melissa Turner Founding Editors | Be Magazine | www.bemagazine.org India has the largest number in the world of children not in school. Like the carpetbaggers of John Steinbeck’s classic novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” migrant laborers travel with their families across the Indian countryside in search of work. They set up […]

Anuradha Bhosale rescues child laborers and rehabilitates them

Jeevaba Nana Park, where the Avani residential home is located is 7 kilometers from Kolhapur city. Avani is working on the prevention of the many aspects of child exploitation. With scarcity of infrastructure and help of local donors is trying to support children from the deprived classes. The children are provided food, clothes, shelter, proper […]

GoPhil Helps AVANI & Rescued Child Laborers

In September of 2010, GoPhilanthropic visited its partners – AVANI school in Kolhpur, India who provide shelter and education for 36 children who have been rescued from a life of forced child labor. All of the children now attend school and thanks to the dedication of AVANI Director Anuradha Bhosale and others on her team, […]

Vote Now! YouTube Good Work Contest

YouTube is rewarding creatives for doing good work for good causes with their Good Work contest. We have produced a 60-second video that looks at the Good Work of Anuradha Bhosale and Avani at the Kolhapur Brick Kilns, empowering women and feeding and teaching children and rescuing them from forced labour. Produced by myself and shot […]

Kavi, A Realistic Account of Forced Child Labor

In the genre of  Slum Dog Millionaire, Kavi is a short film written-directed and produced by Gregg Helvey focusing on the problem of child labour in India. It was nominated for Oscar in 2010. Its a 19-minute fictional account of a young boy who wants to escape from the brick kiln where he is forced to […]

The Power of Engaged Philanthropy: Seeing for Oneself

The Power of Engaged Philanthropy: Seeing for Oneself by Lydia Dean / GoPhilanthropy “Lydia Didi!!” (Lydia sister) Come and see our play!” screeches one of the beaming AVANI students in Kolhapur, India. But the play I am about to witness is nothing like one I would attend for my own children in Rochester, NY. The […]

Jaipur’s Dream for the Future

  Eleven-year-old Jaipur knows more about AIDS than most anyone her age. Even though she does not have the disease nor does she carry the virus, she has felt the emotional pain as if she were afflicted. Seven years ago, AIDS took the life of her father. Her mother-tested positive prior to his death but […]