“According to your thoughts, we can transform each anganwadi into a clean and beautiful temple with basic amenities at a minimum cost. There are two benefits of this idea: the children get a nurturing environment and the children’s family and community get indirect inspiration and guidance.”
Jodie Fried founded Bholu in 2005. The philosophy behind Bholu is to create unique homewares products while benefiting the Gujarati community of women artisans employed by Bholu. By using their traditional skills, the women artisans gain an income, and also independence and opportunity. Part proceeds from Bholu sales go back to the women and their communities, and help fund education facilities and other programs for underprivileged children.
In 2008, Bholu won the NSW Telstra Business Awards for Social Responsibility for demonstrated leadership by a business to education, environment, people and the community. The Anganwadi Project was initiated by Jodie Fried, through the work of Bholu and after an nine-year association with Manav Sadhna.
Angawadi Project Co-ordinator
Neeta Jadav is the Anganwadi Program Co-ordinator from Manav Sadhna along with local dedicated volunteers Chandrabhai and Ajarbhai. Neeta has been working in this community for many years starting with once being an Anganwadi teacher herself.
Manav Sadhna is an Indian NGO based at Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad. It is a registered trust in India and a 501(c) 3 non-profit in the USA. The organisation is comprised of a young group of dedicated individuals working to uplift the lives of poor and needy children. Inspired by the Gandhian principles of truth, non-violence, uplifting the poor and oppressed, Manav Sadhna promotes health and sanitation, and education for the poor. Viren Joshi , Jayesh Patel and Anar Patel are the founders of Manav Sadhna and provide constant guidance and inspiration to the project.