Yamuna Yatra 2008 – Call for Applications



Swechha-We for Change Foundation is a Non-profit organisation based in New Delhi, Working on issues related to environment education, life skills, youth activism and active citizenship. Swechha started with the “We for Yamuna” campaign in 2000 which aimed at attracting the attention of the government and other stakeholders towards the pitiable state of the River Yamuna in Delhi. Soon this campaign emerged as one of the most powerful voices on Yamuna.

Swechha  have conceptualized a unique programme called “Yamuna Yatra” which is a 12 day journey tracing the origin of the River in the Himalayas to Agra, the city that houses the Taj Mahal next to the Yamuna. The idea is to witness the transformation of the river from being pure and pristine to a sewage as it flows through the cities.
Yamuna Yatra 2008 will be held from 19-30 March 2008 and for the first time they have its open for people from all walks of life and have invited a San Francisco based circus troupe – Dreamtime Circus, to travel with the participants and conduct workshops during the journey. The journey is not merely about ecology, as people often think when they hear the term “environment” Swechha has a broad-based approach which holds that when we say “environment” what we really mean is “human environment” Swechha recognizes that environmental issues don’t exist in a void, and to address them effectively other issues such as development, conflict and religion must be addressed. The idea is to envision environment as ‘right here’ around us, rather than ‘out there’.

Yamuna Yatra is a wonderful reflective journey, starting right at the birth of yamuna in the snowy Himalayas down to the historic Agra, following the river down its course. Yatra will put you in contact with the rich Indian culture and all the great Indian Religions – Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism. You will get to see – really see – the nexus between development, culture and environment and you’ll have great fun through it all.

Several BBites took the Youth Yatra last year, and we’d highly recommend it. More info on our journey can be found here. Pictures are on the Yatra site, A video clip can be found here.

For more details on Yamuna Yatra and how to apply, download the concept note and the application form.


Posted on 12/28/2007, in Events-Activities-Announcements, Fun, Identity, India, Sri Lanka, Youth-Culture-Society and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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