THE JARED SCOTT MILLER LIBRARY

JARED SCOTT MILLER

June 19, 1978 – February 11, 2013

Jared was only 34 years old when his life was cut short by a severe asthma attack. He was deeply loved by his family and friends who all remember his warm smile which lit up the room and his loyalty to them. A very important and meaningful legacy will be
“THE JARED SCOTT MILLER LIBRARY” at New Colors in
Tamil Nadu, India. Jared’s story is as follows:
Jared

Jared is the only son of Paul and Cheryl Miller from Cleveland, Ohio. From a very early age he loved books and reading, creating and playing imaginative games, putting on puppet shows and writing poems and stories. He was passionate about his writing and gave careful thought to each word he put on a page whether it was in letters to friends or reports for school. Jared loved watching and playing sports and cheering on Cleveland’s basketball, baseball and football teams. Racquetball and kayaking were his special favorites. His favorite animal was the orangutan and many happy times were spent at the Cleveland Zoo visiting them. Summers were spent working as a camp counselor – he had a lot of fun working with children of all ages. He was an excellent musician and began playing the recorder at age 6. Jared played drums all through school and taught himself conga drums and the ukelele. Jared played congas with numerous bands in the Cleveland area and recorded CD’s.

Jared’s love of learning never stopped. He graduated high school from University School where he took accelerated classes in English and Writing. He made a movie about the inner city through a special grant project and was awarded the Alumni Book Prize in Government and Public Affairs. Jared attended Miami University in Ohio, transferring to Columbia College Chicago, in Illinois, where he graduated with honors in 2001 with degrees in Journalism and English. Jared was an adventurer – he traveled extensively to Israel, Vancouver and throughout the United States before returning to Cleveland where he worked as a substitute teacher. He then spent one semester at the University of Anchorage Graduate School in Anchorage, Alaska studying Rhetoric. He immersed himself in the study of the culture of the Alaskan Eskimos. The following year Jared enrolled in Cleveland State University where he received a certificate in Latin American Studies. Jared then earned a second undergraduate degree in Anthropology. He received the Anthropology High Academic Achievement Award and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

While in school he worked for 2 years as a Visitor Guide at the Cleveland Botanical Gardens – a job he loved. This position started his love of growing plants and flowers, in particular hot peppers which he also loved to eat. The hotter the better!! Jared then attended North Carolina State University Graduate School in the International Studies Program. While there he was invited to deliver a paper in Halifax, Nova Scotia and worked as the Editor of his department newspaper. Jared’s hard work led to being awarded a FLAS Fellowship to study the Tamil language. This was an area of very special interest to him. Jared’s dream was to go to Tamil Nadu one day and write a book.

The library at New Colors is our way of making Jared’s dream come true – a special part of him is now in India. Our hope as his parents is that Jared’s love of learning will inspire the children to follow their dreams and continue their education. The library building project and it’s completion, would have been extremely meaningful to Jared. We know how proud Jared would have been that he had a part in helping the children at New Colors learn and grow each day.

For more information or to make a donation to support the construction of a permanent library and to purchase much needed books and supplies, please email Cheryl & Paul

To make a donation to support the construction of a permanent library and to purchase much needed books and supplies, on-line donations can be made at: http://www.rootfunding.com/campaign/jareds-library

Checks can be sent to:
Paul & Cheryl Miller
P.O Box 21703
Cleveland, OH 44121-4048

Please make the check out to ‘Gabriel Project Mumbai’ for a US tax exempt receipt

For more information please email Cheryl & Paul Miller at clmiller17@roadrunner.com.

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The After-School Support Project

Our after-school learning project reaches 40 children from 1st to 9th grade, all from Edayanchavadi village. The children come after school each day for about 2 hours, 5 days a week, in addition to special weekend and holidays activities. Attendance in the program by these-round, with a break during May-June.
The Kids at Sadhana forest
In a peaceful, non-pressured and homelike atmosphere, with the help of Nikadass (a school teacher), his wife Renana and additional volunteers, the children complete their school home work assignments. Peer-to-peer support and mentoring of younger children by older children form part of the method used. The children develop collaborative skills and successful older children become role models for the younger ones.
The Kids are doing their Homework
Supervised play and additional activities are provided for the children, such as art therapy. Volunteers from around the world provide cross-cultural encounter while teaching the children music, theater, dance, art, English language, puppet workshops, re-cycling arts, and co-operative games. As part of the program, the children will also begin to grow an organic vegetable garden, thus gaining practical experience in sustainability.

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Colors of the Future Project

Colors of the Future provides English language instruction and computer education to pupils from government schools.
Colors of the future - Children in the computer room
These local children receive little or no access to computers or information technology. This lack of computer literacy limits their educational and future employment opportunities. Thus the project provides English language and computer education to widen their knowledge and improve their future prospects.

This aspect of the program creates a stronger academic foundation for the children. They return to school with new and improved skills.

The computer room is under construction, and currently needs more funds to complete. If you like to, you can support us to help us complete this project.

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Golden Water Project

As in so many villages across India, the children of the community (like their parents) lack sanitary drinking water. Drinking contaminated water exposes the children and their families to the danger of disease and health problems, such as diarrhea (which kills 1.5 million children a year in India), skin conditions, cholera, typhoid, hepatitis and others.Men-who-made-the-borewell
Not only is the water hazardous, it is sometimes simply unavailable. Power outages and well-pump failures mean that the village can go without water for several days at a time.
In order to obtain safe drinking water, the villagers have two main alternatives:

  • They can drive 3 or 4 kilometers into Auroville in order to access (and transport back home) free and safe drinking water. Unfortunately, most of the villagers do not have the possibility to do so.
  • They can purchase bottled water. This too is expensive, and bears an environmental toll as India lacks the means for proper disposal of the tons of plastic waste generated by the bottled water industry.

Since both of these options are beyond the means of most villagers, they continue to drink contaminated well-water.
The Golden Water project addresses the above problems by providing a readily accessible source of safe drinking water for the children and community of Edayanchavadi village.
In recent months we completed the well and water purification facility. The treated water has been tested and found to be free of pollutants and pathogens.

We give the children 2 liters of water from the Golden Water facility to take home with them after the afternoon program. For the rest of the village we will be charging a small, affordable fee in order to cover ongoing operational costs and maintenance of the water system.
As part of our program we provide the children with education on drinking water, water hygiene, and water economy.

We will be using some of the water from our well to grow a sustainable vegetable garden at New Colors. Soil in the Auroville area has been depleted by decades of soil erosion, as well as over-use of fertilizers and pesticides. The local people have lost the tradition of home vegetable growing and lack the knowledge of how to grow their own food in a sustainable way. Starting at New Colors with the children, we will teach the community how to use their own plots to grow their own vegetables, thus improving their family nutrition without wasting water resources or money.

Our aim is therefore to increase awareness of water conservation and sustainable gardening in order to empower the community to live in a self-sustainable way. We want the community to learn how to properly use and maintain their sacred water supply and learn that with healthy water they can also produce their own food.

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Art Projects

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Recyclika: Eco – Art Project

Recyclika – A 100% recycled materials dolls made by the children.
Eco-Art Project: Recyclika
Recyclika dolls are made from recycled plastic bottles, recycled materials donated from local tailors such as fabric scraps, beads, buttons and embellishments, wire collected from all around, and a lot of love. Through the process of doll making, participants explore and create the many possibilities their dolls can communicate.
They develop new skills and signs of strength, nurturing, childlike innocence.
The children then bring the dolls to life by given each doll a name and narrative.

Recyclika doll

Recyclika doll


Doll making fosters compassion, empathy, interpersonal communication and cooperation within an environment of acceptance, celebration and creativity. The doll makers are not only recycling, redesigning, and recreating, they are possibly creating a cottage industry of their own. They are also learning that art can be made from anything as long as they use their imagination!