Posts by Joan Pollock

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Spiti Projects wins Green Building Solution Award 2016 in the Low Carbon category

by Joan Pollock
Carbon award winners

We are so very pleased to announce that we are the winners of a United Nations Climate Change Award. Only 10 awards were given out this year and we are the Low Carbon winner. We, in partnership with the Auroville Earth Institute designed and built the Kaza Eco-Community Centre with key participation of villagers in Kaza and local earth craftsmen of the Spiti Valley, in India. We thank everyone who helped us achieve this. […]

Spiti Projects and the International Eye Foundation

by Joan Pollock

Spiti Projects has been very fortunate in be introduced by a supporter, to the International Eye Foundation (IEF). The IEF is working with Rotary Hospital Palampur in Himachel Pradesh, Operation EyeSight were also working there. Thank you to Raheem (from IEF) and Santosh (from OE), they have been extremely helpful and we look forward to […]

Audience with the Dalai Lama

by Joan Pollock
Audience with The Dalai Lama

In May this year, Zena the photographer and I went to Dharamsala to interview the Dalai Lama about the culture of Spiti for the Documentary Film, by a BBC producer, about our work in the Spiti Valley. His Holiness was most helpful and gave us some of his precious time to answer our questions on […]

Burning Wood in Winter

by Joan Pollock
Burning Wood

On our way back to Manali with our group, we passed a wall of cut trees and a lorry loading wood for fuel for Lahaul & Spiti. The driver told me that they had cut down 280, eighty year old trees.  Fifty lorries would be delivering this to the Lahaul & Spiti valleys as firewood […]

Grand Opening of the Community Centre

by Joan Pollock
Kaza Community Centre

The Grand Opening was prompt at 10.30am, we were fortunate to have the presence of three monks from Kaza monastery who came to bless the building with a Special Puja for purity and prosperity.  We were honoured to have Mr Ravi Thakur, Vice Chairperson for National Commission for Scheduled Tribes to cut the ribbon and […]

Knit-for-Spiti Update

by Joan Pollock
Spiti Sweaters

We would like to thank all our knitters for their kind donations of sweaters, we are not taking any further donations at the moment, every child in the valley has 3 sweaters each, keeping them warm during the winter months. We may start donations again in the future.

Community Centre Foundations – Update April 2015

by Joan Pollock
Community Centre April 2015

Spiti Projects has taken particular care with all their buildings, bearing in mind the importance of a stable structure in this seismic zone. The foundation needs to be sturdy, the sub soil needs to be stable and the foundation should have a ring beam.The primary construction technique employed in the community centre is the vernacular […]