Category Archives: International Programs
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.
"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.
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.
Freek Schiphorst, one of four board members of Stichting de Zaaier, is currently visiting Auroville together with Martine Busek and Jan-Willen Pieterson. Here we interview him. After briefly introducing Zaaier, Freek explains that the Auroville visit is an exploration of what is happening here, not an evaluation mission. Especially for him and Jan-Willen, who are here for the first time, the aim is to get a "feeling" of what is going on. Freek has been deeply moved by the Auroville youth, and by the personal commitment of community members.
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.
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!
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.
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.