Help Nalini Empower Youth and Create a Regenerative Future!

For: Gaia University's Climate Steward Scholarship Fund
New Zealand
Organizer: Nalini Singh
of $11,500 goal
21% Complete
Raised by 23 donors

The Story

My dream is to ignite this generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world. 

I grew up in one of the poorest villages in one of the poorest states of India. We had a hand pump for water, monkeys on our balcony and no electricity. Growing up witnessing violence, corruption, pollution and inequality first hand, I became passionate about intergenerational justice. 

Since high school, I’ve volunteered on projects in poverty, climate change, social enterprise, health tech and education. I’ve had the opportunity to represent the voice of New Zealand youth on five continents---engaging with more than 8,000 youth from 180 countries. In 2015, I was named Runner Up for the Queen’s Young Leaders Award from the Royal Commonwealth Society.

My dream now is to study a Masters in Science at Gaia University.

I believe in magic, miracles and love. I want to help young people create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

My action-learning projects in Gaia U will allow me to deepen my work as a youth facilitator for ESD (Education for Sustainable Development) and GCED (Global Citizenship Education). 

I want to create spaces of love. I want to create spaces where young people can take off the masks and be unabashedly authentic, vulnerable, real. Where they can shout, cry, laugh, sing, dance, embrace and grieve over ecological destruction and social injustice. 

I have already run these workshops for 800 youth in three languages around the world. Now, I want to expand and strengthen them in New Zealand, while figuring out what it means to farm wholistically--including the spirit. I am particularly inspired by Generation Waking Up.

I want to grow organic, nutrient-dense food on small land spaces, and empower other youth to do the same. I am excited to learn and implement Koanga Institute's 200sqm garden concept that produces enough food to feed a family of four---except for coconut oil and salt, that is! This project alongside learning about installing renewables, eco-buliding, holistic management and regenerative agriculture will help to give me practical models and experience to share with my community.

If you also care about the climate, the land and using art and transformative/experiential education for empowering young people on global issues, I invite you to support me in my journey.

The programme will provide me with the mentorship, support and formal guidance in systems-based learning and implementation of my projects. Tuition costs for Gaia U are $23 250 USD for the two-year Masters in Science degree, specialising in Integrative EcoSocial Design. I am asking for your support in helping me meet half of these costs through donating to the Climate Steward Scholarship. 

Read more on Gaia U here:

Why Gaia U?

Welcome Letter

Gaia U - Permaculture Ethics

As a volunteer for the last eight years, I have chosen the healing of the planet over paid work. I have volunteered over 3000 hours over the past few years. While in South America during 2015-2017, I lived on $2-$3 a day working on regenerative  and permaculture sites and with youth in the Andes and Amazon. Every gift is a blessing for the Great Turning and transition on Mother Earth.

If you would like to read more on my story, work or projects for Gaia U, please read my blog on the Gaia University website here: Help Nalini Empower Our Youth!

Arohanui y mil gracias,

(Big love and a thousand thank yous)

Nalini Singh

Links to work I facilitate or write on:

Generation Waking Up Video - Who Are We?

'The Planet Does Not Need More Successful People - Beyond Education-As-Usual' article in international UNESCO APCEIU magazine

How Do You Know You Are Out of the Matrix?

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on September 30, 2017


Posted on September 30, 2017

Kia ora tatou!

Wow, we just passed $2000. To the Anonymous donor who gifted this morning - you know who you are and I know who you are: I was elated and deeply moved by your blessing. I am so inspired and humbled by who you are the what you do, and I can't wait for our next epic conversation!

It's been a busy few weeks here - here's a video of me speaking at the heart-warming Love NZ Land and Climate Forum my friends Tui, Britt, Kiran and Suggie organised. Rachel Rose wrote a piece about my life and work in the Wanganui Chronicle and even donated some kefir grains, yacon and comfrey to the cause! 

I was so moved to meet Melinda and Murray Jones of Treelife and take a walk through their beautiful property and see where we could collaborate in the future - compost toilets, heritage trees, apple cider vinegar here we come :-) Can't wait for the Bentley Effect screening this week - it's the Australian version of Standing Rock protests and I am moved to tears every time I watch the trailer...

Looking forward, I'm so grateful to David Sundaram from The University of Auckland for having the chance to write the Business School's Principles of Responsible Mgmt Education report for United Nations...I am also excited to be a penguin in Climate Change Acton Theatre later in October!

I also want to thank Andrew Meads - it's been a while since we did the startup together; keep up the amazing stuff you do at UoA, and let's sing together sometime soon! 

Juli Laird - thanks for donating from all the way in Kadagaya Project Peru - I miss the Amazon jungle life and hope you've been enjoying the bananas we planted: you have hands-down been one of my biggest supporters and came to every single one of my workshops at Rupanco Farm in Chile in permaculture, systems thinking, NVC, acroyoga and Generation Waking Up, wow!

Thank you to Lauren Reifsnyder once again, for reaching out to Anna, Josh & Robin Dawson and Carole Reifsnyder - our paths haven't yet crossed in person but I am deeply grateful for your gifts and I look forward to thanking you in person one day - do let me know if you are ever in New Zealand!

Keep sharing the cause with friends and family, I appreciate all donations big and small. 

Arohanui y mil gracias (Big love and a thousand thank yous).


Posted on September 13, 2017


Posted on September 13, 2017

Dear friends,

I am so excited that we have passed our first $1000 - woohoo!

I feel blessed and humbled to have the support of so many kindred spirits. 

This weekend was Wanganui Permaculture Weekend in my little hometown here in New Zealand - big thanks to the ECO School for organising some great workshops and fostering beautiful connections! I particularly thank eco-warriors Nelson and Dani Lebo, Mark Christensen and Murray Jones for their unwavering commitment to healing the planet and their belief in my work and dreams.

Tonight (Weds 13th Sep) I am a panelist at Love NZ Land and Climate Hui (Gathering) in Palmerston North, raising awareness about real solutions to create a thriving Aotearoa.

Thank you to Sabine Drabinski, Andrew and Lauren Jones, Tali Brassington-Crow, Liora Adler and Andrew Langford, Niki Harré, Dan Mahle, Katharine Broyles, Yoshpa Michael and Ava Klinger for their contributions on YouCaring. I send you love.

Your donations are a gift, and please keep sharing the page with friends and family via Facebook - even small donations go a long way!


Nalini Singh

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