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Category Archives: International Programs

Guidelines and Mission Statement

General Meeting of the International Zone Group brought forward reports on the current development of the zone, and Mission Statement with Guidelines for work was read. Since there were not real objections except the one of the naming the document itself, it was accepted by the wider group of International Zone along with pavilion groups. With clear guidelines of work, and defining the position and role of coordinators, International Zone finally has a body which can link working groups of Auroville with the concrete line of action and work. Development of International Zone, although is one of the key elements of Auroville, is lagging behind despite quite many individuals who are contributing towards the future of it.


Comments: 0 Date: 15 Sep 2014

Interview Dr Unni Karunakara MSF

We had the great pleasure to interview humanitarian Dr Unni Karunakara internationnal president of doctors without borders/medecins sans frontieres (2010-2013) directly from Aurovelo. After his medical studies Dr Unni wanted to practise medecine in a different way so he chose to learn public health which focuses more on preventing disease rather than just treating it. To him prevention is doctors responsability and that's another reason why he joined doctors without borders/MSF in 1995, when he set up a tuberculosis control program in Ethiopia.

Dr Unni believes that it is important for medical professionnals as the people in general to be more aware of humanitarian action like MSF movement this is why he decided to cycle around india for more than 100 days, 10 states, 65 stops speaking to 10 medical colleges and created "Unnicycles". With the students the idea is to share his experience so that they might want to join MSF to enrich their knowledge and heart as futur doctors through traveling, understanding different cultures, ways to cure and that there is no need to go so far as India needs a lot of help. He will come back to Auroville as he supposes aurovillians believe that people diserve to live a life of dignity and are aware of living a healthy life so sharing his exprerience would be enriching for doctors as everyone else here. Every citizen has a role to play and can join MSF so spread the message around you as one small action multiplied creates a big action for the world.


Comments: 0 Date: 22 Jan 2014

Development Communications

In short interviews with Charles Talcott and Tanya Elder, as well as with Aurovilian Ana, we found out about some interesting presentations held this morning, at the Town Hall Multimedia Centre, by students of two universities; AUP (France) and Linneaus (Sweden). For the last six years they have come to Auroville for a "Sustainable Development Practium". Through interaction with units, services and NGOs in and around Auroville, they create practical solutions in the field of development communications. Within this intensive program students are enriched by some specific lectures and talks from Auroville.

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Comments: 0 Date: 11 Jan 2014

Ceremony of the Pachamama

11-12-13, December 11th, 2013: Ceremony of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) "The mother, who we are accustomed to evoking for her giving birth and taking care of life, also has a phase in which she receives, calls to herself, and waits". In the Andes, there is a ceremony of offering, or simply AYNI, or reciprocity, to Mother Earth, who gives us life. In that way, we also give strength to the Pacha Mama, so that she is able to go on generating life. During the ceremony, prayers are ...

... made for the health of whoever asks for it. Often, prayers are made for the participants´ work, prosperity and protection. In the Andean cosmovision, everything that surrounds us is alive and we may frequently have a feeling of being off balance in our lives. One of the ways to harmonize and re-balance our lives, is through the Pacha Mama Ceremony. Taking place in the International Zone, between the Canadian Inusik and the U.S.A. Guest House, this ceremony was especially dedicated to kicking off the upcoming LATINOAMERIKA. After giving food to the Earth, all prayed to Mother for her help in creating a bridge of Love and Understanding among the two Indians ... The West , America, and signed, the East, Auroville - the City of Human Unity, with Love. We also prayed for the Harmony of the three Americas now symbolically represented' in this place; the North, the Central, and the South. Monique had burnt sage form Quebec (The North) in the way of the Natives, and passed it, using eagles' feathers, to each person in the circle, for purification. Central America was represented by a beautiful esmalted lizard, well known in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. And representing The South, were coca toffees and seeds from Waiquru, a sacred tree in Peru. People brought flowers, candles, stones and food to offer to the Mother Earth and we thanked her for everything that she has given to us, We also prayed for everybody on the planet to have access to food and care in the future. Mexico, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Ecuador, Colombia, Surynam (ex Dutch Guyana), Brazil, Chile and Argentina were represented in the inner circle. With the presence of people from Canada and the U.S., hand in hand, we could feel America as One. The poem "America" was read in the four Languages of the continent: English, French, Spanish and Portuguese, and all together concentrated on the common aim of harmony, love, food and care for everyone. Also individual wishes were expressed, the last one being "water for the International Zone". To this somebody added "for Auroville", and somebody else "for the World"... Thanks Krupa, the Mother heard you and delivered a good rain the following day. We thank Mother Earth and everybody that made the ceremony possible. It was a very deep feeling of Sisterhood and unity that embraced us all. '


Comments: 0 Date: 11 Dec 2013

Mozambique, Dance

On his personal journey of life, and through India Luis Paulo Almeida stopped in Auroville for a little bit than a day. On that day - yesterday, he unconditionally shared with the community his vast knowledge and skills on traditional African dance in the dance workshop in the afternoon at SAWCHU, Bharat Nivas. Evening was dedicated to Mozambique, home land to Luis Paulo. With lots of patience he answered on many questions from gathered . Event was organized by Africa House, Pavilion of African Culture in International Zone.


