Imagine living without running water...

This is a reality for thousands in India and some communities even have to beg neighbouring villages for clean water to drink.

Witnessing these awful conditions was the inspiration for The India Project.

In 2017, Nonie and Glenys travelled to India, coming into close contact with the ‘untouchable caste’ community of Bajanya. After hearing of their struggles, Nonie and Glenys hatched a plan to provide the village with clean drinking water via its own well.


With the help of funding from the Fibre Arts community, the 200 Bajanya people now have a well and access to clean water for the first time in over 150 years.

This project included a pump and 400 metres of piping. After a few teething problems, each person in the community now has access to the same amount of fresh, clean drinking water every day.

Fibre Arts Australia was also able to provide the community with much-needed dishes and utensils.

Now, our fundraising efforts continue so we can support our friends with their basic living needs.

The India Project

Dhanraj Malik

The owner for more than 30 years of Desert Courses and Prince of the Zainabad region. Dhanraj is coordinator of all the projects that Fibre Arts carries out.

The India Project


The matriarch of the Bajanya Community, who we work closely with. All consultations are done between Fibre Arts, Jivi and the community.

The India Project

The Mir Community

Fibre Arts has become quite close to this community. Its members interact with Desert Courses to sell their beautiful handmade jewellery.


Each year, we ask the Fibre Arts Australia community to contribute to our project by exhibiting at our 10×10 and 15×15 events.
We invite artists to exhibit, display and purchase compact artwork of any medium, no more than 10x10cm or 15x15cm. Other fundraising opportunities throughout the event include an auction of collaborated pieces from each workshop on the last evening of each event.
The funds raised from these week-long exhibitions go towards supporting the Bajanya community and The India Project.
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