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Empowering the Future - Auroville

by Auroville Unity Fund
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Empowering the Future - Auroville
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Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
Empowering the Future - Auroville
India's Waterman Rajendra Singh &Auroville experts
India's Waterman Rajendra Singh &Auroville experts

Its the time of year when the Auroville community is brimming with energy, visitors from all over the world come to experience a unique collective approach,a different way of living:

We were graced by the visit of the president of India, Ram Nath Kovind in December.

Another famous visitor is "Indias Waterman" Dr. Rajendra Singh, who came for 2 days and visited the water conservation projects and interacted with Aurovilles water experts, youthlink and public. (See photos)

During winter, Auroville becomes a vibrant campus showcasing a holistic ecological approach: 50 years of organic farming, afforestation work radiating out to Southern India and beyond, water conservation and solar energy projects, waste reduction education, upcycling, EM based cleaning agents and water regeneration products, soil regeneration etc etc...

So many aspects of regenerative work can be experienced, studied and practiced right here and now:

Courses in Permaculture are offered at Solitude Farm and Joy of Impermance Community, The Comm4Unity 1 months course was offered by Youthlink (connected to GEN, Global Eco Village Network). A 6 months horticulture course organised by Botanical Garden is well under way, and a 2nd edition planned. 

People visiting experience the forest and farms on Sundays green walks, can join trainings in tree house construction by a group of young Aurovillian professionals, or simply enjoy deliciously prepared organic food in one of the farm restaurants, or "made in Auroville" organic Icecreams and Chocolates.

 An amazing wealth of ecological expertise and application of the regenerative approach is happening here all at once.

However, we very urgently needs to secure, to consolidate the land, the base for this unique campus:

Today over 60 % of Auroville´s greenbelt land still needs to be purchased!

Auroville, and its 48 outreach projects, work on a holistic solution for all - the 100 000 people in the bioregion are part and parcel of all our steps. In 50 years we have grown together. Only by securing water and land can we safeguard Auroville`s and the bioregions florishing development.

Please donate for land purchase for Auroville!

A unique collective attempt to trace the future for humanity.

Dr. R. Singh with Joss Brooks, field visit
Dr. R. Singh with Joss Brooks, field visit
Indias President Kovind visiting Auroville in Dec.
Indias President Kovind visiting Auroville in Dec.
Waterman with youths at Youthlink
Waterman with youths at Youthlink
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Botanical Garden - green house
Botanical Garden - green house

Dear

I am happy to give you an update from "Empowering the future" !

We manage to continue to work as we got 3 new volunteers joining! Rishi, Peter and soon Allan are joining our team with skills in consultantcy for fundraising for non profits in India, in writing and editing articles about Aurovilles amazing expertise in regeneration work, and in green townplanning and project management. Together with Supriya, who is professional in sustainability and project development, and longtermer Sigrid coordinating the team, we have an amazing possibility to call for funding, and receive funds to effectively expand Auroville land regeneration.We are preparing several land projects and will send these to you soon!

A great project reaching out with Auroville`s green expertise is 

"Be the change"  - is a new program in horticulture 

a 6 month training program in Horticulture  organised by the Auroville Botanical Gardens.

Several Aurovilians and collaborators from the region bring in their expertise, as the training goes into all aspects of plant biology and ecosystems and places an emphasis on practical hands-on experiences. Participants will also gain knowledge through site visits, ranging from Eco-restoration projects around Auroville and ecosystems in different sites in Tamil Nadu.

The participants in the Ecological Horticulture Course are to create a new generation of professionals who are competent to lead teams in the field engaged in practical work. The participants may expect to find employment as project managers for Eco-restoration and conservation projects; as supervisors in commercial landscaping companies and horticultural departments, or be ready to set themselves up as independent businesses in the world of conservation.

The lecturers have many years of experience in the fields of horticulture, landscaping, forestry, biology and project management, as well as a deep concern for the conservation and restoration of natural habitats. Their aim is to impart the knowledge and experience that they have gained throughout a lifetime of working on the land.

The participants will gain knowledge on plant maintenance, propagation and composting techniques; the proper care and use of tools and machinery; as well as landscaping, report writing, nursery management and fundamentals of Eco-restoration and afforestation. Certification is given at the end of the 6-months course.

Auroville has such a unique international expertise in regenerative work in all areas! We need to preserve and develop its base, the land! Please donate !

We are competing for bonus prices for another 2 days! Donate now!

Expertise in horticulture
Expertise in horticulture
Botanical Garden Team
Botanical Garden Team
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Krishna McKenzie (l) Food & Natural farming team
Krishna McKenzie (l) Food & Natural farming team

 Dear friend and supporter,

We had very little funds in past months - but we, a team of 5,  continue to work every day to raise the funds for Auroville`s land its regeneration projects - as a model for the future for the earth and humanity. Our team is expanding since March 2019 with 3 professionals: Supriya, Prajnya and Balvinder, adding an amazing expertise in international & financial law, accounting and project management!

