"In 2004, I came to HAI to complete an Adventure
Guide's Course. That year I helped run a 5-day course for orphans from the
Garhwal region and was struck by their courage and tenacity. Two years
later-determined to extend the chances available to these children - I formed a
charity in the UK to fund progrmmes at HAI. The only prerequisite for acceptance
onto one of these courses is that you would not - in the normal run of things -
be able to attend an adventure course. Simple! Whether funding is the problem or
a physical or mental handicap is perceived as being incompatible with
adventurous pursuits, there is no obstacle that we will not overcome to allow
the spirit of adventure to be spread and the wider benefits to be felt by all"
Adventure for our Children
2007 saw the first running of the AFOC adventure
course run in conjunction with HAI and The Deaf Way from Delhi.
It was a great success with all trainees fully
participating and all staff learning new communication and safety techniques
courses please visit:
HAI and social programmes: our mission statement
I was born in these hills, grew up in their
embrace and served a large portion of my career in their challenging heights. I
was deeply involved in the creation of an independent Uttaranchal, a state
responsible for its own affairs. I have watched with pride its people and its
infrastructure go from strength to strength. But I want to see further progress.
Signed: [SP Chamoli]