The Auroville Village Action Trust was registered in July 2000 to better organise the various activities which had developed out of the Village Action Group which began in 1983. All these activities were based in the perception that in its search to realise an actual Human Unity, Auroville had to work together with the people of the local villages for their own community development. This work has involved Aurovilians, professional social workers, and local people, and has included programmes for children, for women, for men, for the needy, for farmers, for leaders. The aim has been to help villagers to counteract the drain of urban migration by accessing their own and local resources to strengthen and develop their own communities. At present there are eight units of the Village Action Trust, each with its own area of focus. Each unit has its own executives, and is completely independent and responsible for its funding and operations. The accounts of all the units of Auroville Village Action Trust are consolidated annually, and are audited by the Comptroller Auditor General of the Government of India. The executives and coordinators meet with the Trustees at a monthly meeting, to update each other on their activities, find possibilities for cooperation, and to look at general development issues.
Village Action Group – the original organisation, is currently focussed on women's empowerment, community development, microfinance with both women and men. Working in about 60 villages, covering a population of about 1 lakh.
Life Education Centre – a small vocational training programme for village young women, with a strong individual development programme for each girl
Auroville Industrial School – a technical training institute, preparing village youth for employment in the computer and administrative sectors through certificate courses
Mohanam – a cultural centre in the village of Sanjeevinagar , runs a kindergarten and various other programmes, in both education and crafts, to revitalise the culture of the village
Auroville Health Services – a programme aimed at researching the health challenges in the villages and coming up with and applying innovative solutions
Deepam – a day school for handicapped village children, providing a full spectrum of remedial treatment and support
Thamarai – a community centre for women and children in the village of Edayachavadi with various programmes for children and women, collaborating with the local youth, and hosting a local energy healing centre.
All these units welcome your support. Most will accept volunteers. All are supported by donations, and welcome your financial contributions. You can contact each individually through their webpage, or you can write to firstname.lastname@example.org with general questions.