Past months we have established a good cooperation with the Auroville groups coordinating farm and forest activities, in order to create a good reporting and organisational structure to evolve a  best practices model for use of funding. 

We have organised and videod a day long "open mike for projects" to stimulate good project writing, and are now creating videos to use for fundraising: you will see those soon!

You find research & demosites on the 24 organic farms on https://fundingauroville.org/land/

Today we would like to feature  Krishna McKenzie from Auroville`s  Solitude Farm,

Krishna is promoting "Natural Farming" and "Permaculture" , 2 philosophies of organic farmingm since a decade in Auroville, where he practices and teaches his workshops! The founder of Natural Farming, the Japanese Masanobu Fukuoka ("Rice Straw Revolution") has visited Auroville end of the 80`s. Fukuokas exceptional work, is continuing in Auroville with a group around Bernard LeClerq, Deepika Kundaji and  Krishna McKenzie. Surprisingly, Krishnas approach to "Do you know where your food comes from" has gotten amazing media attention in the Tamil Nadu Media in past months: Krishna presents, speaking in Tamil language,  in numerous TV shows, often together with his wife Deepa. You find a short english video of  TedEx talk of Krishna in Links. 

Auroville`s message for regenerative work spreads in unexpected ways!

We do need your support to make it happen "on the ground"!

We urgently need to secure priority plots of land, to sustain and expand the regenerative work Auroville has done for the past 51 years!  We need to safeguard the water for Auroville`s pilot projects in water efficient organic farming, and for the population of the bioregion!

On July 18th is a day of matching grants!

It starts at  9:00 a.m. ET US, Globalgiving gives  "first come - first serve" matching funds for donations of $100 and above. The higher the donation, the higher the match

We hope you are with us, and will send a short reminder on July 17th !

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We thank you for engagement for Auroville, a hub for regenerative culture stepping into its 51st year!

We celebrate the future with 5 new projects for land purchase and regenerative work:

1)      Afforestation with the original tropical dry evergreen forest on the most important plot of land near a deep ravine with a water catchment area of 820 acres watershed.

2)      Land purchase at one of our oldest and most active forest centers,  Pitchandikulam forest. The land purchase will help expand their tree nursery for their regenerative work in the bioregion.

3)      Revelation Forest Education Center – comprising regen work on ajascent land. The project foresses a  Center for sharing knowledge and research in ecology, water conservation, biodiversity fauna and flora, and regenerative practices in organic farming up to academic level and accommodation for researchers

4)      Northern greenbelt: land purchase to bridge Auroville land to form a corridor for fauna and flora on our most important watershed – few plots would make a lot happen!

5)      15 Acres of wetland at Irumbai – a prime pilot project for organic rice and agriculture through surface water fed Irumbai lake: The ancient form of farming to be reinvented with smart irrigation. Highly relevant pilot project for the bioregion and beyond. 

Its now we urgently need to secure the land to set up the water conservation projects for the future of the 120.000 people in our bioregion.

We hope you join us in the big adventure to safeguard and develop “the campus the earth needs”.

Auroville`s experts research here, develop pilot projects, which are taken out in the bioregion and further, even internationally.

The Globalgiving "Littel by Little" campaign matches your donations - first come first serve!.

On April 8th ET onwards donations up to $50 matched at 60% while funds last.

Be quick donating early on to expand your small steps  to much bigger ones!

"Empowering the future" - team

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Train the trainer program for sustainable living
Train the trainer program for sustainable living

Namaste!

We have been active with presenting our land fundraiser for Auroville, a leader in regenerative research and outreach, in several locations in Europe and India.

Moreover, we hosted an international workshop "Train the trainers" in sustainable living with 36 participants recently in Auroville. The participants came from Auroville, the bioregion and internationally. This training is their first step in building a career in regenerative work and outreach: Some chose to focus on Re-Forestation, others on Conflict Resolution. Some decided to persue whole systems design.

We are looking forward to give you glimpses of this with a short clip soon!

For our continuing afforestion the treeplanting season for this monsoon is over, and trees are thriving well with regular rains.

We are happy to announce that Elaine, originally from Canada and living in Auroville for 20 years, has joined our fundraising team. She brings professional skills in writing, archiving, and media work!

We would like to mention to you that now, til 31st december,  its the very last chance for your recurring donations to receive a matching grant from Globalgiving!

Thank you for your support for "Empowering the Future" - Auroville, a leader in evolutionary regenerative work!

Your donation will help preserve our unique campus, from where we outreach to 14 Indian states, as well as internationally! 

Group "Train the trainers" regenerative work
Group "Train the trainers" regenerative work
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Auroville Unity Fund

Location: Auroville, Tamil Nadu - India
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Project Leader:
Sigrid Lindemann
Auroville, Tamil Nadu India
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