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KIRF supporting education and skills training for the rural poor in Bihar, India

KIRF's Sewing Center in Bihar, India KIRF continues to help some of the most materially impoverished children and their families in rural Bihar, India have a better future. We do this by providing educational supplies and vocational training support to the Shekhwara Village School. The school provides an excellent Indian national-standards-based academic education, vocational training and health care free to local impoverished lowest caste families who would otherwise go without.

The Shekhwara Village School hosts KIRF's sewing center that trains young women an employable skill to help them support their families and, as valuable wage earners, it gives them more freedom and status within their community. The sewing center employs a part-time sewing teacher. 

The Shekhwara Village School (formerly known as the Kirwin James International School) was established with donor support by Diane Kirwin and local Indian humanitarians in 2009.  

KIRF has provided the Shekhwara Village School with the followng support since 2009:

  • Sewing center supplies: sewing machines (three, non-electric Singer), textiles, sewing supplies and funding for the sewing teacher’s salary.
  • Electricity and clean drinking water: KIRF purchased and delivered a generator for electricity that powers the school's water pump that provides safe drinking water
  • Physical education supplies: soccer, cricket, volleyball, fitness, games, and badminton.
  • Local curriculum-specific educational supplies: textbooks and writing supplies.

Anniversary of KIRF's tsunami disaster relief in Thailand

KIRF logo KIRF was recognized as an official contributor to the Thailand's tsunami relief by the country's well-regarded sustainable development and public health organization the Population and Community Development Association (PDA). KIRF created an educational scholarship for tsunami orphans with the PDA and Rajabhat Phuket University.

Read more about KIRF's disaster relief in Thailand >




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Top of page photos (left to right): Mark Kirwin, Co-Founder of KIRF with his mother Diane Kirwin in rural Bihar, India. Photo: Kirwin International Relief Collection;
A home destroyed by the tsunami in flooded estuary near Bin Bang Bang, Thailand. Photo: Mark Kirwin;
Rotating photos:
Angela's new friends at hurricane evacuee campsite in Picayune, MS. Photo: Timothy Burdick/Brooks Institute of Photography
Tsunami orphans who need scholarships to continue school in Ranong Province, Thailand. Photo: Stephen Kirwin
Rebuilding Fish Farm with KIRF donations, Thailand. Photo: Jada
Water again in the village of Bandha – made possible by KIRF's donors. Photo: Rick Fendrick, MSPH;
Right Photo: Maasai cattle leaving over-grazed hillsides during dry season near Oldonyo Sambu, Tanzania. Photo: Angela Rockett Kirwin


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