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Beneficiary: Pratyasha Cancer Children's Welfare Society
PRATYASHA GREETING CARDS (JULY 2005)
'Pratyasha' is a support group for children with cancer a helping hand for families of children and young people with cancer. Under the aegis of Paediatric Oncology Division of the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) at Trivandrum, Kerala, a support group — Pratyasha was formed in April 2003 to support the affected families during illness and its treatment regime and also afterwards. One of the major obstacles to their activities is the shortage of funds to take care of more than 30 children at a time. The organisation depends entirely on donations from their own members and supporters. Pratyasha needs a permanent solution to the crisis and needs better ways to generate funds regularly.
A Design & People volunteer working on a design assignment of Nachair Vidyalayam School at Pollachi, Tamil Nadu comes up with a solution. The Design & People volunteer proposes greeting cards to be prepared by the students of Nachair Vidyalayam to generate funds for the children cancer victims of the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum. This beautiful idea of children in one corner of the country working to support child patients on the other side they have never seen was finally coordinated and executed by the Design & People volunteer by spending several weeks at Pollachi School to work on the school requirements and also to convert the idea into a reality. Pratyasha continues to sell greeting cards to generate funds.
Beneficiary: Buddha Smiles Education Movement
GARDEN OF PEACE COMMUNITY SCHOOL (2001)
Buddha Smiles, an organisation of volunteer-teachers working towards providing non-formal education from non-formal sites from ten different locations in the country, decided to get themselves a home a school of their own, situated at the Kurumbapalayam village in the Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. The project of the school had a much larger vision than imparting formal education alone to the students of that and other villages around. The almost barren land amidst the rock hills of Vellore had to be worked on to yield again, and the students and teachers were envisaged as participating in a whole micro-climate created through practices of permaculture, natural building and cattle rearing.
The Buddha Smiles project provided a fertile occasion for the architects from the Design & People volunteer pool to extend their skills. Over the past few years, the team has made participation in the Buddha Smiles annual Pongal time camp on permaculture and natural building into something of an event. We would, in relayed groups, stay at site for over a month and influence the building activities taking place through the camp a dining hall, class rooms, a common toilet block and a cattle shed). This way, we have also tried to organise the site as a whole with a view towards creating a master plan for the campus and trying to formalise an alternative and sustainable building system for the site using local and sometimes unconventional building materials.
Beneficiary: Pratyasha Cancer Children's Welfare Society, Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum
A WEBSITE FOR PRATYASHA CANCER CENTRE (DEC 2004)
'Pratyasha' is a support group for children with cancer a helping hand for families of children and young people with cancer. Under the aegis of Paediatric Oncology Division of the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) at Trivandrum, Kerala, a support group 'Pratyasha' was formed in April 2003 to support the affected families during illness and its treatment regime and also afterwards. The organisation needs a presence in the World Wide Web to spread their message and also to raise funds for their activities to support the victims and their families.
Pratyasha is a Malayalam word, meaning 'Hope'. The Design & People spent time understanding the activities of the organisation and their exact requirements. Many members of the Pratyasha who are family members of victims, now dedicated to the charity activities did not really know the possibilities of having an online presence. Design & People developed a friendly, colourful website instead of a gloomy one. Because it is all about hope. The Pratyasha website: www.praytashaforchildren.org, was inaugurated by Berlin-based Social Designer Sandy Kaltonborn at the Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum on December 28, 2004 during his visit to Kerala to workshop on 'Design Is Not Enough' organised by Design & People.
Beneficiary: Friends of Tibet
'CHINA, GET OUT OF TIBET' POSTER (JAN 2002)
Friends of Tibet is a Tibet Support Group based in India with chapters worldwide. The organisation needs a powerful and direct poster which could be distributed among international Tibet Support Groups and among the Tibetan community in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Europe and the United States and used during protest rallies and demonstrations.
There are hundreds of posters are being for the Tibet cause and are easily available in almost all democratic countries. But there is no single poster which asks the Chinese military to get out of Tibet. A small number of Design & People designers do a research on former political prisoners executud, detained and in exile. After a joint research with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) in Dharamshala, Design & People finalises on 50 faces of Tibetan freedom fighters who are executed, in detention or in exile in India. 'China, Get Out of Tibet' is one of the first posters designed by Design & People for Friends of Tibet and the poster is one of the largely circulated Tibet posters worldwide.
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