Environmental Care

IAHV lays emphasis on the fact that Environmental awareness is crucial, at this point in history, since nature is trying to bring back the earth’s balance by taking back what man has claimed. Therefore, becoming aware of this is important and vital to our very survival.
  • Sowing SeedsKumudvathi River Rejuvenation
  • Tree PlantationKumudvathi River Rejuvenation
  • Tree PlantationKumudvathi River Rejuvenation
  • Tree PlantationKumudvathi River Rejuvenation
  • Tree PlantationKumudvathi River Rejuvenation
  • Tree PlantationVVMVP School
  • Kalyani cleaning and deepningKumudvathi River Rejuvenation
  • Kalyani cleaning and deepningKumudvathi River Rejuvenation
  • Permaculture SiteArt of Living International Centre
  • Permaculture SiteArt of Living International Centre
  • Solar LightUttarakhand Flood, 2013
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The various projects taken up by IAHV include:

Kumudavathi River Rejuvenation 

IAHV in partnership with the Art of Living to rejuvenate the watershed of the Kumudvathi River, a beautiful tributary of the Arkavathi river, originating from the sacred hill of Shivagange in Karnataka, India. Kumudvathi River was supplying 30% of drinking water to Bangalore city two decades ago. Due to various reasons like deforestation, soil erosion, encroachments, massive eucalyptus plantations etc. the river Kumudvathi has degraded and the reservoir has almost gone dry unable to supply water anymore. A scientific study was made to devise a methodology for rejuvenation of the river by using geomorphology, geohydrology and through satellite imaging procedures. The action plan in this regard is taken up for implementation by a group of water resource specialists, farmers in the river basin, and volunteers of IAHV-Art of Living.

Details on Kumudavathi River Rejuvenation project

Jal Jagruti Abhiyaan

JJA

The only source of water in Latur, a small non descript district of Maharashtra, is rains. In recent years, owing to the erratic nature of the monsoons and the overuse of ground water, drought has become fairly common. Over the course of many dry summers, all water sources including local rivers, streams have dried and groundwater has been exhausted. In many areas, the farmers have barely any water left for drinking, let alone farming.

Under our “Jal Jagruti Abhiyaan” initiated in 2013, we adopted four villages within Latur. Working closely with the local community we were able to rejuvenate a local rain-fed water bodies that had been dry for decades. Subsequently, hundreds of acres of dry abandoned farmlands were reclaimed, forest and green cover increased, soil erosion and rainwater runoff significantly restricted. Today, there is ample water in all the villages where we initiated work.

Details on Jal Jagruti Abhiyaan

Mission Green Earth

IAHV in partnership with the Art of Living launched a massive initiative christened ‘Mission Green Earth’ to encourage people to plant trees. The initiative, taken up in association with the United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) and United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), enabled the plantation of 10.6 million trees across 36 countries and 26 states of India. More than the number of trees, it is the number of people who have been encouraged to take action towards environmental sustainability that makes this project one of the biggest exercises against global warming. The IAHV-Art of Living mobilized 10.6 million people to Stand Up and Take the pledge against poverty from October 17 to  October 19, 2008.

Organic Farming

Vidarbha, Maharastra, India.

Due to successive crop failures, a farmer was committing suicide every 8 hours in the Vidarbha region of Maharastra. 1,086 IAHV-trained youth introduced programs to 507 villages in 6 districts of Vidharbha. They taught 20,500 farmers organic farming practices, zero-budget farming, and rainwater harvesting systems. The IAHV-trained leaders built community support systems and reduced stress associated with suicide by reaching 90,000 through Trauma Relief and Art of Living Courses.

Environment awareness under Corporate Social Partnerships

Kumudvathi River Rejuvenation under CSR with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL)

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IAHV in partnership with HAL under the CSR 2014/15 Plan has taken up ground water rejuvenation activities in Tavarekere Miniwatershed of Kumudvathi River Basin,comprising many villages in Manne, Thyamagondalu, Kodigehalli and Doddabele. Following works have been done:

  • 34 Boulder Checks constructed
  • 34 Recharge Wells constructed
  • 7 Recharge Injection Well constructed
  • 10 Water Pools constructed
  • 5000 Saplings Planted

Report on Kumudavthi River Rejuvenation under CSR with HAL

Kumudvathi River Rejuvenation under CSR with Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Private Limited (RBEI)

Kumudavthi Bosch
IAHV in partnership with RBEI under the CSR 2014/15 Plan has taken up ground water rejuvenation activities in Hemapura Miniwatershed of Kumudvathi River Basin in two phases. In phase 1, two micro-watersheds covering stream order 2, across 17 villages were taken up. Following works have been done:

  • 30 Boulder Checks constructed
  • 30 Recharge Wells constructed

In phase 2, works in 4 more villages were taken up. Following works have been done:

  • 8 Boulder Checks constructed
  • 10 Recharge Wells constructed

Report on Kumudavathi River Rejuvenation under CSR with RBEI

Plantation at Rural School


IAHV as part of its Corporate Social Partnership initiated the Volunteer Engagement Program with Intel, which brought together Eco- Watch and the sponsoring Intel to plant 400 saplings in rural school – Ved Vignan Maha Vidhya Peeth School along with other interactive activities for the students. The activity involved hundred and ten students of the 10th grade to interact with the 120 employees of the Intel.
Report on Plantation at Rural School

Permaculture with intel

IAHV as part of its Corporate Social Partnership initiated the Volunteer Engagement Program with Intel, employees from Intel have been attending hands-on activity at the Art of Living International Ashram Permaculture site in Bangalore. The site which serves as both a demonstration as well as a training centre has consciously designed landscapes that mimic the patterns and relationships found in nature while yielding an abundance of food, fiber, and energy for the provision of local needs. The Idea is to make employees aware about preserving & maintaining the natural habitat.
Report on Permaculture with intel

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