Our organization Walk To Himalayas takes pride in being a part of of The KUMAON HIMALAYA RIDE. This initiative has been taken by AAROHI which is a not-for-profit grassroots organization.
It is involved in integrated rural development in the central himalayan region of Uttarakhand. This was the first charity bike ride which was conducted from 18th April to 20th April with participants from India, UK and Spain.
The objective was to promote cycling among the youth of the Himalayan region and to encourage all riders to fund raise for Aarohi. 22 cyclists covered over 200 kms in 2 days, a real test of their physical and mental fitness. The ride was an immense success. Three local boys competed were the top 3 cyclists. Funds over 35 lacs were fundraised! Just proves that fun and social responsibility can go hand-in-hand.
Also our cyclist from Walk to Himalayas, Mr. Bharat Shah, aged 53, came 7th in the race and was the oldest participant. These 3 days have been very enriching and fulfilling and gave us the opportunity to meet some amazing people from various walks of life. Other than sponsoring jerseys and covering the cycling event for Aarohi, WTH will be organizing events in support of Aarohi. WTH has also committed to funding for Aarohi Education Fund.
Aarohi is a not-for-profit grassroots organisation, involved in integrated rural development in the Central Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. Their mission is creating development opportunities for rural Himalayan communities through quality healthcare and education, enterprise promotion, sustainable natural resource use, and the revival of traditional culture.
Aarohi was founded in August 1992 by Oona Sharma and Dr Sushil Sharma, a rural manager and a doctor, respectively. With previous experience of social work in the area, they knew that life in the mountains was uncertain and difficult; terrain increased hardships; health suffered and income options were few. This motivated them to create Aarohi and support development of self-sustaining and independent mountain communities. Conceptually the organization was inspired by ‘Aarohi’ – the ascending classical music scale; the growth of thought, creativity and harmony. Reaching out and building a more equitable mountain society, Aarohi wanted to empower the ordinary mountain family in as many ways as possible.
Aarohi has an active Youth Wing as part of its education initiative whereby they engage with the youth of Rural Kumaon through the simple medium of sport. It was in this regard they organised the first ever charity bike ride in the country. Their objective was to promote cycling amongst the youth of rural Kumaon and to encourage all riders to fundraise for Aarohi, making this initiative self sustaining. All monies raised through the ride go towards Aarohi’s education work. Other than education, currently they actively work in the areas of curative and community health and local livelihood promotion.
To know more go to www.aarohi.org