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Sustainable Housing India

In March 2019 we’re travelling to the remote villages of Pal and Jamnya in India’s Maharashtran mountains. After recently completing the first phase in our sustainable housing project, we return to work alongside local communities broadening our skill set and providing appropriate, quality sustainable technologies. As our friendship and cross-cultural collaboration continues to deepen with the local community, we are excited to kick off the next phase of the project. Our work continues with local organisation Satpuda Vikas Mandal and the Earth Institute in Tamil Nadu. Extending our skill base, 2017/18 sees us collaborating with three new local and international organisations, Mumbai based Put Your Hands Together, Australia based Agari Farm, and Giant Grass.

As the relationships deepen and our understanding of the region grows, there is an extraordinary opportunity to immerse ourselves in the Pal and Jamnya communities, to be welcomed and guided through a very different culture to our own. Stakeholders have identified environmental, social, health and political areas for our collective focus and research, and are supporting us in conversation and shared  networks to achieve sustainable growth and development in these villages.

CERES Global Sustainable Housing Trip Opportunities: 

We are inviting the public to join us and our partner organisations in January 2019 to work alongside the local community and be part of the second phase of the project. You can choose to join us for 10 – 31 days anytime over the month. We will organise trains from Mumbai to Pal for you and all food an accommodation whilst there.

Additional involvements you can get involved in whilst there

  • Interactions with school classes: providing practice in spoken English, possibly basic computer practice
  • Environmental education
  • Teacher training
  •  Climate action: exploring options for reforestation, introducing solar cooking or biogas
  •  Village Development:  investigating and documenting priority needs of villages, practical steps to meet needs
  • Women’s Group: talking with groups about their plans, how to achieve them, providing support where possible

The success of the trip depends on the enquiry of our group and the rapport we’re able to build in usually a short period of time. It’s important to give some thought to what it is that each of us hope to gain from the engagement, what we might be able to share, and how we all might benefit from the interaction.

$980 per week.
Payment plans available on request.
This price includes all internal transport, most meals, accommodation, the purchase of carbon credits to offset airline travel, administration, facilitator support, community contributions and project running costs. This price does not include flights to and from India and occasional meals during free time (around 1 – 3 meals over the 10 days). Participants can expect to spend just a few more rupees on items of a personal nature.

We are happy to help you with fundraising initiatives to make this experience a reality.

 Testimonials

I want to express my gratitude for the amazing experience with CERES Global in India. Long ago I dreamed to take this trip but I couldn’t have imagined how incredible it could be. Inspiring organizations and people, beautiful locations, and an amazing crew of facilitators and travelers. (Sebastian, India Dec 2017 traveller).

Due to their connections and values CERES is able to immerse you in actives and take you to places where you feel a connection to the country you are visiting. That’s how I want to travel. It wasn’t necessarily one activity but the way in which we were able to connect with the heart and soul of the country and it’s people. It was the conversations and observations in the tiny village. The invites into strangers homes. The impromptu yoga session on the top bunk of the sleeper train given by a young lady travelling to finish her masters in yoga. Playing games in the tip with a group of young boys. Walking the streets and observing everyday life. (Helen, India Dec 2017 traveller).

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Our next trip

Trip Dates
March 2019
How much will it cost?
$2000 for 2 weeks
For further details contact
Email: global@ceres.org.au
Phone: (03) 9389 0183
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CERES Global are currently working alongside the Jamnya and Pal community in Tribal Maharashtra on the Jamnya Project. With funding from Environ, the project has been a great success in sustainable building, transfer of skills, women’s empowerment, and equity.
In Mumbai, we are building a friendship of support with our partner organisation ApneAap. An incredible grass roots organisation working with children whose mother’s are currently working in the red light district in Mumbai. In Mumbai we’re also learning about waste management, and building relations with BK Soni and Reduce Reuse Recycle. In Pal and Tamil Nadu we have relationships with communities going back over 10 years whom we are now proud to call friends.
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