Shanti Ananda

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Shanti Ananda newsletter 7/2012

Shanti Ananda Nature Concept School

Newsletter 7/2012

On October 16th I had my“seventh birthday” in India (six years building upthe Shanti Ananda School project), andI want to thank our supporters, especially our main donors Herbert Fruendt and Professor Weyer. Thanks to this precious help we reached already 50% of our visionto realize a Nature Concept School with high quality standards.Since March 2010 when we purchased the area beside the water tank we built up construction office, brick fabrication hall with store room, administration building, toilet block, guest house, gardener – and watchman house and water basin;furthermore bore wells have been arranged and many trees were planted. The administration building – nearly completed – will serve as temporary school as long as the classrooms have not been completed.

School area plan of Horst Wagner with octagon architecture

We thought already a lot about a pedagogically meaningful classroom design; the development of our nature school oriented pedagogy led to the creation of different models within the last years. On 12th October a teacher workshop was conducted in the guest house for the purpose tofind our designated model. We discussed advantages and disadvantages of the cluster model (Architect Jayesh Aptefrom Maharashtra)and of the octagon model (Project Manager Horst Wagner).

School area plan by JayeshAptewith clusters (three classrooms as a unit)

In a long intensive group work the details of both models were discussed by all the participants; at last every single teachers went forward and explained his/her decision for octagon classrooms – with these arguments:

· Optimal sound protection (listening to nature sounds is easy)

· Ideal conditions for group work because of big surrounding veranda

· Students and teachers love octagon architecture

· Good space usage - for example for exhibitions (no dead corners)

· Good connection with surrounding nature

· Good air flow because of Kerala roof and veranda around the building

· Own sphere for each class – ideal for development of individuality

· Octagon rooms feel like temples: feeling of unity

· Attractive beautiful architecture enabling work in a circle (we prefer the circle as a symbol for unity)

· Beneficial for all types of activities and as well for meditation and yoga

· Students feel peaceful and comfortable

· High identification because of the octagon shape – unique in the whole district

· More responsibility for the environment/ garden / nature

· Harmonious integration into the landscape by using same shapes (Corporate Identity)

· Protection against heat and wind through octagon veranda (option to change the place)

We hope that we will receive the support enabling us to complete this innovative octagon school model on the new areain future. Many people are interested in this spiritually inspired architecture; sometimes groups of teachers come for a visit...

Toilet block with transparent building style

Inner space in the administration building

The toilet block – built with our eco bricks, some parts in a transparent building style – is under construction. The administration buildingis in an advanced status, reminding us of the industrial architecture in the 19. Century. The mason works are completed as well as the welding works of the huge roof construction; now the roof has to be covered with tiles ordered by Chandra Mohan in Mangalore. Shelves have been started in the entrance area of the rooms for storage purpose.

Behind gardener and watchman house at the northern side of the area a nature playground will be arranged. The rocky landscape was released by some thorny dangerous weeds, at some places red soil will be added. Stairs prepared of cement will complete this action. An attractive nature playground will generate soon.

Nature playground at the northern side of the area

Green classroom with blue blossoms

We are thinking over to rename the Green Classroom into „Blue Classroom“ because of the innumerous blue blossoms (J)Directly beside a children’s garden will be arranged. Every child will receive one square meter area for plantation of his/her choice. The preparation of this students’ garden should be done primarily by the students – but a little help and advice by the adultsof course might be necessary … Entrance area and paths have to be created, the total area has to be divided into small pieces - a practical mathematical challenge… Still big stones are located on this area; they have to be removed. Afterwards the practical preparation can start.

Mostly we have five hours electricity only on the area per day. The StateAndhra Pradesh is dependent on water energy at a big amount. The monsoon was very weak, and the water tanks are nearly empty causing a low electricity amount. This lack has to been shared by all what means low current production... We plan to arrange solar energy on the area as soon as possible. The construction office and the guest house will receive solar energy first... As soon as we receive sufficient donations the administration building will follow.

