The Project: Dharmalaya Institute
A Himalayan Campus for Sustainable Development & Compassionate Living
You can change lives in Himalayan villages and around the world by funding the completion of an innovative eco-campus in the Indian Himalayas, offering education and training programs for local villagers and life-changing experiences for international volunteers, students, and ecotravelers.
The project is called the "Dharmalaya Institute" and it's a win-win collaboration between Dharmalaya (a small Indian charitable organization) and the Earthville Network (a US-based nonprofit organization).
The Dharmalaya Institute offers programs and services to change lives and promote sustainable and compassionate living:
- Education and service-learning programs in sustainable living
- Green jobs and training for low-income Himalayan villagers
- Women's empowerment through education, training, and support
- Ecological programs: green building, organic agriculture, tree planting
- Contemplative programs: meditation and yoga, courses and retreats
In short: A living model for sustainable development and immersive, educational ecotourism in the Himalayas and beyond.
What We Need & What You Get
We're almost there! After four years of hard work and support from friends around India and around the world, the construction of the first building of the campus (a beautiful adobe-and-bamboo structure with an event hall, kitchen, office, and four guest rooms) is about 90% completed.
To finish the last stage of construction, we need to raise at least $6000 (US) by early December 2012.
Both Earthville and Dharmalaya are nonprofit charities run by volunteers, so we need your support to make this happen.
To show our appreciation for your support, we're offering a selection of perks for donations of various levels. Come to the Himalayas to enjoy the place you helped to create, or gift a friend or loved one with a unique and inspiring experience. See the descriptions for details.
Donations of any size are very much appreciated. The Earthville Network is a 501(c)(3) public charity, so donations are tax-deductible in the US.
Your Kindness Makes an Impact
Your support will help change lives for the better by creating green jobs for low-income villagers (especially women), preserving the dying arts of traditional eco-friendly building in the Himalayas, supporting life-changing experiences for program participants, and providing an inspiring service-learning campus where people of all backgrounds can come to study and practice the arts of sustainable and compassionate living.
More Bang for the Buck
This ambitious project is run by volunteers and our overhead costs are so low that your donation will go a long way — much more benefit for the buck compared to most other charitable projects.
In the last four years, we've launched a innovative NGO, raised around $80,000, created green jobs for dozens of Himalayan villagers, hosted over a hundred volunteers from India and over 25 other countries, completed about 90% of the beautiful new adobe-and-bamboo building that will serve as the HQ of our eco-campus, and changed a few lives along the way.
Once the doors of the Institute open to guests, the project will have a steady steam of income to sustain itself, but we need your help to make the last step to reach that point.
Please give whatever you can. Whether it's $5 or $50 or $500, everything helps, and we're very grateful for your support.
Other Ways You Can Help
There are two other ways you can help make this happen:
- Please let your friends know about this unique and inspiring project and ask them to spread the word. You can use the Indiegogo share tools, and you can also send your own emails, Tweets, etc.
- If you're in India or planning to make a trip, we warmly welcome you to volunteer with us. It's a great experience. For details, see Dharmalaya's volunteer page.
We truly appreciate your help, and we look forward to connecting with you!