OUR PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
ASRKARI Satyagraha is a step towards non-violent and sustainable economy with Gandhian philosophy, an initiative against extreme poverty, modern slavery, concentration of wealth and climate degradation due to violent economic ways and thinking.
In light of growing existential threat due to climate change, and danger to democracies due to concentration fo wealth and growing wealth inequality, our aim is to provide, nurture and promote an alternative economic behaviour, that does not conform to the so called mainstream "Merely Monetary, short term profit focused" logic of economic behaviour.
ASRKARI Satyagraha aims at nurturing an alternative economic behaviour and culture, by making an alternative structural solution available:
A) Which helps eradicating poverty by reforming the market places by bringing transparency and decentralisation within market places and trading activities;
B) Which informs consumers about impact of their economic behaviour on environment and economy;
C) Promotes sustainable consumption behaviour resulting in reduction of travel of goods and thereby bringing down CO2 emissions;
D) Solution to strengthen and promote local economy where women, farmers, small-scale-businesses, cooperative societies can directly connect with customers and thereby breaking the monopoly of big corporations and working towards stopping the concentration of wealth among handful of individuals in the world;
E) Which provides consumers a novel opportunity to know the distribution of money spent. This increased transparency and decentralisation would eventually nurture an alternative economic
behaviour that primarily focuses on Peace & Sustainability and no on short term profit. consumers about impact of their economic behaviour on environment and
TRUTH AND PEACE
“Peace and Truth - Propaganda, Perception and Power in Democracy": Beyond Fake News and Alternative Facts, a workshop series on Information literacy in post truth era and its different aspects that shape our world.
This program is designed into three parts. Each part focuses on specific and important attributes of program. The objective behind splitting workshop into three parts is to give participants time and opportunity to apply learning in real life before next part of the workshop
In the time of sheer amount of information that can be called up quickly and easily on the Internet, there is a tension between reality and fiction. This is often expressed in the term fake news. But what exactly is behind it? Are fake news exclusively a phenomenon of the digital age? How can we recognize them? And in general: what distinguishes lies and truth?
We want to try to clarify these questions together and show methods how possible lies and fake news can be exposed. It also questions who or what is trustworthy or not and, above all, why? Based on this, the participants are to be guided to critical self-reflection of their own behavioral patterns and their senses are sharpened so that they can not only question information, but also critically review it and examine it for its truthfulness.
Gather Together is an outreach program, including people and different initiatives to take part in solving local/global problems.
This projects aims at bringing various small actions (individual or small organizations) together to amplify impact and convert it into a united powerful force. Coming together itself empowers society and strengthens action towards various serious challenges we face in 21st century. Under this program, we reach out to various individual and organization to explore possibilities to work together for common goals.
We realize our work in two phases, in first phase, we work on developing Peace Makers and in second phase Peace Makers start projects on various issues threatening peace in their locality. We invite participants to Peace Workshop and conduct a five day residential (in some exceptional cases, non residential workshop. Objective of Peace Workshop is to nurture potential in active change makers. The workshop is divided into two parts, first part focuses on theoretical understanding and second part aims at practical aspects and project development. Last one day is dedicated to non violent methods of change, participants are equipped with philosophy, concepts, history and relevance of non violence struggle in 21st century. Peace workshop touches various aspects like self awareness, way to peace within, nurturing non violent thoughts, non violent communication, non violence Acton as instrument for change. In the end, participants develop an Acton plan based on understanding developed and knowledge gained during the workshop with non violent methods to carry forward change in their local community. These projects are closely mentored by Peace Foundation e.V. team for further consultation and support participants might need.
Economic Sustainability, livelihood and Women Empowerment Project
Vidarbha, The Suicide Epidemic of India: Vidarbha Peace Project focuses on one of the regions in central India called Vidarbha famously known as farmer suicide epidemic of India. Peace Foundation started its pilot project in village Dhanoli (District Wardha) with an aim to develop local and sustainable economy solutions to improve economic situations of farmers.
Background of issue: Over past 20 years, due to serious distress in agriculture & rural India emerging from Environmental and Economic reasons, more than 300,000 farmers have committed suicide throughout India. Maharashtra has highest number of suicide by distressed farmers in India. From 2012 to April this year, a total of 3,145 farmers committed suicide in Vidarbha region. A recent analysis reveals just how deep despair runs in Vidarbha. In many cases, even a loan as small as INR 10,000 was enough to push farmers over the edge to commit suicide.
Aim of Project: Developing a local unit to produce fabric from cotton at village level with an aim to improve value chain, connecting Dhanoli farmer’s directly to market, reducing economic inequality between landless labour and farmers with land, addressing social inequalities by ensuring fair opportunities to women and socially underprivileged groups, and bring maximum benefits to farmers and labours involved in economic activities.
OUR CHOICE, EQUAL VOICE
Gender Equality and Women Empowerment Project
Women make almost half of world's population, however, women have been deprived of adequate representation in various fields of life. We, at Peace Foundation, believe that without adequate representation and participation of almost half human population, it is not possible to progress and change the world for better.
Aim of Project: With specific focus on Gender equality in all our work, we ensure that our projects work towards making world a more gender equal place. We integrate three steps approach in our actions to achieve this aim.
INCLUSION > PARTICIPATION > LEADERSHIP
We ensure adequate representation of women in Peace Foundation's work to bring women on equal status at all stages in our projects to achiever gender equality. Representation ensures participation of women in different areas and solves various challenges regarding gender inequality. Not only equal and adequate participation, Peace Foundation is also committed to develop programs to develop women for Leadership roles in various fields.
FOOD: FOUNDATION OF OUR DEVELOPMENT
Focus on environmental & economic impact of food waste
"FOOD: Foundation Of Our Development" program aims strengthening fight against food waste by increasing awareness about food waste and its impact on environment and economy. Food security is one of the essential elements to have peace in the world. As per the United Nations World Food Programme statistics, around 795 million people do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life, and 1.3 billion tons of food per year worldwide land in the bin. That is about one third of all food produced worldwide - 40 percent of which occur in private households.
Often, wasting food is limited to a moral/ethical question. However, impact of food waste are multidimensional. Global food waste annually contributes more Carbon emission than China and USA put together. Wasting food has long chain of negative impact starting from wastage of all input and resources used in growing/delivering/cooking food to carbon emission contribution by wasted food. Food Waste means wasting Water, Agricultural Land, Labor, Money, Energy, Resources, Damaging Environment, raising Greenhouse Gases, Carbon emission and contributing to possibilities of Resource Conflict (War). On many places in the world, there are conflicts over resources, such as water or land. We use these resources in order to produce our food and then ironically throw around 30% of food away. Food waste also has its roots and contribution of resource conflict (WAR).
This program has two phases. In first phase, informal education and workshop is organized to raise awareness about food waste. In second phase, an action plan is implemented by participants to translate knowledge gained during first phase into action. One of our common programs is to organize a "Food Waste Barometer". Under this program, wasted food in Mensa/cafeterias/restaurants is mentioned on a board to raise awareness about amount of food being thrown on daily basis. At the same time, some ways are also suggested to avoid food waste.