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Rural Eco Sustainable tourism Uttarakhand, India

Rural Tourism Uttarakhand, India.
Travel to Rural India and stay with a ROSE Home Stay host.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It is regulated under the newly launched scheme the Guest Uttarakhand Home Stay Scheme (2015) Registration No-02 / Home Stay, Dated -16-12-2015 by the District Tourism Development Officer Bageshwar (Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board) in the village of Sunargawn of Kanda, District- Bageshwar, State- Uttarakhand, India.
We can host tourists all year round who want to experience a real life experience in Rural India in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the foothills of the Himalayas (elevation 1700 meters approx ).
My dear friend thanks, we greatly appreciate it if you can promoting in your network for good cause. We are a small NGO in the beautiful valley of Kanda,Uttrakhand. We are a self-help grass roots non-profit NGO who run micro projects through our volunteers’ funds Knowledge, and skills. We would like to reach out to international students, volunteers, social activists, Eco and budget tourists. A volunteering opportunity with Responsible and Sustainable Rural tourism Uttarakhand, India.
I am pleased to send you your questions reply . Covid 19 discount 4 packages for only domestic visitors for 7, 14, 21, 30 days which must include stay, meals, internet, activities and volunteering work for learning along with pricing.
7 days — Rs.10,000/- + Volunteering opportunity Rs.5,000/-
14 days — Rs. 18,000/-+ Volunteering opportunity Rs.10,000/-
21 days– Rs. 26,000/-+ Volunteering opportunity Rs.15,000/-
30 days– Rs. 40,000/- + Volunteering opportunity Rs.22,000/-
Activities —
1– Taught English in the local school while also learning the Hindi language when school will be open .
2– Studied Eco Rural Sustainable Tourism, Environment protection, and Eco-development .
3–Cultural Exchange, gaining rural real knowledge , Enjoying with the nature, refreshing mind and body, relexing with the family, join family life and reducing stress, incresing knowledge about real rural India and its livelihood / life style/tradition/ culture/ heretage / human beheviour / patience /sence of humor. 4– Used our amazing back drop for filming projects for their university courses.
5– Helped to market R.O.S.E as a Non Profit NGO that promotes strengthen the quality of life In the local community
6– Created marketing campaigns International integrity, Websitedesign, networking, office help, slideshow, PPD developning.
7–Study of the Local skill / craft / traditional technology / knowledge / heritage learning.
8– Participating Micro dairy ,Advanced Goat breeding unit , Organic kitchen gardening, Organic farming , house chores and other according the time and need at ROSE Home Stay,
Volunteering opportunities —
1– Installed renewable energy sources ie Solar street lamps and lights
in poor village’s homes.
2–Organic Farming / Gardening, Composting /Tree plantation, Village Sanitation , garbage disposal, water management, and others.
3–Construction of toilets for poor local families, renovating and
maintaining a path, if group then construction of the houses , temple building,Community meeting hall , Smokeless ventilated kitchen for ROSE Home Stay,other buildings, soil conservation and others according the funds and need.
4–. Funded Rural Architecture development and Eco Construction in the areas.
5– Construction or renovate of the poor family house , cattle shed, goat shed, poultry shed , kitchen , bathroom and others according the need and funds.
6– Establishment of the micro Advanced Goat keeping, Feeding poor families, feeding cattle dairy unit , Goat unit , poultry unit , providing health care , medication and feed supplement to poor families human , cattle, goats , poultry and others.

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Jeevan verma–mobile no- +91 8954868561
Email–jlverma.rosekanda@gmail.com

ROSE Home Stay for elderly person

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ROSE Homestay not only provides the village with a much needed additional source of income but provides visitors with a chance to interact with the community gaining an insight into their way of life one that you will never experience while staying in hotel or backpackers hostel.

 

They say the heart of India lies in her villages during your stay with us I am sure you will fall in love with her. 

