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People's Environmental Awareness - Khati (PEAK) Follow PEAK with the financial assistance of World Nomads on the path to delivering educational, water supplies & solar home lighting systems to Kumaon villages....

Trip: Renewable technology lights up the path...

There are [22] stories from my trip: Renewable technology lights up the path...

Photos: Khati & Jatoli March - June 2013

INDIA | Tuesday, 18 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

Random shots taken during March - June 2013
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Tags: jatoli, khati, kumaon himalaya, solar technology, solar torches

Solar Home Lighting - Interim Report

INDIA | Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | Views [766]

This interim report provides an overview of the progress and challenges of the solar home lighting project from conception through to the delivery of the units to the village of Khati where they are currently stored in PEAK's building. Th final phase, ... Read more >

Tags: business, grameen surya bijlee foundation, solar home lighting, tax advocate

Photos: Sunderdhunga trek. Winter 2010 (Dec)

INDIA | Saturday, 6 Aug 2011 | Photo Gallery

Sunderdhunga trek
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Photos: Khati village life & 'library' 2010/2011

INDIA | Sunday, 24 Jul 2011 | Photo Gallery

khati, kumaon himalaya
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Tags: kumaon village life

'Women Declare War on Liquor in Uttarakhand'

INDIA | Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | Views [1008]

April 18 'Women Declare War on Liquor in Uttarakhand'..... In the 1990's women also declared 'war' on alcohol to try and prohibit the government from issuing licenses for alcohol shops. Women's groups soon coalesced and tactics ranged from 'sit ins' ... Read more >

Tags: government alcohol shops, uttarakhand, womens groups


INDIA | Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | Views [1275]

Early April A cacophony of birds herald in the new day, clear blue sky, the barley crop dances in the breeze. As the seasons shift and the days stretch out the village comes to life by 6.30 am. Women have cleaned out the cattle sheds and have headed ... Read more >

Tags: forest fodder, khati, mountain life, wildmeat

Wandering dogs, a trip to Almora Base hospital & five kilograms of tumour

INDIA | Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | Views [640]

Danuli had gone to Bageshwar on the pretext of getting medical attention for an inner ear infection, with the trip pre-empted because we had run out of the antibiotics she required. At the Doctors she commented that her stomach had been giving her ... Read more >

Tags: almora, government hospital, hospital care

In the fishbowl...

INDIA | Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | Views [816]

March 10th The nights have been incredibly clear and beautiful, the stars appear so tangible like you could reach out and touch them. It was under these stars random thoughts tumbled about in my brain... about the decision to send Khasti out to hospital ... Read more >

Tags: bridge contract, mountains, plastic buckets, roads, village farming

Solar business in Bageshwar

INDIA | Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | Views [682]

March 7th Our trip to Bageshwar last week was a nightmare for a variety of reasons, however to eat some grapes and bananas made it worthwhile! Our hotel: we ended up in a room where you had to fight for a bucket of hot water  (mainly because asking ... Read more >

Tags: banking, indian business, mountain roads, solar home lighting project

Khati life & death (revisited) ....

INDIA | Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | Views [671]

6th March After a long spell of rain we have finally awoken to a clear blue sky. The fields are a verdant green with the barley and wheat crops. Those that have lain fallow for winter are in the process of being ploughed in preparation for planting ... Read more >

Tags: child deaths, compensation packages, government hospitals, khati life, lichen, pregnancy complications, saung landslide, trekking

More Khati ramblings & a mix of television 'soapies'

INDIA | Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | Views [603]

20th February This morning was hectic. The first patient of the day was a young man who had walked from Waucham (5km) after he had put a barianch through his hand (a few days ago) resulting in a wound that needed attention and a serious infection travelling ... Read more >

Tags: cricket, hospital bills, indian serials, khati village life, television

A snapshot of life in Khati (continued)....

INDIA | Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | Views [695]

19th February Later in the day Scott has had a couple of children in today with ear infections & and a dressing change on a wound. A quiet day. Sometimes the government doctor (who was last here in December) doesn't come back for a few months, ... Read more >

Tags: government doctor, khati, medical, mountain life, remarriage

A snapshot of life in Khati...

INDIA | Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | Views [727]

After six days of brooding dark grey louds, rain, hail & light snow, this morning dawned clear and with the rising sun an azure blue sky was starkly juxtaposed against snow white mounts and hills around Khati. At first light the cacophany of birds ... Read more >

Tags: khati, medical, mountains, organic crops, seed saving, village life

The dismal state of government schooling....

INDIA | Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | Views [728]

16th February This year PEAK has gone back to working in conjunction with the government school. Partially brought on by the erratic timing of classes at the government school that make it impossible to have a reliable timetable structure for the 'Library'.... Read more >

Tags: indian government schooling, poor results, private schooling, teacher absenteeism, teacher violence

Snow, Basant Panchmi & some personal peace...

INDIA | Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | Views [856]

  15th February Today I've actually managed to lock myself in our room (an exceptionally rare act for some solitude) but discovered that to get some peace this tactic doesn't always work. Scott (alias Dr Biscott) has just treated Karak (and can I add ... Read more >

Tags: basant panchmi, snow, solar home lighting project


INDIA | Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | Views [1258]

14th February Today the Himalayan Griffons ( Gyps himalayensis) are circling close to the village. This usually means a cow met its end overnight either by taking a tumble over a rocky ledge or through a leopard attack. The sky is leaden grey and ... Read more >

Tags: domestic duties, farming, khati, mountain village life, womens work

A very 'Cold Wave' indeed...

INDIA | Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | Views [591]

There we were on a cold winters morning enjoying a hot cup of chai from a roadside vendor on the slow to get going streets of Delhi.... suddenly two women bearing bamboo poles and a bundle wrapped up in a blanket with two children trailing along stopped ... Read more >

Tags: cold wave, homeless, street theatre delhi

Changing times...

INDIA | Sunday, 9 Jan 2011 | Views [650]

As staff members of PEAK, Scott and I still marvel at the wonders of renewable technology. When we walk downtown on the rocky paths of Khati at night, the glow of LED lights fans out of open wooden window frames and it is comforting to know that inside ... Read more >

Tags: cordyseps sinensis, himalayan roads, khati, mobile phones

Royal Bardia National Park

INDIA | Sunday, 9 Jan 2011 | Views [734]

Our time in Khati had been hectic and a break was long overdue, so with the pressing issue of a acquiring a new visa stamp and solar business to conduct in Delhi we decided to make our trip out of the valley. The adventure saw us head into Western Nepal ... Read more >

Tags: nepal, road travel, royal bardia national park, wildlife

Village life and death...

INDIA | Friday, 7 Jan 2011 | Views [775]

There is always a long delay in getting journal entries onto this blog site. We live in the Himalayas without any electricity in a region that has traditionally been bypassed by the Indian Government. Therefore our access to the internet is limited to ... Read more >

Tags: death, himalayas, indian road statistics, solar journey

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