Arrjava stands for the creation of sustainable products, practices, and spaces. Derived from Sanskrit, the word ‘Arrjava’ means honesty and purity. Arrjava connects people to the Indian heartland and gives them a glimpse of how communities in the villages and forests of India live in synergy with the environment around them. In every place that Total Health serves, the philosophy of Arrjava feeds into each pillar of our work: Arrjava products are made at our green skilling workshops; Arrjava Warriors help increase access to healthcare in the community; and Arrjava spaces facilitate greater community outreach.
Total Health recruits people from the community as Arrjava Warriors – frontline stewards crucial to every new chapter of the programme. Acting as the knowledge hub, they help the programme team understand the context of work and the values and attitudes of the residents. The Arrjava Warriors, who are trained in basic life support, document health data, mobilize people to participate in health camps and livelihood programmes, facilitate teleconsultations, and conduct community yoga.