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Shanti Niketan Children's Home

Subathu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Children's Home – Phase 2 & Construction Management
Early February 2014
eMi² Project 8231


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Matthew Coffey
phone: +91.83105.54438

Needs

Architect – conceptual design for second phase of new development; refining first phase conceptual design. Consider me...
Civil Engineer – assess & review the status of water system improvements; identify & document further jobs for water system improvements. Consider me...
Project Sponsor – If you can't come, maybe you can help us operate this project on a non-profit basis with a one-time donation. Thanks for investing in our ministry!

Project Scope

Architecturally, we are building on the design work accomplished by project trips over the past two years. On this trip we will be assisting the Home in developing conceptual-level plans for the future kitchen and dining facility (part of Phase 2 of the Home's master plan), which will also include much-needed improved staff quarters.

As for the civil side, we will focus on reviewing and assessing the civil improvements made to the Home's water supply system in the fall of 2013. The improvements that EMI suggested after the last trip were immediately implemented by a work team from the Canada based charity, Child of Mine. Based on our assessment of the degree of completion of these improvements, we will work on any further civil innovations that may be deemed necessary.

For more, see the stories, photos, & 2013 trip information below. Come back to the Home this year with us – you'll never forget the welcome you receive from the children & staff!

Costs

Approx. Rs. 6,000 – 8,000 (from within South Asia)
Approx. US $1,200 – 1,400 (from Europe / Asia)
Approx. US $2,200 – 2,400 (from North America)
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Subathu, Himachal Pradesh, India

Children's Home – Phase 2 & Construction Management
October 2-11, 2013
eMi² Project 8229

Contact

Matthew Coffey
phone: +91.85108.17533

Needs

Project Sponsor – If you can't come, maybe you can help us operate this project on a non-profit basis with a one-time donation. Thanks for investing in our ministry!

Project Scope

Continuing with our efforts of last year, we will be assisting the Home in managing a work team from the Canada based charity, Child of Mine. This team of skilled and unskilled workers will be implementing some of the recommendations for simplifying & improving the complicated water supply system our teams prepared last year. (Specifically, jobs 3-6 and possibly job 7 outlined on drawing C1). Additionally, there is a need to develop plans for execution to reconstruct the old & inadequate spring boxes 2 km distant which are the Home's only source of water. The water flow from these superficial spring boxes is inadequate / minimal in the dry season, which is a yearly hardship for the staff & children of the Home.

We will also be discussing refinements to the concept plans for Phase 1 – the new Boy's Dormitory prepared last year – to bring them up to the level of detail required for execution next year.

For more, see the stories, photos, & 2012 trip information below. Come back to the Home this year with us – you'll never forget the welcome you receive from the children & staff!

Costs

Approx. Rs. 6,000 – 8,000 (from within South Asia)
Approx. US $1,200 – 1,400 (from Europe / Asia)
Approx. US $2,200 – 2,400 (from North America)
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Lost and Found
By Jonathan Singh, Administrator
Article featured in Raveler Vol. 2

Over twenty years ago, Shanti Niketan Children's Home purchased an old Leprosy Mission property in the beautiful Himalayan ranges. Though the Leprosy Mission had been operating there since the early 1900's, the current Home leadership was not completely aware of the site's boundaries. Photocopies of an old cloth revenue map was all they had to refer to, and there were rumors the Home had occupied land that didn't belong to them. All these rumors & uncertainties prevented the management from having a government official survey the site and clarify the boundary – a process largely focused on finding consensus with neighbors. They were afraid of what they might lose when they didn't even know what they owned.

Lost and Found
But we didn't know all that when we arrived at the Home to develop a survey map which would inform future developments. On our first work day we set up survey stations where data would be collected to develop the survey map. As the new guy to all this, it was my task to use a GPS survey device to get an idea of the site area. My guide was Roshan, the local village headman. Off and on, he works as a handy man for the Home. As it turns out, he is the only person who could remember the old Leprosy Mission boundaries. While others set up total stations and collected data, Roshan & I hiked around the entire boundary, taking points on the GPS device. The terrain is quite hilly and it was a challenge at times to keep up with him as I'm not a mountain guy. Plus, the supposed fact that a leopard might be staring at you from among the bushes & thickets gave me something to think about until a baby snake crawled over my shoe. But as we walked together,I realized the boundary was much bigger than the Home had thought.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

We discovered several additional stone monuments which had the initials "ML" carved on them, matching ones the Home already knew about. Though these lost stones had been sitting there since 1916 or so, this was a revelation. Our job increased with the new findings, but we were excited to get the unknown area in the survey. Sure enough, the pattern of monuments corresponded to the old revenue map. The land area also matched up with old records. For the Home, this was an answer to prayer. Knowing their newly rediscovered boundaries has given them a fresh confidence.



Designing Hope
Designing Hope
Article featured in the Indian Thread, October 2012
By Christine Gerhart, LTV Graphic Design




Children's Home Survey & Masterplan
Subathu, Himachal Pradesh, India

PART A: September 8-16, 2012
PART B: October 6-14, 2012
eMi² Project 8210


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Contact

Matthew Coffey
phone: +91.85108.17533

Needs

- Project Sponsor – If you can't come, maybe you can help us operate this project on a non-profit basis with a one-time donation to Project 8210. Thanks for investing in our ministry!

Project Scope

The Shanti Niketan Children's Home has come a long way since taking over the site of a Leprosy Home built in 1916 in the beautiful hills of Subathu, Himachal Pradesh. They have dedicated themselves to caring for children since 1989 with the vision to build the next generation of leaders in India. The Canada based charity, Child of Mine has been working to support, maintain & improve the Home since 2005. As the site & facility comes up on its 100-year mark, the time has now come to look at larger, more extensive site development plan. eMi² has been asked to help develop the tools to enable the Home to accomplish this. We will be taking on this task in two parts – the first for survey of the campus property, and the second for consolidating the future goals & programme to develop a masterplan.
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Costs

Approx. Rs. 6,000 – 8,000 (from within South Asia)
Approx. US $1,200 – 1,400 (from Europe / Asia)
Approx. US $2,200 – 2,400 (from North America)
More information on project costs

Other Project Information

eMi² Extras and Resources
Volunteer Resources