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Interview with Manini Gartia


A short interview with the little girl Manini Gartia from 2010. Our organisation is named after her. She is one of the first students of the new girls school.

Interview with Hannah Wiggins


Hannah Wiggins from Arnhem, Netherlands visited the school in 2011:

The Initiative „Orissa shall live“ was founded in 2006. 2011 it was incorporated into the charitable organisation „MANINI e.V. so as to ensure a more comprehensive level of support for our projects.


In 2002 the teacher Bhagaban Dev created a school for boys. The school institution which is annualy growing by approximately 15 students is currently already providing free accomodation, education and meals for over 70 boys and over 60 girls.


It is located in the heartland of the eastern Indian state of Orissa, a province that is stricken by dire poverty: 80 % of ist population is earning a living from agriculture. Because of financial constraints many families cannot afford schooling for their children a situation in which girls are particularily disadvantaged.

By now the first school year has started with the new school having been officially inaugurated in October 2011. The little girl Manini Gartia, who is also the name giver of our organisation, is among the first female students of this year.

MANINI e.V., a registered non-profit organisation, supports the establishment and sustenance of schools as well as educational projects in Germany and throughout the world. Special emphasis is put on creating and promoting schooling opportunities for girls. We want to contribute to the implementation of the „right to education“ for all people set forth in Article 26 of the Univeral Decleration of Human Rights:

Extract from Article 26: „Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.“

Orissa shall live

MANINI e.V. and the "Orissa shall live" - Initiative



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