Project Awake and Shine

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Awake and Shine School

Conceived as a model Primary School for rural India; to provide quality education and develop the personality.

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Homestay Holidays

Village home stays offer comfort, convenience privacy, and family hospitality at affordable prices, in a rural ambiance.

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Village Tours

Based at home stays explore nature and culture, by car, trekking and mountain biking. Package tours of 2, 3 and 4 night home stays are available.

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Rural Development

We are focused on demonstrating models to improve the quality of life. And heath care.

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Empowerment

Awake & Shine has empowered many rural folks and children. We bring you real life stories

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Awake and Shine is a non-governmental organization which was started with the desire to awaken the local community to the earning potential of Integrated Village Tourism and to lay a sound foundation through education, so that future generations can shine by gainful employment within the local environment.

We are located in the scenic and tranquil Samthar Valley, 45 kms from Kalimpong. There are lovely panoramic views of the great ranges and the atmosphere is serene. The community is a happy and diverse ethnic blend of Lepchas, Nepalis and Bhutias, belonging to Hindu, Christian and Buddhist faiths.

Started in 2007, by retired India Army Lt General J. M. (“Jimmy”) Singh, the project has created an integrated village tourism model, interlocking income generation from tourism with empowerment through education.

The Awake and Shine Primary School has been developed as an experiential rural primary school, with philanthropic funding. ‚ÄčThe School is empowering 140 village children to become change makers of the future. Tourists (guests) are helping to support the school by providing scholarships. We are working towards the goal of empowering the local community to manage the school.Read more[+]

Our Integrated village tourism is based on the theme: The ordinary for the host Is the Exotic for the Visitor. Infrastructure for four home stays has been created and value added tours and treks have been evolved to generate income for the community. Locals have been trained to provide a high standard of hospitality, at the home stays, and to act as tour guides. Read more[+]

Subsidiary fields of activity include medical camps in remote hamlets, awareness and demonstration models for rain water harvesting, solar energy, rural kitchens and sanitation. Read more[+]

We are also trying to develop citizen philanthropy, on the concept of creating a one to one link between donor citizens and needy rural folks.
If you are caring, compassionate & generous and desire to improve the quality of life of our rural folks, you can become a Citizen Philanthropist.

Come and stay with us, meet our happy children and see how the fresh mountain air, is blowing away the cobwebs of the past, and laying the foundation for a refreshing form of rural education at the Awake & Shine School.  
Interact with a friendly and fun loving community. Explore, experience, learn, teach, or just relax. All earnings go directly to host families, community service providers to support Awake & Shine Primary School.

For more information browse the website and contact General Jimmy Singh at: awakeandshineschool@yahoo.in

Our Address: Project Awake and Shine
Samthar Farm House, Basti and Post Office Samthar, Kalimpong,
Dist Darjeeling, West Bengal, India - 734301
Mobile: +91-94340-47372,E-mail : awakeandshineschool@yahoo.com, gurudongma@outlook.com, gurudongma@gmail.com
For India wide Tours and Treks go to www.astonishingindiatours.com. Mob: +91-94340-62100,