About the project - The state of Uttarakhand has unfortunately seen some very bad floods in the last few years. People have lost their houses, assets as well as means of livelihood. SBMA is working on a number of initiatives to rehabilitate the locals - these range from poultry, dairy, farming etc.
Volunteers will be very useful as these are on-going programs and always in need of external support. Activities will range from creation and design of posters and other communication material, community interaction and sensitization etc. Volunteers may also help SBMA in internally evaluating best performing initiatives, so that more focus and resources can be used for the same.
Typical work day - Project agenda will typically be finalised after volunteer induction, and mutual discussion on areas of interest and appropriate initiatives. Project work will take approximately 5-6 hours everyday. Travel to villages in and around the area may also be required, and will be co-ordinated by SBMA. Evenings and weekends will be free for going around and leisure.
Shri Bhuvneshwari Mahila Ashram has been working in Uttarkashi since 1991 and covers more than 200 villages in the district through implementation of the child centered community development proejcts. Other key areas of intervention are livelihood promotion, water & sanitation, quality education, disaster risk reduction & response, child rights & protection etc.
Uttarkashi is a district located in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, in North India. The region has many temples, and a rich religious heritage and hence is often called 'Devbhumi' which literally translates to 'Land of the Gods'. The place is also known for its stunning natural beauty, offering numerous options for trekking, mountaineering and other adventure activities. Most people come here to get away from the stress of city life, and relax, enjoy and experience nature at its best.
How to get there -
Get to Dehradun by air/ rail/ road and head to Uttarkashi thereafter.
Dehradun is well connected and has an airport and railway station.
It is also easy to reach by road from Delhi (250 km) and Chandigarh (167 km)
The most common route is by road/ rail, there are plenty of buses and trains between Delhi/ Chandigarh and Dehradun.
Uttarkashi is another 145 km from Dehradun (4-5 hrs by road).
Uttarkashi is ideal for adventure sports like trekking and hiking, as there are plenty of trails ranging from easy to difficult level. Visitors can also visit the temples and learn about the historic significance of the place. Day trips to nearby villages like Raithal, Barsu etc can also be planned in collaboration with SBMA. Or you can simply spend your time reading, writing, painting, practising yoga and just relaxing and taking in the breath taking views all around.
Leisure inclusions - As part of the project, there will be some time allotted for local experiences. These will be great for volunteers to get a feel of the place, meet and interact with the community and become truly 'little local'. These activities will vary basis season, but will include things like participation in local fairs and festivals, community interaction, sampling and cooking local meals, short hikes etc.