Comments: 0 Date: 13 Jun 2014

Presentation Unnicycles for MSF

"Unnicycles" a cycle tour across India to support Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres), with its (2010-2013) International President Dr. Unni Karunakara, was in Auroville last Wednesday. Starting from the Solar Kitchen and ending at Aurovelo, he took Aurovilian children for a ride. At Aurovelo, over delicious chocolate ice cream,' Dr. Unni told the kids the story of his great humanitarian project. They were also asking him questions about his job as a humanitarian doctor around the world.

It gave a great awareness to the children who could understand how lucky they are to be able to see a doctor when needed. They understood that MSF is an association which helps people who cannot otherwise afford to be cured, those who suffer from wars, who do not have enough food or who do not have access to healthy water, as is actually the cause of many diseases. We wish that Doctor Unni Karunakara comes back to spread his message in Aurovilian schools, to Aurovillian doctors, Pondicherry University, high schools and all of us, to remind us how important this action is and maybe to inspire some to join the MSF team...? '


Comments: 0 Date: 22 Jan 2014

Dr Ajay Agarwal, Michael & Bailey

Listen to Dr Ajay Agarwal, Michael and Bailey talk about the presentation they are giving on December 18th. You are welcome to listen in at Cinema Paradiso at 4-5.30pm. It was the Auroville Integral Sustainability Institute that invited Dr. Ajay and eight Master of Planning students from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada to help develop performance measures for sustainable development in Auroville. The objective is to assess whether the present course of development in Auroville meets the community's needs in both the short (next ten years) and the long term.

The student team conducted several in-depth interviews with local resource persons in Auroville. These included Suhasini, Min, Bindu, David, Ribhu, Sonali and others. The aim was to identify some of the critical areas of concern facing Auroville in the coming ten years, and issues identified included affordability of housing, accessibility in terms of persons with special mobility needs, etcetera. The team then developed sustainability performance guidelines that could be applied to both the existing and the future development of Auroville. The developed system was applied to the Town Hall Complex. At a public presentation the team will present its sustainable development system using the Town Hall Complex as an illustrative case study and everyone is cordially invited. '


Comments: 0 Date: 16 Dec 2013

Presentation of Inuksuk

Auroville radio was here last sunday to capture the peaceful moment around the Inuksuk (stone figures created by the first inhabitants of the Canadian north, the Inuit) built by AVI Canada along with aurovilians born in Canada in the international zone. A presentation of the monument and a meditation followed by a round table of sharing experiences of Aurovilians, volunteers, newcomers, and guests created a link between these people of good will who would have never met all together otherwise so thanks Canada for such a great action for unity.


Comments: 0 Date: 03 Feb 2014

8th Tibet Festival Performance

A very moving performance last saturday night at the tibetan pavilion in Auroville for the 8th Tibet festival. The TSAM (tibetan students association of Madras) expressed through traditional dance and singing their hope to free Tibet. The show ended with the Tibet national anthem song and it brought tears to my eyes as the generosity and warmth of these yet hobbyist dancers and singers but with such goodwill, honesty,sense of humor & commitment to the cause of their country that i could only see the humanitarian work they are doing. Free Tibet!

TSAM is a great support for Tibetans education in India, here are the targets: Aims and Objectives: 1. To retain our national identity by exhibiting our rich and unique culture. 2. To create awareness about the total Human Rights violation in Tibet. 3. To sensitize the people of Chennai about various harmful policies of China upon Tibet. 4. To create good relation with local Indian friends. 5. To helpstudents get admissions for various colleges in Chennai. 6. To help Tibetan students in Chennai and so on. . FINANCIAL RESOURCE Being a purely non-profit students' organization, our chief source of financial support is voluntary contribution we receive from all our patrons, institutions and individuals alike. Apart from this, whatever is within the bound of our potential we try to add to our general fund, such as holding Tibetan stalls during the colleges' festivals and fund raising through various cultural shows.. You can visit their website on http://www.tsamfamily.blogspot.in


Comments: 0 Date: 14 Jan 2014

LATINOAMERIKA

Last weekend, the community had the chance to explore some views on the culture of the Americas. The atmosphere, at the Unity Pavilion in the International Zone, was relaxed and friendly. It was in particular the Latino countries of Central and South Americas that were covered. Also in the news:' three days of the theater show - Sri Aurobindo's Viziers of Bassora - is being put on stage by Aryamani. Auroville also had a chance to see some good films, taste mate, coffee and tamales, in addition to seeing and participating in dance workshops. Yesterday, Christmas songs were shared, and a salsa rueda performance held, with a workshop.

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Comments: 0 Date: 15 Dec 2013
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