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VOGUE Features Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School

VOGUE India features CITTA in October 2020 issue on Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School after world-renowned designer Sabyasachi designs the Ajrakh uniforms for the students to begin wearing this December!

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GYAAN Center designed by
Diana Kellogg Architects

Rajkumari Ratnavati Girl’s School

Rajkumari Ratnavati Girls School: Aug-Sept 2019

Aerial view of school, dunes in background
Aerial view of school, classrooms side
Aerial view of school, future road access in background
School exterior walls
School exterior walls
Future staircase and ramp access to the roof
Classroom interior, floor construction in progress
Roof construction in progress, women and men workers


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Update! GYAAN Project in Jaisalmer: June-July 2019

Main entry, women builders at the construction site
Aerial view from above
Aerial view of the school with dunes in the background
Exterior wall, view from the Southwest
Exterior wall layout, construction in progress
View from inside the courtyard towards the North, existing trees to be saved as part of the future courtyard
Classroom doors framed from inside, construction in progress
Aerial view of the school with an existing hut on the right side
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Watch the progress of the RAJKUMARI RATNAVATI GIRLS’ SCHOOL in Jaisalmer India!

Rendering of the school.

Constructed from local sandstone, the Girls’ School and Womens Center will address the need to educate girls and empower women from the neighboring villages of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. The oval forms reflect universal symbols of female strength. The structure replicates the undulating planes of the sand dunes and also serves as a metaphor for the rippling effect that education can have on impoverished areas. The intention is also to incorporate the traditional building methods in a modern design with the hope that the techniques will gain recognition and continue to flourish.

Aerial View, Jaisalmer, India

The land originally held only an existing hut with a fence around the property.

April, 2019, we begin to see the foundation and oval shape of the school:

After a few weeks of construction, the next step was the exterior walls of the school. These pictures were taken in May and the middle of June.

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CITTA Relief Efforts Continue in Rural Nepal Villages

CITTA Executive Director, Michael Daube, continues earthquake relief efforts in rural villages that have not yet been reached.






CITTA in Kathmandu for Earthquake Relief

CITTAs team has arrived in Kathmandu safely and are bringing relief and medical support to so many in need. Thank you to all who have been a part of supporting our efforts through your kind and immediate donations. Her are some of the photos over the past few days since we arrived.

Shanku, Nepal, was hit hard by the earthquake. Dr. Christopher Barley, Dr. Sanjay Bhattachan and Dr. Dikshanta Prasai helped provide some care.





CITTA Team in Kathmandu for Earthquake Relief

CBS This Morning News  |  May 1, 2015, 7:00 AM


|  SANKHU, Nepal  |  Nepal is desperately poor. Its hospitals are overcrowded with earthquake survivors who need urgent medical treatment, and the threat of infectious disease, given the dismal circumstances at the overstrained facilities, is real and mounting.
Dr. Christopher Barley normally treats wealthy patients, even royalty, at his Park Avenue practice in New York. But he is also the president of, a non-profit organization working for over 20 years in remote locations of India and Nepal.

When the earthquake hit, he dropped everything and flew to Nepal with a team from CITTA including its founder, Michael Daube.

CBS News Holly Williams caught up with him in the town of Sankhu, about 10 miles northeast of the hard-hit capital city of Kathmandu, trying to assess and treat a woman with a badly bruised leg.

Barley knows the country well. Through the organization he works with, he built a hospital in a remote Nepalese village 12 years ago.

Miraculous rescue of teen from Nepal earthquake rubble

“It’s actually quite heartbreaking for me to walk around and see this,” he tells Williams as they walk through the rubble-strewn streets. “Unfortunately, for some reason, some of the poorest places are often hit the hardest.”

Barley checks Sapta Maya Shrestha’s head carefully for fractures. She was hit by falling bricks when her house collapsed.

“She’s very lucky,” he proclaims, before moving on to clean the wounds of Laxmi Nakami. Nakami lost her home in the quake. Now she’s living with ten other families in a disused chicken coop.

The 7.8 earthquake that struck on Saturday didn’t just take thousands of lives, it destroyed families, entire communities, and centuries of history in the Himalayan nation.

With clean water in short supply, what Barley’s really worried about now is infection and disease.

“Just about anything you can get in the tropics, they’ll be getting,” Barley warned of the coming weeks for the survivors. “The number of people that may die from that can be bigger than the original problem of the buildings falling down.”

Williams says many people in Nepal share Barley’s concerns. Over the last few days CBS News has seen thousands of people leave Kathmandu, concerned that the tent cities that have sprung up around the capital could become breeding grounds for infectious disease.

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