Earlier this year whilst watching a programme of HRH The Queen walking round the garden of Buckingham Palace with David Attenborough praising the interesting variety of magnificent trees planted by many dignitaries over the years, I thought, if this is the Year of the Tree, how can we equate this to Spiti? We came up with the idea of Apple trees.
The Spiti Projects need £101,000 to go towards an Eye Clinic for the 10,000 Tibetan people of the valley.
Sponsoring a Child is one of the most worthwhile things that can be done for Spiti children of deprived families. Your donations change the lives of these young people, paying for clothes, school fees, books and transport.
The Craft Centre was set up in 1997 to provide the women of the Valley an opportunity to earn their own income, through providing a commercial outlet for the traditional knitted and woven crafts of the area.
The Community Centre will provide a focal point for social and cultural life in Kaza, as well as providing a location for health services. Once completed, the centre will include a hall, and kitchen as well as a craft centre and a library.
The Mission Hospital in Kaza was started in 1993 and completed in 1995, under the umbrella of the Lady Willingdon Hospital in Manali. The structure is now 15 years old.
Mane Village Water Pump pipes have been laid from a spring in the valley below the village for a distance of 320 metres, and a pump has been installed in the village.
Mane Village School building started in 2002 and was completed in 2005.
Knit-for-Spiti was set up by Spiti Projects in 2008. We invite volunteers in the UK to knit sweaters for the children of the valley and have had a tremendous response from all over the country, especially from Scotland. We send the sweaters which are distributed to Spiti children for the winter, when temperatures fall below minus 30C.
Mane Village Clinic completed in 2010, is now in full use.