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Purple Hills, India

students in the field    Our partner Purple Hills in India is part of Inba Seva Sangam (ISS) program, situated in the Karur District of Tamil Nadu. Established in 1968 by Mother Lea Provo, the ISS mission is the “empowerment of the down trodden through education and economic development. Creating small, vibrant, healthy and eco-friendly communities with social justice, equality and communal harmony for peace, strength and joy is what we strive for.” ISS realizes this mission through focusing on children’s education, improving the professional opportunities available to the youth in their communities. Their environmental school center is called the Annai Lea Community College. FairTSA is proud to welcome this fantastic initiative to our roster of successful Fair Trade community development projects.

2017 Community Development

   Currently ISS is looking after the education and wellbeing of nearly 300 children. They maintain their own homes for boys and girls, and run a higher secondary school for them as well. They maintain strong social outreach programs in nearly 50 villages around Sevapur, where the ISS works with farmers in their transition to ecologically sustainable methods of biodynamic farming. This organic farming process is working to revitalize agriculture in the community not only through getting youth involved but through helping to heal damaged and toxic lands in Kadavur Taluk damaged by industrial farming and chemical inputs. Through ISS an area of 100 hectares of farmers unused wastelands have been rehabilitated thus far. The Annai Lea College offers a residential 2 year Advanced Diploma certificate course in biodynamic/ organic farming, with an emphasis on the all-round development and employability of the students. The medium of instruction is in the local language Tamil. The school to date has successfully graduated two groups of students with nineteen students each completing the course. The long-term aim is to have an independent campus for housing and training 100 persons at any point of time. The architectural plan for this phase has been proposed, using eco-friendly techniques and Rudolph Steiner’s Waldorf designs as well. FairTSA is looking forward to growing the college further in the years to come through Fair Trade.

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