Project Updates

110 of 13 items

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 […]

The latest on the Community Centre Building Project

by Joan Pollock
Community Centre Building

The building of the Community Centre is progressing at a fantastic rate, despite bad weather and delayed supplies. There is a race to get the roof on before October 1st, when winter begins. We have over 30 people working on site, at a time, all with their own expertise. There is a very positive atmosphere, […]

Our wonderful team of Architects working for us on the Community Centre in Kaza

by Joan Pollock
The Architects

We have a wonderful team working for us on the Community Centre in Kaza, Spiti Valley. Lara Davis, MArch MIT, Architect/ Structural mason/ Faculty, UNESCO Chair Earthen Architecture Lara, from the US, has done a magnificent job,working on site for over two months, organising the construction of the second floor with local masons and labourers. […]

Spiti Sweaters

by Joan Pollock
Spiti Sweaters

During my visit to Spiti in March when the temperatures were still minus 15C at night, the days were quite cool too! I visited Kibber village, we had to cut a path through the snow on the road for our jeep, but we got there! I took a huge bag of sweaters kindly knitted by […]

Community Centre in the snow

by Joan Pollock

Due to the cold temperature, it was minus 6C and snowing, there was 3 inches of fresh snow on the ground when this photo was taken on 22th April. We have had to delay the architects coming from The Auroville Earth INstitute in south India to start of work on the Community Centre by at […]

‘Buy a Brick’ Appeal

by freshpies
Buy a Brick - Community Centre Appeal

Have you seen our ‘Buy a Brick’ Appeal? click here to find out more Please help us to build a Community Centre in Kaza, the principal town in the Spiti Valley, for the benefit of a Tibetan community of 10,000 people. A donation of £50 will buy one brick (1/2 a brick is £25) and […]

Eco-Community Centre in Spiti Valley

by freshpies

In 2012, the Auroville Earth Institute took on a project to design and build a community centre in the remote Himalayan town of Kaza, 3600M Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh.  Designed by the Institute’s team of architects, the ground floor will include a village hall, a optical clinic, a centre for indigenous craft, a library, and […]

Water pump in Mane village

by Joan Pollock

Our Water Pump  Project is going well. Now that the harvest is over the villagers  of Upper Mane are working to finish digging the trench for the water pipes before the land freezes for winter.  This covers a distance of 320 meters up a steep hill. We hope this will ease the water collection in […]