By the end of 2020 the “City of Miracles” will be self sustaining and be a home to strong middle class citizens.
In partnership with the Hamara Foundation we have been creating our targets to meet UNICEF standards. Our city's population will have broken out of the poverty cycle once they move from being assessed as 'very poor' to 'middle class' citizens.
Financially this means increasing the income of each adult family member from less than 0.75 euros to 8 euros per day.
These figures correspond with the International Poverty Line.
It also means equipping them with formal English education, access to health facilities and doctors, a basic understanding of healthcare, psychological and social support, and some financial know how.
Last but not least we want to help them make happy childhood memories, exploring creativity, unleashing talent and smiling along the way.
The Tiny Miracles Foundation is a Netherlands-based, charitable organization that focuses on building the ‘City of Miracles’ right next to red light district in Mumbai, India. It is a 150 meter stretch on which the 115 Pardeshi families live, right on the pavement.
Adjacent to this pavement slum is the dangerous red light district. Our ambition is to enable this entire community to break out of poverty by 2020.
The Paper Vase is a skin to cover any empty bottle to turn it into a vase. Adjustable in size by roling up the paper the vase cover will fit any bottle. The triangular structure allows the paper to set around its bottle. The paper vase comes in an envelope.
Material: coated paper
Color: white, black, green-white gradient
Size: fits most bottles
flat beige, 34 x 83cm
flat grey, 34 x 83cm
high beige, 72 x 62cm
high grey, 72 x 62cm
Leather Lampshades is Pepe Heykoop’s 1st project made in his workshop in a slum in Mumbai, India. Leather Lampshade is fabricated of soft lambskin leather, whilst its shape refers to old industrial lamps.
The shape is a simplified version of old industrial lamps. Circles became angled and the shade is now soft and therefore foldable so they can be transported flat packed. Leather Lampshade is produced in his workshop located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Mumbai, India – providing meaningful jobs, income and hope for the neediest. Leather Lampshade has gone into production in 2011 and proceeds from sales are partly used to send street children to school.
The Matka Vase is a traditional Indian water carrier covered in a random pattern of scrap leather. The container has been given a new skin and turned into a vase.
In a reaction to the huge amount of waste of high quality leather created by the furniture industry (up to 30%), Pepe designed the Skin Collection in 2011. Now, in 2012, the Matka Vase is born. The scraps generate a unique and random pattern as every piece has a different shape, giving the Matka a new life by turning waste into a vase.
Using distinctive techniques from his Skin Collection, Matka Vase is produced in his workshop located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Mumbai, India – providing meaningful jobs, income and hope for the neediest. Matka Vase has gone into production in June 2012 and proceeds from sales are partly used to send street children to school.
From waste to wonder.
Material: stainless steel, leather, glue
Size: ⌀26 x 28cm
The Bamboo Diamond is a stack of bamboo sticks. It gives a play of light while the light passes two layers. The lamp is made with drop out boys from the community. They have had never learnt to count properly… when we started the project. Now they ménage to handle 824 bamboo sticks of different sizes.
The Copper Lampshade is made of bamboo slices held together by copper wires stripped from old electricity cables. “From waste to wonder."This suspension light has been designed especially for our collaboration with the Pardeshi’s. We work with a group of underprivileged women to construct the lamp. The lamp consists of 13 sides. All women working on this project can make one piece at home while running the household in the mean time. When the sides are finished the parts blend together into this atmospheric light.