eBay India is currently running a high profile charity auction of Indian cricket star, Yuvraj Singhâ€™s Honda City car. The auction is aimed at raising money for Bharmour Development Agency, an NGO working towards the development of agriculture and local tribals in Bharmour in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh. Yuvraj will personally handover the keys to the winner at Chandigarh.
About Bharmour Development Agency: district Chamba, Himachal Pradesh.
Bharmour is situated at an altitude of 7000 feet in the Budhil valley of district Chamba in Himachal Pradesh.The area is very backward and the people here have been mostly shepherds all their life. Sheep raising , has lost charm for the youth who are now directionless and they do not even wish to pursue a nomadic life. Some of them resort to alcohol and drugs. Bharmour development agency steps in here. We work for the welfare of these local people.
Bharmour Development Agency is an NGO with a core focus on projects related to eco-development, non-formal education and raising awareness of wildlife conservation .The NGO is cultivating organic vegetables in 25 acres in this region. The land is of the villagers the workers are all villagers and the beneficiaries are also villagers. The NGO provides all the technical support, the seeds the certifications all at low costs. Maintenance of the soil constitution is achieved by practising organic farming as no pesticides are used. This also creates employment for the local people. Our objective is to improve the living standards and working conditions of the rural agricultural communities specifically with small land holdings, and providing technical and management training to start their own income generating, activities.
The NGO endeavours to restore connectivity between isolated forests, enhancing viability of the tribal area eco system . This would assist in taking pressure off the forest for income generation .To facilitate a series of conservation and sustainability awareness workshops for people living in the vicinity of the corridors. To assist local communities to develop ways of deriving livelihoods minimizing further forest clearance, through exploring ways of reducing land degradation. To develop links with universities and other research institutions to provide opportunities for further training and research. More sustainable livelihoods will be developed with and for local people in the region through providing awareness of, access to and assistance with options such as appropriate multi-cropping systems which do not radically alter peoples’ life styles , but rather give them greater security. Connected forest and a mosaic of sustainable cultivation systems will therefore replace the currently fragmented and diminishing forest and short term monocultures . The well documented example of sustainability resulting from collaboration between private business , local NGO’s and regional governmental authorities ,will be used to facilitate wide scale implementation of the approach elsewhere within rural communities and beyond .
The celebrity associated with us is Yuvraj Singh, member of the Indian Cricket Team. Yuvraj Singh, supports the cause of upliftment of the tribals of bharmour region, Himachal Pradesh and wishes to help raise some funds.
He is giving his personal car a Honda City up for auction. This car has always been driven by him and is in an exellent working condition. Yuvraj singh will personally hand over the keys to the successful winner of the auction.