CERES Global has been travelling to India since 2006 facilitating cultural exchanges with local communities and like-minded organisations in South India, Mumbai, Central India, Delhi and the Himalayas. Over this time the relationships between CERES Global and the local organisations have grown and strengthened to create enduring and trusted connections.
In 2012 CERES Global and Satpura Vikas Mandal, a local NGO, began discussing the possibility of building new teachers’ quarters for the Jamnya School, one of their poorest boarding schools of around 400 students in a remote tribal village near Pal in northern Maharashtra.
Read on below for project news and updates:
Hot and dusty work at Jamnya School - In early 2016 a small team return to Jamnya to make another contribution to the project. The team was made up mostly of a Swinburne trade group and CERES Staff. The brief visit allowed the team to assist with some maintenance work on the brick press, start another batch of CSEB brickmaking and organise details […] Success at International Higher Education Awards - The biggest congratulations to, Dr Jason Sargent, our friend and partner who CERES Global works with in delivering the IT for Social impact Trips to India, and who has achieved global success at this year’s QS International Higher Education Impact Award in Valencia, Spain for his vision and delivery of the project. We have been running […] Watch our video about the housing project - The CERES Global team are proud of the work we are doing with the community at Jamnya, Maharashtra, India. Watch this video to find out a bit more about the housing project. CERES’ Jamnya Sustainable Housing Project aims to explore alternatives to the carbon intense coal-fired brick, cement and reinforced steel houses that are currently […] Bumpy road! Through beautiful teak forests. - Bumpy road! Through beautiful teak forests. Arrived to a warm welcome and immediately saw the brick making machine. It was a focal point with lots of willing helpers, on-lookers and diligent workers. It seemed like had work and I thought I would investigate the machine’s lubrication points and make sure it was working smoothly. Helped […] The Pal-Swinburne Friendship Forest - The Pal-Swinburne Friendship Forest; from little things, big things grow for Swinburne’s IT for Social Impact India Project In a long-sweeping bend, the Suki River cradles the village of Pal in the remote Satpuda Ranges of Maharashtra State, India. Once a hill station for the Maharajas travelling in elephant convoys between Delhi and Mumbai, Pal […] A connected Jamnya - So how did this initiative come about and more significantly, how has the community of Pal become such a valued and respected member of the Swinburne University of Technology family, 6,000 miles away from Swinburne’s home of Hawthorn, Melbourne? In late 2013, Louise Kellerman, previously Manager of Professional Placements Internships for Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, […] JAMNYA – the documentary - During late 2014 and early 2015 documentary producer Anoop Sathyan joined the team at Jamnya School to create a documentary on the project and more broadly the life of our friends at and near Jamnya. You can see the documentary preview here – JAMNYA –. We were excited to show the full length documentary at […] An Indian Tribal Village - Standfirst: Gazing into the spreadsheet, it feels like there isn’t enough time. But for what? My gaze diverts from the spreadsheet filled with numbers and diagrams, and I stare out my office window, searching. For what is not clear. Tears well up. I am fragile in this moment, but contain my tears, breathe in, sigh, […] Cultural & skills exchange with great results - The Jamnya Project has kicked of 2015 with an amazing effort from the Swinburne trade team. Along with CERES Global and under the guidance of Jon Wallace the team from Swinburne spent two and a half weeks experiencing diverse aspects of India while moving the Jamnya Housing construction project forward. From earth construction training in […] Appropriate technology brings environmental, social & cost benefits to Jamnya - The Jamnya Project made great progress in 2014. A highlight of the year has been reinforcing the relationship between the Auroville Earth Institute and CERES Global to transfer new earth construction technologies to Pal & Jamnya for the Jamnya Project. Paul Adams and Phuong Tang spent around 6 weeks in India over two trips assessing […] What could possibly delay brick making? - After smashing out 850 bricks in our first two days, the team was chuffed. What could possibly delay our brick making progress? 1) Unexpected rain (even four months after rainy season ended) turns the earth into unworkable mud AND boggs the path into Jamnya 2) A deadly snake and scorpion hang out under the plastic […] Meditating in a lorry truck with a brick press - The team purchases the compressed stabilised earth brick press for the teachers quarters at Jamnya. Over a coffee in Melbourne, we discuss how to transport the brick press across India from Auroville to Jamnya, some 1500kms. It was critical that the press arrives by December so that bricks could be prepared in time for construction […] A Sustainable School for Jamnya - CERES Global has been travelling to India since 2006 facilitating cultural exchanges with local communities and like-minded organisations in South India, Mumbai, Central India, Delhi and the Himalayas. Over this time the relationships between CERES Global and the local organisations have grown and strengthened to create enduring and trusted connections. In 2012 CERES Global and Satpura […] Affordable, Sustainable and Suitable - All projects we embark on are evaluated against performance criteria that have been developed to evaluate each project and how effective they will be at addressing local needs. These performance criteria will also be instrumental for evaluating the cultural suitability/ replicability of projects. For each project It all starts with data…. - With architectural plans in our back pocket and an automatic weather station in hand the CERES Global 2013 team arrived in Jamnya with a very warm welcome from the students and teachers of the Jamnya Primary School. Following a few very animated rounds of the hokey-pokey and a delicious cup of chia to calm us […]