Herbert Fruendt, in the background Prabhavathi and Horst Wagner
On November 22nd my brother Herbert Fruendt (one of the main donors) - arriving on the school area - was welcomed very heartily and in a very creative way by students, teachers and the other staff members. From the entrance area up to the road in the north of the area they formed a long impressing honour guard, and a big drum handled by coordinator Chandra Mohan announced Herbert’s arrival in the total area around. Children and staff people threw lots of flowers onto Herbert Fruendt, Herbert Mueller, Horst Wagner and me – more than 20 kg (!). Herbert Fruendt felt like a king and was deeply touched.
Herbert Fruendt and Prof. Dr. Juergen Weyer gave the money for all our buildings and are ready to do this for our class rooms as well; the first two houses (for Lower and Higher Kinder Garden) are nearly completed. After short time the construction of class houses 3 and 4 will be started; in 2015 all the class houses should be completed. They will form the shape of a spiral (seen from a bird’s view); every Academic year the students will shift into the next house till they arrive in the last class house at the end of the spiral near to the entrance gate. Like this they leave the Upper Primary School and move into the „world“, mostly into the High School.
On November 25th all the teachers in a workshop were busy with planning a meaningful arrangement of the class houses on the school area; on the next day they went across the area to fix the position of the houses under the guidance of site manager Horst Wagner. The participation of all the related teachers is very important to us as it guarantees their satisfaction later on.
Teachers and staff members fixing the position of the class houses
Our school land was purchased in March 2010; since then we realize the vision of a creative Nature Concept School by constructing our buildings – in the backward State Andhra Pradesh in the drought area Anantapur District in the rural area of Mudigubba (in 40 km distance to the famous pilgrimage place Puttaparthi). Horst Wagner, site manager and architect, stands for a very creative architecture with high quality standards; the main buildings are constructed in octagon shape surrounded by a veranda. This type of construction guarantees – including the wind pervious Kerala roofs – the best cooling effect which is most important in this hot area with temperatures of more than 44 degrees in the Indian summer. The glass domes on top of the buildings are very attractive looking like precious stones. Our eco bricks and nature stones (granite stones and round stones) are the main material for the buildings.
Google Earth photo of the school area (the red numbers indicate the buildings)
The Google Earth photo shows – as it is more than one year old – not the newest development; but it gives nevertheless a good survey of the buildings.
Entrance gate seen from our area
The marvellous entrance gate (0) is located on the higher side of the area sloped to the water tank at the lower side – smaller or bigger depending on the season. From here we have a fascinating view to the area:
View from the entrance gate to the area
The construction office (1) was the first building on the area not yet constructed with our eco bricks. Meanwhile it is nearly completely covered with plants and climbers and gives the impression of a pure nature house…
View to the construction office
On the east side of the area right to the construction office the brick fabrication hall is located (2) used as storage and drying space for clay bricks, but also as parking area for motorcycles, workshop space for our carpenter and hospital space for out second horse Tara. The hall consists of two plains: in the down one the brick machine from Auroville has its permanent place producing the natural clay bricks under high pressure. Beside the hall there is a storage room (3) for a variety of tools, machines and materials.
Brick fabrication hall with horse Tara
The guest house (4), located a bit out of the way, is used in a multi-functional way. Guests will stay here, but some classes (art and music) are arranged here as well; and sometimes society and parents meetings take place.
Herbert Fruendt on the guest house veranda
The big representative administration building (5) – nicely visible from the entrance gate – contains seven rooms (head master office, society office, staff room, library, computer room and two labs for physics and biology) and a big extended entrance area; except the head master office all the rooms are used as temporary class rooms. The entrance area is used for classes, workshops, presentations and exhibitions; very recently we arranged two long pin boards for exhibiting some of the students‘art works. The entrance area will be covered with a beautiful glass roof corresponding with the glass dome aesthetically.
View to the entrance area of the administration building
The Green class room (6) – an octagon iron skeleton nearly completely covered with blue climbers is very much beloved by all the students.
Green (or blue?) class room
The small Watchman and gardener houses (7) located near to the entrance gate serve as class rooms for our youngest children in Lower and Higher Kinder garden. A toilet and kitchen house was arranged additionally for the usage of two families; two small kitchens and two bath rooms were constructed separately as the Indian house wives don’t like to cooperate too much…
Watchman and Gardener houses with kitchen and bathroom house (right side)
Behind the administration building the toilet house (8) is located – as well erected in octagon shape. The water for the toilet needs is taken from a separate water tank. As the pressure of the water from the distant central water tank on the area is not sufficient the additional tank became compulsory.
It is painted as a globe; the stand was decorated in a very artistic style showing a variety of nature views. The globe is attracting many gazes symbolizing the orientation of our pedagogy to Mother Earth.
Toilet house (in the background the water tank painted as globe)
Weekly more than 3300 litres of water are used for toilet purpose; after completion of the basins additional water for hand washing will be used… We need a waste water system urgently. Three containers arranged in a line on the slope area will be filled with stones, coal and sand filtering the water like this; the cleaned water flowing into a small pond at the lowest level will be used for watering our trees. A waste water system like this has to be built by our masons; the complete expenditures will be 94.000 Rupees approximately.
I want to ask you very politely and as well urgently to donate for this important waste water recycling system. Please help us to erect an eco-sustainable school! It is our deep wish to use the resources of Mother Earth very carefully in a meaningful way; and we want to be a model for the Anantapur District and may be for Andhra Pradesh... Thank you very much for your precious help!
Thank you and with cordial greetings,
Yours, Helga Shanti Fründt
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
Indian persons should give their donation to the
Shanti Ananda Education Society
Geetha Nagar, Mudigubba 515511
Andhra Pragathi Grameena Bank
Account No. 19073080607
Glass dome in the centre of the administration building