A few minutes walk from the Rishikesh centre is the workshop and home of Clean Himalaya. Clean Himalaya is a comprehensive and holistic waste management and recycling project which was started by Jitendra Kumar and other students of Andrew Cohen in 2000. In June 2007 Clean Himalaya won the World Bank India Development Marketplace Award for grass roots initiatives, and in September 2007 became an official Society or NGO.
Clean Himalaya has eleven hired workers, a team of Indian and Western volunteers and an Executive Board with a wealth of experience in the environmental field. It currently serves 350 ashrams, guest houses, restaurants and households in the Laxmanjhula, Tapovan area and offers educational programs to schools and businesses, and conference presentations.
If you would like to find out more about Clean Himalaya or are interested in volunteering, visit: www.cleanhimalaya.org.
What A Place To Wake Up! Reflections on India by Andrew Cohen
My first visit to Mother India was in early January 1984. By that time, I had already been a very serious spiritual seeker for over six years. Living in my native New York City, I had had easy access to many of the most famous, powerful, and influential spiritual masters of that time. And because of that, it had become apparent to me that in so many ways the East was literally coming to the West, and that if one was earnestly seeking for enlightenment, it was no longer necessary to travel all the way to Asia to find it. But in spite of that, there was a deep compulsion in me to go to India myself, even if only for a short time...
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