Kyarki Foundation started off as a Permaculture farm and appeared on the local Rishikesh newspaper several times as one of the first successful chia (Salvia hispanica) farming experiments in the Himalayas.
This farming trial allowed us to gain the trust of the local farmers, to bring the attention of the Government to the cause, and made us realise many of the challenges the hill tribes are facing today.
We have thus defined five major focus areas for action to foster sustainable development in Kyarki and its nearby villages.
Our mission is to bring about Sustainable Development by promoting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the villages we will adopt.
Our focus areas are Social Responsibility, Sustainable Agriculture, Education, Agrotourism, and Research.
We have therefore defined an holistic approach to address the core issues that are today affecting the Himalayan indigenous peoples.
The funds will be utilised as follows:
1) Social Responsibility; mediation between the villages and the Government; subsidies paperwork support; workshops/training/women empowerment;
2) Sustainable Agriculture; development of an organic super food value chain; farming tools/technology transfer; vermicompost; seeds & seed bank; farmers' training; marketing support;
3) Education; school project according to the philosophy of the Alice Project;
4) Agrotourism; Ecotourism camp to provide diversification of employment; we have delegated this focus area to a local partner;
5) Research; Front Line Demonstrations for farmers with the support of the University of Udine, Italy;
6) Miscellaneous; travelling/food expenses of the KF team/members;
If you believe in natural farming, sustainable development and healthy living, this is a great opportunity to make a contribution!
Please visit us at http://www.kyarkifoundation.org/ for extra information!
- Esther Molenwijk
- Paul Benhaim
- Sahil Panwar
- Arno Goossens