Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Varna Asrama Dharma

By: Astottara-sata Prabhu

Please join us as we welcome Astottara-sata Prabhu to Boston Sunday May 27, 20074:30 p.m.

About Working Villages International

The idea for Working Villages International came about in 2004, when Alexander Petroff, a Hampshire College student, was studying economic development in rural east Africa. In a trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo in March of that year, Alexander fell in love with the Ruzizi Valley in the eastern part of that country.
Working with Congolese friends, he had met in Uganda, Alexander realized that the Ruzizi Valley was the ideal location to implement the Gandhian vision of self-sufficient, sustainable development. Therefore, he returned to the U.S., and, in the spring of 2005, he founded Working Villages International, and began raising funds to launch a project in Ruzizi.

A year later, in April 2006, Alexander returned to Ruzizi and after registering his project with the Congolese government, he began work with local leaders and villagers in the valley at a place called Itarah, located just outside the village of Luvungi.

After seeing the success and mission of the project, Fiston Malago, a Congolese agronomist working for the United Nations, was inspired to leave his post with the U.N. and become WVI’s project manager. Fiston proved to be not only a great agronomist, but also an inspiring leader and organizer, working with local leaders and villagers to make WVI’s project in Congo thrive.

for more information please go to WorkingVillages.org

and ISKCON Boston