AVAG works with the residents of the Auroville Bio-region.

Understanding Context

  • This is a primarily rural area, where the people live in harsh social and economic conditions.
  • The rapidly urbanising population of India speaks volumes about the poor condition of the villages, where the lack of employment, education and decline in traditional livelihoods such as agriculture have made people vulnerable to poverty, exploitation and displacement.
  • A social structure plagued with evils of a rigid caste system and gender biases hinders the development of these villages into self-reliant communities.

AVAG works to understand holistically the issues that affect this region and design programmes that can conquer these challenges.

Participatory Development

  • A special and unique feature of AVAG’s way of working is that it follows a participatory and integral approach by including men as well as women, Dalits and caste rural communities, both elected and traditional leaders, school children, youth, parents, teachers, the local governance structures, district and state level officials, as well as the elected people’s representatives.
  • AVAG also works with government institutions, international organizations, foreign ministries, Auroville units and local units.
  • AVAG works together with the beneficiaries of its projects and other local NGOs to ensure that there is a constant feedback loop returning valuable information and know-how to the organization.

Working area

  • AVAG has been working for the past 33 years in the bio-region of Auroville with all sections of society.
  • A network of over 337 village level self-help groups
  • Over 5000 women and men involved
  • Working in 78 settlements and 32 Panchayat villages
  • Benefiting 1,00,000 people living in the bio-region of Auroville
  • 37 new self-help groups in the year 2015-16
  • Inter-caste and gender exchange program visits doubled to 32 in the year 2015-16
  • 4,500 people attended the Women’s day celebration in 2015
  • Rs.5.2 crores was saved and a total Rs.11 crores loaned to SHGs members
  • AVVAI Access to Education is a 1 crore CSR fund that has enabled AVAG to start a scholarship and revolving educational fund that has supported 457 girls from marginalised homes in 39 villages for LKG to degree level education
  • Paalam (Bridge) Youth network is a youth forum for communications and project co-development with Auroville. It involves the youth of 18 villages surrounding Auroville and has already given birth to the Auroville bio-regional sports events and the start of GPS mapping in villages.
  • Flood relief efforts of Mosquito control, herbal remedies, health camp, and food/ clothing distribution reached 31 villages and benefited 17,000 people directly and 54,000 indirectly. – in the year 2015-16
  • Health camps in response to the flooding benefited 1700 people who received treatment and referrals for free treatment in Jipmer and PIMS in the year 2015-16