The Bhotenamlang community center will act as a platform for the development of education, tourism, environment and empowerment initiatives in the Bhotenamlang region of Sindhupalchowk.
Bhotenamlang village was left in rubble following the 2015 earthquake. GIA was successful in building semi-permanent schools, conducting livelihood training and bringing in trekkers in the year 2015. However, lack of proper infrastructure particularly for accommodation and community activities has posed a major challenge.
Hence, the vision is to build a community center with complete facilities of accommodation, hall space for training and events, clean drinking water system and solar power.
The center will promote the overall development of local community members in the following ways:
- Host teacher training and school management training programs to enhance the quality of education in the 8 community schools supported by us. The center will also lodge teachers from partner organizations and volunteers.
- The center will host inspirational, informative and educational sessions (including movie screenings) on a regular basis to encourage the local youth to pursue education, to create awareness against trafficking and to educate women about their legal rights.
- Operate as a center for community initiatives including literacy, livelihood and income generation training.
- Engage with the local communities to create awareness about critical environmental issues such as sustainable energy practices (bio-gas, improved cooking stoves, solar energy, etc.), sanitation and disease prevention and waste management.
- Conduct hands on practical training in organic agriculture and permaculture at the center.
- Act as a center for tourism training on hospitality, entrepreneurship, guide training, English language and so forth.
- The Bhotenamlang Community Center will promote the Paanch Pokhari Trekking route, serving both as accommodation for tourists and as a learning center for youth (including female trafficking survivors) to acquire on-the-job training in the hospitality and trekking sector.
The center will also support the local village economy by hiring local staff to manage the center. The center will be financially sustainable by: (i) charging tourists a fee for room and board (ii) renting the hall to community members and non-profit organizations wishing to hold events such as training, community meetings, weddings etc. and (iii) creating an ownership model where villagers pay a subsidized fee for training. The funds generated from the center will go towards supporting the schools in the region, and other community development projects.