Our Unity and Solidarity transform lives.
- Culturally Rich
School children touched in 5 years
Families impacted during the pandemic
Students supported for education in 5 years
Rupees lending support in 5 years
Women in Empowerment initiatives
Families in wellness programs / year
Founded in 1983, Auroville Village Action Group (AVAG) is a unit under Auroville Village Action Trust (AVAT) committed to grassroots and holistic community building in the bio-region of Auroville. We exist as a non-governmental organization promoting integrated development in the Vanur Block of Villupuram District in Tamil Nadu, India.
To attain a society that is inclusive, culturally rich, fair and sustainable and to reveal the innate wisdom and manifest the full potential of rural communities through collaborative efforts.
The emphasis is not on charity or service, but co-development, and to foster holistic development through solidarity and cooperation within the communities. In our inclusive community-building mission, we work with all sections of society irrespective of class, caste, gender, and religion.
Area of Intervention
We address these thematic areas through the network of various community based organizations like the Udhayam Women Federation, women and men’s groups, PAALAM youth network, ABSCA, and the leaders, Farmer Producer Groups and the teachers in the communities.
AVAG has made significant strides in empowering marginalized communities, particularly women, in our region. As a local resident, I am deeply moved by the organization's unwavering dedication to equity and social justice. AVAG's approach prioritizes community engagement, and they consistently listen to the voices of the people, responding to their needs with empathy and understanding. Witnessing the positive impact of AVAG's work on the community has been a personal source of inspiration for me, and I make it a point to attend all of their events to recharge my own energy.
- Seenu Venugopal, Best teacher awardee and a long-term associate of Auroville and AVAG.
Whenever I have an opportunity to meet large groups of women members of AVAG’s Self-help groups, I feel real joy in their collective joy and fervor. Here are women who, more often than not, are facing lots of difficulties in their lives, being usually the most responsible member of their families, and yet they are so fresh, so quick at laughing, always immaculately dressed, a marvel to look at really. One would like to be able to do so much to help them.
- Alain Bernard, long-term Aurovillian and an Executive of AVAG
I greatly appreciate the work of AVAG in its campaign to fight the spread of the pandemic. This organisation collaborated effectively with the villages and different government departments to support around 20 000 families in the Vanur block of Villupuram district through education, and supply of hygiene materials, and immune boosters. Food essentials were also supplied to the migrant workers, the most marginalised, and vulnerable, and people affected by the pandemic.
- Dr. Jayaprakash, Block Medical Officer, Vanur block.
As a proud member of Udhayam Women's Federation, I want to express my gratitude to AVAG for its remarkable AVVAI revolving fund scheme, which has been a consistent source of support for the education of girls in our area. This project is more flexible in meeting the needs of individuals and providing timely support. This project has been particularly helpful during the pandemic when many faced financial difficulties in repaying loans, thanks to its empathetic approach. The AVVAI project truly reflects the human touch that is needed in community development efforts, and we are honored to have it as a valuable resource for our community.
- Jeyanthi, A member of Udhaym Women's Federation
Our Core Motivations
In response to the complex set of conditions that results in gender inequity, poverty and limited access to resources for development, we have designed a multifaceted development program to reveal the innate wisdom and manifest the full potential of rural communities through collaborative efforts.
Our Core Motivations are in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the UN and the development goals of India:
Four decades ago, in the fertile soil of Auroville, a tiny seed was sown as a humble initiative with a grand vision: to empower communities in the Auroville bioregion for holistic development.
The aroma of freshly baked cakes and the joyous chatter of women learning new skills filled the air at AVAG recently.
A unique race unfolds in Auroville's bioregion. Forget stopwatches and podiums; these victories are measured in triumphant smiles, forged on dusty tracks and etched in defiance against age and societal norms. This is the story of our women's sports community, where victory transcends trophies and medals.