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14 May 2019

Charity-Funded Hostel for Indian Schoolchildren Complete

We’re delighted to announce that our children’s hostel in Orissa, India – designed by our Delhi studio and funded by our charity Marudyan UK – is complete.

The hostel will provide accommodation for children from the remote hill tribes of the Eastern Ghats, giving them access to education that would otherwise be out of reach. There are already 36 children enrolled at the hostel.

Marudyan helps children living in poverty in India receive an education by running schools and providing resources such as uniforms and school books. The hostel in Orissa is the first Marudyan project of its kind, and will go some way towards addressing the severe disadvantages faced by children of Indian hill tribes. Many of these tribes are overlooked or persecuted as a minority population, and live too far from local schools to make the journey every day. The Marudyan Hostel will allow these children to attend established schools in Raikia; the site is also large enough for external sports and recreation activities.

Much of the money was raised by a studio-to-studio bike ride in memory of James Middleton-Stewart, a former partner at ADP who sadly died of cancer in 2013. A plaque will be erected in James’ honour at the hostel.

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