Why am I fundraising?
The DoW Spiti Library is a self-sustainable, travelers led initiative in Kaza - Spiti Valley, which is being setup for the benefit of the local community. It is our pilot project to kick start the long term change at a much larger scale in the remote Himalayan regions as a part of our community vision. This public library will be offering books for the locals as well as tourists of Spiti Valley where the target audience is people who are looking or finding:
1. books for learning Bhoti/Tibetan to Hindi/English and vice-versa,
2. books about local Culture, Traditions, History, Buddhism & Spirituality.
3. books related to travel, mainly for travelers looking to spend time in Library on their trips to Spiti Valley
4. books related to local school curriculum and syllabus
5. books related to competition exam preparations targeting senior secondary school children
6. books related to primary school children
7. books related to hotel management and tourism industry, in order to benefit locals to know about the industry and best practices
8. books related to science and arts
We have leased a two room set with a toilet in a home stay at Kaza for next two years of this pilot project phase. The big room will be used for the library installed with heater or bukhari and other room will be used for the stay purposes when one of the members/volunteers travel for the work of library to Spiti Valley.
This small room will also be used to rent as an accommodation or stay option for 2-3 people/tourists looking for home-stay at a very nominal charge of Rs 400 per day for the room. 50% of the charges will go towards the maintenance of our Library project hence making it self-sustainable and rest 50% will go to the home stay owner. Of course, meals need to be paid extra there at the home stay itself to the owner of the home stay. The home stay will be run by a very lovely local family in Kaza in which we have housed this library.
Where is it located in Spiti Valley?
It is located in Kaza, Spiti Valley near Hotel Snow Lion.
Why did we choose Kaza Village?
Well, Kaza village was choosen because we at Devil On Wheels, at present, want to focus on the upliftment of the belt around Kaza mainly, Langza, Hikkim, Komik, Ki, Kibber villages and Kaza being accessible all round the year/season from these villages makes a perfect location in order to setup the library. We should understand that it is primarily winters when locals have more time to focus on enhancing their skills or learning new things. This public library will ensure that those who are interested can spent that idle time in positive and fruitful direction.
Why is DoW Community doing it?
DoW Community, over its travels and Mega Meets, realized the need to bring bigger impacts through its responsible tourism initiatives and introduced this public Library in Spiti Valley as a pilot project to start traveler-funded infrastructure. The idea is to facilitate the willingness of travelers to volunteer with a requirement of the locals and come up with something that benefits them mutually.