Impression of Nature Day in September with the topic „flowers“

The last Nature Day was involved with flowers – magnificent... The next photo showing a typical house of our students’ families was taken for Madame Pfeiffer-Frohnert(www.naturgut-ophoven.de); she is developing the new children’ and youth museum of the Energy City in Leverkusen, Germany. She created aPowerPoint Presentation about the daily life of our students giving a vivid impression to the viewer(see separate Mail).

House of two siblings in the old village of Mudigubba

In this house no running water is available of course; the mother has to fetch it in a bucket from the water place – daily life in Mudigubba in 2012…

Headmaster Raja Sekhar and Andreas Marloth with yoyos

Andreas Marloth who visited us in 2010giving a beautiful impression about his visit in theInternet in German language (http://vimeo.com/20682429) came to the school again and brought some useful articles like welder and worker gloves, torches and safety vests; furthermore yoyos and Frisbees were included in his luggage.

Teddy bear training in the school in the Dussehra Holidays

In this year the very first time a special training was offered to the inhabitants of Mudigubba; the preparation of teddy bears. TeacherZahrunnishalearnt in the summer holidays how to prepare teddy bears and other animals like dogs and birds; now she is sharing this valuable knowledge with the other female teachers and the interested ladies in Mudigubba. Furthermore yoga (by G. Saraswathi) and meditation (by Raja Sekhar) were taught – new for most of the villagers. The ladies had a lot of joy and fun preparing the teddy bears and sharing time together – they reported that the time was running... At the end they received certificates about participation in this course. Up to 2011 the yearly Dussehra training was guided by me; some volunteers participated within the last years. Now the teachers started to manage themselves - a very good step towards responsibility, self-sustainability and personality development. The press resonance was very good as well.

With cordial greetings!

Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt

Certificates for the teddy bear training

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Shanti Ananda newsletter 6/2012

On September 3rd a very extraordinary and nature concept school like workshop took place in the guest house: the preparation of plant colours with flowers.

Group designing a flower mandala

Sketching of a flower as workshop introduction

Andrea Partheymueller-Gerber and Angelika Gigauri, teachers and artists from Germany, came to Mudigubba the 3rd time to share their precious knowledge and experiences with us. Teachers and the 7th class students participated in the workshop. At the beginning the participants designed a mandala of roses and marigold – material for the plant colours going to be prepared.

Rose petals boiling in water

Sieving off the petals from the dyeing extract

The preparation process of plant colours starts with the boiling of petals in water; alum will be added. After boiling both substances together the petals will be sieved off. Potash will be added, the foaming fluid developing will be filled into a jug. Cristals are deriving and will become visible after the filtering process on the paper filters. After drying they have to be pulverized in the role together with a special wax and water. The plant colour generated like this seems very vivid (completely different from the industrially manufactured colours containing petroleum mostly) and has a strongly expressive vibration; but it is not lightproof. Plant colour researchers say that light-fastness can be reached by drying the colours under a bulb – don’t take energy saving bulbs!

The painted results are very charming

Teachers and students as well were fascinated by this colour alchemy taking place in our guest house “laboratory” (this word consists of the Latin words ”labora” – work – and “ora” – prayer). It is not possible to predict exactly the colours coming out. Amount and type of ingredients, motivation, atmosphere and vibration as well as unknown circumstances influence the process. The results painted with the plant colours convinced everybody. The flower sketches – drawn at the beginning without looking onto the papers only concentrating on the flowers – were coloured with the self prepared colours and have a unique radiant vibration. The workshop teachers Angelika und Andrea furthermore brought many artistic photos about the process of preparing plant colours; the teachers were very enchanted and fond of them and are planning to arrange an own research project with plant colours prepared with local flowers and plants.

