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Help us build LivingLab learning spaces!


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A big, heartfelt, humbling THANK YOU to all our donors, well wishers and friends who are making this possible!!! We have finally hit our goal but we want to keep the momentum going! 

We are hoping that we can use any extra funds for MORE LAB EQUIPMENT & FIELD TRIPS to various farms and successful businesses such as plant nurserys, composting facilities (large and small) and medicinal herbal farms/forests -  where kids can be inspired and tangibly see how they can use their new found skills in action!!!  

We will routinely be adding updates on the 'update' tab for more information!
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WHAT ARE WE DOING 

At AES, we have been equipping young people to be able to develop skills and tools to respond to environmental & sustainability challenges over the last 3 years  – and today, we need your help to take it further.
 
We are raising funds to help develop a LivingLab space in Mumbai, where 6th grade learners from Save The Children India (STCI), a charity school for marginalized, differently abled children have partnered with AES for a 2 year endeavour around sustainable agriculture & eco-entrepreneurship

The Save The Children India's  LivingLab space will consist primarily of an urban terrace farm, a science and experimental lab zone, different types of composting facilities, a large tree plant nursery & classroom equipment. 

The labs are student led and take learners through the discovery, entrepreneurship & innpvation cycle through the context of agriculture and sustainability as they problem solve a variety of challenges in their community (more below)

WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

The children from the Save The Children, India come from low-income communities around Kurla and Dharavi. Their community face problems such as:
  • how to gain access to wholesome, nutritious affordable food
  • how to gain employment while being differently able
  • how to collect and purify water to ensure they have water all year long, especially the drought months.

HOW WILL A LIVING LAB HELP?

Living Lab Concept Rendering

A LivingLab is more than a garden. Over the last 3 years, AES has honed our skills in education and garden design to create spaces where the garden transforms into a student -led outdoor lab

These physical spaces become a treasure trove for our students, where they can  experiment and ideate solutions to major sustainability challenges that they face daily. 

Using maths, science, art & engineering, and AES’s experiential, hands on entrepreneurial curricula, we engage our learners to look at the problems in a holistic way – seeing how they can connect real world applications to theory in the classroom and eventually connect those ideas to livelihood education. 

In simpler words, equipping learners with skills to understand how they themselves can improve their access to food, education & generate income with whatever resources they already have at their disposal. 

We also use our LivingLab space to host programs and workshop for other students. We connect our students to international schools and together, students find common ground trying to solve shared challenges that affect us all – building bridges with each other along the way.  

WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF OUR PROGRAM

  • Better grades
    • Everything from arts, science, math to engineering gets covered and we have seen a remarkable improvement in the academics of the students we engage

  • Better self-confidence
    • Our LivingLabs are student-led and constantly evolving which means that the students are in charge of their learning and their own development, building a sense of self responsibility and care.

  • Connecting Communities
    • When students from different backgrounds have a common challenge to solve together, we find that it is easier to build bridges and connections and understand how and why we must work together - changing the dynamic of ’charity‘- building bridges between communities

  • Better Entrepreneurship, Problem Solving & Innovative Skills
    • When students are focused on developing solutions; experimenting, learning, ideating and developing low tech solutions, we find that they become better at solving problems and becoming solution focused!

  • Better Leadership
    • The experience of problem solving issues in their communities, partaking workshops, and seeing ideas come to life with a fixed time frame are invaluable for our students as they emerge into confident young leaders

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP

We meet with each of our communities once a week at zero cost to them.
 
We need your help to create a solid foundation and base for Save The Children to get their living lab project off the ground so that they can feed and educate their kids.

