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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Project Awake & Shine is a Non-Government Organization, located at the village of Samthar, in District Kalimpong, of West Bengal. It lies in the tangle of mountains between Siliguri and Kalimpong in a relatively remote area, not known to most visitors and tourists. 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.

The project was founded by Retired Lt general Jagat Mohan (Jimmy) Singh in 2007. He continues to manage the project. 

Project Vision

To provide experiential English medium primary education to the Samthar Valley community, and create income generation via the integrated village tourism model.

What has been achieved

The project has created an integrated village tourism model, interlocking income generation from tourism with empowerment through education. It comprises a Primary School , home stays, and a tour circuit.

The Awake & Shine Primary School, Samthar has been developed as an experiential rural primary school, with philanthropic funding. ‚ÄčOur vision is to develop the personality of rural children and to empower them through ability to communicate in English.  Our objective is to enable admission to English medium schools for our children.

The School is empowering 150 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. The school has established a reputation as a rural school of excellence. After finishing their primary education at the school, the children are able to secure admission in English medium schools and compete with urban children. We are now looking towards expanding our activities to include training of village teachers. Read more

Project Chota Suruk is under development at the remote village of Chota Suruk, on land donated by the local community. It will replicate the integrated village tourism model developed at Samthar. It will comprise a English medium Primary School with homestays and Experiential Tourism circuit. The Awake and shine primary school at Chota Suruk will come up over 7 years (2018-2024) The Nursery class will start in February 2019. Thereafter one class will be added every year. (Lower KG, Upper KG, Class 1 to 4).  Read more[+]

Our village tourism  model has created infrastructure for a premium homestay at the Samthar Farm House and  three village homestays. Value added tours and treks have also been evolved to generate income for the community. Locals have been trained to provide hospitality, at the home stays, and to act as tour guides. Read more[+]

Come and stay with us, meet our happy children and see how we are attempting to lay 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 unwind.

Donate for our Schools at Samthar and Chota Suruk, and for help to families to set up homestay as part of our integrated tourism project. Read More[+]

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Contact Lt Gen Jimmy Singh (retd) at awakeandshine@outlook.com or gurudongma@gmail.com

Phone: +91-943404737,  +91-7432900409

Our Address: Project Awake and Shine
Project Awake and Shine , Gurudongma House, hill top, Kalimpong, 734301, West Bengal, India

Mobile: +91-9434047372, +91-7432900409, E-mail : awakeandshine@outlook.com; gurudongma@gmail.com
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