RAZIA & SULTANA – Every now and then, ACGS is blessed with an unexpected gift. This time it’s little baby donkey, Razia. Razia’s mum, Sultana, came from Jaipur to live in ACGS and presented us with Razia. There are several donkeys who are permanent residents, all of them survivors of the horribly brutal urban construction trade, carrying loads 10 times their weight, bending their backs and legs forever.
Chikoo came in as a scrawny, forlorn little lamb with no wool on his back and his hind leg turned the other way. He had the saddest expression that a lamb could possibly have. We bathed and fed him and placed him with the goats in their pen. Chikoo’s leg has turned around and he’s clean and white. Chikoo now runs and plays with his friends, the goats.
ACGS follows a very strict and rigorous ABC (Animal Birth Control) programme developed by WHO as the only practical solution to control the street dog population and eradicate rabies Dogs and cats are spay-neutered and male herbivores are castrated. ACGS expanded its own campus ABC program to include the village dogs, by adopting one village at a time. We have neutered and spayed most of the dogs in a radius of 5 km. Unfortunately, because of lack of resources and infrastructure, we had to discontinue this programme. The villagers are asking us to restart the programme, for which we would like to raise funds.
As part of ACGS’ commitment to the environment and holistic food, we have a small organic produce area where we grow fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs. We use this area to experiment with non-invasive, benign and indigenous methods of planting and cultivation. In the additional two acres of land, we grow organic green fodder for our herbivores. We have our own organic seed-bank, compost our waste and train volunteers in organic farming. In addition we are looking at traditional ways of water shed management and irrigation.