Funding appeal for the Unity Pavilion
The Unity Pavilion Complex has been functioning since 2012. In 2014 the Hall of Peace, which houses the Nakashima Peace Table for Asia, was inaugurated. The facilities are much used and appreciated by the Auroville community. Activities and events include cultural programs, exhibitions, workshops and lectures as well as Auroville Community meetings. The Office also houses the International Zone Group, Auroville International, and Savi (Auroville’s organization for receiving volunteers and interns from India and all over the world).
The way the Unity Pavilion project has emerged, the way we have proceeded with construction at a pace as quick as was possible – quite often slow owing to funding and other constraints – and the way the activities have developed had thrown up quite a few challenges. And now we are faced with some practical difficulties for the everyday smooth running and use of the building.
Present projects where funding is needed
Construction of the utility building which will house storage facilities and additional toilets is nearing completion. This is funded by the GOI through SAIIER. Further funding is needed to include a caretaker apartment on the first floor. This will give the Unity Pavilion team a stable support through 24/7 presence in the compound and contribute towards easing Auroville’s housing shortage. The estimated cost of this project is $26,800.
The Hall of Peace Garden
Funds are still needed and welcome for the overall garden work to proceed and be completed.
Support for Volunteers
The Unity Pavilion regularly has young volunteers who participate in our projects, and often part-funding is needed to cover the costs for food and lodging. The Unity Pavilion has also over the years supported young people with limited means, mainly from African countries, who have been involved in the Africa House project and wanted to study and experience Auroville. One-time contributions or recurring monthly contributions are most welcome.
Educational Support for Employees’ Children
We recognize that our three employees Kannan, Chitra and Poorani make a huge effort to provide their children with higher education. The Unity Pavilion wants to support the effort of the parents, for these youth to get proper education according to their talents and capabilities. To sponsor the education of one student comes to $950 a year. One-time or monthly contributions also help ease their situation.
General maintenance, events and workshops
The Unity Pavilion attempts to run on a “gift economy”. The ideal and integrity behind the concept is participation and commitment, a way of working where money per se is not the deciding factor, but an element for enabling and making things possible.
We strive to have a friendly and generous environment with commitment – not a freebie situation, not tit for tat, but something which transcends that.
We often host projects that do not have the means to pay for the venue, but which do contribute with commitment to our Auroville society in other ways.
The Unity Pavilion also organizes and hosts events and workshops related to Peace and Human Unity, such as the work with the 12 Qualities or Aspects of the Divine Mother, Sourcing Our Oneness, etc.
Contributions to the upkeep and running of the Unity Pavilion are very welcome. All accounting is done through SAIIER and Unity Fund and fully transparent and accessible.
Contributions can be sent to Auroville Fund specified for “Unity Pavilion – project name” (e.g. “Unity Pavilion – Hall of Peace garden”, “Unity Pavilion – General Maintenance”).
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