Migration in any part of the world is a very tough challenge to tackle, and the problem of migration in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal and Almora district is susceptible. Reports say that the migration is very high in both the district thus many villages have turned empty.
However, to tackle the problem of migration and re-establishing the abandoned villages uniquely, foreign tourists have joined the hand. International Round Scholar Community, an organisation consisting of foreign nationals in collaboration with Doon School, is building a community centre in Dungri village of Pauri Garhwal district. The construction work started in December last year and is about to complete.
While talking to News-Post, Ambikesh Shukla of Doon School who is also the coordinator of this initiative said, “There are many villages in Pauri where migration is high, and now they have come under the category of ghost village. To reduce the migration, we chose Dungri village of Pauri, from which the youth of all the surrounding villages could get an opportunity to stay in his village and do something.”
“The biggest reason behind building this community centre is that we can start a skill training centre for the youths of the village. To make this a success, we have been joined by some foreign friends. The Doon School also released funds for this purpose,” he added. Ambikesh said that in the past the prestigious Doon school had built a school in Rudraprayag for one and a half crores after the disaster took away the class and this was needed to tackle the challenge of migration.
In a kind gesture by Puran Singh Negi, a lawyer by profession donated his land to the organisation. He said, “To stop the migration of nearby villages, I donated the land. The community hall will be a place where villagers will learn new things. Unemployed youths will have the provision to take up skill training.”
Manish Joshi, the facilitator of this initiative, told News-Post that,“The Round Scholars have built about 50-52 schools. To build a school, the members of the organisation first collect the fund and then starts the work. In Dungri, they have collected bricks, stone and cement for the constrictions.” Manish said that they haven’t only built a community centre, but soon they will bring international teachers to deliver quality education to the children of the village. The community centre is being built with their own money and without the help of the government. Manish apart from being a facilitator of the project, he ensured the facilities of the 20-25 foreigners working in the project.
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