The Shayok Youth Association really wants hockey as a part of their Winter Camp this year. They've been hard at work since their Camp ended last February: Petitioning the DC (Guv) to construct an affordable, replicable rink. Hosting the Hamilton family - who taught the kids the basics of street hockey (and so much more). Managing to get equipment needed to level a sloping mountain into a pucca rink beyond the back of beyond. And then considering incorporating a heritage inquiry with Banff Elementary School and U Calgary into camp (not to mention explaining to parents that their children could talk into this box called a computer and children in Banff could hear and reply).
And here's the rink:
It is basically a replica of one partially built 70 kilometres away - on government contract - sanctioned about 10 donkey's years ago - for Rs 22 lakhs. But Shayok's cost is Rs 2 lakh. You don't need to understand the Indian numbering system to figure out the difference.
And what a difference it will make if we can build 11 remote village rinks for the cost of one across Ladakh. Or ten rinks and host a tournament and theatre festival for all the children at the end of their camps. Indeed.
I think Shayok and the DC are proving something very very important about rinks, about Winter Camps and about what kid's really need in winter here.
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If your class is interested in participating in the Chuskit Challenge - a part of Hanu's Winter Camp - please go over to our partner's website at: chai-international.org and check out the blog there.