Projects


All these projects have been chosen and elaborated by the associations YAFCAD and Women Group in Ladakh. They correspond to the priority objectives they have set themselves. To get more detailed information on the different projects, do not hesitate to contact the association.



Home-stays


Following the creation of numerous home-stays by the YAFCAD in Hemis National Park, it became necessary to improve and to maintain the global quality of the trekkers reception in these houses. As a consequence, the YAFCAD started to organize in 2010 regular trainings in Leh for the owners of Home-Stays in order to homogenize the standard of reception: food quality, neatness and tidiness of houses.



Waste management


The YAFCAD HNP and the Ladakh local authorities wish to get rid of the plastic bottles in the Hemis National Park, as they are a source of pollution.
To solve this issue, a prototype of a powerful UV filter combined with classical filters was proposed by Niyamdu.Dro, a French association partner of the YAFCAD. After a test in Leh, in the presence of the Chief Executive Councillor of Ladakh and a military doctor, it was installed in Markha village in 2009.
In 2011, two new purification systems were installed in Hemis National Park: one in Chilling, the other one in Skyu. The installation was realized by new partners, an association of students of a French engineers school in Bourges (ENSI Bourges).
The UK eco tour operator EXODUS started also to be a partner from this year 2011: they bought and installed all the stainless steel water tanks in the home-stays and parachute cafes of the valley.
In 2012, 2 UV filtration systems were installed in Rumbak and in Hangkar villages (Tahungste camp).
A full network of water purification filters is now operational in Hemis national park, which allows trekkers to fill their bottle at each stop of the Markha trek!



Culture and heritage



  • Buddha in Sumdha Chey
  • Buddha in Sumdha Chey
  • Buddha in Sumdha Chey
  • Buddha in Sumdha Chey
  • Buddha in Sumdha Chey

Sumdha Chey Buddha rescue


Located in Sumdha Chey village, near Chilling, this work is the oldest Indian wood statue representing Buddha (dated around 10th century). Not protected, the statue is falling into disrepair.
Beyond the artistic and religious value, this statue, located near the end of the track from Leh, could be a target for tourists. Together with the Chilling museum (future project) and the lodging in the "Home Stay", it represents a true cultural stop for the tourists in this part of the valley and for the associations.

The work to protect the statue (and many other smaller ones found in the ruins of the old Sumdha Chey gompa) began in spring 2009 and was achieved in 2012. There was two main phases for this project: first, excavations have been carried out to dig up all the statues and pieces of wood from the ruins of the monastery. Then, a building was built at the place of the former gompa to protect these precious statues.

Buddha


  • Coper work in Chilling
  • Coper work in Chilling
  • Coper work in Chilling
  • Coper work in Chilling
  • Coper work in Chilling

Chilling eco-museum


Under construction

Energy and solar power-plants


Under construction

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