Kadapa district is a dry area where the rain fall is low and natural water resources are very meager. So there was no chance for agricultural development and most of the people earn livelihood by doing some labour work. Hence many people ,including teenage girls and young mothers leaving their small kids started going to Gulf countries to work as servant maids and earn money to maintain their families. Thus in the long run the family relations are very much disturbed. Despite the improvement in financial postiion, nobody is happy. Originally when Hari Hara School was started Pujya Amma had an idea of introducing some Vocational Training, after giving basic education as suggested by Gurudev.
Subsequently many experiments were done to start vocational courses but somehow they didn’t click well, because she has got a firm idea that the raw material,should be locally available,not depending on cities. Thus making unbaked bricks, mud tiles for roofing, making with the dry leaves etc., such experiments were done but in vain.
Chinmayaranyam Ashram is located in a drought prone area of Kadapa district where rain fall is very low. It is a geographical fact that clouds are attracted where there is green belt. Keeping this in view Swamini SaradaPriyanandaji took up the project of Afforestation, in 1988 under the programme ‘Save a Man ,Save a Tree’. Providing work for villagers for many years.
The most interesting thing that occurred is , though a new Railway track is passing through this area, not even a single tree is lost. God’s grace is always wonderful!!