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Rural Changemaker joins Hunar Ghar team

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People working at Hunar Ghar have been key to the change that has come over the past 10 years in the remote marginalised village of Bakhel. They are also pivotal to the transformation we envision in similar settings across India. Rahul Dubey, a young and dynamic development professional, joined the Hunar Ghar team recently as Rural Changemaker and will be contributing to the ongoing initiatives. He will also be spearheading some new projects he has been passionate to work on, such as creating a bal panchayat – children’s local self-government body – that will work on real issues in and outside Hunar Ghar and setting up a really strong internship and volunteer programme at Hunar Ghar. In this blog Rahul talks in detail about what motivated him to join Hunar Ghar and what his plans are for his role at Hunar Ghar…

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Kotra Learning Festival 2017 organised by Kshamtalaya

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Kotra Learning Festival 2017 was hosted at Hunar Ghar by one of our partner organisations, Kshamtalaya. It brought together a group of Kshamtalaya interns with children living in the area around Hunar Ghar. All involved flourished through the creative learning activities they participated in together. Kshamtalaya core team member, Soumya, gives an introduction to Kshamtalaya and writes about the aims and achievements of the first ever Kotra Learning Festival in this guest blog…

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Health and Community Team attends workshop on maternal and newborn care

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We constantly strive to offer opportunities for learning and development for our team. Most of our team members come from rural or semi-urban areas of Rajasthan. While they bring with them invaluable insights into the needs of  the local community, these learning opportunities offer them exposure to best practices implemented in other organisations and new developments that continue to take place in their area of work. Our Health and Community team at Hunar Ghar recently participated in a state level workshop on maternal and newborn care…  

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‘It’s more than just a school’

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‘It’s more than just a school’, these are the words of one of our supporters who visited Hunar Ghar for the first time in April. Amit Chadda is a teacher from London, who spent time with our local team, helping to develop a teacher appraisal system to help with our teachers’ professional development.  Here he shares his experience of being at Hunar Ghar…
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Developing a literacy culture from scratch

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Hunar Ghar children come from primarily illiterate families. The literacy rate among women in the village, the primary care givers of our students, is 11%. During an Early Childhood Development survey conducted by us in the community in 2015, we found that for 60 randomly selected children and their caregivers, 51 sets of caregivers knew no age appropriate songs, stories or poems to be able to tell their children. The same number also possessed no age appropriate books and had no pens, pencils or crayons for children to draw with. This means that children living in the community around Hunar Ghar depend almost entirely on Hunar Ghar to develop literacy.  Read More