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Amrita Self Reliant Villages(SeRVe)

A journey towards self-reliant villages

Amrita SeRVe was launched during Amma’s 60th birthday celebrations in September 2013 and ushered in sustainable development in village clusters across India. Our work is aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Amrita SeRVe’s vision is to teach villagers the skills they need to live in communities that are prosperous and self-reliant. These are places where people are healthy and educated and where they lead lives of dignity in a clean, pollution-free environment. In the past, all villages in India were self-reliant. Villagers grew their own food and made all the items that they needed themselves. There was a blacksmith and a carpenter in every village. People knew how to build houses. The focus was on using resources available locally. Now the whole world is realising that reliance on local resources is key to sustainable development. Amrita SeRVe wants to bring back the spirit of self-reliance in each one of our villages. Today migration from villages to towns and cities is increasing day-by-day. There are many material problems in the villages that need to be solved.

It is our villages that sustain us by providing those who live in cities with the nourishment needed in order to survive. However, today, we are just exploiting villages and casting them aside. It is time to acknowledge that our villages are our very foundation and move forward with one heart and one mind to protect and serve them.
– Amma

Seven focus areas have been chosen as a means to ensure that true development occurs in all facets of life.

Health

100% vaccination for children, care for pregnant women, combating malnutrition and basic health checks. Trained at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, health workers provide these services in the villages. Swasth Kanya, Sakshar Kanya program ensures good health and education for the girl child.

Education

Using tablets, tuition teachers conduct after-school classes in all Amrita SeRVe villages. The children participate in daily yoga classes and also participate in regular Amala Bharatam cleanup drives. Adult literacy classes are also organized.

Water & Sanitation

Water distribution networks and community water filters have been installed in villages in several states including Rajasthan, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. Toilets have been built by women groups in all villages and many of them are now open-defecation free. In Uttar Pradesh, these women groups, at the request of the state administration, provide awareness to neighboring villages to initiate the building of toilets there.

Agriculture

Farmers are transitioning to organic farming in our villages in the states of Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Telengana, Kerala, Karnataka, Haryana, Chattisgarh, Bihar and Odhisa. In Chattisgarh and Kerala, farmers are realizing good incomes from lemongrass as a second crop.

Income Generation

Self Help Groups have been constituted in all villages. Saukhyam Reusable Pads, made from cotton cloth and banana fiber, are being made by women in villages for selling even internationally. In Odhisa and Bihar, mushroom cultivation is helping with income generation for some of the poorest communities

Infrastructure

In Kerala, solar panels have been installed and a mini-hydro plant has also been built. Homes have been built in villages in West Bengal, Gujarat, Kerala, Jharkhand, Odhisa, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.

Self-Empowerment

We are teaching a system of simple yoga asanas and meditation for women, youth, and children that can be practised on a daily basis. Youth from the villages are also being trained in Amritapuri to become yoga teachers. In addition, we are also conducting cultural awareness classes, teaching how to live in harmony with nature, and organising village-level sports events and camps for children and youth. Central to all of these is the idea of how to bring the village together for experiences that ultimately teach us how to celebrate the gift of life.

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