Stichting Diwa

Brick Kiln Project was Project of the Week with Wilde Ganzen

On 24 and 25 August the Brick Kiln Workers project was Project of the Week with Wilde Ganzen. The television broadcast (in Dutch) can be seen back here:

Diwa Newsletter 6

by Jan Dirk Schouten

In this sixth newsletter we will inform you about the developments of Diwa's Brick Kiln Workers Education Project as well as our donor and awareness activities in The Netherlands.

This year is dedicated to improving the existing schools for the brick kiln workers and building four class rooms as well as toilets. Some schools are no more than a stable that once sheltered cows. Often these schools are too small, so that only a limited number of children can attend school, whereas many more children would also want to go. By improving the schools and by increasing their capacity, we hope we can add to the durability of the schools, so that eventually they can function more independently.

Again we do this in cooperation with "Wilde Ganzen". "Wilde Ganzen" supports small initiatives in development with their expertise. For every Euro donated to the project, "Wilde Ganzen" adds 30 cents.

In their "project of the week" for a whole week "Wilde Ganzen" will pay attention to the Brick Kiln Workers Project on television! Broadcast is planned on Saturday 24 August, Ned 2 around 11:29 a.m.; repeated on Sunday 25 August, Ned 2, around 11:59 a.m.

One of the travellers who, together with travel agency Avanta, visited Pakistan (see our previous newsletter), appears to have special filming and editing capabilities. She made a film that was shown on a special Diwa film evening on 23 May 2013 in Rijssen. You can read more about this in the story by Margreet Oberink.

Last month our council member Shahlla visited her family and the Brick Kiln Workers Project in a tense Pakistan. Her story can be read below in "Visit report Pakistan — April 2013".

In "Faces behind Diwa" Arno Louws introduces himself. Arno is responsible for our sponsor policy. Because of his work in Africa, he is experienced in the field of development aid.

Do not forget to read our agenda with all our upcoming exciting and nice activities!

Videoverslag bezoek school in Pakistan door Avanta-reis

Last October the Dutch travel organisation Avanta ( organised a group journey to Pakistan. Our board members Karin Kreijkes and Jaco Groenewoud also joined the trip. During the trip one of the schools that is supported by Diwa was also visited. Below you can see a video report of that visit.

The report was kindly made available to us by Margreet Oberink.

Diwa Newsletter 5

by Jan Dirk Schouten

This fifth newsletter will inform you about the progress of Diwa's Brick Kiln Workers Education project and about our donor and awareness activities in The Netherlands.

Invitation Diwa Pre X-mas Party

Pre X-mas Pakistan Party

Friday, 16 December 2011
19:30 - 23.00hr.

Scots International Church
Schiedamse Vest 121, Rotterdam

Special guests:
Samson Masih, singer
Nadeem Basheer, tabla
Chicki, dance

Diwa Newsletter 3

Hereby you receive the third newsletter of Stichting Diwa. With this newsletter we want to keep you up-to-date with the activities of Stichting Diwa.

Ongoing issues and events

by Jan Dirk Schouten

This year Stichting Diwa has achieved much. We are very happy to announce that beginning of March 10 Diwa schools have started on locations of Brick Kilns near Gujranwala, Pakistan. At this moment about 415 children, boys and girls, are getting education in these schools. We are very thankful to our donors for the financial support of this project.
Summer night concert

Photos brick kiln school

With the support of Stichting Diwa ten schools have now been started at brick kilns in the Punjab. The photos below give an impression of the result.

Invitation Diwa Summer Night Concert

On 12 August, in one of the most beautiful hidden gardens of Rotterdam you can hear the sound of the bansuri (bamboo flute). It is one of the oldest instruments from the rich musical tradition of India and Pakistan.

You are invited to join in.

Summer Night Concert 2011

On 12 August Diwa organises a Summer Night Concert in the lovely garden of the Swedish Church in Rotterdam. Entrance is free, but Diwa welcomes your gift to support the Brick Kiln Workers Education Project in Pakistan.

Address: Swedish Church, Parklaan 5, Rotterdam

The garden will open at 7 pm, and the concert starts at 8 pm.

Garden of the Swedish Church

Brick Kiln Workers Education Project

This year Stichting Diwa has started 10 news schools under the Brick Kiln worker Education Project in Gujranwala, Pakistan. The Schools are located on different Brick Kilns locations in the surroundings of Gujranwala.

PSTA, our partner organization, is implementing this project. Teacher selection and their training is done, and students are enrolled. PSTA has provided books to the students. Other material things such as uniforms and desks are still in process.

PSTA is busy in awareness raising meetings and forming of parents committees in the target areas, so that parents can also take responsibilities in the future.