 

During your time at the guest house you can become involved in local farming activities, festivals and hopefully help with fundraising activities. Alternatively visitors who just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world can relaxing read books, walk the main trails of the village while enjoying the beauty that surrounds us

 

We providing Home Stay for elder persons at ROSE Home Stay Sunargaon (Kanda), District-Bageshwar, State-Uttarakhand, India. Those people willing to stay as home away home in rural India, we welcome to them and host as a  family member, providing  organic meal (Breakfast, lunch, evening snacks,dinner)4 tea, clean room with clean and good bed for living , western toilet, hot and cold water washroom, washing machine and other facilities.

For entertainment television, scenic surrounding nature view, dogs and cats, micro dairy, Goat keeping, organic kitchen gardening, flower growing and related others.

For communication- Internet and mobile / phone available.

People who want to experience life in rural India and the
foothills of the Himalayas. These activities involve teaching at a
local school,Organic farming and construction, Film Shooting,
Photography, Videography , Nature walk, Biodiversity watching, Eco
tourism , Educational tourism, Home stay . Tourists/Volunteers are
able to live with the family and learn about our culture with enjoying
the nature.

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Why visit to ROSE Kanda???????? No one have answer, But after watching this video you will visit, definitely.ROSE Exclusive interview with Brooke Bierhaus( USA based Multimedia Journalist, Television Host and Founder of http://www.vidbee.org)Watch Full Interview;- https://goo.gl/g15Mx4Logon to http://www.rosekanda.info for more information.

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Volunteering opportunity with Responsible and Sustainable Rural tourism Uttarakhand, India.

During your time at the guest house you can become involved in local farming activities, festivals and hopefully help with fundraising activities. Alternatively visitors who just want to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world can relaxing read books, walk the main trails of the village while enjoying the beauty that surrounds us.

Those guest who are interested in volunteering we allow you to draw on your own knowledge and skills and with our help create a programme that you feel most passionate about. .

Previous volunteers have

1. Taught English in the local school while also learning the Hindi language
2. Studied Eco Rural Sustainable Tourism, Environment protection, and Eco-development
3. Funded Rural Architecture development and Eco Construction
4. Used our amazing back drop for filming projects for their university courses.
5. Helped to market R.O.S.E as a Non Profit NGO that promotes strengthen the quality of life
In the local community
6. Created marketing campaigns International integrity, Website design, networking, office help, slideshow
7. Organic Farming / Gardening, Composting /
8.-Local skill / craft / traditional technology / knowledge / heritage learning.
9. Construction of toilets for poor local families, renovating and maintaining a path.
10 Installed renewable energy sources ie Solar street lamps and lights in poor village’s homes.
https://www.facebook.com/RoseRuralTourism/videos/10208985433333895

Development Education opportunity with ROSE Kanda, India


Why visit to ROSE Kanda???????? No one have answer, But after watching this video you will visit, definitely.ROSE Exclusive interview with Brooke Bierhaus( USA based Multimedia Journalist, Television Host and Founder of http://www.vidbee.org)Watch Full Interview;- https://goo.gl/g15Mx4Logon to http://www.rosekanda.info for more information.

Posted by Ravsne Hook on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Posted by Martin Burrows on Monday, January 28, 2019

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Doubling rural farmer’s income through Goat farming in rural Uttarakhand.

