The Jamnya housing project started in 2012 as a collaboration between Melbourne based CERES Global and local Indian NGO Satpuda Vikas Mandal based in Pal, Maharashtra. The project began with the design and build of new teachers’ quarters for the Jamnya School, one of their poorest boarding schools of around 400 students in a remote tribal village near Pal.The improved accommodation is anticipated to attract a higher calibre of teacher and improve the gender balance of teaching staff at the school, while at the same time introducing and exploring new and innovative sustainable construction materials.

Sustainable design features of the house include:

  1. Compressed Earth Bricks: New sustainable brick making technologies are now emerging where bricks are made from the soil existing on, or around, the site where the building is to be constructed. The bricks have 5% cement, and are compressed rather than ‘fired’ resulting in significantly lower environmental impact.
  2. Bamboo: Grown locally and sustainably in the Jamnya area, bamboo is used as the roofing structure for the new dwelling.
  3. Recycled Tetra-pack Roofing: Made from recycled tetra-pack containers, which have been heated and moulded into roofing sheets with significantly better thermal properties compared to iron.

Phases 2 of the project

Following the completion of the first house, it was agreed that CERES Global continue to support SVM with the construction of additional new teacher accommodation units at Jamnya School. In order to accommodate all school staff at Jamnya school, an additional 4 buildings that can house 4 teachers each are necessary. The second phase also involves installation of solar power and hot water on the boarding school and teachers accomodation.

To find out how you can get involved and join us in India this January click here https://ceres.org.au/global/sustainable-housing-india/page/3/

To make a tax deductible donation

Electronically transfer funds to:
Bank Australia
The CERES Environmental Fund
BSB – 313 140
Acct – 1209 6219

Send a cheque
CERES – Finance
Cnr Roberts & Stewart St, East Brunswick, VIC 3056
Pay via Credit card by calling our Reception on 9389-0100

We will be able to issue a Tax Deductible Receipt for FY18 if we receive funds by June 30 or if donating by cheque, the cheque is dated June 30 or earlier.

Please confirm your donation is conditional on its proceeds being utilised to support the Jamnya Housing Project.

Background to CERES Global
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.

CERES Global are into building friendship. We’re approaching development and finding solutions to social and environmental challenges with a new lens. Aid and development models of the past have not always succeeded, and we know from our experience that it’s all about true friendship, trust, rapport, and understanding. We have a unique opportunity to foster that friendship with our long term partner SVM, and we welcome you to share our cross-cultural journey.

Essentially, CERES Global build relationships and connections with like minded organisations around the world to share ideas and knowledge. We operate as a social enterprise and our model is to achieve the above through organised socio-environmental cross cultural exchanges and experiential learning opportunities open to the public. We are excited to challenge and change the people who travel with us to think about the world differently. The experiences we create are diverse and many and come out of passionate conversations and aligned interests between us and other individuals or organisations both here in Australia and overseas. You can check out our website here to get an idea and see what is coming up. In addition to this we also take university groups on short term mobility programs all with a focus on global issues around sustainability, community development and the environment. – Sophie Edwards, CERES Global

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