RAINBOW OF HOPE 💗💛💚💙💜
Sending a Rainbow of Hope that this global vulnerability will bring us all together, united by our humanity!
Dear Chakra Project friends,
Greetings from the Chakra Project team. We hope you and your families are staying safe during these times of crisis.
Never before has the value of being community minded and supporting each other been so clear, as the coronavirus sends shockwaves through our lives. While some of us fortunate enough to stay at home safely, others are losing their livelihood, risking their life or facing the loss of loved ones. And for many, social interaction has moved largely online. As we each navigate this new reality, it’s important to keep the big picture in mind.
At a time of crisis, we know charities want and need to be able to give their all to supporting people who need it most. They cannot do that if they have to suspend their work or close altogether.
Bearing all this in mind, as well as our contingency plans for Covid-19 resilience and recovery in the short term, our long term goal to mitigate these crises includes launching the new project Nature Based Solutions in order to continue to strive in every way to support the women and their families to sustain themselves during this extremely difficult situation in Kashmir; however we need support to do so.
By providing practical support and counselling for those women and families disproportionately affected by the crisis, we will be ensuring as many women as possible and their families are protected from the hardships and hunger as a result of reduced family incomes.
But we cannot do this without your help.
As a community project, we are heavily reliant on the ongoing support from people like you. With the latest Coronavirus measures meaning we are all having to restrict our social contact, more and more events where we sell the Chakra Project products have been cancelled or postponed – which is already having a huge impact on our income.
In these uncertain times, help us to keep on continue to support the families involved with the Chakra Project.
Here is what we are planning to do: Please, support us so that we can make sure the most vulnerable families survive this crisis.
Recovery & Resilience through Nature Based Solutions using the framework of Permaculture.
To develop a Community Boot Camp Style teaching for the women involved in the Chakra Project. raining in mitigation of the threats of Covid-19, climate breakdown and systems collapse in Kashmir, where they are facing a situation of conflict, state break down, ecological devastation, food shortage and a growing mental health crisis. We will work with our umbrella organisation ‘Green Kashmir Permaculture Trust’ who are already developing such a programme, dubbed Trauma Informed Permaculture (TIP). www.traumainformedpermaculture.org
Specific objectives of the Project. Phase 1
Boot Camp Style teaching for all the women involved in Chakra Project for finding nature-based solutions to the current crisis:
CSA food growing
Water harvesting techniques
Heirloom seeds and seed saving
The project will require:
20 Green houses size 8x4ft
5 Green Houses 10x6 ft
Distribute practical resources to up to all 40 ladies, Gardening tools, seeds, saplings, etc.
20 Chicken coups
80 Egg laying hens
Training in Permaculture & Poultry rearing skills
Support all the women involved through the Chakra Project to have small gatherings within their own areas to share best practices for kitchen gardens and to socialise with other local women to share and exchange the new ideas for recovery through growing their own food and chicken keeping practices.
We would be incredibly grateful if you are able to support us in any way to deliver this project as this could be a lifeline for the Chakra project families in Kashmir.
This project will be using a three-tier approach for the success of the project. While each area of the project functionally operates on its own, optimal results will happen when all three areas are delivered and integrated to support each other for the success of overall project.
1. Kitchen Gardening.
2. Introduction to Practical Permaculture.
3. Chicken Keeping.
Here are the ways you can support us to bring this project into action.
You can support by making a donation.
2. You can support by making a purchase from our Chakra Project online shop.
Shop to support please click the button on right
As we continue to find our way through these uncertain times, we will do our best to keep you updated if anything changes as a result of new government guidelines.
So, if you're at home and feel like browsing through our online shop and help us to continue the support for the women and their families in Kashmir. Please click shop to support.
Some tips and suggestions from Chakra Foundation team on keeping you safe and support
your immune system.
Good old soap and water, aloe vera gel are good ways to keep your hands clean and skin soft. Coronavirus is active and we need to also be active in combating it. Don't let the fear take over, yes be sensible but keep taking small actions to stay safe and boost your immune system.
Keeping hydrated with regular drinks, Keep also taking some hot drinks in a day. Vitamin C, like oranges, lemons which you can slice and have it in the hot water. Garlic is fantastic and you can add it in your food or just eat it roasted it really is delicious, and of- course lots of ginger in your tea is great too.
Inhale deep long breaths and exhale the breath slowly. Do some physical exercise, like walking or gardening, if you can. Practice some yoga and meditate to keep your mental health in balance and positive. Check on your friends and family by phone, text, social media. Remember you are not alone in this, we are all together.
May all beings be free from suffering.