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Success Story of Hema Advanced Scientific Method Goat Breeding Unit Sunargaon, Kanda, District- Bageshwar, State- Uttarakhand.
By the guidance of Rural Organisation For Social Elevation (ROSE)
Taking forward the promise of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi Ji in doubling farmer’s income by 2022.
Doubling rural farmer’s income through Goat farming in rural Uttarakhand.
Goat has been playing multiple roles in the livelihood of the rural people by providing income, employment, nutrition, supporting crop production and risk aversion in case of crop failure. Landless men and women are increasingly relying on goat keeping for their socio-economic upliftment.
Breeding Policy for Goat Uttarakhand
Breeding Policy for Goat state that selective breeding will be done among local goat breeds. In the region breeds will be upgrade by Crossbreeding with Barbari and Jamunapari breeds of goat.
Under the scheme Gopal Ratna Jeevan Lal Verma (Hema Advanced Goat Breeding Unit), Village- Sunargaon,Po- Kanda, District- Bageshwar, Uttarakhand, received one improved Jamunapari buck through Veterinary Hospital Kanda on 4th June 2017.
Jeevan Lal Verma reared the buck with scientific way at Hema Advanced Goat Breeding Unit Sunargaon by proper health care, providing concentrate feed, minerals, calcium, liver tonic and others according the Veterinary doctor. Manage proper house with wooden bed for safe living, 4 to 5 hours grazing near the village, providing clean water, monthly wash and regular deworming, so the buck is healthy. The unit spread awareness among the Goat Keepers — Balanced diet, Proper accommodation, Health management, Breed improvement.
The buck start natural Insemination from November 2017, and Jeevan Verma provided to local goat keepers free of cost.
Within 23 months Improved buck (Sultan) crossed 107does (94 local and 13 cross breed does). 36 Does birth 59 upgraded kids (33 male and 26 female), Local Goat keepers are very happy to produced improved goat kids.
This Project support reducing migration from Uttarakhand villages empowering women’s, generating employment, doubling poor goat keeper families and producing organic meat and milk.
Farmer – to -farmer best extension model is being undertaken by this unit , Farmer’s group from different parts visited and study of the Advanced scientific way managed Dairy, Goatery, Poultry, Organic Vegetable production and Agriculture practice.
Gopal Ratna Jeevan Verma
12-10–2019
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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.

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.

Past projects

Thank you!  R.O.S.E and our community members are grateful to you for your kind-hearted efforts in helping with these past projects andhelpingthe less fortunate.The most recent completed projects are:

Fair Price Community Farm Shop

past-projects_clip_image002A fair-price shop was constructed in November 2011. It is housed on the main floor of the community centre. The aim is that it provides affordable, locally sourced and ecologically sound produce for local families. The produce are bought locally from Haldwani, and are sold to the villages with a low margin.
The produce cost 20-30% less than normal shop prices as there are no additional charges for rent or electricity.  This provides the poor some relief so that they can put the 20-30% savingstowards medical aid and clothing and other essentials to improve their lifestyle.

  1. The total project cost was £3000 for capital revolving fund.
  2. £1500 for 2 employees for 1 year running shop as 1 shopkeeper and 1 helper to maintain the shop.
  3. £6000 for buying a small vehicle for transporting produce from Haldwani to Kanda

 

Building twin-tank toilets

past-projects_clip_image004 R.O.S.E. has researched and developed a twin tank composting toilet that is easy to build and maintain and yields nutrient-rich compost that can safely be used in the fields. A grant in the 1980’s allowed R.O.S.E to construct 40 of these latrines in the Kanda community which was, and continues to be, a great success. In addition to sanitation, these latrines offer privacy to women who are dangerously taught to wait until the cover of night to relieve themselves, no matter how many hours away that may be. With adequate funds, R.O.S.E hopes to continue with this important project.
“I don’t think I could have learnt as much about the culture of India and Indian people if I hadn’t come to R.O.S.E. Living as part of an Indian family in a small and very friendly Indian community has been life changing for me and I have come to really appreciate my own family and my standard of living back at home. You don’t realize how easy our lives are until you come here and get back down to grassroots with basic tools. When you undertake any labour tasks you can’t help but think…..If only I had that tool then I could do this so much more efficiently and it would make people’s lives a bit easier to do the task.” Chris McMenaman (UK)

The Human Problem – Life after Sunset

For the millions of villagers, life comes to a grinding halt at sunset — with no electricity, there is no light, so no ability to work or study or play. Having spent the major part of the day in the fields, the villagers can do little in the darkness. There is no light for children to study or for any family entertainment.
India has over 140 Milllion Rural Homes. Out of this some 87 Million still burn kerosene for lighting. Each family consumes between 100-150 liters of kerosene per annum.
Each liter of kerosene generates 2.6 kgs of Carbon Dioxide. Annually, this is over 22 million tons of pollution.
Carbon Dioxide is a major greenhouse gas and contributes to global warming.
Combining the sun’s energy with modern technology has now provided mankind with a better way. We try to increase the villager’s useful hours after sunset by providing them lights powered by solar energy. This digital lighting is non-polluting and eliminates the carbon dioxide being emitted from rural homes.
Technology has provided us a key part of the solution in the form of high efficiency low energy Light Emittng Diodes (LED) and Thin Film Solar solutions which can power these lighting systems even in cloudy weather situations.

