Introduction Indira Awas Yojana is one of the largest rural social housing programs in the world, having built more than 25 million houses in the last 25 years. The Ministry of Rural Development allocated 100 billion rupees in the 2011 budget to cover the rural house deficit and has decided to go beyond supporting BPL […]


Bhuj, a small city with a population of approximately 250,000, faces the challenge of accommodating over a third of its residents (14,000 families) living in slums. The approach to slum redevelopment in India has evolved over time, moving from evictions in the past to recognizing slum dwellers’ rights in the 1990s. The Rajiv Awas Yojana […]


In the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal in April 2015, the American Jewish World Society (AJWS) took up the initiative to reconstruct Bhakhang, a village inhabited by approximately 170 Tibetan nuns. The earthquake, measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale, resulted in widespread devastation and claimed the lives of over 10,000 people. Bhakhang, […]


The Yusuf Meherali Centre (YMC), in collaboration with Mette Lange Architects and Hunnarshala, has taken a remarkable initiative to build a small school for the fisherfolk communities residing along the coast of Bhadreshwar, Mundra. This endeavour aims to ensure that the children of these communities do not miss out on the opportunity of education, despite […]


In the Daob region of Uttar Pradesh, communal tensions arose in August 2013, straining relations between the Jat and Muslim communities. This led to violence, resulting in the displacement of over 5,000 Muslim families. Seeking refuge in camps, some families were unable to return to their villages due to the severity of the violence. The […]


After the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, the government implemented an Owner Driven Reconstruction (ODR) approach, focusing on social mobilization, effective communication, social inclusion, and grievance redressal to facilitate self-reconstruction of houses in a reasonable time-frame. The Government of India (GOI) is providing significant assistance to the Government of Nepal (GoN) in areas such as housing, […]


Sahyadri School, situated in the Khed taluka of Maharashtra, is a residential school run under the Krishnamurti Foundation of India (KFI). Nestled on a scenic hilltop about two hours away from Pune city, the school was established in 1994 and spans across 70 acres of land. Guided by the principles set forth by Jiddu Krishnamurti, […]


Hunnarshala, an organization working with the urban poor in Bhuj, initiated a project in 2015 to explore and formalize street vending as a livelihood option. They started with a pilot project in Jubilee circle and Bhuj Haat, two prominent locations for street vending in the city. This pilot aimed to understand the dynamics of street […]


Alma Mater is an alternate school designed and built to withstand the hot arid climate of Jodhpur. The design celebrates Jodhpur’s traditional crafts and artisans. Alma Mater is a school in Jodhpur that prioritizes the holistic development of children’s moral, physical, and emotional character, fostering empathy for the world. The pedagogy revolves around experiential learning […]


Established in 1962, the Government Inter-College at Baram (GIC Baram) is a renowned Secondary/Higher Secondary school in Uttarakhand, India. Recognized as one of the hundered model schools by the government of Uttarakhand, it serves students from various villages within a 20 kilometer radius. The school is located on a site spanning approximately 1.5 hectares. Baram, […]