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Its summer; brace for monsoon!

It has become a common habit to curse the heat during the summer and curse the rain during the monsoon. At Sarang we prepare for the monsoon by removing silt from the percolation pits and check-dams. Also prepare the farm with mulch so that rain water can be absorbed and soil erosion can be checked.

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അവർ നിങ്ങളെ കാണുന്നുണ്ടോ

ഇന്ന് എത്ര കുട്ടികൾക്ക് മുതിർന്നവരുടെ ജീവിതം കാണാൻ സാഹചര്യമുണ്ട്? സ്വന്തം അച്ഛനും അമ്മയും എന്തു ജോലിയാണ് ചെയ്യുന്നതെന്ന് (ജോലിയുടെ പേരല്ല) എത്ര മക്കൾക്കറിയാം? സ്കൂളും, കോളേജും, റ്റ്യൂഷനും, കോച്ചിംഗുമായി തിരക്കേറിയ നമ്മുടെ കുട്ടികൾ 24 മണിക്കൂറിനിടയിൽ കാണുന്ന മുതിർന്ന മുഖങ്ങൾ എത്രയുണ്ട്?

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Indigenous Seeds

Attappady had many indigenous seed varieties. However the introduction of modern agriculture has taken away many of them from the farms just like other parts of the state. Though it is tough to cultivate and keep the seeds due to concentrated attack from animals and birds, we have managed to keep some seeds.

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Bio Diversity

The bio diversity of Sarang Watershed has been evolving since we started protecting this area. Over the years we witnessed how nature brings back each and every species to the right place at the right time. One of the sweetest shocks were when we saw tiny wild tarrow sprouts in the valley after 7 years of severe drought. Its amazing how fast nature restores or bring in a species.

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But without a certificate…

Do you really believe that certificates are everything? We can get certificates by appearing for examinations (see the full details here) . But  will we get the courage to face the everyday challenges?

Education should give you the courage to face challenges, not fear of exams.

What do you say?

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Won’t my child be an illiterate?

This is the most popular question we hear! A child’s ability to learn and observe is way above our estimates. We suspect that today’s newborns inherit some awareness about technology. If a child has the environment to see people reading and writing, the child will pick up the skill on its own. By giving unnecessary emphasis on literacy, most of the time we delay the natural progress of a chid’s path to reading and writing.

Not convinced? Let us talk about it!

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How can a stove be part of Conservation?

The majority of our wood burning stoves are not efficient. By using and promoting the ‘Nada Chulha’ (Stove of Nada) we are trying to reduce the pressure on our forest for fuel.  VHAI, a voluntary organisation helped and promoted the stove, which was designed by some village women.

Don’t you think a Nada Chulha is greener than any other stove?

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My Son Wants to be a Driver! Help!

Well, if it is not your son (or daughter) someone else’s son (or daughter) has to become a driver. There are many roles in the society. Our world will be stuck without people filling in these roles, willingly or unwillingly. Maybe we should understand this big picture and try to make necessary changes to the system.

What do you say?

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What is the biggest investment in education ?

The biggest investment we make in today’s education is time. Everyone knows today’s education doesn’t worth the all the time we spend in it, or our children spend in it. But what other option do we have?

Can we do something?

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Mural Painting Workshp

Sarang Cultural Ventures is organizing a 10 days intensive workshop on Kerala’s traditional mural painting. We believe learning is one of the best forms of preserving a heritage. Join hands with us in this effort!

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Building the Rural University : Thanks to all supporters

Towards the end of 2012, we put up a fundraiser for building ‘Sarang Rural University’. Many people promised support, some donated money, some spent a few days working with us, many spread the word, helped us with various equipment, contacts … Continue reading

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Blue bearded Bee-eater

The Blue-bearded Bee-eater (Nyctyornis athertoni) is a large species of bee-eater found in much of the Indian Subcontinent and parts of Southeast Asia. This species is found in openings in patches of dense forest. Appearance of this bird is another … Continue reading

Gautham with his students and a staff from LXI Technologies.

Websites from rural brains

Last year Gautham started a web development training course for the youth from a village. LXI Technologies, Pathiripala agreed to provide all the facilities free of charge. The students were selected from a parallel college nearby. All of them were … Continue reading

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Work in Progress

The work of a wooden cabin is progressing slowly, but steadily.  Parthan giving ‘instructions’ to Gautham.  :)

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Cultural Center spreading out

Sarang Cultural Exchange Center has been functioning at Pathiripala in a rented building.  The center gave a glimpse of art forms to travelers and art enthusiasts in a village atmosphere.  This year we are taking a step further by offering … Continue reading

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Short Film Release!

‘Moorikkalam’ Sarang’s second short film is ready for release. The first show is scheduled on 20th of July at Nagarippuram, Pathiripala. Later the movie will also be released on Youtube. Cinema is part of Sarang’s curriculum. Being a powerful tool … Continue reading

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Little family moves to the hill

Though living away from the hills, Gautham and Anu dwelt there in all their dreams. They planned and replanned how the rural university would look like, what their lives would be like there! They traveled to the hills with all … Continue reading

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The Sun Powers Sarang

June 2013 saw Sarang being powered by a 1 Kilo Watt Solar Electrical System. Allotted to Sarang under the  ’10,000 roof top solar’ project, an initiative by ANERT, Government of Kerala, it is subsidized up to 50% by the State … Continue reading

Sarang 3.0

30 years of learning.
2nd generation of Sarang family taking a step towards the dream rural university.
3rd generation taking first steps on the Sarang hills.
It is Sarang 1983 – 2013, version 3 point zero!

Started as a basic school, Sarang has been growing into a rural university over the years. The basic school aimed at the academically weak drop outs. However, the realisation of true education being the practice of life, more solutions were sought.

Today we have a diverse array of time -tested sustainable solutions for the common man.This includes watershed management, natural farming, low cost construction, bio-diversity conservation, live fencing against forest fire, energy, health, platform for trans-cultural dialogue etc to name a few.

At Sarang children and adults learn and promote these simple solutions so that they are kept alive for the future. Education at Sarang is for everyone. It is learning to live and let live. Looking back, its a miracle that we survived all these years adhering to our simple practical theories. The support from our friends and well wishers has been our fuel all these years. Marking the completion of 30 years of our journey, we are beginning the work towards the dream rural university.

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From afar, people sometimes have a romanticized view of life at Sarang. It’s easy to wax lyrical about life away from the concrete jungles and so on but for many the actual life here is not a bed of roses. … Continue reading

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A hill of stories!( Move your mouse over the hill)

Cultivating Water The Force called water Aqua life re-emerging Birds seen in the campus The Path Uphill Energy in the wind Small Animals Return Cultivate with Zero soild erosion Wild Animals and Farming Snails, Centipedes and more Butterflies, Bugs and Dragonflies Volunteer! The learning machines Solar Powers Sarang