This is a humble request for your help in keeping the serenity of a small hamlet, Aranoo that forms a part of the everlasting splendor of Nubra Valley, Ladakh.
The mere thought of Ladakh captivates our minds with sweeping beauty. The uniformity of uneven landscape under charming blue sky in perfect alignment with snow crested peaks and perennial steams are indeed a surreal picture. On the other end of Ladakh’s scenic range lies its rich indigenous culture of Indo-Tibetans who are fighting an everyday battle between adaptation of the new age brought about by thousands of tourists and settlers and the olden-times glory of rituals.
Sandwiched in this dilemma are the children and youth of Aranoo (Nubra Valley) and its adjoining villages namely Khemi, Tongstet, Dongnung, Henachey, Taksha, Sasoma, Hargam, Aaye, Kubet and Murgi which are at constant cultural shift slowly diluting their identity. This is where we seek for your support.
Tsetan, is a local enthusiastic fellow residing in Aranoo who has dedicated his critical years of life to the sustainable development of his region. Although he started this mission on his own, the arena of a village progress is far too huge for him to carry forward. With his daily interactions with the children from across several neighbouring villages, he realized that the children need to have a holistic system of education and learning where they have the option of knowing their own culture and tradition as much as the modern means of civilization.
Culture! Change! Childhood! Nurturing! We all know the fundamental connection of these factors. We may not often sit to think its importance in terms of safeguarding the rich history this land holds. But do we care about it? Like-minded people like you and us definitely do.
We are on an unguarded quest for bringing the various elements of expertise of various volunteers and also of Tsetan, so that when our subsequent generations step on the beautiful land of Nubra Valley, its “humane touch” remains tangible through the young minds.
About the Campaigner
Tsetan Dorjay, the chief organizer of the campaign is 21 years old, who has been working towards sustainable development and wildlife conservation in the villages of Nubra and Leh for many years. A former student of SECMOL, run the world-renowned Environmentalist, Mr. Sonam Wangchuk and a member of ICE STUPA TEAM, Tsetan has been working tirelessly in various remote villages of his region. He has also been a part of researches conducted by Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru in the Leh region and is currently working with Snow Leopard Conservancy India Trust.
There is no adequate schooling in the village of Aranoo. Due to its extreme climate, most of the time the schools are either shut or there are hardly teaching faculty willing to go and teach the children. Associative with this lays the major issue of skills development negligence. Being so remote, the children do not have access to any of the modern means of accumulation of knowledge and their bright minds are wasted in the literal cubical.
The lack of awareness has slowly entered into the culture of the inhabitants where they are letting loose of their cultural patterns. Cuisines, attire, handicrafts and above all the innate urge of ecologically balanced existence are eroding away. Aranoo is just one of the many villages in Ladakh that is facing similar paradigm shifts.
Tsetan has sketched out a schedule program of accumulating 140 children and young adults from Aranoo and bordering villages. The lot will be categorized into two groups. One between 8years-13 years where they will be given day schooling and a variety of activities driven by their own desires will be imparted. The other group will be between 14 years – 21 years. These members will be given a form of boarding school where they will get to stay with us and develop practical experiences in terms of learning. These members will be given tours all around the villages to get an idea of their own origin and culture.
Tsetan will host volunteers from different parts of India who will teach the kids a variety of skills such as photography, theatre, tailoring, health and hygiene, literature, waste management and segregation, sustainable menstruation and so on. Their training will be meticulously and personally given by skilled volunteers who have been working with similar individual and group projects for many years now.
How do you help?
The scale at which we are planning this project is high. The survival itself is extremely difficult because we will initiate it in the month of January, 2019, when the weather is extremely harsh. Because there will be less economic and life chores in that particular month we are driving against our personal acclimatized habitation. As we venture into this new world of young minds and extremities we are extending our hands to anyone who wishes to contribute to this mission.
|S. No||Service||Number of people|
|1.||Transportation service for the kids from neighbouring villages||120|
|2.||Food and Stay for kids, volunteers and staff during the camp||160|
|3.||Workshop materials for the kids and volunteers||140|
|S. no||Service||Number of people||Amount|
(per person, per day)
(for 20 days)
|4.||Workshop materials (Stationary)||140||100||1,40,000|