Our Projects

Ā4 (ācār)

Today’s Reality – Commercial pickles are sold everywhere, irrespective of regional vegetables & recipes. These are not cured properly and are added with preservatives, thus tasting the same everywhere.

Also, we are losing priceless talent that was found in every home of our country, with seasonal & regional recipes responding to the need of the climate.

Probable Future – Extinction of the talent & regional recipes. Deterioration of health.

Possibility or Intention – Opportunity for all to have access to delicious home-made aachars, which are inherently ‘pro-biotic’ and thus reducing demand for commercially available pro-biotic products.

Duration – Minimum 1 years

Frequency – Once a week

Location – Campus compound or terrace

Participants – Anyone (maximum 30 per batch)

Facilitators – 5waraj

Cost

Content

Step 1 – A compulsory introductory session for participants. A participant/s or a family member/s of participants volunteer with regional recipes for pickles.

Step 2 – Meeting with volunteers & coordinators (to be decided in the introductory session) to discuss logistics for the work.

The procedure & timeline is developed with the help of the volunteers.

Step 3 – Making of pickle: 1 session per week with 5waraj. Instructions will be given for the rest of the week.

The procedure is lead & directed by the volunteers.

 

 

Students document the data and have their school’s exclusive recipe book and line of products.

(Optional: A 3-4 day session on documentation).

Paakshaantara

Today’s Reality – Our body being like sponge, absorbs the chemicals that go into products & cosmetics we use these days, impacting our health.

Next these chemicals find their way into water, making the water non-reusable without any chemical treatment – killing the water one way or the other. Also, the factories manufacturing these products contribute to the pollution levels of the environment.

Probable Future – Water scarcity or worse non availability of drinking water. Increase in water pollution and deterioration of health – for all living beings.

Possibility or Intention – Reviving faith in worshipping of water by disallowing any form of corruption of our water streams at the hands of all the chemicals that go into products and find their way into water streams today.

Duration – Minimum 1 years

Frequency – Once a week

Location – Campus

Participants – Anyone (maximum 40-50 per batch)

Facilitators – 5waraj

Cost

Content

Step 1 – A compulsory introductory session for participants. Participant or a family members of a participants volunteers with regional recipes for products.

Step 2 – Meeting with volunteers & coordinators (to be decided in the introductory session) to discuss logistics for the work.

The procedure & timeline is developed with the help of the volunteers.

Step 3 – Making of products: 1 session per week with 5waraj. Instructions will be given for the rest of the week.

The procedure is lead & directed by the volunteers.

Students may be divided into groups for processing & packaging.

Students document the data and have their school’s exclusive recipe book and line of products.

(Optional: A 3-4 day session on documentation).

Aanchal

A project which aims to deepen the parent-child bond through preparation and cooking of traditional recipes. Some of these recipes are not documented and can be learnt only through our parents. They relate to the climate of that place and help our body to keep healthy. These recipes are a treasure and our fading away with everyone demanding international cuisines. This project attempts to bring such recipes back in our daily lives.

Rural Cousins

Takeaway – Participants will experience firsthand, the relationship between local culture and the local climate. They will learn a new way-of-life and build a working relationship with the village.

The school can then create a demand for, & source its vegetables, fruits, and handicrafts from the village to give a fillip to the local village economy.

Duration – Minimum 5 years

Frequency – Once or twice a year, for a week

Location – A nearby village

Class – Starts from class 1 (group of 10 students; same group continues)

Schedule

STEP 1 : A compulsory foundation workshop for the teachers & parents (of that class) on the relevance of the local culture and its connection with the local climate.

STEP 2 : Meeting with teachers & parents to discuss logistics for the field visit.

STEP 3 : Series of 6 to 10 classes for the participants of the field trip.

STEP 4 : Village Immersion (1st year) :-

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HOUR DESCRIPTION – A DAY IN LIFE OF OUR ANCESTORS
1. 04:00 to 05:00 Exercise
2. 05:00 to 06:00 Permaculture and organic farming.
3. 06:00 to 07:00 Eat and rest
4. 07:00 to 08:00 Charkha/ wool spinning.
5. 08:00 to 09:00 Read/learn local dialect.
6. 09:00 to 10:00 Discussion
7. 10:00 to 11:00 Go to school
8. 11:00 to 12:00 Lunch
9. 12:00 to 13:00 Rest
10. 13:00 to 14:00 Learn a local handicraft
11. 14:00 to 15:00 Discussion
12. 15:00 to 16:00 Play with village kids
13. 16:00 to 17:00 Sing folk songs
14. 17:00 to 18:00 Learn about the dish and help in preparation
15. 18:00 to 19:00 Dine with villagers
16. 19:00 Sleep

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Students document the data obtained from village to present it back to the villagers.
(May have a 4-5 day session on documentation).

Requirements for village visit:
1. Intention – Empower villagers – to learn from villagers, NOT to teach them.
2. Wear local clothes as the villagers.
3. No gadgets, except camera & mobile (networks may be a concern)
4. Food provided will be local food of the village.
5. Accommodation provided will be in the local houses.
6. Speaking in English not allowed.
7. Please get a notebook, sketch book (optional) and a pen/pencil.

Village Immersion Programme may include:
i. Clean greens – growing seasonal & regional fruits & vegetables.
ii. A4 – making seasonal & regional aachars.
iii. Paakshaantara – making natural & regional FMCG products.

The products obtained will be sold within the school & money obtained will be given to the villagers.(Students involved in making the products will get a free sample of the product they helped with)

Students document the data obtained from village to present it back to the villagers.
(May have a 4-5 day session on documentation).

Clean Greens

Today’s Reality – Vegetables & fruits are injected with oxytocin and other chemicals, making them harmful for consumption.

Cold Storages are increasing, making non-seasonal & non-regional vegetable & fruits available in the market, which again are harmful to consume.

Probable Future – Increase of illnesses, hormonal imbalances in body, increase in the number of cancer cases.

Possibility or Intention – Availability of fresh & healthy food, especially to keep our children healthy.

Bridging the gap between generations & strata’s of the society.

Duration – Minimum 1 years

Frequency – Once a week

Location – Campus compound or terrace

Participants – Anyone (maximum 30 per batch)

Facilitators – Edible Routes & 5waraj

Cost

Content

Step 1 – A compulsory introductory session for participants.

Step 2 – Meeting with coordinators (to be decided in the introductory session) to discuss logistics for farming.

Step 3 – Organic Farming: 1 session per week with Edible Routes or 5waraj. Instructions will be given for the rest of the week.

 

Students document the data.

(May have a 4-5 day session on documentation).

Curriculum Intervention

Apart from schools & colleges, 5waraj is targeting impacting bodies that are at the source of education. Educational bodies such as:

  1. NCERT
  2. CBSE
  3. NCTE
  4. IIMs
  5. IITs
  6. Civil service board
  7. Council of Architecture
  8. Et cetra

Dhoti Nation

An initiative to bring back sustainable clothing – the un-stitched, uncut piece of cloth – worn differently across the nation, as per the climate of the place and profession of the person.

Cotton to Cloth

A step prior to “Dhoti Nation’, this initiative would encourage people to learn how to make cloth from cotton.

Our aim is to make people present to the amount of effort required for making a piece of cloth and thus, respect cloth. We envision that this would make people sensitive towards the impact of the fashion industry on environment and thus encourage them to shop sensibly and shop things that are suitable to our climate, in contrast to the mindless shopping we do today.

KVS

5waraj has got a go-ahead from the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan to conduct teacher training workshops across the 60 KVs of Delhi NCR.