We’re almost there, and we need your help to finish
BIR (HP) INDIA: The first building on the new eco-campus of the Dharmalaya Institute is just two steps away from being ready to welcome the public, and Dharmalaya needs your help to reach the finish line.
The neotraditional adobe-and-bamboo building survived its second heavy monsoon season in perfect shape, thanks to the dedicated team of Himachali craftsmen, local labourers, and many Indian and international volunteers who did great work last spring to complete the roof and the most important windows from March through June. Thanks to all of you, the building is about 90% complete.
The two remaining steps are finishing and furnishing. First up are a few last windows and doors, and then a lot of interior work, including electrical, plumbing, carpentry, tiling, final plaster, and other finishing touches. Then, with all that done, we’ll need to furnish the building and equip the kitchen. We intend to build our own bamboo furniture and, as with everything else we do, we’re inspired to make a workshop out of it (details to be announced*).
Most of this work must be completed by March 2013, when we have two more retreats scheduled with our friends from SanghaSeva. And there’s where the request for help comes in.
To make the last two steps to opening day, we need your help, and there are three things you can do to support us:
- First, we need to raise at least $6000 (USD) by the end of 2012. If we can raise $9000 or more, that will help us create more capacity (and more jobs). We will be very grateful for any donation you can give, whatever the size (it will probably be many small donations that help us reach our goal). To donate by credit card or PayPal, visit our fundraising campaign page on Indiegogo.com. (To donate by check or Network for Good, visit our donate page.) Earthville is a 501(c)(3) public charity, so contributions are tax-deductible in the USA and you will receive a donation receipt for tax purposes.
- As always, we need volunteers to help us build and beautify the campus. For details, see Dharmalaya’s volunteer page.
- Please share the link to our fundraising page with your friends by email and on Facebook, Twitter, and any other social networks you may use, and ask them to consider donating and/or volunteering. http://www.indiegogo.com/compassion-campus
And whether or not you donate or volunteer, please do share this with your friendswho might be interested. Thank you! We really appreciate your support!
UPDATE November 29, 2012: The fundraising campaign reached its goal one week early and then continued to raise 10% more. Thanks to everyone for your support!
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