Paalam, meaning “bridge” in Tamil, is a project initiated by Auroville and established in collaboration with the Bioregional Coordination Group and Youth Link instills unity between Auroville and the local villages. It supports socially-active youths, both men and women, from 18 settlements around Auroville to represent their village in various development initiatives.
Youth leadership classes, capacity building and sustainable development training, and exposure visits are activities offered in the Paalam program.
During the pandemic, Paalam joined hands with other service-minded groups in the communities to assist AVAG in education and relief operations. Without the support of Paalam, AVAG could not have managed to carry out its elaborate pandemic initiatives.