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Ongoing support for Gaia Grid

Calling friends of Gaia Grid!

With your massive support so far, we have been able to

1. Finish working on a small shelter on the land
2. Create contour bunds totalling more than 500 metres
3. Create water catchment ponds that can hold more than 2,00,000 litres of water, but more importantly help recharge the ground water
4. Start planting trees
5. Host participants who help with the conservation efforts 

Additionally, your contributions have also facilitated the day to day operation of the project for which we are immensely thankful!!
These small steps help us physically realise the dream of a self-sustainable future. 

We are creating this page to facilitate continued fundraising for Gaia Grid so that our work may go on and enable more individuals to contribute their time and energy to conservation work.

If you or anyone you know believes in the work we are doing and would like to contribute, we would be thrilled! 

Your contributions continue to enable us in managing our day to day work and slowly but surely help grow Gaia Grid.

Goes without saying that we continue to share regular stories and updates from the land!

Lots of love! 
#iamgaiagrid
thegaiagrid.org


Update!!
Since we started in November 2016, we've constantly hosted participants and worked one step at a time toward our goal of self-sustainable living. We've received the unconditional love and support of super generous souls and that support has enabled us to carry on with our work. Here we share some pictures from the land that will give you an idea of how it looks now, after 6 months of work. We’ve already started bringing back a lot of rainwater to the ground and restore the green cover. In addition, we’ve planted numerous trees and have established a vegetable garden. We finished construction of a tool room, which for now doubles up as a shelter. In the coming months, we would continue working on the conservation work and funds permitting, excavate a bore well to enable us to have permanent supply of water. Our catchment ponds and water conservation structures would continue recharging the local aquifer. We are also on our way to be power efficient with the installation of our first solar panel that’ll be used to light the farm and will also enable us to charge phones and laptops when required. To continue supporting us, please consider making a financial contribution and visiting us on the farm! We hope you enjoy the pictures and we would love to hear from you!!

1. Catchment ponds we dug before monsoon are now full !!!

2. A view from the top of the land, another catchment pond filling up with rain water

3. A small vegetable garden we created

4. More camping spaces coming up!


5. Many hands make light work! 

6. Cabbage, okhra, spinach - from our very own vegetable garden!

7. Back when we had started working on the tool room roof. Now it doubles up as a shelter!
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11th March 2019
Dear Donors,

We are extending the fundraiser deadline once again to try and reach our goal amount. This additional amount would go to our volunteer dormitory and help us host workshops, conferences and also act as a shelter for future volunteers! Kindly keep sharing and supporting the campaign.

Thank you for your support!

Regards

Gaia Grid

Dear Donors,

We are extending the fundraiser deadline once again to try and reach our goal amount. This additional amount would go to our volunteer dormitory and help us host workshops, conferences and also act as a shelter for future volunteers! Kindly keep sharing and supporting the campaign.

Thank you for your support!

Regards

Gaia Grid

2nd March 2019
Dear Supporters,



Genuine surprise/tears of joy.

I can't tell you how happy I am today. All the sweat, pain, blood has been worth it. Every moment of it. I remember a little over 2 years ago when we started digging trenches and catchment ponds, not knowing how much water could be stored or allowed to seep underground. Digging through the rock hard soil under the scorching summer heat, it often felt like it was going to be forever until we saw this day. Then in August 2017, we dug for water and to our surprise, the water table had risen considerably and sat at 250 feet (up from 500). But we didn't have the means to pull all that water out yet. For another year and a half, we lugged buckets to each of our 500 trees and garden beds, on a daily basis to ensure that they survive, er, thrive.
Then in October last year, we constructed a water tank in anticipation that we may have water soon. But soon, is a relative term.
Water is life. It is possibly the most precious resource and will likely be the biggest cause of wars and conflict in the future. Every water tanker that came into the land has been priceless. The entirety of our time here, we've relied on water tankers that came in from our village and cost us a small fortune. But it was all worth it because it enabled us to buy time and prolong the life and health of the plants.
Why am I writing this today?
This tap water isn't ordinary by any means. Finally, after 845 days of starting our conservation and farm work, we have managed to install enough solar power to enable us to pump water from our well into the water tank. We are now, officially, water sufficient.
Remember, one of the main aims of our project was to be self-sufficient in terms of water? I guess now we can check that box off.
Yesterday evening when the panels came in, we had just finished our evening work and were exhausted. But the sight of the panels gave all of us some sort of a boost and we unloaded the stands and the panels and the motor and pump and then we crashed. I was so excited that I don't think I slept all night.
So here we are, two years down the line, with water, shelter, and electricity. The trees we've planted will bear fruits soon(ish). Our biggest focus now will be food. It'll enable us to be fully self-sustainable.
I share all this with you because literally none of this would've happened without your support. Everything we've done on the land is because of the support we've received. All our volunteers, partners, friends, donors, all of you insanely nice people out there who've believed in this, talked about it, helped it grow, improve and sustain - a big big big Thank You. You all are legends! ❤
Dear Supporters,



