BIR, HIMACHAL PRADESH - After a year of preparation, today the Dharmalaya team broke ground for the construction of a new, eco-friendly service-learning campus in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The ‘Dharmalaya Institute’ will serve as the base for our humble sustainable village development projects in the Himalayas and will also provide volunteer service opportunities for international visitors as well as programs for the study and preservation of traditional wisdom.
The day began with a traditional groundbreaking puja (ritual ceremony), culminating in the sharing of sweets in celebration of the beginning of the project. About a dozen local villagers were joined by extra hands from Nepal, Switzerland, and the US. The site is an awe-inspiring hill on the outskirts of the village of Bir, about two hours by road from the bustling town of Dharamshala in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, which will serve as an ideal location for the Institute.
And, with all the ritual and material preparation done, a big moment: our friends from the neighbouring hamlet of Dhanaari broke ground.
Construction is expected to continue over the coming two years, and financial support will be needed to complete the project.
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