Women Artisan Crafts displayed at Amma’s Birthday

This past week, Amrita Serve and AMMACHI Labs worked together to exhibit village products at Amma's 63rd birthday celebrations in Amritapuri. There were hand crafts made by women from Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, colorful spices from Byse, Karnataka, and traditional sculpture pieces from Chhattisgarh. Amrita Serve was also selling reusable cloth sanitary napkins, designed and made in Amritapuri, and hand made soap. Products included bags, both sewn and crocheted, ...
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From Saint Louis to Odisha – Chandan’s Village Experience

"My name is Chandan Yashraj and I am studying public health, international studies, and emergency management at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. I am going into my senior year of university. I had the privilege to come to Odisha this year to spend 2 weeks, from July 14 – 27, with the villagers of Guptapada, a beautiful village located about half an hour from the city of Bhubaneshwar. I had always heard about the amazing work that AMMACHI Labs does throughout India, but ...
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Legal Literacy and Rights Based Awareness

UPDATE! August 2016 "TRUST that all that unfolds is an opportunity." After a legal awareness camp in Guptakashi, empowered women like our facilitator Anjana, started filing RTI (Right to Information act) applications. This form releases vital information and life saving documents such as the BPL (Below Poverty Line) Card that gives people access to food. Most of the villagers live under the poverty line, which means they survive on less than $1.90 USD per day. Anjana, was unable to ac...
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Ratanpur, Bihar: A Nudge to the Toilet

Written by Amar Rayne In a social behaviour experiment to see if we could encourage the shift from open defecation towards toilet usage, myself and two international students coming through the Live-In-Labs program, namely Ana Carolina Rocha from Brazil and Aleix Carreras from Spain, set forth to Ratanpur village in the state of Bihar, where AMMACHI Labs had just completed the construction of two sets of communal toilets. One set of communal toilets consisted of two toilets side by sid...
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Extreme Village Makeover Unites Women!

In a perfect example of taking up social responsibility, our Rural Toilet Building trainees (all women) of Kanti village, Haryana have brought about a transformation in their community by addressing sanitation and hygiene issues. Kanti has long suffered with roads that are full of stagnant water, pathogens, and other waste. Moreover, Haryana still has a poor track record in regard to quality of life indicators such as health, mortality, and sex ratio. However, things began to take a ...
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Touched by a Village: My experience in Gudipadu Cheruva Village

Sarah Tedford is an energy medicine practitioner from the Boston area with a background in human services, customer service and UA user testing. Sarah and her colleagues, Martin an instrumentation and robotics software engineer, and Janice, a math teacher, came to Amritapuri never having met Amma before, only hearing of her visits to Boston MA.  Curious about the humanitarian work of Amma and the research of Amrita University, the trio stayed in the ashram—their first time in India—and had the o...
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“The Year I Really Lived !”

About Harish Harish T. Mohan works as a Mechanical Design Engineer in AMMACHI Labs. He has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters degree in Environmental Engineering. Currently he is traveling all over in India on an assignment with Women Empowerment -Sanitation Project. Here's a Q/A with Harish! One whole year living in the remotest villages in India, and still going strong ?  Field assignments in the villages always thrilled me. I am  a people's person and would love...
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What Children Teach Us

I know the value of AMMACHI Labs’ work; at least I tend to think I do. I know the importance of self-sustainability, of self-empowerment, and of comprehensive skill training. When speaking with women who have taken part in the Labs’ toilet building training, I can see the value they place on their new toilets and their new skills. All this, however, was recently underscored and reaffirmed in my imagination after spending just one day with AYUDH members and Amrita Vidyalayam students from Mangalo...
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From Odisha to the United Nations

"Dear Vidya Nair, we are delighted that you will be joining us at the United Nations in New York, Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 for the UNAI-START/Amrita University Conference on Technology for Sustainable Development." As a young professional trying to curb my way into the world of development work, being selected to attend was a dream come true. Not only would UN representatives be present but also the exciting work that I participated in at first-hand during my internship at AMMACHI Labs at A...
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“They Just Empowered Me!”

As part of our commitment to empowering women through sanitation awareness and toilet building in rural villages, AMMACHI Labs has sent several team members to experience the village. Radhika Mohan sat down with a few women from Byse, Karnataka for a short, enlightening peek into their lives. Here is her account: “No, No…… We can’t do it alone, it’s too heavy. If you want you can do it and if the ring breaks you will be responsible to build new one!” Literally a war was going on, when I ...
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