The AVANI Children’s Home Challenge

Of the estimated 85 million child laborers in India today, over 40,000 of them work in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Many of these children have been sold or forced into hazardous occupations and commercial sex work.  Girls suffer the most. It is AVANI’s mission to work alongside children from the homeless, migrant and nomadic communities. […]

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 […]

A Trusteeship of Intention

AVANI, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and Mahatma Gandhi Foundation came together with an intention to serve the children and in doing so serve whom Bapu (Gandhi) held dearest, ‘Poorest of poor and weakest of weak’. ‘Child trafficking’ is a newly coined fancy term for the age old practice of exploiting and abusing the weak and […]

CalEarth Apprentice Arrives in Kolhapur to build (and teach) Super-Adobe Structures

Excerpt from Whitey Flagg’s ShelterSpace blog In September I returned to Southern California to begin my long-term apprenticeship at Cal-Earth. I learned Super-adobe and many different types of foundations, flooring, plastering, waterproofing, and much more. I have been studying Permaculture for some time but was also able to participate in a PDC course and finally receive […]