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Support Education in Rural India

by Auroville Unity Fund
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blessing of the first bricks
blessing of the first bricks

Sincere gratitude to all our friends around the world whose support and warm wishes have spurred us forward to the next phase for Thamarai Educational Projects, the development of a sports ground and Learning Center. We began with a sweet inauguration ceremony organized by our children with the blessing of the first bricks. The ladies of the village made sweet pongal on an open fire and the children decorated the site, planted trees, sang songs and rounded off with games and sports celebrations.

The inauguration was followed by soil filling and ground leveling then the first sports equipment arrived and now each morning and evening the ground is full of local youth and children happily playing.  Kavi, a local youth leader, and skilled cricket player has brought two factional youth groups together in a united team to manage the new sports ground and coach the younger children. In a climate where many youths have alcohol addiction Kavi proudly tells us that his village youth are different and pride themselves with their skill in sports, self-mastery and supporting each other rather than peer pressure.

We are now about to start building our new learning center which we aim to open in June 2020. The children and youth are actively involved in the design and are cocreating micro-projects such as tree house and garden development, water conservation and tree planting. They are also keeping track of fundraising activities and coming up with exciting ideas to generate funds. The building team is all local youth from Annai Nagar and neighboring villages.

We have recently launched the "Happy Sunday " program which is a joyful weekly morning exploration of arts and dance. We have also had the great pleasure of hosting a show with Clowns across Borders. Currently, children are finishing exams but next week it is holiday time so we will run a weeklong camp cocreated with the children which will include many arts, dance and environmental activities including several trips. We feel privileged to have this abundance and each other and look forward to all that this time ahead will unfold, We aspire for full potential and well being for all and hold a space of deep gratitude in our hearts for all of you that share this journey with us.

planting fruit trees
planting fruit trees
sports ground
sports ground
taewondo martial arts
taewondo martial arts

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Health education
Health education

Nourished by the support of our family of supporters around the world, who are a much valued part of our team, we have been very busy providing post summer holiday educational support to children in the villages surrounding Auroville. Our projects are in, or next to, the sections of villages that are most excluded,  we aspire to provide quality and holistic education that will foster equality, dignity and full potential for all children. We are very happy to see that children are also coming to the service from surround areas thus creating a space where children from all backgrounds learn together without discrimination. We all enjoyed a hectic activity based summer camp and are now back to school routine with daily after school support and weekend activity programs including environmental exposure.

Recently, Muthukumari, Thamarai's yoga and health trainer originally from Moratandi village, lead a health awareness program that included medical check up in 12 schools including with our Thamarai children. The health check ups indicated high levels of anemia. Muthu has been advising the schools on ways to increase nutrition and ensure safe drinking water and we have increased our attention on heightening nutritional value in our daily snacks for the children in Thamarai as well as exercise and yoga.

Savithri, who was a child in Thamarai in 2006 and now a postgraduate, is the team leader in our new after school facility in Edayanchavadi village, see photos attached. Savithri works fulltime now in Thamarai because she wants to give the present day children what she received in her childhood. The new after school was opened after a learning in action program where children and facilitators learned what fun floor construction could be during summer camp and the result is a beautiful mosaic floor with designs from the children. The children also created a gate with Vignesh for the sports ground that we are in the middle of developing. Soon we will have sports equipment and a regular daily program for all children. Our youth facilitators have also just finished a leadership program with Dr. Monica Sharma who is the author of Radical Transformational Leadership. We see them growing in confidence and the inner knowing that they each are an agent of change for society. Please see our most recent newsletter attached for other activities we have been up to.

You have all been part of this work, heartfelt thanks for supporting us to open access and opportunity to children and youth who may not otherwise have such opportunities, we aspire to create mindful abundance where there is scarcity and confidence and agency where there is disempowwerment. Thank you for being part of the Thamarai journey.

Clean up and Health campaign
Clean up and Health campaign
Gate making for the new sports ground
Gate making for the new sports ground
Our new after school
Our new after school

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Auroville Unity Fund

Location: Auroville, Tamil Nadu - India
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Project Leader:
Bridget Horkan
Auroville, Tamil Nadu India
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