Mool Sustainability Research and Training Center C/o Sagg Eco Campus, Watlar Wuder, Lar, Ganderbal, Kashmir 191201. firstname.lastname@example.org, +91 96225 65003.
Mool mission and official status
Mool Sustainability Research and Training Center (or, simply, Mool) aims to inspire youth to build local resource-based, environment-friendly, and independent livelihoods. Mool seeks to explore sustainable ways of living enabling people to lead participatory socio-economic transformation for a just, equal, and healthy society.
Mool was formally established as a trust in 2012. It was registered with the Income Tax Department u/s 12AA in 2016. Mool is registered u/s 80G (5) (vi) of the Indian Income Tax Act from financial year 2016 – 17. This enables donors to claim rebates on their taxable income against their donations to Mool.
Mool has its working administrative office at Sagg Eco Campus, Watlar Wuder, Lar, Ganderbal, Kashmir. Its registered office is in Shopian and Mool has a field office in Islamabad (Anantnag).
Our formative years were the worst years of the conflict in Kashmir. The experience of violence and politics was overwhelming for most people, but due to such circumstances, our surroundings created an opportunity for transcendence. From a young age, all of us at Mool were inclined to seek solutions for problems besetting our region. With much effort, we all obtained an education that would help us understand these problems and equip us with the knowledge to find solutions. For some of us, our experiences made us realize that seeking education outside of our homeland had taken us away from Kashmir in a profound way. The inherent disorientation of the education system was revealed to us. Also revealed to us were the conflicts between the old and the new (the tradition and the modernity), between the local and the foreign, and between our needs (plus wants) and resources.
The innate desire to work in our own communities; the need for sustainable progress – integrating all seemingly conflicting elements including those that are traditional, modern, local or foreign, and our needs and resources; – and a lot of support and encouragement from people in Kashmir and outside, led to the creation of Mool.