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Disconnected Lives

Uttarakhand welcomes thousands of tourists every year. Travelers from across the states make efforts to reach this hilly region nestled in the mighty Himalayan range. The natural beauty of this state often masks the challenges its inhabitants face in their daily life – what appears to be quintessential rural life to these travelers, is in reality a suffering for people residing in far-flung mountain regions.

Uttarakhand’s Bageshwar district is one such example where communities residing in its remote villages have to face a plethora of ordeals every day. One of the major challenges is that of road connectivity in villages specially the ones tucked away in the remotest mountainous areas. Jhapora and Shama village in Kapkot block of Bageshwar district have been living a life full of difficulties for several decades now. There is no road that connects these two villages with the rest of the world. This lack of road connectivity has led to emergence of several other development challenges making life further difficult for its residence.

Girls have all the duties; boys all the rights

We are stopped from expressing ourselves. We have to muster up courage to put our opinions forth but no one cares. No one values our voices—neither our families nor the society,” said Pooja, a teenager from Kapkot village in Kapkot block of Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand. “They say girls are not supposed to laugh or talk too much.” Eighteen-year-old Kumari Kiran, another young girl from Jakhera

Struggling for water in the Himalayan foothills

Lamchula is a picturesque hilly village nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas overlooking the beautiful Lahur Ghati river in Bageshwar district in Uttarakhand. Located approximately 20 km from the district headquarters, there is no motorable road to the village and one has to trek for about thirty minutes to reach the settlements. Inhabited by approximately 143 families

A School Without Toilets

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) play an important role in girls’ education. Lack of water and sanitation facilities often prevents girls from attending schools, leading to an uncertain future. The Maigri Estate Inter College in Garur block in Bageshwar district of Uttarakhand is a well-built government institution with good classroom infrastructure and a sports ground. Yet, it lacks the most basic structure-toilets.

A school without toilets

Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) play an important role in girls’ education. Lack of water and sanitation facilities often prevents girls from attending schools, leading to an uncertain future. The Maigri Estate Inter College in Garur Block in Bageshwar District of Uttarakhand is a government institution with good classroom infrastructure and a sports ground. Yet, it lacks the most basic structure-toilets. About 21 kms away from Bageshwar, this inter-college offers education from class VI to XII and has a student population of around 400, half of them girls

Network Woes

For the last two years, Mamta Goswami and her friends have packed their bags with notebooks and tiffin boxes not to go to school but to a place where they can find a network to attend their online classes. They leave in the morning before classes begin and return in the evening. However, there is no guarantee that the network will be stable for the entire day. While few girls are lucky enough to at least attend classes online, many are not allowed