sustainability and upcycling
Bihar is a state in the northern lands of India downhill from the mountains of the Himalayas. One of the oldest inhabited land in the world, in the bank of river Ganges. Which has a rich cultural and spiritual history. It was the land of one of the oldest universities in the world and witnessed the birth of religions such as Buddhism. Despite Bihar's rich history, today it faces social, economic and environmental issues. Bihar's rise in poverty, unequal opportunity and pollution have led us to reach out from our hearts and embark on a journey to support this community.
We work in partnership with local project visioner Prashant Kumar, a native of Bihar, an artist who is working with waste to create social and environmental change and trying to bring livelihood options to those who need it. Like many young Biharis, due to the lack of opportunity in Bihar, he left home and moved to a big city to study engineering.
His mission to rejuvenate communities and the environment began in May 2016 when he met Ben Reid-Howells. Two years later they set out on a journey from India to Scotland on a motorcycle and began working directly with local communities during their trip. While in Scotland they volunteered with The Planetary Healing Centre helping us to envision for the future. After gaining these many experiences Prashant went back to Bihar, India to start a Centre for his own community .
The Building itself was built in 2017-18, as a model for resilient design. Its designed on the principles of a house which recycles its own water, grow its own food and can source renewable source of energy. By introducing Upcycling, and improvising native natural practices of art and craft, Bihar centre intend to work towards environmental challenges and try to bring livelihood options to communities in need.
Longterm vision for Bihar centre is to work towards bringing change in people's perception about waste and work towards healing environment and nature.
You too can be part of that vision by donation to help this project or by volunteering there.