Out-reach Health Education
believes that education is fundamental in tackling health problems. Our
program aims to help people understand the workings of their own bodies, the impact the
environment, proper hygiene, sanitation and nutrition have and provides tools to help maintain
health. We work with many groups including:
- village women's groups
- villagers working in Auroville
- village self help groups
Schools - Today's children are tomorrow's parents. If they learn and practice
good health and hygiene skills now they carry this forward to influence their family members
and to the next generation. We see schools as the ideal place to teach the fundamentals of
health, the environment, hygiene and sanitation. Small groups of school children visit our
village clinic daily for these classes as well as our staff presenting to large groups in
schools throughout the village network around Auroville. In 2007, we launch a schools
sanitation program in government schools. This is happening as preparation for our new project
to build toilets in these schools that have none now.
Village women's groups - AVHS offers courses to these groups in personal and
kitchen hygiene and the basics of health care. These courses look at how the way we live
impacts our health and how once imbalances establish in the body, how to re-establish health
including the role of nutrition, natural and herbal medicines and basic allopathic care.
Villagers who help nourish us - This service provides personal hygiene, food
safety and kitchen management skills to hundreds of local people employed to help in fifty food
facilities in Auroville. An ongoing, on site series of classes presented by Veeramani and
Kalaivani covers a program in food safety and prevention of food borne disease.