The final roof on our women's college (Ananda Marga College - Uma Nivas Campus) is done! Due to the heat we started at 3PM and finished at 3AM. Storm, lightning and rain clouds passed all around us and just brought us fresh cool wind. At one time there were over one hundred people on the roof, labour, villagers, even village women with small children came to watch this spectacle. Three working teams worked very skillfully and we could complete this major task. Thanks to all those who made this possible !
Before the rainy season we hope to do the roof of the building for the women's college and model primary school at Uma Nivas, Ananda Nagar. We appreciate and welcome your kind help to make this possible. This is the big moment for this building - to have a roof!
We will catch the rainwater from the roof into containers and into a natural pond. Any experts in water harvesting are most welcome to give us your advise. Manage water in the community is a big challenge that we would like to address once our construction work is done. Along with water management would be also soil improvement, reforestation and around the year cultivation.
"Aesthetics is surely a science, for it moves according to fixed and self-created rules. But the realization of aesthetic feeling is not a science, rather it is a high-grade art" - Shrii Prabhat Rainjan Sarkar
At Uma Nivas girls find en environment where they unfold with dynamism, high standard of care, beauty and pure nature. There are 85 girls boarding at the High School harmoniously without any quarrels of high voices day in and day out. It is a joy to meet them. The college we are constructing will help many of them to further their studies in the same style.
We are working on the walls of the first floor. This floor will be the Women's College. We have now reached 40% of the total construction including boundary wall and water catchment. Our next major milestone is the final roof to be done in the month of August/September. This will cost about 25,000 $. We are grateful for your generous contribution to make this happen. Thank you so much for being part of this project.
Every year the women repair their mud houses after the rainy season and add new decoration. This year we started a contest and gave prizes of stainless steel pots. The most beautiful one got the biggest pot! Please note that several of our teachers live in these traditional huts ! These ancient people are the original indigenous people of Rarh.
Rice is in at Matri Sneha and the 25 live-in hostel children have fun thrashing the rice beside their studies. Visitors enjoy the big pond that serves to keep water for irrigation.
This was a major work accomplished on our Uma Nivas Women's College and Primary School construction: the roof casting on the ground floor a heavy work that lasted 45 hours with different shifts of labour groups. Now as the roof is curing and the villagers take in their rice harvest we are getting ready for the next phase of the construction work - the second floor.
It has been now one year that we started on the construction of the Model School/Women's College. It has been a work of challenge as we started with about 10,000$ on hand. But thanks to many contributions we have come to this landmark of pouring the slab on the ground floor!