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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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2nd April 2020
Hello lovely family,

Very few of you know this; a few months after I had quit my career and moved to Auroville, in 2012, I had had a strange nightmare where the entire world was empty and all the people missing. It was a rather horrifying sight, all playgrounds were devoid of the sounds of children, all streets, of the honking of cars and buses, the skies were without aeroplanes and the seas without ships. And in that dream, I realised that all the supermarkets were empty as well. When I woke up, I found myself to be very hungry and I walked to the kitchen to grab a banana. But that dream kept lingering in the back of my mind and I kept asking myself "what if we forget how to sustain ourselves?" And almost immediately another question came up, "do I know how to sustain myself right now?". This changed a lot of things in me, I think just then I sort of knew that I wanted to devote my life to, the pursuit of self-sustainability as a lifestyle and help others become more self-sustainable as well.

Gaia Grid has been an exercise in that direction and in early January 2020 when I first heard the news of the spread of Coronavirus, and about countries shutting down to fight the pandemic, I was transported back to that dream. I didn't run to the supermarket to stock up, but this time I ran to the garden to plant some more seeds. My worst nightmare was playing out in a way and somehow I knew exactly what I needed to do in order to make it through. Ever since this started, a lot of you have written to me expressing the wish to come and live here long term and learn in the process. I feel that this lifestyle will eventually be very widespread all over the world now that more and more people are leaving their careers to move to villages and live a simple life. You've helped me make Gaia Grid what it is today and now I can't ask for more, now I can only offer my support, experience and learnings. So I will share with you a small video I made the other day on making cuttings. If you like it and find it useful, please drop a line and I'll make more such videos. Until the quarantine is over, this is the least I can do to share the gift you've given.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and finding peace and meaning in these unprecedented times.

See you all on the other side.

Much love
Harsh


Video link: 
https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-b3E08JcFi/?igshid=bkprdueng2vy
Hello lovely family,

Very few of you know this; a few months after I had quit my career and moved to Auroville, in 2012, I had had a strange nightmare where the entire world was empty and all the people missing. It was a rather horrifying sight, all playgrounds were devoid of the sounds of children, all streets, of the honking of cars and buses, the skies were without aeroplanes and the seas without ships. And in that dream, I realised that all the supermarkets were empty as well. When I woke up, I found myself to be very hungry and I walked to the kitchen to grab a banana. But that dream kept lingering in the back of my mind and I kept asking myself "what if we forget how to sustain ourselves?" And almost immediately another question came up, "do I know how to sustain myself right now?". This changed a lot of things in me, I think just then I sort of knew that I wanted to devote my life to, the pursuit of self-sustainability as a lifestyle and help others become more self-sustainable as well.

Gaia Grid has been an exercise in that direction and in early January 2020 when I first heard the news of the spread of Coronavirus, and about countries shutting down to fight the pandemic, I was transported back to that dream. I didn't run to the supermarket to stock up, but this time I ran to the garden to plant some more seeds. My worst nightmare was playing out in a way and somehow I knew exactly what I needed to do in order to make it through. Ever since this started, a lot of you have written to me expressing the wish to come and live here long term and learn in the process. I feel that this lifestyle will eventually be very widespread all over the world now that more and more people are leaving their careers to move to villages and live a simple life. You've helped me make Gaia Grid what it is today and now I can't ask for more, now I can only offer my support, experience and learnings. So I will share with you a small video I made the other day on making cuttings. If you like it and find it useful, please drop a line and I'll make more such videos. Until the quarantine is over, this is the least I can do to share the gift you've given.

I hope you and your loved ones are safe and finding peace and meaning in these unprecedented times.

See you all on the other side.

Much love
Harsh


Video link: 
https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-b3E08JcFi/?igshid=bkprdueng2vy
25th November 2019
Hello family,

Sending out a hug to everyone! We continue fundraising, this time for a greenhouse! So far your support has been phenomenal! Also sending a picture from the land.

Much love,
Harsh
Hello family,

Sending out a hug to everyone! We continue fundraising, this time for a greenhouse! So far your support has been phenomenal! Also sending a picture from the land.

Much love,
Harsh
1st August 2019
Hello lovely family,

It's been a while since I sent an update. Recently BBC Tamil visited us and made a small feature on Gaia Grid and the work we are doing here. I thought of sharing it with you all. I'm not one for media hype as most of my support comes from the silent angels such as you and so I was in a bit of a dilemma on whether I should share this but I also realise that after the flood of calls and visits I've received after this and the kind of people it has attracted, it is safe to say that media in todays day and age has a very powerful capability to inspire people and enable them transform their lives. So if this video makes someone want to move to a more sustainable lifestyle, I guess it would fulfill its purpose.

As always, this would not have been possible without you. A little less than 3 years and we are already 75% self sustainable. And with your continued love and support I hope to be able to bridge the remaining gap with ease.

Also as we move closer to the completion of our fundraiser goal, as promised I would provide a full account of how we've spent every penny in an effort to be transparent and enable those who wish to start their own farm to understand how much money goes where in terms of establishing a space like this. 

Sending immense love and gratitude!
Harsh

Hello lovely family,

It's been a while since I sent an update. Recently BBC Tamil visited us and made a small feature on Gaia Grid and the work we are doing here. I thought of sharing it with you all. I'm not one for media hype as most of my support comes from the silent angels such as you and so I was in a bit of a dilemma on whether I should share this but I also realise that after the flood of calls and visits I've received after this and the kind of people it has attracted, it is safe to say that media in todays day and age has a very powerful capability to inspire people and enable them transform their lives. So if this video makes someone want to move to a more sustainable lifestyle, I guess it would fulfill its purpose.

As always, this would not have been possible without you. A little less than 3 years and we are already 75% self sustainable. And with your continued love and support I hope to be able to bridge the remaining gap with ease.

Also as we move closer to the completion of our fundraiser goal, as promised I would provide a full account of how we've spent every penny in an effort to be transparent and enable those who wish to start their own farm to understand how much money goes where in terms of establishing a space like this. 

Sending immense love and gratitude!
Harsh

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Rs.2,100 raised

Goal: Rs.800,000

Beneficiary: Harsh Valechha info_outline

Supporters (4)

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Anonymous donated Rs.300
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Anonymous donated Rs.500

Best wishes for Tree planting!

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Anonymous donated $10
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Corinna donated $10

I wish you and Gaia grid all the best