Your donation will be spent in the following ways:
  • Waterproofing the Terrace (POP, sealant, paints, mesh for traps) 
  • Classroom Furniture (whiteboards, chalkboards, stationary)
  • Basic Lab Equipment (microscopes, trays, precision tools)
  • Basic Garden Equipment (containers, starter soil, tools)
  • Study Guides & Books (translation into different languages) 

THE COMPOST STORY
An example of our methods

At VOICE, our other Living Lab site, the students were challenged by the growing food waste problems in their orphanage. Our children decided they wanted to tackle this head on and experimented with different low resources ways of setting up a composting facilities by using discarded waste products from their kitchen to build worm farms, tumblers and smaller scale solutions.

This was a simple solution but effective and easy for them to make at home with no cost whatsoever. The compost then also fed their terrace food garden, conserving all those precious resources.


Through this exercise, they went through the scientific process - tracking their progress, collecting evidence, seeing which systems were more effective and learning how to think critically. Along the way, they also became a better team and learned how to share responsibilities effectively. 
Through this whole process, we also kept bringing the students back to their relevant science-related subjects from their science curricula: things like life cycles, soil sciences, and agriculture.


GOING FORWARD

Our timeline for setting up this project is 6 months from the date of fundraiser completion. 

 We hope to raise enough funds in the first month to start developing the infrastructure, and work with our STCI students on several exciting project based initiatives. 

We will have detailed monthly updates of how your money is being spent, including photos, and videos from our kids and the transformation of our space!

We Thank You for taking the time to read our proposal and hope to hear from you soon!  If you feel strongly about our work, Please do share this with friends - we appreciate all the support! 
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1st November 2017
Hi Everyone,

I hope you have been keeping well and enjoyed our last update!

I wanted to share some more pictures with you of our garden and keep you in the loop with what is happening on site before we withdraw the rest of our funds!

In the last two months, we've set up our tree & plant nursery, veggie planters and composting station!  We are currently growing a variety of sweet potatoes, edible herbs, gourds and more...We are right now in the beginning of the post monsoon planting season so we have also just sown a bunch of leafy greens such as spinach, amaranth, lettuces, and eggplants and tomatoes.

Our garden has been made of entirely re-purposed waste materials - including container wood, plastic drums and containers, old milk packets for nursery bags and so on....

 Check out some of the pics below of our 1) Nursery 2) Veggie Patch Set Up 3) Beloved Drumstick Tree


As mentioned to you in our last update, we are also in the process of setting up our website where the kids will start to sell some of the plants of the nursery to keep their venture going. Also, with the extra funds we are collecting - we have lined up a few field trips to different farms near by so the kids can get their hands dirty and learn from various farmers & agriculturists!

If you have any questions or would like to contribute any further, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and i will send more updates from the kids themselves next time!

Take Care
Kriti
Hi Everyone,

I hope you have been keeping well and enjoyed our last update!

I wanted to share some more pictures with you of our garden and keep you in the loop with what is happening on site before we withdraw the rest of our funds!

In the last two months, we've set up our tree & plant nursery, veggie planters and composting station!  We are currently growing a variety of sweet potatoes, edible herbs, gourds and more...We are right now in the beginning of the post monsoon planting season so we have also just sown a bunch of leafy greens such as spinach, amaranth, lettuces, and eggplants and tomatoes.

Our garden has been made of entirely re-purposed waste materials - including container wood, plastic drums and containers, old milk packets for nursery bags and so on....

 Check out some of the pics below of our 1) Nursery 2) Veggie Patch Set Up 3) Beloved Drumstick Tree


As mentioned to you in our last update, we are also in the process of setting up our website where the kids will start to sell some of the plants of the nursery to keep their venture going. Also, with the extra funds we are collecting - we have lined up a few field trips to different farms near by so the kids can get their hands dirty and learn from various farmers & agriculturists!

If you have any questions or would like to contribute any further, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me and i will send more updates from the kids themselves next time!

Take Care
Kriti
14th September 2017
Dear Friends & Well Wishers,

I hope you are doing well and keeping safe - wherever you are! We wanted to write to you to let you know what's been happening at our Living Lab at Save The Children, India and keep you abreast of our next steps!

