According to many Hindu scriptures, there is no gift higher in merit than the gift of a cow.
The ZBNF (Zero Budget Natural Farming) method relies on cow dung and urine from the Indian cow. Therefore the cows are the foundation of our project.
The first 27 cows and their calves have arrived, and there are more to come! They were ceremoniously presented to their families in Kummarigudem on 4th March 2018. There was a large festival in the village where we celebrated with all the residents and many guests.
The villagers were overjoyed!!!
You can see all the photos and videos here:
There is also a video (max. 30 seconds each) of each cow which you can view by clicking on its name:
All Cows1 All Cows2 All Cows3 Amma Lotti Amrita Gina Anne1 Anne2 Bhavani Naema Calf Anton Calf Gertrud Calf Nora Franka1 Franka2 Franka3 Ganga Monika Ganga Muhji1 Ganga Muhji2 Gauri Klixi Gina Gomukh Hanna Lakshmi Isha Merrit1 Isha Merrit2 Leana Lucky Lydia Lucky Mali Lucky Meika Lucky Meika2 Mahalakshmi Maria1 Maria2 Marietta Marita1 Marita2 Gretes home Pajuu Rahima1 Rahima2 Rahima3 Renate SaiRam Rita Sai Sophia1 Sai Sophia2 Swetha Uschi Yanomami
In the future three experienced ZBNF trainers will make field visits every ten days and carry out training. Workshops will also be organised on ZBNF farms. The first training session has already taken place and the trainer from Andhra Pradesh was very enthusiastic about the project and the interest shown by the 56 participants. The women particularly showed a lot of interest.
This year, our Indian partner organisation, the Goshala Trust has again proved to be absolutely dependable and reliable.
The Goshala Trust in Kummarigudem organised an Ayurveda medical camp with five Ayurvedic doctors. Many of the villagers attended, were examined and received free Ayurvedic medicine. Only thanks to your donations were we able to set up the medical camp. Almost every villager over the age of 40 suffers greatly with joint pain. The causes have been traced back to the high fluoride content in the groundwater, which is also used for drinking. Within the framework of Village of Hope, Sankranti e.V. is donating a water treatment plant for the village. Next year we’re organising another camp, to which we will also be inviting homeopathic doctors.
During the monsoon season the members of our Indian partner organisation, the Goshala Trust visited the village of Kummarigudem and presented the families with 330 fruit trees, donated by Sankranti e.V. – by YOU! Each family received six young trees which should bear their first fruit after three years.
Five more families of suicide victims received support via donations. The families come from the area around Kummarigudem and were invited to a village gathering. The assembled people held a minute’s silence for the deceased. Not often are the bereaved able to experience the compassion of a community or talk to others about their situation. They are usually left alone with their grief and desperation. The head of the family is suddenly no longer there. “What do we do now?” There are always many questions. We saw orphans whose father and mother had taken their own lives. Sometimes they had a debt of just 80 euros that they were not able to pay back. Our experience with our previous project showed us that the affected families are happy if we pay money for their children’s education into their bank account. Each family received 35,000 Rupees – approx 500 euros.