BIR, HIMACHAL PRADESH, INDIA: Earthville’s Dharmalaya team is celebrating the completion of the ground floor for the Dharmalaya Institute, an eco-friendly service-learning campus in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The Institute is being constructed in a style based upon the traditional vernacular architecture of the area, known as “Kangra style,” using eco-friendly materials and non-mechanized building methods, creating green jobs for rural villagers and helping to preserve the traditional earthen architectural practices of the region.
The Dharmalaya Institute is being construction by a group of over a dozen Himalayan craftspeople, assisted by volunteers from around the world, who enjoy the opportunity to learn Himalayan green building hands-on, working alongside the local laborers and making friends along the way.
Would you like to support this unique East-meets-West service project? Dharmalaya is in need of cash contributions, grants, and other material support. Dharmalaya is a project of the Earthville Network and is also a registered charitable society in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, so all charitable donations are tax-deductible in India and the US.
Here are a few ways you can participate:
- VOLUNTEER: Come to Bir (in northern India) to volunteer. details ›
- DONATE: Make a charitable donation to support our eco-construction and the green jobs it creates (tax-deductible in the US and India). details ›
- SPONSOR TREES: Offset your carbon emissions for the year, while creating more green jobs, by sponsoring tree plantings in the Earthville Orchards at just $2 US per tree (also tax-deductible). details ›
- SPREAD THE WORD: Forward this story to your friends, post it on your blog, share this story on Facebook and “like” the Earthville and Dharmalaya FB pages, send forth a mighty tweet, or, you know, talk to people.
For more information about the Dharmalaya Institute and how you can get involved, see the Dharmalaya website.