In February 2009, two US volunteers called Justin and Ethan arrived in Sonargon, Kanda, Bageshwar, Uttarakhand. They stayed in Jeevan’s paying guest unit and supported the work of ROSE (Rural Organisation for Social Elevation) in Sonargon. Many poor families in the area had no electricity and lighting, due to financial reasons they cannot afford electrical connection and the monthly bills. Many activities within the household were in difficulty such as the children doing their schoolwork, cooking, washing, cleaning etc… Elderly people and very young children are the most affected.
Justin and Ethan solved this problem by providing 8 families with solar powered home lights. (The 8 families include 3 widows, 1 abandoned and 4 others).  After the works have been completed and the lights installed the families are now much more happier as they now feel. Their day to day activities have been made easier by providing these lights.
Justin and Ethan also provided 4 street lights (3 for the community centre which is being built and 1 for Jeevan’s paying guest unit), many people are benefiting from these lights including the locals, volunteers, tourists and other visitors. The Volunteers also provided a further 4 solar powered home light systems for the community centre where ROSE has a school/creche for the community’s poor children, a fair price shop, community meeting centre, training centre, communication centre, pilot demonstration centre, library and other activities.
The community members and all those who benefited from these works are very happy and satisfied/ ROSE and all the members of the community are very grateful to Justin and Ethan and wish them all the Solar Energy Lighting best in the future.
Join this movement to improve the quality of life for millions — bring light to those in darkness and help clean the environment in the process.Together with your help, we can make a difference.
Dignity through Electricty Program — brings light to familes in darkness and creates a cleaner environment.

  • Help increase the useful, usable hours of a village – with digital LED lights, their daily activities no longer need to halt at sunset.
  • Help the really stretched village housewife to perform her daily chores better — cooking, stitching, children and home management.
  • Help the village youth get better education. Help villagers who want to learn new skills after working all day in the fields.
  • Provide opportunity for new village businesses to develop.
  • Help improve personal safety, especially during monsoon months.

Use the calculator below to get an estimate for the donation required to get a specified number of products installed. The amounts are in US$, and the Total is also presented in Indian Rupees, using an approximate conversion rate of Rs.40 to US$1.[[NOTE to SS -There is no calculator on this page – should there be?]]

Some examples of previous activities of R.O.S.E include:

  • installation of twin-tank toilets
  • construction of earthquake-proof homes
  • community educational programmes on sanitation
  • opening a fair-priced shop (see note below)
  • construction of a temple
  • eco-development work
  • organic farming promotion
  • micro dairy
  • poultry rearing

