Hello, Grove community!
We are PUNARCHITH (‘RE-THINK’), a collective based in Chamarajanagar district, Karnataka, which engages with issues related to rural and agrarian India. Our flagship program has been the ‘Integrated Learning Program’, which focuses on providing an alternative learning experience for rural youth. In addition, Punarchith has restored a degraded parcel of land into a soil, water, seed and agro-biodiversity conservation site as a ‘Living Lab’.
Farmers, rural and urban youth, panchayat members, civil society organisations and students are encouraged to visit and participate in a range of experiential learning modules.
Responding to concerns from Solega elders about the loss of their knowledge and practices, we started a programme called ‘Aadhi’ (an old Kannada and Solega word for path). This is an attempt to find new pathways to facilitate inter-generational sharing of traditional knowledge from elder Solegas to the younger/youth generation. Based on a collaborative approach with the community members and with their leaders from the Zilla Budakattu Girijana Abhivrudhi Sangha, PUNARCHITH has facilitated several engagements and the documentation indicates the possibility of developing a rich repository of Solega knowledge, that highlights the importance of conserving the biocultural diversity of the region.
Punarchith is also working on developing a model for decentralised climate-change action plans.