Auroville Language Lab (ALL)
Low cost ecological housing is a critical need not only in Auroville but the rest of India and throughout the world. This pilot project needs your support to build infrastructure. Please visit their website and explore it thoroughly and donate via AVIUSA: http://sacredgroves.in
ACRES FOR AUROVILLE
Auroville is to be a city which belongs to no-one in particular, but to humanity as a whole. In order for this city to be built for all of Humankind, the land it is built on cannot be privately owned; it must belong to Auroville. There is now an urgent need to secure the physical base of Auroville – will you help purchase the missing pieces?
Mohanam Cultural Center
Cultural diversity is disappearing much faster than plant or animal diversity. One language dies every ten days. We face a loss of millennia of wisdom and knowledge threatened by megacity monocultures, globalized capitalism, environmental destruction and greed. Indian customs in small villages are also changing very quickly. The mission of the Mohanam Cultural Center is to be a bridge between the past and the future, helping children and youth to became a part of the future world without losing and forgetting their heritage. With creative and interactive courses and workshops we revitalize the young generation with the richness of Tamil culture.
Founded in 2001 Mohanam Cultural Center includes a bilingual kindergarten , arts courses for youth in folk dance, martial arts, music, crafts, and a bamboo research center.
Sadhana Forest – A Forest to Grow People
The dream of this community is to ecologically restore 70 acres of barren, severely eroded land into a vibrant Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest (TDEF). This biologically rich forest type, once abundant in southern India and Sri Lanka, is now nearly extinct. Only 0.01% survives. Over two thousand volunteers from all over the world have planted thousands of TDEF trees at Sadhana Forest since the community was founded in 2003.
In September 2009, Sadhana Forest began an ambitious 3-year Environmental Leadership Program with 16 participants from all over the world. For more information, see the Sadhana Forest entry on the Auroville Wiki or on Facebook.
Aikiyam School (formerly New Creation Bilingual School)
Aikiyam School is an Auroville Outreach School for 225 children from the villages near Auroville, which runs from pre-creche until grade 8. Most of these children are from economically disadvantaged families. The school’s aim is to provide quality bilingual education in Tamil and English, covering all of the standard academic subjects, computer training, physical education, dance, crafts, and a wide variety of vocational options, giving children a range of choices in the type of education they will pursue when leaving the school. Children with special needs are identified, and given a supplementary individualized program. The school also provides a nutritious mid-day meal and a morning and afternoon snack.
Auroville Earth Institute
Auroville Earth Institute (AEI) has become one of the world leaders in earth Architecture. It has done major work researching and developing cost effective and energy efficient stabilized earth technologies. It also developed the Auram machine for building with earth, which is now sold worldwide. It is the representative in Asia for UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture, Constructive Cultures and Sustainable Development. The Auroville Earth Institute has trained nearly 6,000 people from 62 countries on earth architecture and technologies through hands-on courses both in India and abroad.
Pitchandikulam was established in 1973 as a pioneering Auroville green belt community engaged in reforestation on the bare eroded township site. Since then the 70 acres have been transformed into a complete ecosystem with more than 800 species of plants. Its Bioresource Centre with library, database, artifact and photo displays provides a focus for teaching restoration ecology, environmental science, and the identification and use of indigenous medicinal plants. A major focus of Pitchandikulam is community outreach, with work in 25 villages in the bioregion. Recently Pitchandikulam was awarded the contract for the ecological restoration of Chennai’s Adyar Creek, which has changed from a pristine and productive wetland to a cesspool and garbage dump over the last 50 years. Another outstanding program is Pitchandikulam’s outreach to Nadukuppan High School, 25 miles away. One of Nadukuppan’s teachers, Mr. V.M. Shankar says that the school has transformed from a hot and dusty place with no water, no toilets, and no shade to “a model of what can be achieved with the support of local villagers, the Education Department and the project team.”
Auroville Botanical Garden’s Environmental Education Center
The mission of the Auroville Botanical Garden is to conserve India’s Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest and to conserve genetic diversity in a wide range of climates. The main focus of its work is education, says Paul Blanchflower, the coordinator of the project. “This has been the intention from the beginning – to create an environment where love, respect and understanding of the natural world can be nurtured and developed.” The programme’s ambitious goal is to provide a basic environmental education facility for over 300 schools within a 30-kilometer radius of the gardens. In addition to botanical education, environmental issues such as conservation of biodiversity, global warming, water cycles, food security, and environmental monitoring will be taught. “Our second aim is to be a model of sustainability and to show what can be achieved with today’s technologies,” he adds. The Botanical Gardens depends on solar energy for powering its buildings, while wind and solar are used for pumping water.
Auroville Village Action Group (AVAG) looks after Human Unity at the doorstep of Auroville. AVAG seeks to establish a friendly sustainable relationship with the people of the villages surrounding Auroville by acting as a bridge between Auroville’s idealistic aspirations and the traditional, but impoverished, culture of the local people. This has produced a broad based rural development program. Activities range from educational programs with the children, to helping the people take on self-help projects for village improvement, to savings and micro-credit programs with the women, as well as cultural events. AVAG also facilitates the village-related activities of other Auroville groups in the fields of health, environmental education, water conservation, bio-diversity, sanitation, renewable energy, employment and housing.
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