Help Gaia Ashram to Rebuild Their main sala!

About Gaia Ashram:

Gaia Ashram is an Eco-learning center and a Permaculture farm based on 6.5 hectares of land, in the North-East of Thailand. Motivated by the realisation of climate change and other ecological crises, Tom Deiters and Om Sunisa Jamwiset Deiters the founders were committed to find and demonstrate a solution. 

In 2013 they started Gaia Ashram project on bare degraded land in Om’s home town. The project aims to demonstrate a holistic approach to sustainability and climate change adaptation. Gaia Ashram uses Ecovillage Design, Permaculture and Deep Ecology  guidelines.

Regionally Gaia Ashram has been networking and collaborating closely with the Global Ecovillage Network of Oceania and Asia to work on creating a more sustainable future in the Asian region.

Locally with its founders, residents, volunteers, interns, have been working hard to physically restore nature and its biodiversity and ecosystems. Now Gaia Ashram is also connected with the local people to work on sustainability and regeneration issues.

Gaia Ashram is a learning hub that has been hosting groups of students, volunteers, interns, visitors from all around the world to learn how to live in harmony with nature and with each others. We have hosted more than 1,000 people from around the globe in the past 7 years. In the process we have helped to create a network of of young people who are working towards a more sustainable future.

Our Challenge during the Covid 19:

 

As a result of Covid 19 pandemic Gaia Ashram, like many other projects, is facing a financial crisis. A lot of our income was coming from courses, internships and guests that would stay at Gaia Ashram. Because of the travel restrictions we hardly get any visitors/guests these days.

 

Added to the loss of income we have a big issue with our main building – The Sala-. The Sala is the main building of Gaia Ashram learning center and also the dormitory. The sala has been occupied by termites and they are eating up our wooden structure, wooden walls and floor especially in our dormitory area. 

Because of this we are forced to do a big renovation of the Sala before termites will have eaten up all of the wood and the whole building collapses. We need your help to cover the costs of this big project.

 

What we have to do to renovate the sala?

Phase 1  Remove Wood

 

Remove all the wooden floor, walls and structure and sort it. The ones that are eaten will be used to make biochar and the ones that are still good to be treated and stored for reuse in future projects. 

 

Phase 2  Foundations

Replace wooden footing foundation with cement footers to prevent termites coming from the ground.

 

Phase 3 Rebuild Structure

Replace the wooden structure, floor and wall with metal, cement fibre cement boards.

 

Phase 4 Rebuild Dormitory

 

 Build 24 bunk beds, sitting area, and shelving area in the dormitory (upper floor of the sala) 

 

Phase 5 Ground floor finish floor

 Putting tiles on the ground floor to help prevent termites going up and finishing the library/office area

 

Phase 6 Painting and finishing

Repaint the earthen walls on the ground floor and other finishing work such laying electricity for fans and lights. Putting roofing insulation material.

Design of the new dormitory:

In collaboration with our friend and architect Trung from Vietnam we came up with a design for the main dormitory space. Here are some images of the design:

 

 

What are the benefits of this project?

The Sala building is the main social common building of Gaia Ashram. The ground floor of the building has been used as classroom, seminar and meeting room, yoga and meditation space, dining space, social space. The upper floor of the sala is used as dormitory for volunteers, interns and courses participants. This building is the heart of our community and the learning center. This space has been build with our own hands and has hosted more then a thousand people.The sala is a multiple functional building that enable us to serve as a eco learning center in all seasons. This building project will also provide employment for some our local villagers in these dificult covid times thereby enabling them to support their families.

Your donation is vital

We aim to raise 550000 Thai Baht or about 15177 euro for the rebuild the sala project. In the table below their is the estimate of the total costs of the sala building project.
 
For those that want to join any future courses you donation can be subtracted from the course fee up to half of the fees if you decide to do so. Please email us if you want to make use of this opportunity:gaiaschoolasia@gmail.com
 
Please support us now. Your contribution matters a lot and will help us to make Gaia Ashram into thriving learning center!

How to donate?

You can donate through the paypal button below.

The minimum donation is 500 baht  (about 14 euro or 17 dollar) if you want to give more just press the arrow key and increments of 500 baht will be added. So if you press 3 it will be 3x 500 baht= 1500 bath.

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Charitable donations

Donation to rebuild Sala

500.00฿