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The major earthquake of January 26, 2001 which hit Kutch and impacted other parts of Gujarat caused great devastation. Manav Sadhna offered it’s assistance by distributing donated items swiftly and efficiently around the state and adopting a village in Kutch near the Indo-Pakistani border called Ludiya. Due to the large number of people migrating after the earthquake; Hindus are the minority in Ludiya today. After the earthquake, the locals had nothing left and felt inclined to relocate in places where they would no longer be in the minority. This change would lead to the loss of their unique way of life and traditional handicrafts.

Through Manav Sadhna’s efforts, the local Muslim community joined hands with this Hindu community to encourage them to remain in Ludiya and rebuild their lives there. Based on the Gandhian principle of Gram Swaraj (independence at the village level), Manav Sadhna aimed to rebuild a self sustainable village that catered to 2,500 inhabitants spread over 10km. In less than three months, the villagers were back on their feet living in 455 new bhungas (traditional mud huts), utilizing 90 toilet and bath blocks, six fully equipped primary schools and seven pre-primary schools, three check dams, two water ponds, five underground water tanks, three community centres, a health centre, a fodder bank, a bus stand, and a temple.

Today, we continue to work with the villagers in the field on water management, preservation, marketing of traditional handicraft work, education, and communal harmony. Manav Sadhna raised more than 1.4 crore rupees to use for Ludiya. Many national and international organizations, individual donors, supporters and volunteers partnered with us to make this project a success.

In 2002, Manav Sadhna and Indicorps collaborated. Through this partnership, six international volunteers have spent a year each for the last three years in Ludiya, working in the areas of watershed management and handicraft development. Through the watershed project, the volunteers worked with locals to build wells and check dams to create longstanding sources for water in each hamlet. In a three-year project to preserve, develop and market traditional embroidery and patchwork of the region, Indicorps volunteers established and ran a Rural Design School (RDS) to encourage creativity and personal development among female embroidery artisans. The RDS aimed to help preserve the traditional craft of embroidery by encouraging women to create their own designs and help them establish a sustainable, self-initiated marketing outlet to secure a sturdy source of income.
 
 
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