Founded in 2003, Sadhana Forest aims to transform 70 acres of severely eroded, arid land on the outskirts of Auroville in India. In a spirit of human unity, our aims is to introduce a growing number of people to sustainable living, food security through ecological transformation, wasteland reclamation, and veganism. Our focus is on the creation of a vibrant, indigenous Tropical Dry Evergreen Forest. In 2010, we won third place in the Humanitarian Water and Food Award, an international recognition of the quality of the ecological and humanitarian work done by Sadhana Forest in India and Haiti. The main aim of this ecological project is to support local rural villages – by retaining water and filling the aquifer. This allows villagers to cultivate their food and prevents exodus towards nearby city slums.