A student group of HR College, Mumbai has been running a solar lighting project for an interior village home-to-home called Project Chirag. Some of these young ex students of the HR College led by Jyotirmoy Chatterjee and Prachi Desai along with many student volunteers of the same college have lit up over 50 villages across India in the last 2 years, going into many interior tribal regions where the populace languishes in the dark after sunset. Learning Space and its network with 100's of villages in Thane district provided the ground support involving Gram-Panchayats of villages that had hamlets that were still off the grid, considering them as first deserving candidates for solar lighting. This project with participation from LSF commenced in Feb 2013 and has already done solar lighting in 100 interior homes and in the current year plans to complete 500 homes.
Learning Space has, over the years made efforts to build a support system to bring stability and sustainability to its free of cost educational projects - one of the livelihood village art program it has backed, the Warli Indian Tribal Art has the potential of reviving an ancient art form, alongside supporting livelihood of artists and artisans practising the art, and making a small surplus for contributing to the expense of free of cost educational programs for the children of the community.Over the years 2008 to now, Warli Artists at the Learning Space, have innovated in the art by bringing colourful images, dynamic background and foreground combinations of imagery, and themes that enhance the simplicity and harmony in nature (please download the PDF copies of brochures given on this page to witness the amazing. In the past few years, designers of popular brands of women's traditional wear have worked with the Unit's artists to innovate in style and form of clothing. Recently, some artists have developed sets of canvas paintings sized 7” X 9” that depict the Warli tribe as living in perfect harmony with nature as a message to humanity, and a set that depicts Gods and Goddesses from the Hindu Pantheon in a very creative way.
Learning Space Foundation’s main learning centre is situated in the Kelthan village and surrounded by many hamlets inhabited by rural communities. Among these communities there are many organized self-help groups consisting of women who have collectively offered their skills in making local food stuffs from seasonal fruits and vegetables, raised loans to own farming implements like tractors and tools that are rented out to farmers in their village and the neighbouring ones, and organized local events with hosting and catering facility. LSF has always put out opportunities for these self-help groups especially the ones in the village Kelthan who have offered their skills and services at every educational event, big and small, organized at the LSF learning centre or in a nearby High school. Every year the women of self-help groups participate in a newspaper bag-making assignment (5000 bags) for free distribution at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali, Mumbai as a “save ecology” measure undertaken by Vanashakti and the SGNP Management Board. Many individual designers of garments and bags from Mumbai and other cities have been encouraged to give these self-help groups assignments in garment and bag making over the last two years.