Time for another short update (-third-) to the Creative crusaders in the Himalaya Trust:
- We shifted the office (again) to 12/26 Ashirwad Enclave – a slightly larger space and smaller rental and lots of good memories. It was from this property that Mountain Children Foundation (MCF), RACHNA, SANCHAR and Channel Mountain Communications were visualised and launched.
Well, past few months have seen establishing of systems and procedures for THT.
- Under the SGP (Small Grants Projects) for skill development of youth and women – 2 centers for Beautician and tailoring have started this week in Kotabagh at Gunti gaon and Captaingunj; and the IT program out of Garur, in several schools, in the region has also begun.
- The MMAP (Maximizing Mountain Agriculture Project) in Uttarkashi enters its last 6 months of phase 1 (3 years); On May 18-19 we have a workshop with Himmotthan cell of Tata Trusts, to finalize the phase 2 (5 years) of MMAP, which is hoped to commence on Sept 2016, in a fairly expansive way.
- We are also in the middle of a feasibility study to provide drinking water in ten villages around Didsaari village, Uttarkashi district. The study will give its findings by May 2016 end. Then, we hope to build the schemes by the end of 2018.
- Another project that is coming onto THT books is to provide “Open defecation Free” villages for Uttarkashi by 2019. Here the participation of “Swachh Bharat” program in partnership with Tata Trusts will be at play. Lots of liaison with the government will be involved in IEC work which should widen the visibility of THT.
- We have also been invited by an international donor to present our thoughts on Global warming/ climate change as issues that need to be introduced to the children for their information and involvement. Among many activities, developing school curricula will also be explored. We are particularly excited about this assignment, which has to be taken up on a priority basis.
- The THT website (himalayatrust.in) is getting some major attention to bring it in line with present day hopes and aspirations of the trust. Bear with us during this “Under Construction” phase and also please respond to some requests we may have for your support for pertinent information.
- We are still in the running for a major project (re: Skill development) with The Hans Foundation. They did get back to us some three weeks ago, requesting us to drop for the time being, our component on “Culture and Communications” – and replace it with some additional skill development activity (Sewing, knitting, spinning and weaving) for our Garur/ Bageshwar center. We have done that and now hope to hear something definite by the end of this month (May).
- We are very happy to announce that Shri Surjit K Das, Former Chief Secretary, Uttarakhand Government, has agreed to become the President of THT, with effect from April 2016. With his support and guidance, it gives us more hope for the future.
Even though we have been quite busy with all the above (and more) in a somewhat stressful times, we have not lost the sight of our old ambition, which is the transformation of Uttarakhand: Rupantaran. Some of us have been making forays in to the villages for various reasons and may be, at times, it is easy to get despondent by what one may see – nevertheless we have to continue working in mission mode and continue to strive for exciting, creative ways to address some of the attitudes and mindsets rampant in communities, development agencies, field workers etc. etc.
Closing with best wishes and much hopes for the future,
14th May 2016