First Project Rehab of LEAP Foundation –
Cable/Rope/Wooden Bridge to connect Village Bankoli and others in Uttarkashi District to the mainland; benefit 2,500 villagers who otherwise have to walk upto 15 Km over difficult terrain; as the existing bridges have been washed away; no relief is reaching them; the new bridge shall be strong enough to carry men, material and animals; 125 meter span; should last for about 3-4 years; ready within the next 15 days; Estimated Cost Rs 2.00 Lakhs.
Located and Inspired by our having reached out to a brave young lady Ms Mamta Rawat who hails from this small village Bankoli near Dodital, which otherwise is a famous high altitude lake. Mamta did her mountaineering course from the famous Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi (NIM) and is currently taken it up as a profession working as a freelancer. Mamta, the only earning member of her family is a determined young Gharwali girl who always puts others first and then thinks about herself. Even as her house was getting washed away she preferred to rush out to the help of the pilgrims rather than save her house which she was confident that nothing will happen to her family. She has been out on rescue missions since the 17th of June with NIM team and thereafter with others.
She carried a critically ill old lady on her back – like a mountaineer carries a rucksack – for over 5 Km to help her evacuation by a helicopter for further medical treatment; when asked what we can do for her and her family, she suggested that we could help the villagers in constructing rope/cable bridges to cross over the rivers, as all old bridges are washed away by river. For the uninitiated, NIM is the IIT/IIM of mountaineering; aims to build youth with skills of mountaineering and survival at tough times. Kudos to NIM and Ms Mamta Rawat for applying her education when it was required the most!
Second Project Rehab of LEAP Foundation –
Composite Livelihood by giving a Mini-Dairy to individual families in Villages of Kholi and Bharasu, Dist Rudraprayag; on the road from Guptakashi to Sonprayag; 230 families with each having gone through either of a death/serious injury/incapacitation/loss of land/erosion of cattle livestock; the Mini-Dairy shall comprise Two Cows with a shed of 60 Sq Ft; animal feed to last 3 months; feed bins and chaff cutter; 3 solar lamps; and counseling and training to sustain themselves. Total Cost of about Rs 1.75 Lakhs.
The First Beneficiary family of three generations of ladies – is known as just Uma ki Ma – since the only male bread winner has died; the elderly mother is in shock and has not gotten up from her bed since then; her daughter Uma and her two very young daughters had nowhere to go after the father died; and are now living with the mother in her hutment.
We expect that the Mini-Dairy shall give them milk to drink; enough extra to sell and make some money; and they shall worship the cows as the family and the cows look after each other. More families being identified; the beneficiaries should receive everything over the next 2 weeks.
Third Project Rehab of LEAP Foundation –
Cable/Rope/Wooden Bridge to connect Village Chilond to Jaal Talla in Rudraprayag District to the mainland and over the River Kali Ganga; benefit 1,500 villagers who anyhow will walk about 12 Km to the main motor-able road after crossing this bridge; the existing bridges have been washed away; no relief is reaching them; the new bridge shall be strong enough to carry men, material and animals; 100 meter span; should last for about 3-4 years; ready within the next 15 days; our volunteers and labour will walk upto 15 Km from the main road with the supplies to reach the bridge making point; Estimated Cost Rs 2.00 Lakhs
Livelihood Rehab shall follow this Bridge, we remain committed to help.