The radiance of the plant colours is overwhelming

On theNature Day in August the topic “horse” was in the focus. Our horse “Raju” of course was fond of this because he received a lot of compliance…

Nature Day with horse “Raju”

After Raju had been acknowledged sufficiently the children sang songs and showed small dramas and stories. An exhibition of colourful horse pictures – painted by the students of all classes – was presented on the ground near to the water tank. It was an inspiring and joyful day presenting the topic with many facets and making clear to ourselves new aspects. Who knows for example that – according to an ancient myth – the sun was pulled by seven horses on the daily way along the sky?

Exhibition of horse pictures on the ground

The sun is pulled by seven horses…

On August 29th Romula d‘Silva, vice president of thewell known Karuna Society (www.Karunasociety.org), came to the school. She is engaging herself for the protection and human treatment of animals, for a clean environment and organic agriculture since many years. A special program (www.karunasociety.org/projects/humane-education)intends the education of children towards compassionate citizens. Romula gave a lot or valuable inputs to the students of the 4th up to the 7th classes about a conscious relationshipand handling of natural ressources, for example water. She illustrated a number of practical exmples and explained the difference of vegetarian and vegan. At the end a quiz was practiced by the students. All the students were very interested and fond of Romula’s enthusiasm and her dedication – totally alert till the end at nearly 6 pm in the evening.

Romula in the guesthouse presenting her vision

First Games‘ and Sports‘ Day at the school

On September 4th our first Sports‘ and Games‘ Day was conducted for the teachers only to introduce the new sportarticles like spear, shot, rope etc. The students encouraged the teachers, applauding and enjoying to observe the adults sporting in front of the school. The children’s mood and enthusiasm increased even during this event. Shot-put, throwing the spear, tug-of-war, skipping, running race, a „Musical Chair“ and as completion a drawing competition were exercised by the two gent teachers and the eight lady teachers dressed into a saree (!). The students had the nice opportunity to serve the teachers by helping und supporting them in various situations.

Running race in the sand

We are conducting games at the school since many years already. But sports - as a relatively new discipline at our school - is unfortunately not yet conducted at most of the schools in the Anantapur District. This games‘ day intended to motivate the students for exercising sports successfully...

On the new area a high jump and long jump facility is already present loved by the students and used very often. A sports‘ ground will be arranged soon for four types of ball games at the western area of the area. A nature play ground – not only for the kinder garden children - is arranged by cleaning the beautiful big stone formations at the northern part of the area and filling them with soil to avoid dangerous arrangements.

Sprinting of the gents

In August an exhibition of more than 1000 library books was arranged. All the classrooms in the school were used as exhibition space; the books were presented on the floor – arranged according to different topics.Like this it was possible for the students to pay attention to them in peace and silence and to read as well. Weekly once a library afternoon is arranged for the students, but according to the narrow space in the old school it is not possible to observe all the books together. Mostly they are hidden in iron cupboards...

Reading during the exhibition

This situation will change only when the special rooms in the administration building can be used – after the completion of our classrooms.

Joy of reading in the temple room

On September 5th the Teacher’s Day was celebrated. Our very special guest, Ranga Reddy, retired headmaster of the government school in Mudigubba, spoke about a non violent and loving pedagogy. He was honoured by the teachers with a flower chain. All the students received fruits on this day.

Honouring of the Guru on Teacher’s Day

Furthermore all the teachers received small presents by the students.Everybody was happy.

Kinder garden teacher Anasuya receives presents by the children

With very cordial greetings,

Helga Shanti Fründt

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Shanti Ananda newsletter 4/2012

 

Adjustment of an A frame in the construction office

In the hot May month a most important action took place on the school area: Contour Bonding (also called Bunding) –a structural operation with thelocal topography. It is useful and necessary for the rainwater harvesting and for the saving of soil to prevent a floating into the lake when there are heavy rainfalls.

