Help Create a Course
in Sustainable Living for Students in Rural India
In collaboration with an international group of permaculture experts,
Lend-A-Hand India is designing a training program in sustainable
agriculture and sustainable community development for high school
An estimated 20 million Indian farmers have given up farming in
the past two decades, many migrating to urban areas as manual laborers.
Over 200,000 farmers committed suicide over the same time, two thirds
of these in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,
Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh.
Worsening agricultural productivity adversely impacts the natural
ecosystems in rural areas. In the face of population growth and
climate change, it is imperative that we act now to improve agricultural
productivity and protect ecosystems.
This project includes:
- A pilot permaculture course at two rural locations in the state
of Maharashtra for teachers and students from two schoos affiliated
with Lend-A-Hand India
- Development of two permaculture demonstration sites
- Creation of permaculture coursework by translating international
instructional materials into local languages and adapting them for
The course will be designed to empower these rural students to help
their communities meet their food, water, and shelter needs sustainably.
Training in permaculture based farm design, water harvesting, waste
management, locally appropriate building design and construction,
and community action will enable better use of local resources,
improved self-reliance, and rehabilitation natural ecosystems.
The budget for the pilot permaculture course and demonstration site
development is $38,950. Your donation will help catalyze the creation
of a new movement in India to improve rural livelihoods, agricultural
productivity, and ecological sustainability.
You can donate online via PayPal on the link below or send check
on the address below Your donations are tax deductible in USA and India as per the
applicable tax laws (501(c)(3) and 80G)
(Make your checks payable to Lend A Hand India, write "permaculture"
in memo) USA:
Lend-A-Hand India 784 Columbus Avenue #10G New York NY 10025 USA INDIA:
Lend-A-Hand India 5 Pitruichha Prabhat Road, Lane #11, Pune 411004
India More about Permaculture
See the video..how 10 acres of salty desert
land was revitalized and made productive using simple permaculture
A wide variety of productive and supportive
plants are used on a permaculture farm to maximize resource harvesting
and productivity while minimizing the opportunities for unwanted
A well considered layout of a permaculture
farm focuses human energies and attention where they are most useful,
and leaves room for nature.
Andrew Jones will lead the development
of this curriculum. Andrew has worked on sustainability, permaculture,
and humanitarian projects in Europe, Asia, USA, Mexico and the Pacific
for the past 18 years. A permaculture graduate of 10 years, he has
consulted to Non-Government and multilateral agencies including
CARE International, United Nations Environment Program and the United
Nations High Commission for Refugees. As a permaculture teacher,
he has taught over the past 6 years including courses in Mexico,
Haiti, Hawai'i, Canada and diverse parts of the mainland US. He
combines passions as an eco-preneur with a diverse set of interests,
skills and experiences.
Productive biodiversity and efficient landscape
design on permaculture farms enable maximum utilization of local
resources and improve productivity and profitability compared to
conventional farms. See a short presentation about permaculture: