The Dharmalaya Institute (a project of the Earthville Network) hosted its first service retreat program for international volunteers on its new eco-campus near the remote village of Bir in the Indian Himalayas.
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So much in life can’t happen without the kindness of others, and this is especially true here in the Himalayas. In a “subsistence-plus” economy such as we have here in Himachal Pradesh, most villagers have enough land to feed their families, more or less, so they don’t necessarily need to work…
A familiar sea of humans, cows, and three-wheeled auto-rickshaws… with some new features: People of all stripes gathering around giant outdoor projection screens to cheer every turn of the Indian athletes in the Commonwealth Games… Brand new Delhi Metro terminals, still not-quite-finished and already falling apart, teeming with hurried passengers…
Earthville’s Dharmalaya team is happy to report the completion of the foundations for the Dharmalaya Institute, an eco-friendly service-learning campus in 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…
After a year of preparation, today Earthville’s Dharmalaya team in India broke ground for the construction of its eco-friendly service-learning campus in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The Dharmalaya Institute will serve as the base for our sustainable village development projects in the Himalayas and will also provide volunteer service opportunities…
It’s official: The Dharmalaya project, founded in collaboration with Himalayan villagers, has been registered with the Indian government and is now seeking funds for its launch. After several months of research and planning, consultation with local villagers, and drafting of documents, the Dharmalaya vision is off to a great start.
Earthville’s Dharmalaya team is planting seeds, literally and figuratively, for a new sustainable village development project in the Himalayas. In the tiny, tranquil town of Bir, about three hours by road from the Tibetan exile capital of Dharamshala, the coriander and green beans have begun to sprout in the new organic garden in front of […]
A family of celebrated traditional musicians in a village outside Hanoi lends their talents for a CD and documentary film to raise funds to build a new school and road for their village.