Body exercises for parents and labourers at the start of the day

InstructorKasi finds out the structuring lines with the A frame

The– very hard–soil has to be dug out in a depth of 60 cm betweenlines in the same height marked with chalk powder. Trees will be planted into the soil beside these trenches to give support with their roots; the rainwater harvested in the ditches will water them in a sufficient mood, and additionally silt from the lake will give natural manure to them.This will be the start of our perma culture planned for years already.Besides: the lines generated with chalk powder very often have a fascinating shape similar to a snake…

Line marking with chalk powder

A group of parents digging the first ditches

Kasivisvanathan (Kasi), agricultural expert with a lot of experience, led this action(http://aditicert.net/about-us/). He guided the growing up of the Ananda Forest near Puttaparthyalready nearly 13 years ago (a forest of 15 acres started as perma culture on a desert like area. Contour bonding as well was the very first step in this area). Kasi has the vision that our area will be similar to a jungle within a couple of years...

Parents with craw bars going to the next place

We had planned 10 days for this very important action; groups of parents were designated to dig the trenches with a total length of more than 300 m.The students at the Shanti Ananda Nature Concept School receive education, school books and school uniforms free; the parents do not pay any school fees, but a society amountof 200 Rupees per year only. So they should do free service on the new school area for three days yearly as a balance. As well they have the option to select a representative for this work or to pay 100 Rupees. The major part of theparents was willing to follow this guide line – 70% came to do this hard work with temperatures of more than 40 degrees. Nevertheless it was necessary to order a bulldozer additionally to complete the contour bonding. These trencheshad to be optimized by parents’ groups afterwards.

Bulldozer in Action

Kasi recommendedus to arrange a well on the area for the water supply because the outcomes of the two ground water bore wells are not sufficient for our water needs. The area is located beside the Mudigubba water tank – right now nearly empty. The proposal to arrange a well seems to beauspicious because normally the soil near to a lake contains more water...10 m depth should be sufficient. (The conditions for the above mentioned Ananda Forest are very similarto ours with a well beside a lake). Kasi recommends a V Shape Pitadditionally located beside the first ground water bore well. This pit should give pressure to the soil around when filled with rain water causing more outcomes for our bore well like this.

View to the area during contour bonding

Parents’ group after the work beside the construction office

The evaluation of the contour bonding showed that it took more time than planned, but it was very effective. We reached our aim and structured the complete area with contour bonds; this is the first fundamental step for every other action. Meanwhile we are going to grow up hundreds of trees designated to be planted in the rainy season starting very soon. Kasi mentioned a number of trees suitable for the perma culture like cashew-, morenga- und teak trees. In the first year after the contour bonding 1200 forest trees will be planted, in the second year we might start with the plantation of fruit trees. The trees should serve for the financial support of the project as well. Kasi will guide us as a permanent agricultural consultant and will come to the school area one time monthly for two days.

ShantiPrema with clay house

ShantiPrema, five year old daughter of projectmanager Horst Wagner - proudly showing a small clay house built together with „Daddy“ - is a good example for learning with joy and enthusiasm. Professor Gerald Huether, GermanProfessor for Neurobiology is very involved with this subject.He is the leader of the Central Office for neurobiological prevention researchin the Psychiatric clinic of the German University Göttingen and in the Institute for Public Health of the University Mannheim/Heidelberg. He is busy with research of the influence of early child experiences onto the brain development, with the effects of fear and stress and with the meaning of emotional reactions in learning processes. He understands himself as a mediator or bridge builder between scientific research and society as well as individual life practise. The aim of his activities is the creation of better conditions for the unfolding of human potential, especially in the education and learning fields:http://www.gerald-huether.de/populaer/english/index.php. Joy and enthusiasm in the children’s actions are called „manure for the brain“by Huether. These emotions lead to a more elaborated and differentiated structure of the brain causing better learning results. Neuroplastic substances are produced by the brain of a person who experiences enthusiasm; these are the brain manure. Huether is demanding that we don’t need teachers, but learning coaches only for supporting creativity and the ability for enthusiasm. The schools of the future should enable the students to develop creativity, a sense of individuality, the ability to develop individual points of view and social responsibility. The society of the future will be in a desperate need for these skills.

