We really do get the greatest volunteers who help us create lasting partnerships between people, projects and and places.
This year, we're thrilled to work with our friends at Omprakash to offer three scholarships to young people who want to help us transform our successful Winter Camps into Recovery Camps for at-risk youth experiencing addiction issues.
Download the PDF file to learn more about the scholarship, how to apply and what you will gain and contribute to Recovery in the Himalayas.
Ladakh is a traditional conservative region in the Western Himalayas. Modernization has brought rapid change; both good and bad. And as Ladakhis evolve their culture, many young people feel stressed, get lost and despair. Substance abuse and addiction is estimated to impact 25% of young lives in the district today.
Since 2006, the HELP Fund and HEALTH Inc have supported Winter Camps offering ice hockey, inquiry-based learning and storytelling as a way to help at-risk children and youth regain self-confidence and build perseverance. All led by dynamic, Ladakhi youth volunteers and always with the active support of villagers and elders.
And then we'll take our stories out to Ladakhi villages and share what we've learned. All of us - police, recovering youth, volunteers and Ladakhi youth leaders.
We need you to join us.
When we started Winter Camps for kids in 2006, we hadn't a clue how to make it work. We only knew that to help kids believe in themselves we needed to be there and bravely experiment with new ideas. And for years we've had great volunteers helping us make it work.
If you have experience in youth leadership, in addiction and recovery, in coaching ice hockey, in inquiry-based learning, in videography or in counseling; then come join us in change that matters.
Why not use this framework to help addicted youth rediscover themselves and their lives? Working with the J&K Police, who have a presence in every village and are tired of seeing youth needlessly lose their lives to alcohol, we'll bring together 48 youth for a month-long loving and challenging, residential experience. We'll work together in groups - learning how to skate and play hockey, gaining computer and videography skills while telling stories important to us and in career and health counseling sessions. We'll discuss making decisions and setting goals.