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New preschool opened for children in rural Indian community


The Anganwadi Project (TAP)



The Anganwadi Project (TAP) is an organisation that designs and builds anganwadis, or preschools, in disadvantaged areas of Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh, India.

In 2019, the SMEC Foundation funded the construction of Harivillu 2, an anganwadi located in the rural village of Ammavaripeta, with a population of approximately 1,500 people. Ammavaripeta was chosen as the location for Harivillu 2 because there were over 35 disadvantaged children attending a much smaller anganwadi that was overcrowded and required children to walk over one kilometre to attend each day. Harivillu 2 was designed to accommodate a minimum of 15 children between the ages of two to six from the village. Read more about the project launch here.

The important process of community engagement, site analysis and concept design commenced in late 2019. Construction began in early 2020, as volunteer architects began working with the community to create the new anganwadi. However, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought many challenges to the successful completion of the project.

2020 update: Delivering a community project during a global pandemic

Construction was initially paused as the COVID-19 response in India saw a country-wide shut down and quarantine, which included halting the works on Harivillu 2. The onsite TAP volunteer architects were also recalled back to Australia.

As the situation in Andhra Pradesh slowly began to improve, works recommenced with careful procedures to adhere to COVID-19 restrictions. Personnel from TAP remained actively involved in the project, liaising via Zoom with onsite teams, remotely supervising the quality of the design, and producing detailed metalwork drawings from Australia.

Construction was completed in September 2020 and the Harivillu 2 anganwadi is now open with 15 students and 17 pregnant and/or lactating mothers attending.