The Spirit of Humanity awards recognize and reward exemplary contributions made towards the society in the fields of Child Care, Education, Health, Disability, Livelihood and Women’s Empowerment. Following a stringent 3-step evaluation process, spread over 6 months, the best-in-class NGOs were identified from each zone. As the winner from the west zone, Govardhan Ecovillage made it to the final round along with Harsha Trust(east), Don Bosco Tech Society(north), Sevalaya(south). The final round involved each institute making a presentation to an esteemed jury who have evaluated the projects based on criterion like replicability, scalability, innovation, future expansion plans, sustainability etc.
After the rigorous day long delibrations the winners were announced during the grand event in the evening. The rural development program of Govardhan Ecovillage, supported by Sri Chaitanya Seva Trust, has been focusing on creating a transformative change in the lives of the villagers by enabling them to develop in a holistic manner with economic, environmental and social development. Starting with 5 tribal families today more than 400 farmer below the poverty line in over 10 villages are benefiiting from this program.
Working in the fields of organic faming, water resource development, drinking water, women empowerment, skill enhancement, rural education, and health care, this program has enhanced the livelihoods of all the participants and improved the social wellbeing of the farmers. Dubbed as From Suicide to Sweet-side, the rural development project received full honors from the jury and was declared the national winner under the Livelihood category. Receving the award on behalf of Govardhan Ecovillage and Sri Chaitanya Seva Trust were Shri Nimai Lila Das, Mr Venkataramanan and Mr G Venkataraman.
Govardhan Ecovillage is a non-profit initiative founded by H.H. Radhanath Swami, a teacher of bhakti-yoga for over 40 years, and student of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna consciousness.
Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O),
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This is really heaven on earth. Such dedication to convert vision into reality is rarely seen. No doubt this will be a beacon of spiritual life for all of us. May the Lord continue to inspire you to evolve this place into a magical ‘Light House’.
Our team from Bajaj Electricals visited GEV with the intent to contribute by planting trees and we returned with the gifts of learning how to remain humble, provide selfless service, contribute back to the environment. This interdependence needs to be cherished and celebrated. May we continue to partner with GEV for creating an enriching and sustainable society.
An outstanding example of dedicated effort at using natures forces to enable man to live in harmony with her landscape. Mud stabilised blocks are energy efficient. SBT is low energy sewage treatment. All examples to be scaled up to enable India’s progress to be environmentally sustainable. Request to team with Forest Departtment to adopt Galtare/Nane villages to promote regeneration of forest and sustainable forest. I feel privileged.
From the moment I entered the grounds I was embraced by a sense of peace and welcome. A scientist at heart I was engaged by the recycling and the manner in which the cows and community work together. A sacred place. Thank you for the blessing.
Amazing experience visiting here. Its a beautiful place built with a vision. I am sure in near future it is going to be a major landmark of our country.
A short but educative, heart warming, mind expanding, soul-electrifying, body relaxing stay. The thought for food and food for thought were supreme. Every activity in the ecovillage extended success and serenity. In a increasing material world this is an oasis of right action through right direction. The future of India, World and humanity rests on the shoulders of such a place.