What a beautiful school!
The Innovation Foundry MIE team in Mumbai did a remarkable job of organizing the local MIE volunteers and the Tribal villagers in the Sanjay Gandhi National Forest to come together and rebuild the MIE school that had been damaged by monsoons during the summer of 2010. After several months of intense work by the Innovation Foundry MIE teams in Mumbai and Houston, our vision has been realized. The MIE school has been rebuilt on the location of the previously damaged MIE school. The inauguration celebration took place on March 6th, 2011 in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai.
After the school design was developed by Javier of the Innovation Foundry MIE team in Houston in late February 2011, it was shared via email and Skype call with the Innovation Foundry MIE team in Mumbai. The Mumbai team then shared it with the local villagers for their review and input. Local villager input on the school design was insightful and local buy-in for constructing the design was invaluable. The final school design very much integrated the years of experience and wisdom of the local villagers who worked whole-heartedly to rebuild the school with the Innovation Foundry MIE team in Mumbai. Because the villagers invested so much of their minds and hearts into the design and construction of the new MIE school, we are confident that the new school will be cared for and maintained over the years by the villagers. Both the Innovation Foundry MIE teams in Mumbai and Houston will continue to develop enhancements for the school with the support of the local villagers.
The Innovation Foundry MIE teams in Mumbai (Ritika, Srishti, Priyam) and Houston (Javier, Peter) held a Skype call to discuss the lessons learned from this experience. We will capture our learning’s for inclusion in a document for sharing with other social innovators.
The side view of the school.
The back view of the school. What beautiful concrete foundation, wall and roof.
Inside the new school.
MIE volunteers and the tribal students.
Behind the girl with the microphone is Srishti Arya, one of the founders of MIE. To her left is Ritika Arya, another of the founders of MIE. Not pictured here is the third founder of MIE, Priyam Datta.
The support of the villager was absolutely critical to the success of the school reconstruction. Kudos to the Innovation Foundry MIE team in Mumbai for building rapport and trust with the villagers through their unflappable conviction, indefatigable persistence, and unmatched diplomacy.
Pictured in the middle is Priyam Datta, one of the founders of MIE.
One of the students appreciating the new bamboo fence at the school.
Srishti Arya, a founder of MIE, peers out of one of bamboo framed windows of the new school.
The spacious inside of the new school. Holes were pre-installed in the concrete foundation to make easy the insertion of bamboo poles for use as partition supports and easel stands.
This is why we did this. Tribal children in their new school!!
A magic show as part of the inauguration celebration. This whole effort felt a bit magical, but we know that a huge amount of hard work went behind the “magic” to make it possible.