Aims, Aspirations & Attempts
Wouldn't it be wonderful if this link had a huge list of accomplishments?
But, the issues at hand, illiteracy and (lack of) housing are big in magnitude
and solutions don't come easy. In all honesty, Gurukul is only making the
tiniest dent somewhere. No matter what image this Web portrays, remember that
we are just a bunch of students seeing if something can be done
somewhere. Just like you, we have a thousand other committments. Bit by
bit, often through one person's interest and perseverance,
small things get done and leave us unjustifiably proud.
Read about our attempts and hopes here.
- Gurukul's Aims : assist rural development agencies in third world countries
in empowering the people by providing them with the ability to read, write and
- To make the public aware of the efforts of these
- To try the feasibility of various solutions through basic R&D efforts.
- To raise funds and provide resources to such agencies.
is specifically concerned with the promotion of rural education
efforts in India (and in the third world in general). Our focus
is on education and housing, since both are indispensable for
independence and self-sufficiency in this world.
- Research on Low Cost Housing
- Grant Proposal Writing
- Awareness Building through poster presentations
- R&D effort to see feasibility of LowCost housing options.
We are also very much interested in collecting and following-up on
ideas/thoughts/comments that anyone may have to help the
literacy or housing situation.
Organisation doing field work: SVT
(It is almost impossible for us to talk of Gurukul without
also referring to our sister organisation, SVT. We provide SVT
with all the help we can and it is they who do the actual
Sri Vidya Trust (SVT) is a non-profit organisation
operating in and around Devipuram, near Vishakapatnam, A.P.,India. SVT runs 32 non-formal
education night schools, manages a local savings program, and is currently
designing and developing a low cost geodesic dome house appropriate
for rural areas.Gurukul has helped SVT come up with a very
low-cost housing design that uses locally available raw
materials, and the implementation of which engages the
unskilled labor available in the
Gurukul has so far, through various events and
fund-raising drives, raised around $13,000 for SVT's programs.
Some of us have visited SVT and have come back
with photographs and video footage. We have made slide shows
and video presentations to various audiences, including
potential funding agencies. We now have a very interesting and informative 45
minute presentation ready. We are thinking of
visiting various universities and making the slide-show
presentation to student audiences at the univ's.
The idea behind such presentations is threefold:
- informing people about Gurukul and its work
- creating an opportunity to interact with people who might
be interested in this work
- finding out about and co-operating with other
groups with similar goals
If you would like such a presentation at your University or organisation,
please get in touch. (address given below)
At this point we must stress that Gurukul is not primarily a
fund-raising organisation, although money is obviously needed
to implement development schemes. Gurukul instead
focuses on making people aware of the situation in India
concerning literacy and housing. It acts as a two-way channel
to help spread word about grass-root level movements
that are working to bring
literacy and self-dependence to the commoner in India and relaying back
any pertinent information, thought or ideas ( from net-surfers like
you ) to these organisations.
To participate in Gurukul's activities, to make a monetary contribution,
to get more information about anything specific re. Gurukul and/or to join
our mailing list, contact us