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For just 20 a year you will not only help support conservation work in Jaisalmer but also receive priority notification of JiJ major events and informal get-togethers, plus a 10% discount when you buy Christmas and Diwali cards, postcards and other merchandise. Friends will also receive a complimentary set of postcards (illustrated below) and a twice yearly newsletter containing updates on JiJ projects in Jaisalmer and details of forthcoming events and tours. Please contact us for details. Alternatively, to download a 'Friend of Jaisalmer' form,
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Changes in Gift Aid regulations from 6 April 2000 mean that charities now benefit from tax relief on all donations, however large or small. If you sign a Gift Aid Declaration (GAF), JiJ will be able to claim back an extra 28p for every 1 you donate. Donations eligible for tax relief include 'Friends of JiJ' subscriptions and if you have made a donation or subscription since 6 April 2000, please send us the Declaration, as we can backdate claims. The Declaration needs only to be signed once and is effective until you decide to cancel it. JiJ will keep a record of who has signed the GiftAid Declaration, which is presented to the Inland Revenue.


Future Projects

JiJ has confirmed its continuing commitment to the architectural conservation of Jaisalmer. It is currently identifying a new project and carrying out a feasibility study to ascertain its suitability and future use. We expect to have full details of the new conservation project within the next few weeks. New children's library and women's craft centre within the Jaisalmer Heritage Centre
Forming part of the newly restored Maharani's Palace complex, and inaugurated with the help of JiJ funds, the children's library includes a video and games club, and would welcome any donations of books, puzzles, board games and videos of children's films and nature and science documentaries etc. The Centre also offers a museum and exhibition space for visitors and a community space with activities and training courses for local residents. As part of the current commitment in Jaisalmer to spread education and information to the villages outside the city, there will also be a mobile camel library to bring books and games to desert dwellers. Pamphlets in Hindi about conservation issues and the importance of caring for their irreplaceable heritage buildings are being given out to residents and children.

The women's arts and craft training centre is a personal initiative of Bindu Manchanda who has tirelessly championed the cause of women in Jaisalmer. It is a tremendous boost for women in the Fort, many of whom are either employed in menial work, or who have never been able to find employment before, since they lack education and vocational skills. This centre gives them not only the chance to learn sewing and embroidery, but the guarantee of employment at the end of the course, thus giving them a degree of independence and helping them to contribute to the family income. The knock-on effects of increased self-esteem and confidence are tremendously important, as is an increased awareness of the value of education and training, which will benefit the next generation. A commitment has been made to fund the training of 20 women over a three month period, at which time they will be given their own sewing machine and a guaranteed outlet for their work. If you would like to contribute directly to this project - one women can be sponsored for 250 - please get in touch. JiJ is delighted to be involved with this new aspect of the revitalisation and sustainable development of Jaisalmer.


Sue Carpenter photographs
Allowed unique access to both the location and people, Sue Carpenter has during many visits documented daily life within Jaisalmer Fort. A selection of her signed photographic prints (including copies of the postcards illustrated above) is now available.

12 x 16 print only : 65.00
12 x 16 print mounted : 75.00
12 x 16 print mounted and framed 90.00

Postcards, Christmas and Diwali cards
Along with the sets of 6 postcards available at 3.00 per set to join our mailing list or to check on availablility of prints, Christmas and Diwali cards, please contact

Veronica Hall
Jaisalmer in Jeopardy
3 Brickbarn Close
London SW10 0TP
United Kingdom
Tel: 44 (0)7932 620061