Our students have started building our lab about two months ago and since it's been monsoon here, we've spent most of our time over the last two months reviewing plant basics, creative thinking & plant propagation while also setting up our plant nursery.
students preparing bags for tree & veg plantations

We are propagating a combination of native tree saplings that can be used for re-forestry as well as herbs & veggies that we will use in our garden to help feed the children but also to later sell through an online shop! This will in part help ensure that the program has an avenue for sustained funding well after all your generous dollars have been put to good use.
 volunteers helping with the nursery set up

We meet once a week on Thursday mornings for 2 hours and then again once a month on Saturdays.

Now that the rains are over, from September through till November, we will be commencing the major build of the garden and therefore have put in our request to withdraw the funds all of you have generously donated!

The entirety of the funds will go towards buying all materials for the garden space, learning tools & expenses for field trips with the students to working farms & green entrepreneurs - including an immersive 2-day camp.

As our story progresses, we will continue to update you with our progress - including pics from the garden, notes from our kids and hopefully a link to the website!

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch and say hi, please do drop me a line at kriti@aeslife.in
Thanks Again for all your support - we are all so grateful!
Kriti
Dear Friends & Well Wishers,

I hope you are doing well and keeping safe - wherever you are! We wanted to write to you to let you know what's been happening at our Living Lab at Save The Children, India and keep you abreast of our next steps!

Our students have started building our lab about two months ago and since it's been monsoon here, we've spent most of our time over the last two months reviewing plant basics, creative thinking & plant propagation while also setting up our plant nursery.
students preparing bags for tree & veg plantations

We are propagating a combination of native tree saplings that can be used for re-forestry as well as herbs & veggies that we will use in our garden to help feed the children but also to later sell through an online shop! This will in part help ensure that the program has an avenue for sustained funding well after all your generous dollars have been put to good use.
 volunteers helping with the nursery set up

We meet once a week on Thursday mornings for 2 hours and then again once a month on Saturdays.

Now that the rains are over, from September through till November, we will be commencing the major build of the garden and therefore have put in our request to withdraw the funds all of you have generously donated!

The entirety of the funds will go towards buying all materials for the garden space, learning tools & expenses for field trips with the students to working farms & green entrepreneurs - including an immersive 2-day camp.

As our story progresses, we will continue to update you with our progress - including pics from the garden, notes from our kids and hopefully a link to the website!

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch and say hi, please do drop me a line at kriti@aeslife.in
Thanks Again for all your support - we are all so grateful!
Kriti
7th April 2017
Hey guys!!! We are so close to hitting our target goal in just a few days! We want to THANK ALL OF YOU for contributing so far and making this dream a reality!! We never imagined we would get here so soon! 

If you are just reaching our page now, please keep the momentum going and contribute however much you can! We are hoping that we can use any extra funds for MORE LAB EQUIPMENT & FIELD TRIPS to various farms and successful businesses such as plant nurserys, composting facilities (large and small) and medicinal herbal farms/forests -  where kids can be inspired and tangibly see how they can use their new found skills in action!!! 
Hey guys!!! We are so close to hitting our target goal in just a few days! We want to THANK ALL OF YOU for contributing so far and making this dream a reality!! We never imagined we would get here so soon! 

If you are just reaching our page now, please keep the momentum going and contribute however much you can! We are hoping that we can use any extra funds for MORE LAB EQUIPMENT & FIELD TRIPS to various farms and successful businesses such as plant nurserys, composting facilities (large and small) and medicinal herbal farms/forests -  where kids can be inspired and tangibly see how they can use their new found skills in action!!! 
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Rs.165,732
raised of Rs.120,000 goal

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Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
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DOORS donated US $320.50
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Ankur donated Rs.2,500

SUKRITI IS FOR THE PEOPLE

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Jim donated Rs.10,000

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Sandra donated US $25

Let me know when you start building so I can have a mission when I can come and visit! xoxo, keep it up!! I need to get back to my humanitarian vision! xoxo!

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Ashwin donated Rs.1,500