Trust Objectives

1.  Humanity

To support the upliftment of rural India through environmentally friendly and economically sustainable development, and to achieve this by following the Vedic principle of saha-astitva, harmonious integration of forest ecosystems, agro-ecosystems, and human habitation.

2.  Forestry

In cooperation with the Forestry Department, establishing protective, custodial and management arrangements for selected tracts of forest land.

Reforestation of damaged forest land.

Protection of the forests through providing alternative employment to local woodcutters.  (see 5. Employment, below).

Establishing a forestry training and internship program sponsored by foreign and Indian universities.

Establishing and maintaining a seed bank and nursery to collect and propagate indigenous plants and trees.

Promoting sustainable timber and bamboo production.

3.  Organic farming

Establishment of a model organic farm for research, development, and education.

Production and promotion of natural bio-fertilizers incorporating soil-based microorganisms, vermiculture compost, and production of non-toxic bio-pesticides.

Research of cash crops such as medicinal and aromatic herbs.

Establishing marketing structures for organic products, including farmers’ co-ops.

Production, promotion, and marketing of highly nutritious natural foods such as unpolished brown rice, rajgira, jowar, bajra, alsi, cold pressed oils, dehydrated fruits and herbs.

Education programs for farmers, school yatra program, seed bank and composting classes for private gardeners.

Establishment and oversight of organic gardens for rural ashram schools.

Rehabilitation of farmland damaged by brick-making through composting and soil-based microorganisms.
Reintroduction of traditional Vedic agriculture techniques.

Establishing organic goshalas, and bee keeping.

4.  Alternative energy

Establishment of bio/gober gas production units and promotion of gas cooking stoves to eliminate cutting of forests for cooking fuel.

Solar powered irrigation.  Establish a program providing irrigation systems consisting of a bore well, tank, solar powered water pump, and drip irrigation lines to rural farmers.

Promoting energy friendly building design and construction materials, such as double layered roofs and natural insulating material, and solar hot water.

5.  Employment

Immediate, direct employment of local people in Saha-astitva’s forestry, organic farming, and development projects.

“Second crop” employment on local farmers’ own lands through providing irrigation systems, organic farming training and oversight, and farmer’s co-ops for marketing.

Support for vocational training institutes and workshops to promote traditional handcrafts using ecologically sound materials. Including, but not limited to: carpentry using sustainably harvested timber and bamboo, stone and wood carving, basket weaving, textile products, copper and brass work, jewelry, agarbati and natural soap, organic food and ayurvedic products.

6.  Biodegradable soap

In partnership with an existing company, the development and mass marketing of bio-degradable, coconut oil based soaps and detergents to protect rural water resources.

7.  Cultural exchange

Establishment of a volunteer program for foreigners, providing them with the opportunity to contribute to environmental projects while interacting with rural Indians.

Establishment of training programs for foreigners allowing them to learn Vedic traditions such as homa farming, ayurveda, yoga, etc.

Promotion of eco-tourism.

8.  Cooperation with government and non-government organizations

Act as a liaison to bring both government agencies and NGOs with their existing programs and resources to rural India.   Implementing ecologically beneficial research and technology, and working in partnership with the many groups, within India and abroad, who share the vision of a prosperous and sustainably developed rural India.

Establishment of a government sanctioned Tansa Valley Organic Farming Zone.

Establishment of a model eco-village in the Tansa valley in cooperation with other local organizations.