The world is facing an unprecedented challenge with communities and economies everywhere affected by the growing COVID-19 pandemic. In India, the COVID-19 pandemic and the unparalleled first ever national lockdown has severely affected the basic livelihood and security of a large number of people engaged in the informal sector around the Auroville Bioregion in the southern east coast state of Tamil Nadu.
The world is coming together to combat the COVID-19 pandemic – governments, organizations from across industries and sectors, and individuals are together responding to this global outbreak. The outpouring of global solidarity and support sparked by this shared challenge has been phenomenal.
Mohanam collaboration with the Siddha Regional Research Institute
The second wave came as a splash of panic, causing disruption to the lives and livelihoods of people. As a part of our role in minimizing the negative impact of COVID-19. Mohanam collaboration with the Siddha Regional Research Institute (C.C.R.S., Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India).
This pandemic reignited the importance of natural medicine within the local community. The purpose of Siddha medicine is to nourish society and protect against harmful diseases, these are a part of ancient natural Tamil remedies.
With the association of Siddha Regional Research Institute, Pondicherry and a rich knowledge bank of Siddha professionals. We are starting a Siddha clinic as a part of the big dream of initiating 14 Siddha natural medicine sub-centres by reinventing our own ancient knowledge about herbs and the environment.
Our plan is to provide training for 5 women in each village to work and self-sustain each sub-centre, this provides not only work for the local community but also the rich knowledge of Siddha and Ayurveda. This will supply the local community with natural medicinal ailments, this will help to improve the health during the pandemic and beyond. Currently, in order to get this project running, we need to generate a 2.5 Lakh Rupee per sub-centre.
This will cover the costs of; building, rent of property, training, wages of women and material.
14 places where sub-centre has planed
Volunteers of Auro Ayur Siddha integral wellness community Sub-centre
" We would be grateful for your support in this service. Any donation, big or small, is most welcome with sincere thanks for your solidarity and generosity. "
Our Covid-19 relief works
Serving kabasura kudineer
Mohanam initiated covid relief works by serving kabasura kudineer (an immune-boosting drink) to the local villagers around Auroville with the help of Auroshakthi women's group and volunteers of Mohanam.
Serving Siddha Immunity booster to the nearest villages around Auroville - Alankuppam, Sanjeevinagar, Pudunagar and Annainagar. After the outcome of this initiation some of the elders requested the distribution in other villages. Based on the request we are now in the pipeline of setting up 12 Siddha sub-center nearest village by Auroville (Kottakarai, Irumbai, Edayanchavady, Kuiyalapalayam, Pommayarpalayam, Sanjeevinagar, Alankuppam, Thuruvai, Pudunagar, Annainagar and Rayapettai
serving Kabasura kudineer at kottakarai by young volunteer from the village
Herbal workshop for the women's around Auroville bio-region
Last week, 10 women's group menbers recieved a herbal workshop intended to setup THINAIS (Sub-centres) which will be lead and run by women objectively in each villages. the workshop was facilated by Parvathy Nagaraj, who is an eminent environmental leader.
Our last year Covid-19 relief works
Serving kabasura kudineer
Mohanam has served a Kabasura kudineer ( Siddha immunity booster ) with the support of Mohanam youth and Auro shakthi womens to the nearest villages around Auroville like Alankuppam, Sanjeevinagar, Pudunagar and Annainagar by three weekend days to achieve our primary health support.
Creative Responses to Covid-19 Lockdown
Pandemic as a Rite of passage
Special Activity for our Youth, age 11 - 16
A great source of inspiration for us to empower the children and youth through art and cultural activity for the last 20 years. Now the children and youth are facing lots of challenges during the lockdown, so we at Mohanam are trying to support them by using art as a tool for creative expression, and to support their emotional wellbeing.
Offering vegetables to Auroshakthi Women's
mohanam offering Vegetables to Auroshakthi Women's in this hard time to support their basic needs.
Survival pack for Nepali Migrants
Nepali migrant’s families are facing challenges to fulfill their basic needs; most of them are daily wage earners, who have no means of regular income to maintain their families.
We knew we needed to do something so we started a COVID-19 relief effort. We aim to create and distribute survival packs (consisting of rice, moong dhal, cooking oil, etc.) to those most in need.