In Chitrakoot our community project is about sustainability, education, value-based culture and Ancient Indian traditions. We aim to be top of the league with authentic education. Integrity in physical, emotional and spiritual education. Chitrakoot is one of the 250 most backward districts in India. It is ranked as one of the 34 poorest. It is remote and quite cut-off especially for education and Sanskrit. The project will include a boy’s gurukul as well as one for girls which will over time start boarding facilities, there will also be ordinary schools for tribal and under-privileged children. We also are going to work with women’s empowerment projects that will also help reduce child labour. We want to involve older people in the community with an old people’s home. A cow sanctuary will provide not only the community’s milk and ghee needs but also provide biogas for the kitchen. Farming will be organic using old methods and sustainable energy will be provided through solar power. Buildings will be as environmentally friendly as possible using natural materials such as mud, wood and perhaps gypsum. 18 acres of land has been and we are looking for corporate, foundation and individual supporters to help take this project to the next stage.
We are in the process of purchasing 18 acres of land where we plan to create a wonderful community project built on the foundations of sustainability, education, value-based culture and Ancient Indian traditions.
In Varanasi we have become renowned for offering an authentically all-round education of an exceptionally high standard, and in Chitrakoot we will have the opportunity to offer the beneﬁts of this education to many more children who desperately need it.