Activities Undertaken from December 2012 to March 2015
Mool Sustainability Research and Training Center (or, in short, Mool) aims to inspire youth to build local resource-based, environment-friendly, and independent livelihoods. Mool seeks to explore sustainable ways of living to enable Kashmiris to lead participatory socio-economic transformation for a just, equal, and healthy society.
Mool was formally established as a trust in 2012. The journey so far has involved efforts to understand what accomplishing this mission entails and finding ways to build relationships with the community. For this, Mool has engaged with young people to understand the challenges they face. The devastating, unprecedented floods of September 2014 in Kashmir were a timely reminder of the fragility of the regions mountain topography and the imminent need to return to better tracks of development synthesizing best traditional practices with the latest innovations. Mool has been involved in generating resources to provide relief to the people affected by the floods.
During this time, Mool has also been exploring and developing a methodology to carry on its mission and has established the following core values:
• Sustainability and self-sufficiency
• Individual and community wellbeing
• Inclusivity and participation
• Equality and justice
• Coexistence and building relationships
A brief summary of the activities undertaken by Mool over the last three years appears on the following pages.
Mool Internships and Fellowships
From August 2013, Mool started an informal internship program for young people to conduct participatory research and investigate the systems of education and economy in Kashmir. The purpose of these internships is to develop the capacity of the participating youth to help gain a comprehensive understanding of the learning environment and the choices young people in Kashmir make. Through these internships, Mool supported a group of young researchers in developing a critical understanding of the existing systems of education and economy through a reflection on their own experience of it and interaction with other stakeholders.
During this period, efforts were also made to develop a curriculum for the fellowships and youth workshops. This includes modules on leadership, critical thinking, sustainability, identity, participatory action, creativity and self-awareness. The modules are currently under review.
To take this exploration forward, Mool intends to commence boujwoatt—a full-time fellowship program. Six interns are likely to begin work on their fellowships in the coming months. Through participatory research, the fellows will document indigenous urban and rural livelihood practices; the identity and social relationships in Kashmir; explore local attire and architecture; and inter-generational transfer of skills and knowledge. The primary aims of the fellowships is capacity-building and developing ways of integrating traditional wisdom and techniques with modern knowledge and technology.
The following is the list of the Mool interns:
Localized and sustainable housing
Economy – tourism, power and energy
Social issues – corruption, violence, etc.
Education – history and development
Economy – land use
Education – school and higher education
Social issues – identity and culture
Relief and Aid Efforts
From December 2012 to August 2014, Mool was able to provide small scale educational and emergency relief to a few families. However, when Kashmir struggled to deal with the aftermath of flooding in September of 2014, Mool also decided to participate in the relief efforts by mobilizing support and providing relief to the affected people. Mool provided material relief to hundreds of families directly as well as through relief camps set up during the floods in various places, provided cash relief to some families who had suffered heavy damages and carried emergency rescue and relief work in parts of Bandepur, Ganderbal, Islamabad and Srinagar. Mool also facilitated supply-distribution of in-kind donations. These efforts included distribution of beddings, food and cleaning supplements like blankets, mattresses, quilts, rice, dals, flour, cooking oil, packed foods, clothes, first aid, cleaning supplements, etc.
Following is the summary of aid and relief activities undertaken by Mool during the past three years:
Type of relief / aid
Flood – Bedding
Flood – Food, cleaning and health supplements
10 relief camps
Flood – Cash (Rs.12000 each)
6 families (floods)
Educational aid / sponsorship
4 families (students)
1 family (student)
1 family (student)
Annual Financial Receipts and Payments
Following is the summary of our audited annual receipts and payments (in Indian Rupees) for the past three years.
Donation and bank charges
Relief to flood affected families– materials and cash
Auditing and banking
Mool thanks its supporters! We invite your feedback and further support in order to continue this work and scale up our efforts. Please write to us at email@example.com. Alternatively, you can find more information about Mool or get in touch with us through our website at www.moolsustainability.org.
Boujwoatt is Kashmiri and its English equivalent could be ‘fellowship’. The idea stands for coming together in a spirit of cooperation and complementarity to accomplish something bigger than what can be accomplished individually.