We had constructed a check dam on Shilli stream during 2008 which conserves water and recharges a natural spring underneath. This natural spring is a source of drinking water for Bandh village and RUCHI campus. In hills, the water run off is very high especially during monsoon season resulting in silting of this dam every 4-5 years thereby reducing its catchment, water seepage capacity and damaging flood control measures. Volunteers will assist in renovation of dam, removing fresh water spring, filter and tank. It involves 3-5 hours silt, putting dry stone wall for protection, Cleaning of hard physical work every day
Volunteers will stay at RUCHI campus on twin/triple sharing basis. Bed and beddings are provided. Simple basic amenities will be available, bringing personal sleeping bag is desirable. Asian squat type toilet & English WC with hot and cold showers are available. Our cook will serve authentic Indian vegetarian meals.
Shilli stream near Bandh village. Ruchi campus is located near Bandh village. It is 30 km from Kalka and 60 km from Chandigarh. Bandh village is small and hilly located in interior mountainous area and the volunteers will have a unique opportunity to live with nature in a peaceful environment.
Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Chandigarh city with internationally known Rock Garden is a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.
RUCHI – an NGO committed to sustainable development since 1983
Volunteers who do not mind getting their hands dirty for an environmental cause are more than welcome.
RUCHI’s efforts since its inception has been on initiating community development actions in harmony with preserving and protection of natural resources (Soil, water and Land). This project focuses on protecting water conservation structures created by us to increase ground water table, soil moisture content and recharge fresh water spring providing drinking water to nearby village