Of course it might take ages to reach this aim, but maybe we can contribute a small piece for this vision with our model school under construction. Our students are mostly learning with joy and enthusiasm and appreciate to be grown up in an atmosphere of love and appreciation. When we had to say Good bye to our 7thclass students at the end of the last academic year many students and as well some teachers were cryingsad tears. (As an Upper Primary School we have the permission to teach only up to the 7thclass; the students have to attend other schools to complete the school up to the 10th class).

A cooperation of the Shanti Ananda School with the Naturgut Ophoven, Leverkusen, in Germany concerning the topic „Change of Climate“ is planned in the next academic year starting on June 6th. TheNaturgut Ophoven is a German institution similar to a Nature Concept School with a big area for all types of projects. Special programs and projects are offered for classes visiting this place. There are no permanent students – all the students come for a visit only to deal with a special subject. They attend this place class wise together with their teachers. The teachers of the Naturgut Ophoven are teachers from normal schools coming one or two days weekly. The Children’s and Youth’s Museum Energy Citylocated in the Naturgut Ophoven is building up a new innovative exhibition: „Energy City on the road –searching for the climate luck…”Topic is the change of climate in the different regions of our world, the effects and consequences for the human beings, animals and plants. The exhibition wants to show that the climate changes have effects not only onto the weather, but as well onto the landscapes, culture,flora and fauna, social interactions and economic development of a region. The personal wellbeing of the humans is linked with these effects. The climate changes determine not only sun and rain, but in a very strong way the personal life style of millions of human beings“. (U. Pfeiffer-Frohnert, Naturgut Ophoven, www.naturgut-ophoven.de). The Shanti Ananda School will cooperate with this famous German Nature Concept Institution; we will contribute photos, films and maybe sounds serving as original documents in the planned installations of the exhibition in the children’s and youth’s museum. Our teachers are looking forward to this very interesting project; the children should have a lot of joy with it…

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Virtual walk around through the children’s and youth’s Museum Energycity

With very cordial greetings,

Helga Shanti Fründt

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Shanti Ananda newsletter 5/2012

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Heavy clouds promising rain on the area

The monsoon in this year 2012 is very weak.The sky is mostly covered with clouds, but rainfalls are very rare. All the water tanks in India are nearly completely empty. As India’s electricity is generated by water power mainlycurrent failures and longtime power cuttings of six, eight and more hours became very usual. On July 31st and 30th many states in North India had to suffer longtime current failures already. Up to last week there was nearly no rain in Mudigubba – a very difficult situation for us.

We have to save water continously and to arrange reforestation for attracting more rain long term regarded. Our perma culture project is a step to realize the vision of a nature school inmidst of forest. We took the decision to mulch the trees as first step to save water. In this area the mulching technique is not well known. Mulching is a special method used in gardens, parks and for growing up fruits and vegetables. The soil between the plants, flowers, bushes and trees will be covered with leaves, grass and other materials. The roots stay cool even in a hot climate, the soil keeps the humidity, and weeds cannot grow quickly. The wind erosion is prevented as well as the washing out of soil by heavy rainfalls. The mulch will become compost after some time. Earth worms and other micro organisms bring the mulch material into deeper soil layers and transform it into valuable food for the plants. Mulching is a most important technique in perma culture.

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Project manager Horst Wagner as mulching teacher in the guesthouse

Mulching was the main topic of the Nature Day in June. Horst Wagner explained to the students in the guesthouse why mulching is necessary and meaningful. Afterwards the students took action and mulched some trees. Now they have to be watered only every fourth or fifth day. Rice husk, tamarinde skins and other materials can be used for mulching. We can save water and time...

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Children mulching the tree, on the rightheadmaster Raja Sekhar

Gardener Bassava and helper Ramesh now have much more time for plantation and other activities – many hours were needed on the area for watering only.

