Our Mission and Vision
Thamarai (is the Tamil word for lotus flower) the project, stands for the values of fullest potential and well being for a thriving people and planet. We engage with the villages near the International township of Auroville since 2006, with a series of formal and informal education projects including a daily playgroup for 36 children, two after schools for 100 children, a natural health care education program and well being service, environmental program and community leadership and capacity development.
In context to our 14 years of service with children, Thamarai’s work has been a counter support to a strong reliance on rote education in schools, inadequate literacy skills and social issues such as debt and addiction. Thamarai continues to create an enabling environment for the children to be creative, expressive, responsible while improving their learning curve and life skills and youth and adults to
Co-create an enabling environment to foster the full potential and wellbeing of all, particularly children.
- To foster the full potential within and among children, youth and communities.
- To address the gap in mainstream education system by enabling a quality and holistic after school learning environment
- To transform the children to an active and responsible citizenry and stewards/leaders.
- To co-create an enabling community environment for well-being of the people and the planet.
Where we are
Thamarai is based out of Auroville, an international township located in south of India. An UNESCO endorsed city-in-the-making that aspires toward international human unity with a rippling effect to the rest of India and around the world. Auroville is a hub for innovators and change-makers interested in maintaining a collective climate of positive development and progress, particularly in the areas of sustainable living, education, health and green practices. This is, in part, what has inspired our project and continues to do so as we grow. Thamarai is part of Auroville Village Action Trust, which aims empowering the children, youth and women of the village.
Our after-school project is currently facilitated in two villages, Annai Nagar and Edanyanchavadi. The playgroup project is based out of Udavi School located in Edanyanchavadi. The health programs are mobile are conduct programmes in Auroville Units, After-schools, Government Schools and Health Centres in and around Auroville and the surrounding villages.
The relationship between Auroville and the surrounding villages has always been one of interdependence. Local people were the teachers for the early pioneers who were unused to such a barren landscape. Today, the two are interconnected in so many ways from natural resources such as water and food supplies to 1/3 of the Auroville residences originally coming from the local villages. 6,000 people also find daily employment in Auroville and there are approximately 50 Auroville outreach projects focused on village development through a multiple of areas such as education, health, infrastructure, ecology etc.
We are a team who passionately believe in the values of full potential, well being and empowerment for all. Our project name, Thamarai, means lotus flower in Tamil, like the lotus flower we believe each one has the potential to flower to their fullest given opportunity. Thamarai envisions to create an enabling environment for the children and young adults to be creative, expressive, responsible and productive along with improving their learning curve and agency. This we do through various programs that include playgroup, after school, leadership, health, environmental and cultural education. See our project section for more information.