TGG Foundation has already set up an RHM Center in Wayanad in a leased land at a very small scale. It is a facility with mud houses and simple rooms which provides a minimalistic living experience and showcases the beauty of nature. It is a project which helps people to connect with nature and experience a minimalist way of living in a peaceful and calm environment and also encourages organic farming, providing livelihood to the underprivileged.
The trust intends to set up new RHM Centers in Wayanad and Mysore at a much larger scale by giving more emphasis to organic farming, youth empowerment and skill development, livelihood, research and innovation, facilities for children, women and elderly people, facilities for social startups, along with providing a minimalistic living experience to its members, guest and volunteers. It will work towards achieving TGG’s Sustainable Rural Development Goals.
MAJOR OBJECTIVES OF THE PROJECT
Organic farming is a method of farming system which primarily aimed at cultivating the land and raising crops in such a way, as to keep the soil alive and in good health by use of organic wastes (crop, animal and farm wastes, aquatic wastes) and other biological materials along with beneficial microbes (bio-fertilizers) to release nutrients to crops for increased sustainable production in an eco friendly pollution free environment. Major land portion of the RHM centre would be devoted for developing ethical farms following organic practices and thereby implementing sustainable development. The ethical farms will be developed in 10 acres of land each in Wayanad and Mysore. This would give a huge opportunity to the rural community by providing a year round livelihood.
Livestock farming provides major contribution to organic farming through manure, fuel, fertilizer, etc. It also provides employment opportunity to rural community and promotes sustainable development. The trust plans to set up livestock farms at both Wayanad and Mysore RHM centers.
TGG Foundation is determined to realise a Responsible Tourism project, a long-term experience that will focus on the local community aimed to establish economic & social justice, equity, respect for cultures, traditions enhancement and diffusion of organic agriculture without losing track of TGG’S Sustainable Rural Development Goals. Inspired by a circular economy system which will highlight the strengths of the village and lead to employment and livelihood opportunities and sketching out self-sufficiency. Some houses of the local families can be allotted to the tourists to promote touristic activities managed by the inhabitants, constituting thus a fixed revenue production. Sharing spaces and moments together enhances relations and experiencing the territory through traditions, habits, represents a mutual treasure. Consequently, an equal redistribution of economic resources will occur and new development dynamics may emerge naturally with positive impact for the inhabitants and nature. As the exchange is bilateral in this phenomenon, the local community does not have to acquire the tourists rhythm and needs. Since Over tourism, Mass Tourism and unsustainable attitudes of people harm nature, alternative touristic paths responsible like this need to be encouraged.
Youth empowerment and skill development
Skill and knowledge are the two driving forces of economic growth and social development for any country. We have a vast majority of population in the productive age group, benefits will flow to our economy only if our population, particularly the youth, is healthy, educated and properly skilled. Through this project, TGG aims to educate, develop and empower children and young adults so they can pave the way to their education on the basis of their skills. This effort is not only to help the unprivileged but also to work towards a more educated and literate society.
Livelihood Center for Women
TGG Foundation’s primary focus is to transform the lives of people through livelihood creation. Through the livelihood centre we will be creating various work opportunities for the women in rural areas. The options /programs are many which includes, engaging woman in ethical agricultural activities such as organic farming, handcrafted agriculture products , solar drying, food production, packing, handloom weaving, tailoring , embroidery, printing, handicrafts etc,. Women can also be engaged in umbrella making, notebook production, sanitary pad making, ‘hawai’ slipper making, pickle ,pappad making and so on. They can also start the production of essential oils, manage cafeteria and plant nursery work. Prime to all these ,they can improve their income through village tourism by hosting guest in their own house (home stay). Revival of traditional art and crafts forms will attract tourists both for learning and experiencing. Talented women with traditional knowledge can engage in tutoring others for cooking, dance , art and craft classes. Woman can also participate in the cultivation of medicinal plant.
Centralized Hi –Tec class room with experienced faculty will be created to provide specialized training in English Communication, Math & Technology. It will be available through RHM Kiosk & the schools partnered with TGG Foundation.
Cost effective facilities will be made available for social entrepreneurs who are interested to create equal opportunities for youths in rural areas. It can be in the field of Information &Technology / Manufacturing / Food Processing and packing / Research & Innovation.
The common facilities includes, Business Center, virtual office with address facility, reading & recreation, cafeteria, medical room & ambulance etc
RHM Kiosk (Grameen Seva)
Communication and coordination center for connecting rural India with the main stream for providing single window solution for all rural development activities. Headed by retired military / paramilitary personnel, it provides hi-tech technology based solution to coordinate various transformation activities to achieve TGG’s Sustainable Rural Development Goals.
Center for Research & Development
It is one of the most essential parts of our project since constant innovations and researches are required to improve the products and to create value addition. We keep the focal point on conducting research and innovation in the field of rural development to accomplish TGG’s sustainable rural development goals. Alongside we collaborate with Universities, Research organizations and Independent researchers to accomplish our goals. Volunteering, Internship & Research is part of the journey which will give the participants greater diverse about the project through the eyes of nature.
Facilities will be created for destitute women, children, elderly citizen & financially backward youths to create a revenue stream for them to self-sustain
Sustainable & Minimalistic living
The trust aims to provide a unique experience that can detoxify mind and body completely by engaging in slow life, Yoga & Meditation, simple eating habits, barefoot nature walk, spending time with animals, enjoying the music of birds, chemical free life, etc. The trust plans to build 20 Mud houses each in Wayanad and Mysore centers. Mud houses surrounded by natural beauty and organic farms provide a minimalistic and sustainable living experience.
Aaranyam – Bio-diversity creation project
This activity will ensure better environment through planting of trees in a natural way so that it can evolve on its own and self sustain without any human intervention and by providing natural shelter and food for various species. It is developed withan intention to create a better future for upcoming generations to experience a healthy planet containing beautiful biodiversity is the main objective of this activity. TGG Foundation has also planned to develop plant nurseries in a small scale in Wayanad and in a large scale in Mysore. Planting trees, and bamboos are part of our RHM Center and village adoption projects.
Ayurvedam – Medicinal plantation and its research
TGG Foundation is opening its doors for Research Scholars and PHD Students to participate in sustainable and ethical research and development activities. RHM Centers will be equipped to manage such Projects. The trust encourages researches on medicinal and ayurvedic plants and the bio diversity zone will have the natural collection of ayurvenic plants growing in its natural habitat.
Kalavara – Production/Processing and Preservation Center
TGG Foundation will create facilities for the SHGs to undertake the production/processing of the produces cultivated by them organically. The project will developed production, warehousing, preservation and packing facilities.
Ayraarogram – Health Care Facility in rural area
Ayurvedic and natural health care facilities will be set up within the RHM Centers. Yoga, meditation, naturopath &ayurvedic health care facilities will be provided at the RHM Center.
Gurukulam- Alternate education program
Experiential Learning program will be introduced to young students at an early age to connect and learn from nature. By establishing a strong bonding with the nature can enhance humans thus upholding humanity that respects all creations on this planet.
Wayanad Country Homes, Onneyar, Vaduvanchal-P.O, Wayanad, Kerala, India