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The Soul in the Soil

It is an endeavour to reinvigorate indigenous traditional system advocating planet protection , cultures of peace and prosperity .

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Explain your project idea (2,000 characters)

The project Soul in the Soil is an attempt to bring back connectedness between people and their native soil which is disrupted by present circumstances.This is an elaborate idealisation of a system where peace,prosperity and planet protection will prevail.For centuries people share a symbiotic relationship with nature and its surroundings.Of late this series of relationships with nature are broken with unbridled human intervention in environment and nature which results in crippling of ecological balance with nature.The changes can be manifested in the forms of environmental degradation,extinction of indigenous cultural life, social unrest and loss of self-sufficiency leading to poor economic condition of communities. However indigenous system inherent in traditional system of communities advocates highest regard for mother earth a pro environmental approach,nurturing of a traditional culture emanating from the soil and a system of self sufficiency with pro environmental agricultural system and craft industry. The proposed project envisage an array of activity comprising traditional organic cultivation,revitalisation of cultural practices associated with particular cultivation,training program on traditional craft and textile tradition.The basic aim of the project is to bring economic prosperity to marginalised communities by maintaining environmental equilibrium. Right now communities are facing different types of problems including social unrest,economic backwardness and loss of identity in third world countries.The proposed project will be run pilot in six different areas at grassroot level ,and later they will be scaled up in other areas as well.

Who are the beneficiaries? (1,000 characters)

Our beneficiary will be mainly youth belonging to indigenous community in the age group of 18 to 35 who are jobless,poverty stricken and living in remote villages of Assam,India.Young girls are also part of the targeted beneficiaries.

How is your idea unique? (1,000 characters)

The project is intended to address very basic needs livelihood crisis in a systematic and balanced manner. This approach is very unique and ground breaking since it attempts to change the dynamics of eco system of culture,economic base and relationship of nature with man.It tries to incorporate essence of indigenous philosophy which primary objective is to keep harmony with nature without destabilisation of the balance. The approach will be more successful since its universal applicability , the approach is not limited to application for the project but it can be applied anywhere in the world.

Idea Proposal Stage (choose one)

  • Prototype: I have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Tell us more about your organization/company (1 sentence and website URL)

Our organization ARHI is a registered non profit located in the state of Assam in India.ARHI is working tirelessly in the field of preservation of indigenous knowledge system ,creation of livelihood through sustained economic activities ,development of education and preservation of cultural heritage.

Expertise in sector

  • 7+ years

Organization Filing Status

  • Yes, we are a registered non-profit.

In 3-4 sentences, tell us the inspiration or story that encouraged you to start this project.

We are highly motivated by self sufficient small villages of tribes which still exist in some pockets of our area.Their practices are environment friendly and highly sustainable which can be replicated.

Please explain how your selected topic areas are influenced, in the local context of your project (1,000 characters).

Peace in this area is highly disrupted by ethnic clashes between communities and insurgency.So there is need to restore the peace and harmony.Economic backwardness impacted the prosperity of the region, village people are migrating to cities in an unprecedented rate to cities leaving agriculture as occupation.The climate has been changed with environmental destruction and clearing of forests to earn livelihood.There has been number of climate change in the form of less rain,floods ,loss of bio diversity and frequent landslides at hills.More alarmingly people are engaged in cultivation where chemical fertiliser is rampantly used causing serious health concern for people.

Who will work alongside your organization in the project idea? (1,000 characters)

Our partner in the project will be grass root level community organisations who will be actively engaged in implementation of the project.They will be stakeholder right from conceptualisation,mobilisation to evaluation stage.This will result in full participation of intended beneficiaries at the project. Previously in our class room library project grass root community was the main stakeholder of the project who helps in identifying ,mobilising and executing the project.

Please share some of the top strengths identified in the community which your project will serve (500 characters)

The communities have the strength of a number of young people both girls and boys who will be highly motivated to carry on project work as volunteers in their respective communities.Apart from that the community elder will act as a guide and mentor for the project

Geographic Focus

The region Assam,country India,community: Tiwa ,Karbi, Dimasa and Rabha

How many months are required for the project idea? (500 characters)

Currently we are in the experimentation state where we are working with Tiwa community .For the whole project to be implemented it will require maximum 24 months

Did you submit this idea to our 2017 BridgeBuilder Challenge? (Y/N)

  • No


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Hi Dibya Borah I like your project idea and I am also implementing an agroforestry project in my home state Meghalaya in north east India. But right now I am working on developing a blockchain to power the first Ecosystem Services market place that rewards indigenous communities to restore the Eastern Ghats in Andhra Pradesh South India. Together with out local partners in India we are building bridges between community driven mountain ecosystem restoration using blockchain technology for sustainable development financing.

Perhaps we can collaborate at a later stage as you progress on your project idea. I wish you and your team in Assam all the very best. Let us plan to meet up on my next trip to north east India on my way back from the delta region of south west Myanmar in August 2018.

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hey thanks for your valuable comments and appreciation .Definitely we can collaborate not only in this project and other ongoing development projects related to indigenous people of this region.I will check your work in south India and I will add you on the team
In the mean time we will share know ledges and experiences,mail me at and looking forward to meet you.Drop a text on my whatsapp no 9957057010
thanks again

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