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Rose Kanda is located in the Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand, about 1500-1900m above sea level. It is a dispersed settlement cluster of about 30 villages, home to over 20,000 people and is some 86 kilometers from well-known Almora. Pic Src:Jeevan Verma

The story of R.O.S.E. Kanda begins in June 1988 when a small village man met a foreigner while attending a workshop. The foreigner was a member of some Volunteer sending organization who wanted a host family in a remote area to help the visiting volunteers in the country engage in rural development, disaster management, environment protection and other activities. Driven by the force of social work, this small village man, Jeevan Lal Verma accepted the offer of being host to volunteers.

In August, 1988, a group of 8 volunteers visited his home in Sunargaon, a village in Kanda, Bageshwar; and stayed for 15 days with his family. They participated in day-to-day activities of villagers, cultural exchange and social and rural development work camps. The visit was successful, and more volunteers came to his place. The volunteers were impressed by the scenic beauty, cuisine and culture of Kumaon. Some visitors shared their experience in International magazines and brought the ROSE Kanda in limelight of people. There is also a documentary made by a Canadian television on remote place like Kanda and the role of grass root works of ROSE in such area.

R.O.S.E. (Rural Opportunity for Social Elevation) is a small help group in Kanda established in collaboration with Jeevan Paying Guest Unit (JPGU), Sunargaon. Kanda is a hilly province comprising of 30 villages having population of over 20,000 people. More than 50% population in Kanda is living below poverty line. As most of people of Uttarakhand, in Kanda also the locals are dependent on agriculture, animals and nature for their sustenance.
ROSE Kanda is working on grass root level to provide opportunities to locals to actively participate in developing better life for themselves.

Activities by ROSE Kanda

It works in the field of education, health, employment, cultural integrity and ecological balance. It also promotes organic farming, art and culture of locals. It provides opportunity to volunteer in ongoing projects such as teaching. ROSE Kanda has set a local school for poorest families who cannot afford schooling. ROSE Kanda running on the donations it received by institutions, visitors or universities. Still one can donate them for their remarkable activities in Kanda. If not money, then one can donate clothes, pencils, vegetables or flower seeds, agricultural tools, medicines and many other things, and help them by volunteering also.

In JPGU, one can expect traditional settings in single or sharing rooms on the basis of need and availability, and clean toilets. One can enjoy the home-cooked traditional vegetarian Kumaoni food made from locally grown ingredients. Non-vegetarian food is served on demand. Also, ATM is located in Bageshwar which is one hour distance from Kanda. They also provide escort services from Bageshwar- Kanda, Delhi- Kanda, and Haldwani- Kanda with charges.

Some previous work of ROSE Kanda includes construction of Cattle house, Fair price shop, toilets, paths and infrastructure, irrigation canal, and income generation program for poor. It is also working on electricity program because there is unavailability of electricity after sunset. After spending the whole day in field, there is little to do for villagers after sunset, especially for children who cannot study in darkness.

Achievements of Jeevan Lal Verma

The achievements of Jeevan Lal Verma make the state government proud and honored him with Awarded First Choice Responsible Tourism Award 2005 for Best Volunteering programme, sponsored by The Imaginative Traveler, from The World Travel Market (WTM), London. He was also selected for The Pride of Uttaranchal, by Utsah, New Delhi in 2001 and Best Citizens of India 2006, by The India International Friendship Society, New Delhi. He was also honored by the state Tourism Minister Shri Prakash Pant on World Tourism Day at H.N.B. Garhwal University, Srinagar for efforts in promoting Rural Eco / Voluntary Tourism.
The initiative by Jeevan Lal Verma emerged as an ideal example of eco-tourism and social work. It also gives confidence to locals about their cultural integrity and art which is fading away in modern times. Such grass root level works can help the people to move towards development at the same time flourishing their local art and culture also.

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Get in touch with Rose Kanda

Official Website of ROSE Kanda: http://www.rosekanda.info
Official Facebook Page of ROSE Kanda:https://www.facebook.com/ROSEKanda.volunteering
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