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Sewa Saahas

Our Eco Tourism & Disaster Management Initiative

Post the tragedy that struck Uttarakhand in 2013, it was thought that preparedness is the best prevention we have against any natural calamity. With this idea, we thought of utilizing the potential of the local young boys and girls to train them in the field of disaster management and immediate rescue. Uttarakhand is as majestic as it can get and there are a plenty of beautiful and picturesque places that are hidden as of now. Seeing the great potential for developing these places as a destination for tourists, trekkers and travellers and also the fact that the local populace is best suited for guiding such tourists. The idea of training these young volunteers as tour guides were initiated with this vision. The idea is to try and stop the massive migration of youth from the mountains to the plains and also to be able to generate a sustainable source of livelihood and income for the coming generation.

Volunteer

Sewa International invites volunteers to come forward and support various initiatives by volunteering with us.

How We Work

  • ASSOCIATION WITH YOUTH CLUB – To provide information about the scope of adventure tourism as an income generating activity, meetings with the youth club are held. The meetings provide an opportunity to bring forth ideas and suggestions for planning and identifying the routes and plans for new places and adventure sports.

  • YOUTH CLUB TOURISM TRAINING – For the advancement of the skills the trainees are trained in the areas of hospitality, adventure sports, planning the itinerary etc. The training was conducted in Narayankoti cluster with the participation of about 15 volunteers.

  • CLEANLINESS DRIVE – Regular cleanliness drives form an essential part of our activities especially on the eve of various days and festivals. As it has been seen that the massive influx of tourists has wrecked damage to the resources and landscape of the hills and mountains, this drive is done to initiate the trainees into the concept of clean and sustainable tourism.
  • DOCUMENTATION OF TREKKING ROUTES – The newfound trekking routes are further documented. The trainees are made aware of these new routes. The idea is to explore new travel destinations and provide livelihood to the local people. The trek routes are also Geotagged for further identification.

  • ESTABLISHMENT OF HOMESTAYS – Identification of houses is done to establish homestays in the region The Houses for establishments homestay in the project areas at Byunkhli Village of Narayankoti cluster and Karchoon Village of Tapovan Cluster. The concept of homestays would provide an added opportunity for the locals to earn income and also to be able to meet new people.

  • FORMATION OF YOUTH CLUB – To provide these young men and women with a platform to debate, discuss their issues and arrive at ideas and solutions for them, youth clubs are formed. They enhance the personality of the members. They are made to participate in exhibition and exposure visits to them a wide scope for understanding and capacity building.

Feedback

  • I am grateful to Sewa International for providing me with this opportunity. I visited the place where this school began and was baffled at how 55 people could live in that small place. It takes great vision and dedication to complete such a task. We all know that education is the route from poverty to fulfillment. People with disability are at certain disadvantage but a facility like this provides them with the opportunity to realize their potential. I want to thank all of you.. the teachers, people who have made this possible, Sewa international and on behalf of UK parliament, I would like to say that you've made a difference! Let's pledge to make this difference in all the states across Bharat together. Let's give everyone an opportunity to become the best they can.

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    • Bob Blackman
  • The experience and exposure provided by Sewa International was very enriching. It is heartening to see people not giving up easily despite unfavourable conditions.

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    • Aneesh S V L S
    • MBA Student at NIFTEM, Sonipat, Haryana
  • Wonderful experience. The visit helped us in gaining a better understanding of the challenges faced by the village residents in terms of food technology and processing.

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    • Raunak
    • B. Tech. Student at NIFTEM, Sonipat, Haryana
  • Sewa International is doing a phenomenal jobin Uttarakhand providing means of sustainable development to the community specially women under various banners like Sewa Krishi, Sewa Arogyam, Sewa Mahila Jyoti etc. The mobile health van is a unique concept providing advanced services like ECG, Xray and other investigations at affordable prices. The team understands the need of volunteers and visitors and delivers accordingly. You don't feel like an outsider and they welcome you warmly into their family. I would request you to help them in their noble cause in any way you can.

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    • Dr. Nihkil Garg
  • Great initiatives by sewa. It feels great to work with people to know the people around Uttarakhand. Had lots of learning and good experience with the team. Since I was working in the field of village tourism I got an opportunity to explore the Village life local traditions and cuisines which was fabulous. Sewa has built a strong network between the people and NGO, it is just remarkable. You never feel an outsider when you are working with sewa over here. If got another chance i would definitely like to carry my work forward with sewa.

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    • Sourabh Veer
    • Volunteer
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