Thank you to everyone who has donated to our campaign so as to reach our original goal of $10,000. This is an ongoing project with many objectives, so we have now raised the goal. With your effort, our efforts continue.
We are very inspired to introduce you to Ananda Nikunja (blissful grove of trees), an ecological park designed to teach all aspects of holistic interaction with our environment. It is located about forty minutes from the capital of Nicaragua and is dedicated to offering transformative experiences to urban school children. Disadvantaged children who often have never experienced nature beyond a city park, learn the use of plants for healing and the bigger picture of food production.
For ten years we have had a preschool and now primary school as well in Managua. Five years ago we began to develop Ananda Nikunja and for these five years Dada Mokseshvarananda has stayed there. He has an extensive background leading adventure programs in nature for youth, bringing to this project an inspiring vision for young people.
An example of a child whose life has been changed is Mario, growing up in an urban slum in Managua. The first time he came to Ananda Nikunja he was not ready to leave after a nice lunch, hike & games. Every time we visit his school the kids ask, “when are we going again to the center?” It has become a highlight of the year. It has been happening every year since 2015. We have not been able to offer it to more than one or two schools per year.
We invite you to change that. You can give many more children like Mario the opportunity to benefit from exposure to a world just outside their grasp. If he went more often he could apply some lessons learned. Who can say what creative energies might be awakened.
Besides these programs for children Dada has initiated various workshops on sustainable agriculture, sporting events and physical training; karate, yoga and just the opportunity to become involved. You also can play a part in this with either a volunteer visit or financial contribution.
YOU CAN HELP US
1.) EDUCATIONAL - Improve the trails and forest passage to make the experience more pleasant and educative
A) You can make it easier for children and seniors to enjoy a comfortable walk in natur. Projected target is 1150m to close the loop
B) To provide signage along the trail, explaining tree names, etc.
C) You can engage children and adults in beautiful animations and documentaries
D) You can create memories of a lifetime for a child that never got a chance to get out of town.
2.) SUSTAINABLE GARDENING, teaching and demonstration:
A) You can us secure the perimeter with cactus plants and wall
B) You can give a hand for the water harvesting system and dam which needing repair, as it broke during the last hurricane.
C) You can complete the Hothouse construction with rebar and plastic to protect tomatoes from bugs.
D) You can work for free or help us employ a permanent gardener to maintain the beds.
3.) INCOME GENERATING - Bee keeping project:
A) Protecting the bee keeping area with a fence (in process).
B) You can help us increase the population of bees from 9 to 20 hives (200$ per hive) which will produce income to pay a gardeners salary.
4.) SOCIAL OUTREACH to people in need.
- You can feed a family of 5 for 4 months with one 50kg bag of beans or a fraction thereof. Many lost
their harvest due to hurricanes.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE! please let us know by WhatsApp (+505-86594611) or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org, in which area you would like to contribute and then donate…