A really special project set in a remote mountain village called Breswana, in Jammu & Kashmir. The village is home to the famous Haji Public School, where three of their volunteer teachers are now working to bring energy and education access to the locals. Join us as we spend a week this December (9-15), living in one of the local homes and enjoying their warmth and hospitality. Take in surreal sunrises and dramatic sunsets, learn local food and craft, trek and camp for a night under clear starry skies! Your travel will support the solar electrification of a local home, and the education of 3 little children. Join us and bring some of your warmth to the cold Himalayan winter! :)
The cost of the experience is Rs 35000/- and includes travel from Jammu, and everything once we reach Breswana - stay, meals and all local activities. Additional expenses will be travel to Jammu, meals in transit and personal expenses of any kind.
SauraMandala is an organisation that was started by three ex-volunteer teachers from Haji Public School. Their mission is 'To provide last mile energy access to remote and disconnected communities to enable education and create employment.' They are passionate about energy access and the potential it has to accelerate change in these remote and disconnected communities. The three key pillars of their projects are energy access, enabling education and empowering the community.
Breswana is a small village located near Doda, Jammu. At a height of more than 8000ft, the last few kms to reach the village have to still be done on foot or horseback. The village is mostly known for the famous Haji Public School, started by the Haji family in 2009. The school offers a unique system to permanent teachers supported by on-going batches of volunteer teachers who commit a minimum of 3 months or more. The quality of education is so strong that many families have been known to relocate to Breswana just so their kids can be enrolled in the school. Today, the village is also setting a great model in enabling energy and education access. Three of their ex-volunteer teachers have come together to ensure all homes are electrified, and all kids have access to education through impact tourism projects.
You will have to reach Jammu by the morning of December 9. You could either take the overnight train, or one of the morning flights from Delhi. From here, we will head to Breswana via Doda, by road. We will drive to the last motorable point, after which we will do the last few kms on horseback! It will be a long and adventurous day of travel, and we will reach only by evening but our final destination will make it more than worthwhile :)
We have planned a number of activities in and around the village. We will spend time interacting with the local kids, observe the craft of knife making, learn how to make local cheese, do a small hike to a waterfall and then trek to a meadow nearby and camp overnight. We will also spend half a day setting up the solar power system in one of the local homes. While there's something planned each day, we have also factored some free time for you to walk around, interact with your hosts and generally do your own thing!