Support the Bichli Haveli workers during pandemic lockdown

#GivingTuesdayNow aims to raise awareness of nonprofits affected by Covid-19

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#GivingTuesdayNow aims to raise awareness of nonprofits affected by Covid-19

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During this pandemic, the best way to stay safe is to stay at home. For the Bichli Haveli project in Udaipur, India, this means the project has been suspended temporarily and the crew remain in their homes. The lockdown in India began March 24th and has recently been extended to at least May 18. The RWI team, our partners and the Mehta family are assisting workers as best we can. We're also asking for your support.

As a part of the newly formed #GivingTuesdayNow initiative scheduled for Tuesday, May 5th, we are part of a larger movement to garner attention for nonprofits and their partners working hard to protect staff and projects. This is also an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity--to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal.


For nearly three years, Restoration Works International, with the support of our volunteers, partners, and crew, has been restoring the Bichli Haveli in Udaipur, India. Vacant for decades, we're giving new life to this 140-year-old building in a lively area of the city. The newly rehabilitated space will used as a heritage resource center with long-term accommodation to support its programming and ongoing building maintenance. Although the center was scheduled to be up and running by September 2020, the immediate needs of our crew has become the priority. The opening date will be pushed back accordingly as project partners focus on staying healthy, positive, and supportive of each other!

A big thank you goes to our supporters and volunteers for everything they have already contributed. We will keep everyone updated on project developments -- including a "Chai and Chat" session with architect Malvika Mehta and Jandaksha board member Roma Bhardwaj later this month. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.


Restoration Works International, a registered US-based 501(c)3 charitable organization, works with communities in under-served areas to help them restore their historic spaces, and in doing so advances sustainable development, economic benefit and celebration of their unique culture and history. If you are an American tax filer, your donation may be considered a charitable donation.