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NAMARUPA sends $18,000.00 to KASHIKA to help children in the Himalayas get an education.

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“We are very happy and grateful to receive the support of your organization Namarupa for our seva for the poor of the Himalayas. We consider this a blessing of Ma Ganga that people such as yourself are providing a helping hand for Kashika.” Ram Chaitanya, KASHIKA. Scroll down and learn more…

In India please donate directly to:
“Kashika” State Bank of India, Bhatwari Account No. 33489184123 IFSC Code SB1N0002316

Pan : AACTK3237D *Registered under Indian Trust Act* KASHIKA,
Sanglai (Tihar), P.0- Gangnani, Bhatwari, Uttarkashi Uttarakhand – 249135

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KASHIKA has a dream to improve the quality of basic edu­cation in the remotest comers of Himalaya. Our vision is to build necessary infrastructure, engage good teachers and impart quality education in those areas where it is non-existent. We started this endeavour in Uttarakhand after the devas­tating floods of 2013 where life had come to absolute halt. After realizing that silent victims of that disaster were kids, we tried to help their families and support their education. Currently we are running tuition centres, computer centres and libraries to supplement their formal education. Motivation While working with children for a long time, we have witnessed many gaps in formal education provided by government run institutions. Most schools work in dilapi­dated buildings with few teachers and few amenities. Most teachers, often intimidated by wild terrain and dif­ficult living conditions choose to avoid rigorous tenure by seeking transfers once they are posted. And some of them choose not to serve by engaging in absenteeism. Many similar problems obviously reflect upon children’s education and there are serious gaps in the education levels while comparing with students from other urban areas. Also there are many dropouts among children especially girls due to lack of toilets in government schools. These appalling standards in government run educational insti­tutions are prime reasons of backwardness and unem­ployment in those regions.

Ram Chaitanya.

Ram Chaitanya works incredibly hard to make this dream come true. He needs your help. Please donate generously.
Kashika has identified a location at Jaspoor, 68 km away from Uttarkashi on Uttarkashi – Gangotri Highway. This loca­tion is closer to Indo -Tibetan border and will be at the vicinity of seven villages covering around 900 families. These families are essentially from poor and lower middle class farmers. Kashika Trust is in possession of 1640 sq meters of land which will be used only for building school and associated amenities. Considering difficult terrain, Kashika intends to build basic lodging facilities for chil­dren and teachers. School We intend to build a primary school with 6 class rooms with community hall, kitchen, library, residential quarters, toilets, administrative office, and some sports facilities. Initially plan is to have classes from 1-4 and then scaling gradually up to 6th standard. Along with the best infra­structure, Kashika aims to engage teaching talents for the school. Teachers will be selected after rigorous selection process and will be continuously trained and evaluated.

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The new retaining wall is taking shape. All this labor intensive work is done by hand and everything is hauled up in small pick-ups and by ponies. Below is the view from the site looking northwards along the Bhagirathi (Ganga) River valley with the snow peaks in the distance. The road in the shadow of the mountain is the highway to Gangotri.
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Swami Kashi, Robert Moses, Swami Govindanandaji, Radha-kunda das and Ram Chaitanya on site of the future Kashi Community Center


Proposed Kashi Community Center: Ground Floor Plan


 

Proposed Kashi Community Center: Upper Floor Plan


 

Proposed Kashi Community Center: North East Elevation


In India please donate directly to:
“Kashika” State Bank of India, Bhatwari Account No. 33489184123 IFSC Code SB1N0002316 

Pan : AACTK3237D *Registered under Indian Trust Act* KASHIKA,
Sanglai (Tihar), P.0- Gangnani, Bhatwari, Uttarkashi Uttarakhand – 249135

Outside of India please donate via PayPal button below:

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Swami Janardhananda put us in touch with Ramchaitanya who sent us this email on February 7, 2016.

Respected  Robert ji,
I am happy to have heard from you. After the major floods of 2013, we decided to help the poor Himalayan villagers of Uttarakhand by forming a NGO called KASHIKA. This is now a registered trust with the Government of India.
Kashika did an extensive survey of 11 villages of Bhatwari Block of Uttarakashi District and made a list of families who were struggling to send their children to school. With the support of Divine Life Society (Sivananda Ashrama), Adi Sankara Brahma Vidyapeeth and several individuals, we are currently providing education support for more than 700 students. All these students are now attending school regularly.
Kashika is also running 5 tuition centers, 2 libraries and 2 computer centers to supplement the mainstream curriculum.
We also conducted “Gaudan” (donating milking cows) for widows to make them financially independent.  The Jhanavi Mala Project for women of Hurri village in coordination with Lee &TonyDavis (www.jewlr.com/mala) is to make the women of the village self-reliant. With the support of Divine Life Society we are constructing 100 toilets and bathrooms for the villages of the above mentioned area.
The second project is proposed in  the village of Tihar. We are currently running a study center and Sisu Seva (feeding poor children) (http://www.kashika.org/shishu-sevafeeding-kids/) in this village which is in a temporary shelter. We want to construct a community center for running these programs.
We have given some details of our work and requirements. We kindly request your help for these projects. Also please do plan to visit the villages and spend time with the children on your next trip to India. 
With Pranam
Ramchaitanya
Namarupa responded. We wired the funds we had collected for the ongoing education of the children of the Himalayan region that had been badly affected by the floods. We are looking forward to visiting the region during the Pancha Prayag Yatra October 2016 and seeing progress on the community center firsthand.
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Please watch this VIDEO in full to understand the educational and relief work being done.


VIDEO: LUCI LIGHTS Heart-warming scenes from a volunteer flood relief trip to Ravada Village in India as shot by Eastern Mountain Sports photographer and videographer, Robert Moses. Thanks to a generous donation of solar-powered lamps, school children can do their homework whenever they want, not just when there’s daylight.


ON JUNE 16, 2013 DISASTER STRUCK IN UTTARAKHAND!
An early monsoon brought days of torrential rain, bursting dams, landslides and floods. To date the death toll is well over a thousand with many still missing. Whole villages washed away. Places that had existed for hundreds of years gone without a trace. Those who had not perished were left with the shreds of the clothes they were standing in. The papers have been filled with stories of the disaster and survivors are trickling home with harrowing tales. Much has been written about the terrible plight of the many pilgrims in the area.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE VILLAGERS AND HOW WE CAN HELP?
It is all very well to send some money and relief supplies after a tragedy on the scale of these floods. But what happens after that? What happens to the inhabitants of a village that has been cleared off the map? What happens to the children How do people pick up and resume their lives? Actions taken by people in far away places, leading to global warming, combined with local activities spurred by greed and hunger for power conspired suddenly in devastation. Local inhabitants had by and large been protesting against the construction of dams for years but their voices had gone unheeded. Now suddenly they were bearing the major brunt of this calamity. A group of small organizations (see below) has banded together to help with long term aid.

 

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DONATIONS BY CHECK can be sent to:
Namarupa Bhandava
P.O. Box 271, Dublin, NH 03444 USA
DONATIONS WITHIN INDIA – PLEASE GO HERE
http://www.somashram.in/contribute.htm Tax exempt in India
THE ORGANIZATIONS INVOLVED IN THIS AID EFFORT ARE:
NAMARUPA BANDHAVA

BROOME STREET TEMPLE
KASHIKA
ADI SANKARA BRAHMA VIDYA PEETH

SIVANANDA YOGA VIDYA PEETHAM

QUERIES: info@namarupa.org