Annadanam · meals for the poor

“The more a species is rare the more we like and protect it…
So what about humans?”

– Erik Tanghe

Traditionally a typical community was a big family; everybody in the community was supported in a similar way to the support rendered to different members within a family.

The Punarnava/vaidyagrama family aspires for this entire community to be a big family; and to create this feeling of a family, we have commenced a food preparation and sharing program which is envisaged to bring all members of the community together. Further the members of this family who really need support due to age or sickness or loneliness are being given at least one meal every day thereby making them feel “wanted” members of this family

Our vision is to bring everybody together irrespective of caste, creed, colour, religion, race, wealth etc. And create a need based community as opposed to a greed based community where the welfare and happiness of the entire community is primary to each member of the community

Annadanam
Annadanam
Annadanam
Annadanam

Annam · project food

“The more a species is rare the more we like and protect it…
So what about humans?”

– Erik Tanghe

We believe it is our duty to take care of the elderly and needy in our community. A sustainable community can be guided by the wisdom of the elderly and thus live in harmony with all life forms.

Of the total population of the villages, 30% are old and some of them are disabled and needy and are destitute. We recognize the need of these villagers and provide hot meals every afternoon to 100 old, destitute and needy villagers from 12 villages of the panchayat.

The old people selected for the above project are abandoned by the younger members of the family who have left the village seeking better livelihood.

Since January 2015, the Trust has begun providing their mid-day meals, 6 days a week, supplying the food packed in steel containers at their doorstep. The old people are also beneficiaries of the medical camp where they get to meet a Doctor and get free medication.

Annam
Annam
Annam
Annadanam

Organic farming

Punarnava Trust believes in permaculture, wherein the agricultural ecosystems are intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. Rainwater harvesting is done on a large scale. Raised beds are made and the seeds are planted on them. Mulching is done using dead leaves, coconut husks and hay. The need for watering is considerably reduced as the evaporation of water is reduced due to natural mulching.

Water is also recycled with help of biogas plant. The recycled water from the settlement tank is reused in the gardens. The solid residue from the biogas plant is used as manure and the gas is used in cooking.

Natural Farming helps the Trust create jobs for the villagers, who are also served breakfast and lunch (free of cost) in addition to their wages. This therefore is a source of livelihood for the landless, poor villagers. Vaidyagrama and Balagrama also employ village locals in housekeeping, garden, kitchen departments among others.
Trust grows vegetables like okra, green chilies, tomato, tapioca, papaya, drumstick, spinach (green and red), red pumpkin, white pumpkin, bottle gourd, ridge gourd, banana, coconut are grown in the gardens. The vegetables are consumed at Vaidyagrama and are used for the community lunches.

Natural farming
Natural farming
Natural farming
Natural farming

Would you like to get involved?

DONATE