1. ROOM TO READ: Changing young lives (2006-2011)
This project is aimed to enhance educational values through encouraging reading habits among the young. THT has taken 32 primary schools in 25 villages under its wing in Garur, Kumaon. Dedicated educators have taken on the task of inspiring young readers to read and appreciate books, encouraging curiosity and self expression, and setting up libraries, art, craft and reading centres to instill life-skills at the schools. The project has been aptly renamed “Jeevanshala” by the locals. The school at Garser village has won an award for outstanding work.
2. Empowering destitute tribal girls by imparting skills
30 destitute adolescent girls from villages around Berinag (Pithoragarh distt) received training in spinning and weaving through a donation from the Manglika Trust, Bangalore. These young women are now able to earn a minimum daily income of about Rs. 60/- through sale of spun wool, taking them a small step towards independence.
3. Guptkashi Micro-Enterprise in Okhimath block, Rudraprayag (2003-2006)
Training in micro schemes for alternate livelihoods such as fruit preservation, kitchen gardens, ringal production, spinning weaving was imparted to the women of Masta and neighbouring villages over three years. They have since set up a very successful cooperative society which sells its pickles and preserves in a little outlet on the Kedarnath route.
4. Project Formulation and Writing Training course for local youth (1994,1995)
To empower the young, educated youth of Garhwal and Kumaon to identify and formulate project proposals for their own village needs in the local languages, we held four short-term training courses for twenty trainees drawn from rural areas at Mussoorie. The courses were conducted by SIDH.Several of our trainees took up field managerial positions with the SWAJAL scheme later.
5. Natural Dyeing workshops with Bhotiya women artisans
Two interactive workshops on using natural dyes with non-toxic mordants were held during 1993 and 1994. Twenty five Bhotiya women participated in the program conducted by KV Chandramouli, renowned vegetable dye expert. Local plants were identified for extraction of dyes. Demonstration of updated processes as well as traditional techniques used by the artisans was recorded. An exciting range of shades and dyes on woolen yarn was the outcome of the workshops. These were woven by the weavers into shawls and yardage which was sold.
No further work could be done for lack of financial resources. A biodiversity park for dye-yielding plants found in the region as a sustainable source of natural dyes has been planned by the Himalaya Trust.