Fog and Nature

OUR PROGRAMS

ORGANIC FARMING

Nowadays we can use some good examples of sustainable agriculture in the world. We want to show how small-scale organic farming can contribute to a more healthy and green planet. There is a lot of knowledge and scope at hand, also in India. Sometimes it just needs to be re-used. Traditional ways can be combined with innovative ideas to adapt to (changing) local conditions. This can be done with greenhouses,  systems for efficient water use, composting, water harvesting, and so on.

We have 1/2 acre land spread over terraces around the house which will provide a showcase for green and abundant living. We will grow vegetables, herbs and fruits as food provision for the homestay. Another 1/2 acre is located above our house, which can become a (food) forest and biodiversity sanctuary with beekeeping. Permaculture principles will be used throughout our organic farms, creating natural ecosystems for all life.

We aim to remind people what is possible with land in an era of urban development. Flourishing gardens increase the quality of life significantly. Adara can be an example for our greater agenda: to raise awareness and discuss the possibility of towns being green and vibrant when managed well. Small-scale organic farming can help to mitigate climate change too.

Tuinieren in India
 

QUALITY EDUCATION

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Alternatief kwaliteitsonderwijs in India

The education we offer youth and adults will be complementary to what can already be found locally. School systems in India are  focused on a passive intellectual learning. We think that learning through experience and experiment is very valuable too. That’s why we aim to offer educative programs that combine skills, knowledge and experience. A personal approach is very important. Everyone has different talents. The more we know our talents, the more we can live according to our full potential.

EDUCATIVE PROGRAMS
It's important for many to find purpose in life yet make a living that sustains them. That's why practical skills are important. We aim to offer a range of activities that support individual and communal development, such as woodwork, homestay running, tailoring, English communication, farming, pottery and so on. These educative programs are for local community who want to get a work-growth-learn place at Adara.

EDUCATIVE TUITIONS

We have started everyday tuitions with a small group of underpriviliged Nepalese children. The main aim is to help them experience new perspectives and abundant lifestyle, and to build an environment for them to explore their own talents. We teach English, outdoor games, picknicks, waste awareness, painting and a variety of creative projects. Learning by doing. We aim to set up a more formal institution for learning-by-experimenting for youth, where woodworking/cooking/tailoring/and so on can become a part of the student's education/.

 
 

HOMESTAY RENOVATION

We are renovating a 120+ year old colonial building which will function as eco homestay: an eco-friendly homely tourist and volunteer accommodation. A place for retreat, learning and meeting.

 

Many of these historic buildings in the region have been abandoned or destructed. Through renovation we want to show the value of historic buildings. Often they have been built with a lot of attention and are aesthetically friendly. They are also built with traditional building techniques which are eco-friendly. We work with skilled local workers who apply these skills. Through employment we hope to empower local workers and retain skills, local knowledge and local materials.

So far we completed electricity work, outdoor walls and terrace rebuild. Soon we will do the running water system, bathroom renovation, roof and chimney upkeep and wall painting. 

We want to introduce people through the homestay to a simple yet abundant lifestyle. Both locals, who may think it’s hard to access comfortability and abundance with less money, as well as internationals, who may think a more complex lifestyle is needed  for happiness. We do not always need as much as we think. But what we do need, we pay attention, time and love to. The homestay will help people experience this kind of lifestyle.

Historisch koloniaal pand renovatie India
 

WASTE MANAGEMENT

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As consumption patterns change and grow, waste is a challenge on global and local scale. The same is true for India. In many places there are hardly any functional systems for waste reduction, re-usage and recycling. In many areas there is a culture of dumping waste out in the open and open waste burning. Both cause a lot of harm to the environment and health.

On our small farmland alone we have already collected 900 litres of waste. We are segregating wet waste (food and garden waste) from dry waste (plastics e.g.) and heading towards a compost system for the farm. We want to re-use waste where we can, like growing seedlings in plastic bottles. And we want to buy less packaged items by growing and eating home-made food.

The farmstay will serve as an example for green and clean living in the Himalayan area. Besides this we aim to extend the program of waste management within Pauri. For this we seek partnerships with government, schools and other organisations to collaborate with. Interactive education (for youth) will be an important aspect for the program. This way we inspire and empower the next generation to make conscious change happen. We also want to organise clean-ups, assign 'green & clean areas' and waste pick-up instead of burning or dumping.

Afval management compost onderwijs