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Partnering & Funding

The following organisations have formed a partnership with R.O.S.E. and Mr Verma.See their websites for further information


K.S.S./R.O.S.E. is in constant need of funding. All past major projects, for example the building of the latrines, have been funded by volunteers through fundraising activities before their stay in Kanda. This does not mean volunteers may only come with major funds in their luggage, because the added value of the volunteer comes through the provision of labour for work that otherwise may not be afforded. This is especially the case for building projects in the community that already have materials funding and planting or harvesting. Those visitors solely interesting in cultural exchange, rather than volunteer work are also welcome. However securing funding is a sure way to ensure constant employment on a new or major project that can benefit the community in the long term.

If you would like to help ROSE but do not want to volunteer in Kanda, there are many ways you can help:

Kanda people need clothes, general medications (aspirin, plasters, fever reducer, disinfectants, etc), paper and pencils for the school, vegetable and/or flower seeds, agricultural tools, etc. You can also send money, which will be used for the most urgent needs or for future projects. Mention if you want the money to be used for a special cause.

Spread the Word
You can talk about ROSE to people around you. Maybe some people you know would like to come in Kanda or make a donation. Any form of publicity for this cause is most welcome. Those involved in University life are in especially good positions to promote the needs of the project via University magazines and newsletters/societies.

Additionally, you can always ask Mr Verma for more information on how to help ROSE via his email.


The following are various research papers people have written about the project here at Kanda.

  • September 1999 Brigid McKay New Zealand
    Study on Eco Tourism in Kanda by the financial support of International Centre For Integrated Mountain Development Kathmandu Nepal.
  • April 2001 Prof. Tej Vir Singh and Prof. Shalini Singh, Centre For Tourism Research and Development, Indra Nagar Lucknow.
    Visited and research on Altrustic Tourism: Another Shada Of Sustainable Tourism. The Case of Kanda Community. Published in Tourism Recreation Research Vol.50, No:4, 2002 (also Vol.28(2), 2003).
  • Chapter on “Kanda” in the book ‘Novelty Tourism’ published in UK (CAB International) .
  • May 2004 Pekka Mustonen Researcher, Turku School of Economics Turku Finland research on Reppureissaus on Utta Massaturismia Travellerit tallovat tuttuja polkuja. Published in S K Sunnuntai 27.5.2007.
  • July 2005 Eric Coleman University Researcher from USA study on Rural Eco / Voluntary Tourism.

Awards & Achievements

Achievements:September 2007
Honored by the Honorable Tourism Minister (Uttarakhand) Shri Prakash Pant on World Tourism Day at H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar for efforts in promoting Rural Eco / Voluntary Tourism.
This on the recommendation of Prof S.C.Bagri, Director of the Centre for Mountain Tourism and Hospitality Studies HNB Garhwal University Srinagar in his research on “Rural Eco / Voluntary Tourism in Sunargoan, Kanda, Bageshwar, Uttaranchal”.


Selected for Best Citizens of India 2006, by The India International Friendship Society, New Delhi

Awarded First Choice Responsible Tourism Award 2005 for Best Volunteering programme, sponsored by The Imaginative Traveler, from The World Travel Market (WTM), London

Selected for The Pride of Utaranchal, by Utsah New Delhi.


7An intern is one who works in a temporary position with an emphasis on education. ROSE offers to the opportunity for interns to work here on a voluntary basis (unpaid). Interns can work in sustainable agriculture, rural development and construction, gaining the associated skills.

Interns receive practical training from farmers, artisans and international students in a range of skills. In exchange for these learning opportunities, interns are expected to do farm work, assist in teaching skills to shorter-term guests, to assist in developing training materials, and to assist with organizational and guest support.

On a daily basis agricultural interns participate in the farming activities of the season. This gives practice in the skills of working with draft animals and using farm machinery. They plant, cultivate and harvest a rotation of crops and learn many associated skills, such as woodworking, metalworking and blacksmithing. These activities create an understanding and empathy for the work demands of farmers and crafts people.

Construction interns learn both traditional and modern Indian construction techniques while working on construction projects that will be of great benefit to the local community.

An example of a recent internship is Domonkos Mikesy from Planet Foundation Hungary who will be spending 6 months in total with the Verma family learning construction techniques during the building of a community centre, which will provide shelter to families whose houses are lost to flash floods and mudslides in the monsoon. Catherine Duclos represents Boarder Less Volunteers M.C.Gill University Canada who will be financing the construction work.