Past projects have included

  • past-projects_clip_image001The construction of a bio gas system

  • Traditionally energy for cooking is provided by burning of locally sourced wood, which has many negative implications. In 1999 ROSE started work on a demonstration project using bio gas technology which safely uses a common waste product – cattle dung. The plant was completed and fully operational by April 2000.
  • Cattle houseA much needed concrete cattle house for the protection of livestock was constructed with volunteer funds in 1999.
  • Low cost housing for poor families ROSE constructed a two room house with a solid floor and concrete block walls for a mute women and her three children who previously lived under steel sheets.
  • Community centrepast-projects_clip_image002_0000Thisongoing project is intended to provide emergency shelter to families whose houses are unusable due to the seasonal flash floods/mud slides. It is also intended to be a meeting place and cultural centre. The upper storey of the community centre will be comprised of a fair price shop.
  • Fair price shopThisongoing construction will be housed in the community Centre, its aim is to provide affordable, locally sourced and ecologically sound produce for local families. Therefore keeping money in circulation within the community.
  • ToiletsR.O.S.E. has researched and developed a twin tank composting toilet that is easy to build and maintain and yields a nutrient-rich compost that can safely be used in the fields. A grant in the 1980’s allowed R.O.S.E to construct 40 of these latrines in the Kanda community which was, and continues to be, a great success. In addition to sanitation, these latrines offer privacy to women who are dangerously taught to wait until the cover of night to relieve themselves, no matter how many hours away that may be. With adequate funds, R.O.S.E hopes to continue with this important project.
  • Paths and infrastructurepast-projects_clip_image003Transportation through the Kanda village is solely by foot. Women carry large loads up and down the hills from the fields and valley area and children walk the paths daily to school. For this reason safe footpaths are very important to the community. R.O.S.E. has, in the past, constructed and maintained paths and will continue to do so in the future.
  • Soil conservation (eco development)R.O.S.E. supports the regeneration and improvement of the environment both directly and indirectly in all of its projects. Deforestation has led to erosion, low soil fertility and water shortages. The results are direct and clear. Consequentially K.S.S./R.O.S.E. has initiated a forestation effort which also serve as a means of educating the community. In addition six international volunteers, two youths and members of the Verma family worked to level sloping fields by use of locally sourced stone in a wall. This will conserve the topsoil in heavy rains.
  • Construction of Water Wellpast-projects_clip_image004_0000Six international volunteers, two locals and members of Mr Verma’s family leveled a field, dug an 8 foot well, completed a wall of stones to conserve soil and cemented a concrete foundation and wall for the well. It now provides clean drinking and washing water.
  • Irrigation Canal ConstructionCommunity members, including Verma family members, and volunteers constructed a canal by breaking and carrying stones to make a stone and earth wall.
  • Temple Site WorkVolunteers helped locals to level and clear the land on which the local temple is built.
  • Income Generation for the PoorLocal unskilled people are employed, when funds allow, on many of the above projects and all skilled labour is sourced locally, thus providing much needed income to the poor. In addition the Verma family generate work for a local deaf mute woman every day, providing her with an income.
  • Clothing DistributionROSE receives packets of clothes, stationary supplies, toys, bags and shoes from kind donors (typically parents and friends of former volunteers) and distributes them to the locals in need.

 

Current projects

R.O.S.E. Kanda needs continuing support and unfortunately, for unknown reasons, has seen a drop in the number of volunteers in recent years. This has resulted in a lack of funding and resources which has prevented the village from launching any new projects. There are, however, a number of ongoing projects from previous years that volunteers can contribute to.

These include teaching at the local primary school, specifically set up by R.O.S.E Kanda for the poorest families in the village who can’t afford to pay for their education. Children range from 2-8 years old and classes are no more than 20 students, running from 7.30am-midday. Volunteers are encouraged to come and teach the children English songs and games during their play time and join in with English and Maths lessons from 9am onwards.

Whether or not you have a specific project in mind, the Verma family offer the option of a homestay – following the principals of eco-tourism. Here, guests pay a small contribution for the opportunity to experience rural Indian life as an extra member of the family: staying in the family home with authentic family meals and helping out where needed. In order to cover the cost of your stay a monetary contribution is required but compared to many other volunteering programs this is very small for the invaluable experience and the warm welcome you will receive. Furthermore most of this contribution is a means of fundraising for new projects in the village as the living costs are fairly low in the family home.

Alternatively, if volunteers are able to fundraise before they arrive in Kanda they would have the opportunity to carry out a chosen FUTURE PROJECT and see something they are personally interested in develop during their stay. In this case, any extra homestay charge would be overlooked and all donations would go directly to their chosen future project.

Looking towards the future and in particular overcoming its recent fundraising obstacle is currently R.O.S.E. Kanda’s main concern. In this respect, the homestay option (even for the shortest periods of time) is actively encouraged and any donations gratefully received.