Village Life: 2006 Calendar


Here’s something fun. We visited several rural villages in Karnataka over the Diwali holiday, and took a bunch of photos in the process. I wrote about one aspect of the excursion on my blog, and Yoo-Mi wrote about others on hers.

We were guests of Jana Jagaran, a grass roots NGO (operating under the registered name of Shramik Abhivrudhi Sangh). They are working on community building and socio-economic development in northern Karnataka and the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Their primary work is with the weaving and migrant sheep-herding communities in these regions, assisting them in reviving traditional techniques and technologies while developing markets for their products.

Jana Jagaran loved the photos we took, and asked for permission to use them in a calendar project. CharityFocus Bangalore coordinator TB Dinesh (known in my family as “Where’s Dinesh?” since he serves as Waldo for my nephew Tenzing, who constantly inquires about him) set them up with a website and is helping them publish and distribute it. It looks pretty nice!

Check it out at the Shramik Abhivrudhi Sangh website, click on the notice at the top of the page for the calendar, and preview the attached PDF file. Order a few if the spirit moves you!


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