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Villages around Auroville

Auroville Village Action Group

AVAG Outreach

updated June 2003

1. Background on Auroville
and its relation to the villages

Since Mother enunciated the goal of achieving 'an actual Human Unity" and the villagers sold much of their land to Auroville, the relation between Auroville and the villages has evolved.
For further study: DOWNLOAD:Background and see also:AV
AG Operating Philosophy

2. Developement Worker Training

"People's Participation" is the keyword of AVAG's developmental work with the villages, and training the local young people as catalysing agents for their own community development is the basis.
For further study: DOWNLOAD: Development Worker Training and DW Curriculum

3. Community Development
Helping villagers to form self-help groups that organise themselves for community improvement is building up a new community structure, in which all voices are heard.
For further study: DOWNLOAD: Community Development

4. Women's Empowerment

Traditionally oppressed, women are organising themselves for community development and at the same time gaining status in the community organisation.


5. Dalit Development

The former "untouchables" are also getting organised for the development of their "colonies" and at the same time being included in the general development of the area.
For further study:DOWNLOAD: Dalit Development Programme


6. Children

Children are carriers of the future, and AVAG's Development Workers go to the government schools every week with lively educational activities
For further study: DOWNLOAD: PrimaryEducationProject and


7. Compassion Project.

Although to outside eyes all the villagers look "poor" there are some which are the "poorest of the poor", the handicapped, the indigent aged, widows and women deserted by their husbands. With AVAG's guidance village groups identify such cases, vouch for the genuineness, and help them to get a loan or grant.
For further study: DOWNLOAD: Compassion project


8. Developmental Strategy.

As can be seen, AVAG is evolving a comprehensive programme for sustainable community organisation. AVAG works with women, but also with men, it works with dalits, but also with the caste villages, it works with children and also with teachers and parents, it works with the poorest and also with the leaders of the village. All these programmes have recently been consolidated into a strategy for the next five years.
For further study: DOWNLOAD: AVAG Strategy

Auroville Village Action Group welcomes interest in and support of its projects. It receives funds from internationally recognised funding agencies, the Government of India and individual donors. The Central Audit General of India annually audits accounts. We are especially happy when social work students come for several months experience. If you would like know more about Village Action, or to offer your services, or your financial participation, you can contact us at:

Contact: avag@auroville.org.in 

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