THE MODERN DAY ZIGGURAT
Believing in the power to change the world through promoting sustainability and education, the Seeds of Change Foundation has created Lali Gurans: the world’s first self-sustaining seismic resistant orphanage and library. A fully independent facility, Lali Gurans utilizes eco-friendly systems such as vertical gardens, grey water recycling, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, and bio-gas creation, to sustain the rent-free housing of up to 50 children. Taking the shape of a modern day ziggurat, Lali Gurans seeks to bridge the gap between outdated Nepali designs and innovative developmental technologies.
THE NEED FOR LALI GURANS
The project was conceived to address the ever-growing number of orphans created by recent civil war, political instability, and government corruption in Nepal. Currently ravished by environmental and social chaos, the nation of Nepal is currently ill-equipped to deal with the needs of at-risk youth. While orphanages do currently exist in Nepal, children often receive sub-par care, are neglected, and are allegedly used to line the pockets of fraudulent managers. As well, children rarely find homes due to adoption bans, and endless political and bureaucratic issues resulting from ongoing internal conflict. As a result, a terrible stigma regarding childcare programs has developed, leaving millions homeless, and in turn further crippling social progress for the Nepali people.
As well, educational programs in Nepal are severally outdated. Most syllabi have not been updated in over a decade, and educational resources are scarce. With no real access to public library materials, the availability of higher education is unfortunately lacking. As a result, little social change is possible, and entire Nepali populations are voiceless and disenfranchised.
Ensuring a Better Tomorrow For Nepal
The Seeds of Change Foundation and its partners seek to combat these problems through modeling successful innovative programs. Using updated curricula and operational plans, superior healthcare programs, and environmentally friendly sustainable systems, Lali Gurans will work with local communities to renew faith in the power and potential of appropriate childcare programs. As well, by fostering a loving family atmosphere for these forgotten orphans, Lali Gurans will nurture these children into fully-functioning, well-adjusted members of Nepali society and the international community. By providing these children a real home today, we hope to inspire Nepal towards achieving a brighter tomorrow.
To ensure the success of this vision, the Lali Gurans library will provide boundless educational resources for the local Nepali communities. For the first time, these materials will be made affordable and accessible to the general public. Supplementing our orphans’ in-house education, Lali Gurans’ resources will also be utilized to offer online degree programs to foster nationwide educational and economic growth in Nepal. The Seeds of Change Foundation has been wildly successful in achieving Nepali support towards the project, facilitating local and international cooperation towards development. Wishing to help the war-torn Nepal regain global footing, Seeds of Change seeks to partner with organizations sharing in the vision of sparking social change through the promotion of sustainability and education.
OPEN-SOURCE SHARING of SUSTAINABLE SOLUTIONS
Upon completion of Lali Gurans, Seeds of Change will make all building systems, technologies, and operational plans open source. By providing these resources and social services, it is our hope to inspire the rehabilitation of currently failing Nepali childcare programs, and to enrich the lives of the Nepali people.
Conceived by Christopher Gish, founder of the Seeds of Change Foundation, Lali Gurans has manifested from dream to reality thanks to the full support of the team at MOS Architecture (New York City, USA), as well as the local non-profit that is implementing the project, PrakritiKoGhar (Nepal).
For more information about how to help complete Lali Gurans childcare, educational programs, and sustainable technologies, please take a moment to view our digital booklet by clicking the button on the right. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at Info@SOCFUsa.org, or visit us at http://www.lali-gurans.org/.
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