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  project name ~ Saathiship -- sangeetha sriram 2009

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  Project Name

 

Saathiship -- sangeetha sriram 2009

  NGO

 

AID Chennai

  Category

 

Saathi

  District

 

Chennai

  State

 

Tamil Nadu

  Budget Approved

 

Rs 282000

 

  Year Approved

 

2009

 

 
 
 
 
 

  Photographs

 

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  Chapter Coordinators

 

Vikas Argod

 

Penn State

 

  Caption

 

 

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  Summary

 

 

Sangeetha Sriram began her work 13 years ago in an urban environmental organisation where she worked on waste management, urban waterways management, and environmental education (in schools). Questioning about why villagers were migrating to an already imploding city made her explore various rural issues by traveling in rural India and volunteering with a few initiatives in areas like panchayati raj, alternative education, organic farming, etc. During this time, she also pursued her masters in development studies in the US, the content of which she largely disagreed with.

Over a period of time, Sangeethas understanding of the interconnectedness and complexity of the issues plaguing India and the world at large, deepened. Largely dissatisfied with her experience of working in hierarchical organisations and organisations working with narrowly defined agendas, she sought to co-create a democratic and inspiring space, where people would feel welcome to collectively explore questions around sustainability, share knowledge freely and initiate action. Thus was created the community organisation called reStore. The nucleus of reStore is a store which sells organic food and other ecofriendly products sourced from small farmers and producer groups. It primarily aims at restoring the lost connection between urban lives, nature and society. Volunteer-run reStore helps connect individuals and communities with the source of their food, and promote sustainable ways of living. Sangeetha is keen to collectively exploring ways of making the space more vibrant, introducing political issues that affect sustainability, and forming groups around activities like urban gardening, waste management, etc.

Sangeethas well researched articles on the History of Green Revolution are published regularly in a Tamil literary magazine.

Link To ReStore
http://restore.org.in/

 
 

  Achievements

 

 

As a results of efforts of Sangeetha and friends, was created a community organisation called reStore. The nucleus of reStore is a store which sells organic food and other ecofriendly products sourced from small farmers and producer groups. It primarily aims at restoring the lost connection between urban lives, nature and society. Volunteer-run reStore helps connect individuals and communities with the source of their food, and promote sustainable ways of living. Lately, sangeetha has been busy in writing book on Green revolution and spearheading anti-GM campaign in TN.

 

  Goals

 

 

1Creating awareness around Sustainable farming methods like Organic Farming. This would be addressed on both fronts : Consumer Side & Production Side. On consumer side, create awareness among people in Chennai (current base of reStore) so that they ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''demand'''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''' organic food. This will incentivize farmers to produce organically. To compliment this, provide training and support to the farmers (in TN currently) to produce organically.

 
 

  


 
 
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