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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....

Snippets of village life

INDIA | Sunday, 22 Jul 2012 | Views [1057]

1st February 2012 Today from our window I watched Banmati from a distance. Her deeply weathered and line etched face a byproduct of decades of work in a harsh Himalayan environment was a picture of concentration as she sat in the sun on the cobble ... Read more >

Tags: education, india, khati, recycling, uttarakhand, village life

A dose of Basant Panchmi, elections and stray cows

INDIA | Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | Views [732]

January 28, 2012 Basant Panchmi Day. The villagers were up at 4am in preparation for the day (ok, I admit I was still fast asleep). First was a full body wash - no mean feat in a Himalayan winter -then off to the khet  (field) field to collect some ... Read more >

Tags: cows, elections, india, khati, new born baby, uttarakhand

Bhiru's 'fruit salad'.....

INDIA | Saturday, 14 Jul 2012 | Views [604]

This journey was sometimes as clear as Biru's front windscreen (see photo). As time marched on the clarity improved. A kaleidoscope of experiences. The Solar Home Lighting Project and Primary School education at peAk's Library morphed from being mildly ... Read more >

Tags: india, kumaon himalaya, uttarakhand

Photos: Random shots: Khati & Jatoli. Winter 2011/2012

INDIA | Friday, 29 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Solar Home Lighting Project: Jatoli, Libhurghur & Dhoor (2011/12))

INDIA | Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | Photo Gallery

Solar Home Lighting
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The journey begins....

INDIA | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | Views [501]

After a break in Australia raising finances for People's Environmental Awareness - Khati (peAk) projects, Scott and Bonnie (project facilitators) have returned to India to install Solar Home Lighting into three villages in the Kumaon Himalaya, Uttarakhand, ... Read more >

Solar Home Lighting - Interim Report

INDIA | Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | Views [665]

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 [911]

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 [1147]

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 [543]

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 [704]

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 [584]

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 [559]

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 [505]

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 [597]

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 [592]

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 [638]

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 [769]

  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

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