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Watering of the mulched trees

Nevertheless we have to arrange more water. Our perma culture advisor Kasi recommended to go for a well - fed by surface water only. Because of our location directly beside the water tank of Mudigubba this option might be possible. We want to arrange a test drilling to be sure that this project will be successful. More donations are needed to realize a well – the expenditures are more than 5 lakhs (500.000 INR).

In the last week it was raining several times – very useful for the plantation of the forest trees as the start of the perma culture. The silt taken from the water tank is a natural manure for the trees and was soaked through by the rain water. Students and teachers planted trees very happily. In the meantime 700 to 900 trees have already been planted, mostly at the borders of the area. The orchard was started as well with different varieties of fruit trees. Our plan is that every student should care for his/her personal tree when the complete school shifted to the new area. We think that this might be possible in October or November when the administration building has been completed. The seven rooms in this building are planned to be used as temporary class rooms in the first time as well as the guesthouse and may be also the gardener- and the watchman house.

Administration building under construction

Every day two or three classes spend the morning or afternoon on the new area and participate in all types of activities – including watering the trees. We changed the timetable for enabling the teachers to spend more time on the new ground; one teacher only will spend the complete morning together with one class. This type of timetable is as well very useful for practical activities...

Students planting forest trees

Because we need rain desperately we celebrated a rain ceremony on the Nature Day in July with all students, teachers, staff and labourers. Holy mantras were used which are said to have caused rain in desert areas already.The ceremony was mostsuccessful; while the pooja was performed the sky became very dark. After short time it was raining cats and dogs, and we had to come to an endvery fast for not getting too wet. Some students and teachers fled into the guesthouse nearby, the others rushed into the brick fabrication hall where the birthday celebration for our first main donor Herbert was designated to take place.

Rain ceremony in the medicine wheel

A holy tree is planted

Before we had planted the first holy tree – a Banyon tree donated by teacher and society president M. Saraswathi. As it is usual in India it was planted together with a Neem tree.

Afterwards the 60. birthday of Herbert, our first main donor from Germany, was celebrated in his absence. A huge birthday cake was cut into 210 pieces, and a dance performance was presented by the students. Everybody enjoyed this event while heavy rain was falling from the sky. This special moment we will never forget...

Birthday celebration in the brick fabrication hall

There is a horse on the school area since one month, his name is Raju. He is eating all the time and got some more weight within the last four weeks. Raju is a very happy horse because he can move freely on the big school area.

Raju in front of the green classroom

Later he should serve for riding exercises of the students. But first we want to give the chance to him to become accostumed here... The students are very happy about his presence and use to greet him when they come or leave.

With very cordial greetings,

Helga Shanti Fründt

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Introduction of the new dustbin

Shanti Ananda newsletter 3/2012

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Desert and area with sufficient water in the model

Our activities on the Nature Day in March focused on water – a critical topic not only in the South Indian summer with temperatures of more than 40 degrees. The Anantapur district in the state Andhra Pradesh is one of the driest areas in India. The amount of rain – approximately 520 mm yearly on 31 rainy days - is the lowest in Andhra Pradesh and the second last in India. Irregular and insufficient rain falls, deforestation in the last 50 years and hard soil lead to seeping of the surface water, erosion and desertification. The amount of rain became less within the last years; the ground water level sank to a depth of more than 400 feet… Many bore wells and wells cannot be used anymore because of this reason. The Mudigubba Mandal is a critical drought area because of the specific local conditions (very hard soil and missing channels). The inhabitants receive water from the public pipes only every third or fourth day; tankers sell water. The water needs are covered mainly by ground water causing fluoride problems because of missing filters (dental problems and skeleton deformations). But in the desert area Rajasthan some hundred years ago perfect rainwater harvesting systems were present as to be seen in the video of Anupam Mishra: http://www.ted.com/talks/anupam_mishra_the_ancient_ingenuity_of_water_harvesting.html

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Model with rainwater harvesting facility

The children had been busy with the topic water in many different ways: colourful pictures and fascinating models were presented on this occasion; and experiments with water were practised. The children of the 6th and 7th class played a drama about the conscious approach to water. Raja Sekhar had created a special water song sung by all the participants with enthusiasm.

