Nurture through Nature
There is an old Kashmiri Proverb that says “ We have not inherited the world from our forefathers, we have borrowed it from our children.” There are currently over twenty five million orphans in India and every year, about one million more are abandoned. In a country plagued by disease, war, and hunger, it has become very easy for children to become lost and never find their way again. This lost time of childhood will never be restored unless we prevent it from falling apart. In the midst of this orphan crisis, I am proposing to design an orphanage on Pappy Hill in Kerala, India. Kerala, known around the world as “God’s Own Country”, is the least corrupt state in India and allows Hindus, Muslims, and Christians to live in peace. Orphans from all over India have been brought to Kerala to given another chance at having a nurturing childhood.
Pappy Hill is located in the Pathanamthitta district of Kerala. The cycle of life never ceases to continue in the district. The Keralites of this land believe that nothing ever dies or should be wasted, that it can be transformed into something else. The children of the orphanage will learn from the ultimate teacher, the ultimate parent, mother nature herself will be their guide. The children will take part in nurturing the environment and will have the opportunity to learn and grow within it. By being nurtured through nature, the orphans will be able to cultivate a solid foundation for their futures. Pappy Hill will become more than a house, but a home. It will become more than a home, but a community to those who have been found. It will have the intimacy of a large house and the variety of a city. The orphans will become revitalized in the natural environment but also obtain the culture found in the city.
Status: School Project
Location: Mylapra, Kerala, India