The Foundation for World Education and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Throughout our years of funding history, the board of the Foundation for World Education (FWE) has always made an effort to invite proposals from the Sri Aurobindo Ashram departments. Peter Heehs from the Ashram Archives has taken time to communicate with FWE. He sums up our work as follows:
“The Foundation for World Education has funded several projects proposed by the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Archives, the department of the Ashram concerned with the preservation and publication of the papers of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
“This funding has included a matching grant to enable a member of the Archives to attend a course in literary theory at Dartmouth College (1993), a grant enabling another member to attend a preservation workshop at the Library of Congress (1994), a grant enabling the same member to receive training at Information Conservation, Inc., a North Carolina organization that specialises in preservation of library materials (1996), and a matching grant (with Judy Segal Trust, England) to enable Mary Studt, a preservation professional from Virginia, to visit the Archives to evaluate its practices and to provide training.”
At the same time the board has been able to assist in funding the Ashram boarding expansion and the Ashram school’s computer lab. The total amount of requests over the last 15 years from Ashram related projects has been about $36,000.