Improve the quality of life of communities through sustainable development
We work for equal access to education, healthcare and livelihood opportunities, and inclusion for disadvantaged communities living in the Upper Tons Valley, Uttarakhand, India
THE NEEDS WE ADDRESS
We provide high-quality direct services in education and healthcare. We work with the community to develop new sustainable livelihood opportunities. Our approach includes advocacy and awareness, and professional support through workshops, outreach and training.
IMPACT TO DATE
Kalap afterSchool: We have set up an after-school in Kalap village. The purpose of this is to have skilled teaching professionals assess the gaps in the government education system and fill them. This effort runs in parallel with the government school everyday after regular school hours, and full-time on holidays and during vacations. For more information please visit.
Kalap Trust Free Clinic: This is our pilot project in public health. The clinic provides healthcare facilities for the people of Kalap. Staffed by a MBBS doctor and local staff trained in nursing, the clinic is accessed completely free of cost by the community andmedicines too are dispensed free of cost. The primary aim of the clinic is to deal with two longstanding healthcare crises – tuberculosis and nutritional disorders – with special emphasis on the vulnerable population – children, pregnant women and the elderly. For more information, please visit.
JUNE 2013: The Kalap Responsible Tourism Project begins
JULY 2013: For the first time its history, Kalap has a presence on the Internet with a basic website that gives details about the village.
SEPTEMBER 2013: Work begins to build travel products around the experiences that Kalap offers.
JANUARY 2014: Training commences to train a pool of volunteers as mountain guides.
MAY 2014: The first ever tourists arrive at Kalap. It is the first real contact of the village with the world economy.
SEPTEMBER 2014: Kalap Trust is officially incorporated as the scope of the project moves beyond tourism. Healtcare and education are identified as priority areas.
OCTOBER 2014: The first doctor to ever visit Kalap. Pilot medical camp conducted.
NOVEMBER 2014: Preliminary work begins to upskill weavers in the village and make manufacture of handloom products a viable livelihood option for the community.
JANUARY 2015: Photo exhibition across 4 cities in South India to build awareness about Kalap.
APRIL 2015: Preliminary work begins to aggregate and market organic produce and products from Kalap.
JUNE 2015: PHASE I of a solar powered mini grid is deployed in the village to power 20 homes. It is a for-profit pay and use grid, providing reliable 24x7 power for lighting purposes.
JULY 2015: Training program conducted in Dehradun for women weavers from the village in 'Entreprenuership'.
OCTOBER 2015: The Trust sets up a school in the village to teach children English, and basic science and math.
JANUARY 2016: The Kalap Trust Free Clinic becomes functional providing free basic healthcare services to the local community.
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