Genuine surprise/tears of joy.

I can't tell you how happy I am today. All the sweat, pain, blood has been worth it. Every moment of it. I remember a little over 2 years ago when we started digging trenches and catchment ponds, not knowing how much water could be stored or allowed to seep underground. Digging through the rock hard soil under the scorching summer heat, it often felt like it was going to be forever until we saw this day. Then in August 2017, we dug for water and to our surprise, the water table had risen considerably and sat at 250 feet (up from 500). But we didn't have the means to pull all that water out yet. For another year and a half, we lugged buckets to each of our 500 trees and garden beds, on a daily basis to ensure that they survive, er, thrive.
Then in October last year, we constructed a water tank in anticipation that we may have water soon. But soon, is a relative term.
Water is life. It is possibly the most precious resource and will likely be the biggest cause of wars and conflict in the future. Every water tanker that came into the land has been priceless. The entirety of our time here, we've relied on water tankers that came in from our village and cost us a small fortune. But it was all worth it because it enabled us to buy time and prolong the life and health of the plants.
Why am I writing this today?
This tap water isn't ordinary by any means. Finally, after 845 days of starting our conservation and farm work, we have managed to install enough solar power to enable us to pump water from our well into the water tank. We are now, officially, water sufficient.
Remember, one of the main aims of our project was to be self-sufficient in terms of water? I guess now we can check that box off.
Yesterday evening when the panels came in, we had just finished our evening work and were exhausted. But the sight of the panels gave all of us some sort of a boost and we unloaded the stands and the panels and the motor and pump and then we crashed. I was so excited that I don't think I slept all night.
So here we are, two years down the line, with water, shelter, and electricity. The trees we've planted will bear fruits soon(ish). Our biggest focus now will be food. It'll enable us to be fully self-sustainable.
I share all this with you because literally none of this would've happened without your support. Everything we've done on the land is because of the support we've received. All our volunteers, partners, friends, donors, all of you insanely nice people out there who've believed in this, talked about it, helped it grow, improve and sustain - a big big big Thank You. You all are legends! ❤
25th October 2018
Dear Family,  

Watch the video today and help us win a United Nations competition!!! ❤

The United Nations has shortlisted 20 videos for a chance to win a very prestigious grant and would you believe if we told you that a video that one of our own made has been selected in that short list?

What's cooler is that the video is about Gaia Grid ❤ apparently the video with the highest views at the end of this week will win the contest and also get to showcase its work at the COP 24 in Poland next year.

Just by watching the video, you'd be supporting us. And if you share it with your network, it might increase the chances of the video winning!!!
Love love love you all!!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1VYDgo14A5w&feature=youtu.be

Thank you!
Dear Family,  

Watch the video today and help us win a United Nations competition!!! ❤

The United Nations has shortlisted 20 videos for a chance to win a very prestigious grant and would you believe if we told you that a video that one of our own made has been selected in that short list?

What's cooler is that the video is about Gaia Grid ❤ apparently the video with the highest views at the end of this week will win the contest and also get to showcase its work at the COP 24 in Poland next year.

Just by watching the video, you'd be supporting us. And if you share it with your network, it might increase the chances of the video winning!!!
Love love love you all!!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=1VYDgo14A5w&feature=youtu.be

Thank you!
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Rs.1,300 raised

Goal: Rs.800,000

Beneficiary: Harsh Valechha info_outline

Supporters (2)

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Anonymous donated US $10
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Corinna donated US $10

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