Project Awake and Shine

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Project Status Report

Updated 01 June 2015

The Awake & Shine Primary School

The school has been established, and is operating since 2007.  This initiative has been an outstanding  success and has been  greatly appreciated by the community. This is a unique experiential rural English medium Primary School, developed over 7 years on a shoe string budget. It is providing education to 146 village children. 135 of them are getting free education through scholarships, whist the remainder are contributing to only 35 % of the cost.  Emphasis is also on developing personality, to lay the foundation for “change makers of the future”.  Our efforts are showing positive results Rural primary education has now become our main focus. I can do no better than quote the words of one of our visitors in February 2015. He wrote : “while developing the students' intellectual faculties, makes a conscious effort towards creating a wider awareness of the world and giving space for the development of the aesthetic, moral and emotional dimensions. With the hope that students passing out from Awake & Shine School would grow into self-aware, sensitive and responsible human beings who remain life-long learners”... Read More[+]

Integrated village Tourism

Our goal of generating income for the community through a integrated village tourism, has been only partially achieved. We have provided funds for 4 home stays and evolved a quality rural home stay tour circuit. Individual community members provided land and labour to build infrastructure for the home stays. Philanthropic tourism funded the home stay cottages. Community members retain ownership of their land and have been gifted the buildings and furnishings to start the home stays. Earnings go directly to hosts... Read More [+]

Our dream of setting up a chain of village home stays linked with a walking circuit, has not yet been achieved due to lack of funds. 

Village Tours have been designed and are being marketed through our two websites.
www.awakeandshine.org and www.astonishingindiatours.com

These authentic experiences provide an opportunity of two way learning and friendship. Tours have been appreciated by tourists from all over the world, and are providing income to the home owners, guides, service and experience providers...Read More [+]

It must be admitted that even though the integrated village tourism project has generated income for 4 families, and several other service providers, the occupancy level of home stays has been below expectations. The main reason for this is mainly because our high quality home stays do not match the price expectations of domestic tourists who consider village home stays as very cheap options. We are attempting to change this perception. We do not intend to compromise on quality, and do consider that INR 2500, for a couple per night with all meals is a value proposition. In our view this is a short term problem.

Rural Development Activities  include medical camps in remote hamlets, awareness and demonstration models for rain water harvesting, solar energy, rural kitchens and sanitation. ...Read More [+]

 

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,