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Paths to Progress: What's Happening in Jaipur & Jodhpur
Community Partner Highlights
The Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) aims to ensure the availability of fresh water to desert communities in the Marwar region of India. JBF promotes village-level capacity building, use of traditional knowledge and appropriate technology, community mobilization, and environmental respect.
Save the Souls hopes to help women achieve income security and independence through vocational training by encouraging, supporting and guiding women and children to their full potential. Save the Souls has established non-formal education centers offering lessons and organizes free awarenes camps in different communities.
Vikalp Sansthan is a social change initiative started by young activists. They encourage youth to work as agents of change in issues related to the sensitization of civil society, empowerment, sustainable development, and gender equity.
Jaipur and Jodhpur:
The Pink City and The Blue City
The largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan, Jaipur is home to over three million residents. It is known as the “pink city” due to its striking pink-painted architecture. Although Jaipur is rapidly developing in many ways, there are large populations of under-served communities that are diving deeper into poverty as resources become depleted. Along with severe gender inequity, there is insufficient access to basic education and reliable healthcare.
About 242 miles from the pink city is the blue city of Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan. Although like Jaipur, it is a popular tourist destination, the distribution of wealth produced by tourism does not make a significant dent in some of the city’s biggest problems. Due to Jodhpur’s desert setting and conservative cultural practices, the city faces extensive environmental, labor-related, and educational development issues.
Avg. temperature: Low 67ºF / High 93ºF
Official language: Hindi
Topic: Human rights advocacy
Intern: Sophia Davis
The Jodhpur Network of People Living with HIV (JNP+) seeks to provide support and services for those living with HIV. JNP+ works to break down the harmful stigma surrounding the disease so HIV positive people can gain better access to opportunities. With the support of FSD Intern Sophia Davis, JNP+ started a home for HIV+ orphans.
Organization: Rupayan Sansthan
Rupayan Sansthan was recently honored by the state of Rajasthan for their work on oral history conservation through the ‘Arna-Jharna’ museum. Since their establishment in 1960, Rupayan Sansthan has researched and archived folk tales and songs to preserve the richness of indigenous language and knowledge. The facility itself collects rainwater, grows ethno-medicinal plants, and is a celebration of desert life.