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Well in the child’s picture

The children of the 4th up to 7th classes practising the presentation in the guest house inspired the adults to harvest rain water on the new area. Rain water derives directly from the sky without fluorides; conscious handling of resources can be learnt as well as practical skills by creating cisterns...

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Experiment with water filtering

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Headmaster Raja Sekhar and students singing the water song

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Drama about conscious approach to water

“As we do not possess the fresh air and the glistening water – how can you buy it from us? Glistening water moving in streams and rivers is not only water – but the blood of our ancestors. When we sell the land you should know that it is holy and teach your children that it is holy and that each runaway reflection in the clear water of the lakes is telling a story of incidents and traditions of my people’s life. The murmuring water is the voice of my father’s father. The rivers are our brothers – they quench our thirst. The rivers carry our canoes and nourish our children… You have to teach your children that the ground under their feet is the ash of their grandfathers”. (We are a part of the Earth! Speech of the Red Indian Tribal Chief Seattle to the President of the United States of America in 1855)

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The students of the 7th class create paper boats...

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... and let them swim in the school basin

In May we will practise the traditional natural system of rainwater harvesting (contour bonding) on our new school area measuring more than 9 acres. An expert will guide volunteers how to build walls of stones and terraces – every day 15 members (parents’ volunteers) will be active. These contours should prevent the rainwater from flowing into the Mudigubba water tank (which is nearly empty right now…). Later we want to arrange drip irrigation and sprinklers for the watering of trees and plants because these systems are the most reasonable ones for saving water.

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Water basin on the new area with swimming option

The basin built for the water storage on the new area and as well as swimming pool for the children was designed for the needs of the children with round stairs inside. Normally water storage containers are built on top of pillars; they are much more expensive than our basin and cannot be used for swimming. We want to enable the children like this to experience the water element in their daily lives; furthermore we want to save the donors’ money with this construction.

The drilling of the bore well is completed; water is present in a depth of nearly 400 feet. The water amount is approximately ½ inch; and we hope that the continuous watering of the area is possible with the out coming water. It is most important for us to handle the element water very carefully and consciously. Furthermore we should harvest the rainwater as a most important natural resource.

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Bore well drilling

April 22nd is celebrated internationally as WORLD EARTH DAY, a day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the earth's natural environment and all that she offers us. Earth Day is celebrated in more than 175 countries every year. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22nd as International Mother Earth Day. Please watch this amazing video, with great music, depicting our beautiful planet: http://www.andiesisle.com/creation/magnificent.html

(Text sent by Romula (www.karunasociety.org)

Last not least a very touching link about the barefoot colleges in India: http://www.ted.com/talks/bunker_roy.html No persons with diploma and examinations are allowed to teach here; people with practical skills only act as teachers with incredible success!

With very cordial greetings,

Helga Shanti Fründt

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View to the entrance gate

Donation Accounts

Foreigners should give their donation to this FCRA account

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

Anantapur District, Andhra Pradesh, India

Account No: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Indian persons should give their donation to the

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Account No. 19073080607

Donations

Foreigners should give their donation to the

FCRA account:

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Account No.: 185410100007532

IFSC: ANDB0001854

Andhra Bank, Mudigubba Branch

India


German account:


Spendenkonto der Anahata Stiftung fuer Naturschule Mudigubba

Bank für Sozialwirtschaft

Kt-Nr.: 375 1241 124

BLZ: 700 205 00

IBAN: DE72700205003751241124

BIC: BFSWDE33MUE


Indian persons might give their donation to the

General account:

Shanti Ananda Education Society

Account No. 19073080607

Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank

Mudigubba Branch

India

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