Anuradha Up Close and Personal – part-2

Continuing from part one, my interview with Anuradha Bhosale, Kolhapur India activist, social reformer and local hero, shares additional deep insights and reflections with us. LB: What was the worst story of exploitation that you can share with us? AB: The worst story of exploitation has occurred in my own life.   My mother-in-law and sister-in-law harassed me […]

Two Leaves and a Bud (cont)

— Two leaves and a Bud (continued from part-1) Free English rendering : Arun Chavan Original Marathi by : Anuradha Bhosale Akshay’s granny is no longer working for a living. Age has finally caught up with her. For the past two years she is more or less tied to her hovel. I was able to persuade Saurabh […]

Two Leaves and a Bud

TWO LEAVES AND A BUD  AVANI office and school is at one end of the town, the southern end.  The main market, the shopping centres and the government offices are near about one another and are situated at its other end. My work often takes me into these sections. Our main stationery supplier, Neta Stores, the printing service […]

Beware of Pity

Original Marathi by: Anuradha Bhosale English rendering: Arun Chavan Come to think of it, the students of AVANI Residential School are the flotsam of the turbulent oceans of life. They are living embodiments of pain-filled stories and traumatic upheavals that are far beyond the tolerance thresholds of their tender souls. Having known the stories whose pathos […]

AVANI Impacts Children’s Lives, Please Help

Akanksha’s Story The Avani organization provides a home for displaced children where all the basic necessities are delivered for 38 children.  Each child has a compelling story that pulls at the heart strings.*   ……..*See: Gandhi Sponsor the Children Fund As an example, Akanksha was only five years old when her father died as a consequence […]

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. […]

Anuradha Bhosale to Speak at Vanguard University!

Anti Child Labor and Women’s Rights Hero from India, Anuradha Bhosale, to Speak at Vanguard University  Open to the public, renowned grassroots women’s rights and anti-child labor activist based in the Kolhapur district of India will speak Monday April 15th at 7:30 at Vanguard University Heath Building Room 100 Orange County CA – April 14, 2013: Anuradha […]

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 […]

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

Remembering Mothers’ Day

It almost seems inadequate for there to only be one day we celebrate for all that these amazing women do. I truly hope each and every Mother can enjoy even a small portion of the love they give to all of us. Thank you for all your love and kindness. In my blog post Sunanda […]

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 […]

The Problem of Child Labour in India

Guest Post by Pradeep Kumar Gangwar – Assistant Professor of Law at the school of C.C.S. University. The government to India ratified the convention in December 1992 but with the solitary rider in the relation to article 32 due to wide spread poverty and illiteracy which are some of the reason beyond its control. Under […]

Bapu’s Birthday sees Prep for Gandhi Center Expansion

Scott's video below shows the work that was taking place to prepare for the next phase of development of the first (of many!) Gandhi Center for Learning. This is a moderately large video file size and is 5-1/2 minutes long. It is best viewed after it downloads completely to your monitor. Guest Post from photo-journalist and […]