By Lalit Prasad, O.A.T. Operations Manager, South Asia
Dastkar Ranthambore is a nonprofit organization that produces handcrafts created by local villagers, particularly women, from an area around Ranthambore National Park. The organization was founded in 1989 in an effort to provide much-needed income to villagers who had been displaced by the creation of the tiger reserve. There are more than 100 women working at Dastkar.
During the rainy season, the entrance to the Dastkar cooperative used to be flooded, muddy, and slippery, and it was the only way to get inside—so the women were facing difficulties.
As a team, we decided to devote our annual community service event to helping with this situation at Dastkar. On July 15, 2016, we gathered with 32 Indian Trip Experience Leaders, eight associates from the local office, and more than 20 Dastkar staff members to improve the landscape around the cooperative and reduce the possibility of flooding during heavy rains. Together, we planted 100 trees, built a bridge parapet wall, and leveled the land around the cooperative. After we finished working, we had lunch with local women from Dastkar.
We’re happy to report that there will now be no flooding or muddy conditions in the rainy season. Plus, in few years, there will be trees where the women can sit in the shade and work in the summer.
This is the great opportunity that Grand Circle Foundation provided for us to help the community. Thanks to all who participated.
Perhaps you’ll visit Dastkar as part of your Day in the Life experience when you join O.A.T. for Heart of India. You can meet the people of the Ranthambore community in this video: