Buckminster Fuller Challenge
In 2011, we were a semi-finalist in the Buckminster Fuller Challenge! Thanks to everyone for your support in the Challenge! Please learn more about the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Challenge: HERE and watch our introductory video:
BBC World Challenge
In 2008, Krishna’s work was runner up in the BBC World Challenge. Learn more about Shanti Sewa Griha in this introductory video:
From the World Challenge Website: “World Challenge is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grass roots level.” http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk/
Economies of Peace
Article by Lark Bergwin-Anderson
“I would like to draw your attention to the remarkable sustainable community/eco-village for the disabled & handicapped:”Shanti Sewa Griha” (Peaceful Helping Home in Nepalese) of Kathmandu, Nepal and,” one of the founders,” Krishna Gurung. Shanti Sewa Griha won,” runner up prize among two runners up,” in the 2008 BBC World Challenge. Krishna Gurung* is a visionary and social activist,” together with his friends”. He is incredibly inspiring, yet even more humble and has accomplished so much in Nepal.
*Krishna Gurung is a co-founder of a leprosy clinic, and sustainable community for the handicapped whose handcraft businesses are exported worldwide. The community has a biodynamic organic garden on a former wasteland that feeds over 800 daily, a school, a water purification system that supplies over 60,000 gallons of purified water daily to several villages (which has broken down the social barriers of leprosy!), a new hospital serving the poor, and a recycling operation that has residents gathering all the waste paper in Kathmandu, pulping it into a mixture with sawdust and fashioning it into briquettes that are then sold for heating (in lieu of the traditional cutting down of forests).
In memory of his late young son Kevin Rohan, Krishna has now created a new initiative: The Kevin Rohan Memorial Eco-Village to create eco villages for the urban poor. This venture will provide extremely low-cost green housing in Kathmandu and its environs by building homes comprised of recycled bottles and cement. Krishna has made arrangements with all Katmandu embassies and businesses to recycle all their glass bottles that were once dumped into landfills. It is astounding that so much can be accomplished with so little. ”
Read about the KRMEF’s work in Nepali on the Nagarik News: HERE
Read about KRMEF on the Biodnamics Blog: HERE