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Community Building Ventures is the name of a transnational project developed to create opportunities for young people from disadvantaged areas in the UK to utilise their building/training skills for the benefit of communities in Southern India.

The project was developed in partnership with COMMACT (Commonwealth Association for Local Action and Economic Development), Community Business Scotland International (the international network of Community Business Scotland), Renton Development Trust (Scotland), the Hilda Trust and Read Centre - nongovernmental organisations working with communities in Southern India.  The partnership has built upon a long standing set of relationships between the agencies involved.

The development phase took place in 2006, where members of the partnership met in Southern India and developed a rolling programme of construction and personal development activities.  The first phase took place in early 2007, where two groups of young people from Teesside and Glasgow (Renton Development Trust) travelled to Bangalore to help build a classroom and an office at the Jamboo Savari Dinne School on behalf of the Read Centre (the school serves slum dwellers in South Bangalore), who have a long established working relationship with the school.  Staff at Community Campus and from the Renton Development Trust are sponsoring new teachers at the school and building a longer term relationship with the Read Centre.

In 2010, a party from Community Campus helped the construction of a meeting room for young people in Huyilar and as part of the ongoing partnership work we attended a conference in Kochi in 2012 and visited the projects we have worked with.  We are working with the Read Centre to develop a housing project and to build upon our existing partnership work.

For more information about the project, please see contact our Chief Executive, Carl Ditchburn Contact Us
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