A SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT
The Kullu Valley has undergone huge changes during the last few decades. Mass tourism and rapid economic development, combined with a huge increase in population and a shift in cultural values, has caused far-reaching social and ecological disruption. Local resources are rapidly being depleted, and it is becoming increasingly difficult for villagers to meet their daily needs in a sustainable manner.
The Ananda project, based at the Krishna Temple above Naggar, aims to help local communities regain their self-reliance and return to a sustainable way of life. Working with local villagers, Ananda is developing a number of different projects aimed at restoring the environment, raising awareness of ecological issues, encouraging co-operation and providing sustainable sources of income in the local community.
The Ananda project is also an ecotourism project and offers various voluntary work opportunities to help with the projects we are working on (see the projects). This may include planting trees, collecting seeds, helping to maintain the nurseries and cultivating medicinal plants.
Guests staying at the Krishna Temple also have the opportunity to learn Yoga, hand-loom weaving, indian classical singing, vegetarian cooking or go trekking in the surrounding mountains. It is even possible to arrange a yoga-trek, or a yoga-eco-trek! This may include collection of medicinal plant seeds or cuttings, documenting plant species or collecting samples for research.
Meet the Team
Although Ananda is an organisation with 21 members (see ananda society),, the day to day management of the NGO is carried out by only a few people....
Founder & CEO
In April 2002 we registered Ananda as an NGO under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. The organisation is made up of 21 members from Naggar, Chajogi, Rumsu and Hallan, 13 of whom make up the general body, the remaining 7 being the managing committee.
Every year we conduct two general body meetings and several managing committee meetings, during which we discuss proposed projects and distribution of funds.
In 2003 we were given our FCRA (foreign contribution regulation act) registration by the ministry of home affairs, allowing us to receive donations from outside India. The organisation is currently being supported by several private donors, allowing us to carry out our projects on a small-scale. For larger scale projects we are working on proposals to submit to a number of different funding agencies.
OBJECTIVES OF THE ANANDA SOCIETY
The Ananda Society was registered in Kullu on the 6th April 2002 under the Societies Registration Act 1860. The objectives for which the Society was formed are as follows:
To help the population of the Kullu District preserve and regenerate their natural resources and to develop land management practices that will help them meet their economic, environmental and social needs in a sustainable manner.
To raise environmental awareness and educate local people about issues relating to sustainable development in the Kullu District.
To encourage community participation in projects that contribute towards the protection and regeneration of natural resources.
To encourage and facilitate co-operation between villagers, NGOs and government bodies working towards sustainable development in the Kullu District.
To promote voluntary work through ecotourism in the Kullu District, educating those in the tourism industry about their responsibility towards protecting the environment.
To involve schools with environmental projects, thereby raising awareness among younger generations
To promote and support cultural activities and spiritual development, with special emphasis on yoga, meditation, arts, handicrafts and music.
To foster greater understanding between different cultures and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge related to sustainable forms of economic, environmental and social development.
To receive funds from both domestic and foreign sources in order to implement community based projects that contribute towards the eight objectives written above.