I would like to draw your attention to the remarkable sustainable community/eco-village for the disabled & handicapped:"Shanti Sewa Griha" (Peaceful Helping Home in Nepalese) of Kathmandu, Nepal and its founder/Director Krishna Gurung. Shanti Sewa Griha won second place in the 2008 BBC World Challenge. See:http://www.shelldialogues.com/topics/social-development/world-challenge-2008-finalist-shanti-sewa-griha-nepal
Krishna Gurung* is a visionary and social activist. He is incredibly inspiring, yet even more humble and has accomplished so much in Nepal.
*Krishna Gurung is a founder of a leprosy clinic, and sustainable community for the handicapped whose handcraft businesses are exported worldwide. The community has a biodynamic organic garden on a former wasteland that feeds over 800 daily, a school, a water purification system that supplies over 65,000 gallons of purified water daily to several villages (which has broken down the social barriers of leprosy!), a new hospital serving the poor, and a recycling operation that has residents gathering all the waste paper in Kathmandu, pulping it into a mixture with sawdust and fashioning it into briquettes that are then sold for heating (in lieu of the traditional cutting down of forests).
In memory of his late young son Kevin Rohan, Krishna has now created a new initiative: The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Village to create eco villages for the urban poor. This venture will provide extremely low-cost green housing in Kathmandu and its environs by building homes comprised of recycled bottles and cement. Krishna has made arrangements with all Katmandu embassies and businesses to recycle all their glass bottles that were once dumped into landfills.
It is astounding that so much can be accomplished with so little. If you would like more information about him, please contact me (I am a friend) at LarkBergwinAnder@aol.com. He is in the USA on an extended visit until mid January. I would love to get more attention to his accomplishments as I believe they can be a model for other 3rd world countries (not to mention the industrial nations!
Keep up the good work!
With kind regards,
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