These are some of the words used to describe Keystone Foundation if you ask the people who are engaged as staff, volunteers and community resource people. The organisation on the hill has for many become a second home as well as an incubator for growth and personal development through the various types of work that is being carried out within the multidimensional office. Many employees and volunteers descend from the plains and mountains surrounding the terracotta-coloured buildings, and by working with Keystone they can give back to their own communities as well as honing their professional careers.
Besides attracting the local interest and building capacity in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, Keystone is involved in many national and international networks, bringing issues concerning indigenous rights and wellbeing as well as matters of ecological concern to the table. Constantly developing, learning and adapting, aspiring to be cutting edge but still tied to its roots, Keystone bridges traditional knowledge with the modern world.
Keystone has now been thriving and expanding in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve for 25 years, living up to its name by becoming a keystone-actor for the development of the region.
– We have dreamed big and we have dreamed to be bold. Celebrating 25 years, we have shown that we have achieved something. The community is owning it, the people are owning it, and that is the sort of a model we can take to the rest of India and the rest of the world, says one of the founders Pratim Roy.
To highlight this quarter of a century’s dedicated work, Keystone is embarking on a festive year, starting with the launch of the new website. Throughout the year there will be multiple occasions to celebrate and we invite all of you to join in the festivities!