Many states of India have their own welfare associations in UK to promote their individual state identity while living thousands of miles away in UK. This is a spotlight on one such dynamic body in the UK adding to its diversity fabric, which is the Uttarakhand Welfare Association – UK, it is a non-profit making organisation in operation since 2010. A report on Uttrakand Welfare Association UK and its activities, a report by Asian lite news.
Asian Lite news caught up with a few members at an Uttrakand tourism promotion networking event in London and one member Shri Birendra Rawat said that ‘The charity has a group of dedicated volunteers, specialists in their respective fields who volunteer their services. The help is provided on a one-to-one basis or in a group, if appropriate, at hired venues or at a volunteer’s home. Guidance is principally given in tutoring of English but also providing additional educational help. There is also a significant requirement for assistance in addressing employment opportunities which volunteers do help to meet according to their expertise. The purpose of these aims is to make members and non-members who seek our help financially independent, less reliant on other benefits and socially stable. We aim to communicate with beneficiaries on a regular basis by telephone, social media and personal visits, by inclusion at educational and social events. We also hold periodic meetings where members can raise issues which affect them and at which the charity can help to address the issues. Membership of the charity is continually changing so there is an on-going need for communication and help. The charity organises public events including the Uttarakhand mela (fair), Family days out, Holi festival and Diwali festival which involves the local community and public. These functions promote Uttarakhand culture and cultural conservation – most importantly communication in Garhwali and Kumaoni to keep the languages alive. Events including the Uttarakhand dress competition, singing pahadi songs, traditional dancing and serving traditional food during our Diwali and Holi cultural events is widely appreciated.’
The major activities performed and benefit availed by the society are :
During Kedarnath Flooding disaster in 2013, UWAUK raised money for the flood victims and our volunteers distributed relief material in Rudraprayag Uttarakhand. They also accept donations for such disaster and other charity works.
Recently they got associated with two schools in the hills of Uttarakhand. The charity provides monetary, Educational & technical support to Shri Timli Vidhyapeeth (PauriGarhwal) and Mothers School (Kumaon Region).
UWAUK representatives attended Uttarakhand Tourism Evening event organised by Uttarakhand Tourism Ministry to explore any new possibilities for tie up with the Government of Uttarakhand. As UWAUK members are located all over United kingdom so this can be a win win situation for both UWAUK and Government of Uttarakhand.