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

2010 Graduates of KIRF's Sewing Center in Bihar, IndiaKIRF 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 through the local Indian non-profit KIRF INDIA. Mark Kirwin, the director of KIRF, visited KIRF INDIA's newest free school, the Kirwin James International Education Center in Shekhwara, in 2009 to assess needs and deliver supplies. The school provides an academic education, vocational training and health care free to local impoverished lowest caste families who would otherwise go without.

The Kirwin James International Education Center in Shekhwara has three classrooms, playground, a garden, and our sewing center.  KIRF's sewing center 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 Kirwin James International Educational Center was established by KIRF INDIA. KIRF INDIA is a seperate non-profit from KIRF. KIRF INDIA is an Indian charitable trust established by Diane Kirwin with it's own board of local Indian trustees.  

KIRF has provided the Kirwin James International Education Center in Shekhwara 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.

Read more about KIRF INDIA's ongoing projects on their web site >


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 who founded the KIRF Bodhgaya Indian Trust in front of a new KIRF Education Center near Bodhgaya, 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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