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Development Education opportunity with ROSE Kanda, India

My name is Alice Metcalf and I have visited R.O.S.E for one week as part of a 3-month tour around Asia with my boyfriend, Harry. Last year I graduated with an MA in Global Urban Justice and I have been doing research for a charity in London since then. I found R.O.S.E on the internet and was keen to put some of my skills into practice on the field whilst learning about Hindi culture in rural India.

On arrival, we were both blown away by the scenery and the fresh air! Kanda is an absolutely stunning place – I could never get bored of these views.

My boyfriend is a digital marketing executive so our primary function here has been developing marketing tools and networking with various universities and volunteering coordination organizations. I think that we have made good progress in just one week, but it’s important that someone follows up the leads that we have started. We have also spent some time identifying potential donors who are interested in funding agricultural programs in rural India. Again, it is important that our work is followed up on to ensure that the time we have spent on this has been worthwhile for R.O.S.E. I genuinely believe that Jeevan’s dream of expanding his goat breeding program will be realized – and he deserves every success!

The accommodation is fantastic – we have both been very happy in our room. My only suggestion on how to improve guests’ stay here is to perhaps give them more of an opportunity to get involved in day-to-day life here with the family. We have asked the family if they would like help with any job a number of times, but our offer has rarely been taken up, leaving us feeling pretty guilty when so much hard work is going on around us. That said, today we were taken down to the fields and shown how the land is prepared for a new season of rice growing which was fascinating and excellent fun.

Jeevan has been a fantastic host, really made us feel part of his family and he seems so grateful for the little help that we have given him. We have set up some more crowdfunding pages and will certainly continue to try and fundraise for this fantastic project when we are back in the UK.

Thanks so much for having us, we have both learned

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so much and good luck with everything.

Alice.

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India To Make An Impact

India To Make An Impact

By: Divya Kilikar

Published On: April 27, 2018

Plenty of studies have been done to prove that volunteering is not just good for the NGO, but has many perks in store for you as well. People who volunteer regularly have been known to live longer and happier, establish healthy relationships and feel more fulfilled. But that’s not all. Volunteering turns out to be one of the cheapest ways to travel, as most NGOs provide room and meals for modest prices during the program. This also paves the way for a rich, cultural experience where you can interact with the locals and learn their way of life.

Moreover, volunteering is known to be great for your career as it provides insight to help make career choices and also find some valuable contacts along the way!

Here are five rewarding volunteer programs you can try out in some of India’s most picturesque regions.

NGO: Rural Organization for Social Elevation

Where: Kanda, Uttarakhand

Over 50% of the residents of Kanda, a small village tucked away in Uttarakhand, live under the poverty line, with no access to healthcare or sanitation facilities. And for every single villager, life comes to a halt after sunset as electricity is a luxury for them. Rural Organization for Social Elevation or ROSE, invites volunteers from around the world to get involved in steps to boost the lifestyle by teaching young children or helping build infrastructure.

Scientific Advanced Goat Farming Model Pilot Demonstration Project Sunargaon, PO-Kanda, District- Bageshwar, State- Uttarakhand , India ,263631

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We would like to—Employment generating for unemployed youths, women, disabled people and poor families livelihood and reducing migration from villages to cities.
We would like to develop through Improving high meat production improved buck breeding and scientific way of goat rearing livelihood and willing Research achievement Extension program -Goat breeding and development Experimental Pilot Demonstration program to in Village – Sunargaon (Kanda) District- Bageshwar (Kumaon) Hills of State- Uttarakhand.
Mostly poor families rearing goat but the new technology, research achievements, Demonstration project, and assistance are not available in this areas.
1. Here Goat rearing is a very weak condition because of poor goat keepers not able to expend any money for the goat breeding improvement, nutrition, safe shelter for hill areas, good feeding, health care and others. Goats are depended on only semi-intensive systems poor local breed only for meat, so the goat production very low weight.
2. If you have any Extension small program under the Lab To Land for the Goat Buck for breeding please Benefiting our areas,
3. If you would like to start Demonstration project micro unit for goat livelihood development program here we greatly appreciate your efforts and thanks to you.
4. – Improving high meat production breeding with new technology as scientific way.
5-Starting micro breeding farm by artificial insemination by local Vet worker at Kanda, district- Bageshwar. State- Uttarakhand.
6- Establishing pilot Demonstration ideal goat rearing micro unit by the support of friends. Providing high meat production breed buck and does to poor farmers on no loss no profit basis by the support of
7- Motivating local goat keepers’ farmers for adopting new technology.
8- Organizing training program locally with the chart, posters, and audiovisual resources.
9- Survey of the local goat farmers and got rearing problems. and try to solve those problems.
10. I hope you would like to help us,
11. I have some training and experience in the animal husbandry attached certificates’.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
with the best wishes.
your sincerely
Gopal Ratna Jeevan Lal Verma Seceratry
ROSE Ngo
Village- Sunargaon
Po-Kanda
District- Bageshwar
Uttarakhand.

World traveler experience of ROSE Kanda, India.

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Brooke Bierhaus

I will be back to visit you and Rose Kanda very soon I feel!

India gave me the opportunity to continuously cultivate my career. I put my heart into all the stories I get to share, and those stories stay with me always. Looking through my video packages from the past year allowed for a moment to send the hundreds of people I met along the way, hugs and good vibes from across the world.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZt0h2TPG9Q www.vidbee.org

Uttarakhand Village paves way for Voluntary Tourism

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Jeevan Lal is the hero of the story. His hamlet in remoteKanda, (now Uttaranchal),86 km from Almora, is an ideal  tourist spot. Kanda has about 30 villages and a population of over 15,000 people. But unlike other Hill station, Kanda has shown the way for a new concept of voluntary tourism.

Tourists not only stay in the 5 rooms Jeevan’s Paying Guest, but also use their skills to bring about a difference. For example Rajan Singh who has an architecture back ground , has helped design Earth Quake proof house for those living in the high seismic zone of Kanda.

The project also helps generate employment in an area where there are very few employment schemes.Different from the other forms of tourism ,this pro-poor voluntary tourism helps in offsetting the “Domino Effect” that has destroyed many hill stations.

       Foreigners who flock Kanda in large numbers , make their stay meaningful . They begin their day with a shramdaan ,leading to a cleaner environment . They involve themselves in different chores. They go trekking , chase butterflies but also give lesson in working English to the poor Dalit and backward people. And in the evening ,they enjoy a sumptuous Kumauni meal with Jeevan’s family. Many houses here are even repaired by the volunteers. Jeevan’s story would have remained  unknown beyond these picturesque valleys, but for Prof.Dr.Tajvir Singh – head of the Centre for Tourism Research and Development in Lucknow  and an authority on Himalayas.

    In his research journal, Dr . Singh and his assistant Shalini Singh took up this pilot project and spent a week in Kanda. The research paper they prepared , after there stay in Kanda, war presented at a conference in Makau at the institute for Tourism Studies.” The world received the news with joy”. saidShalini ,back from the conference.

    Prof Singh said this experiment would introduce ‘social  tourism’ on the hills “ inundated by holders of visitors from the plains unmindful of the damage they have done to the place”. ROSE ( Rural organisation for Social Elevation ), Jeevan’s organisation with headquarters in Sunargaon , has a bio- gas plant, a cattle shed, green house and a bee- keeping unit.

      During their stay ,volunteers engage themselves in organic farming, paper making, preparing greeting cards from recycled papers and dried flowers, and even cooking Indian food using biogas or solar cooker.