Undeniably, one of the most adventurous and exhilarating Swechha Programs. As Yatris, we trace the journey of the ancient sacred river Yamuna from its origin at Yamunotri to Agra, over a 12 day journey. We study and learn the ways in which the river changes herself and the malicious ways in which we harm the river, with industrial waste, dams and religious refuse. The Yamuna Yatra lets the river tell her own story of people, places and correlations. The initiative seeks to instill a sense of responsibility and establishes the need for civic action amongst the Yatris towards the environment and the world that sustains us all. We have taken over 1500 youth leaders on this journey over the decade.
Experiential learning, self awareness, environmental stewardship, adventure, fun, active citizenship, appreciation of multiple socio-cultural identities, identifying role of governance and civic action in protecting a river.
Treks, hikes, walks, village visits, camping, workshops, music and shramdaan (voluntary work through physical effort)
School and college students, youth volunteers, teachers, corporate employees and other professionals
OUTREACH AND IMPACT
- Since 2004, more than 2000 yatris have embarked on this life-changing journey.
- In 2005, The American Embassy supported an integrated yatra for the differently abled and economically disadvantaged children
- In 2007, a yatra was facilitated for 24 young leaders from four different countries, with support from the British Council and European Union. NDTV India did a story about the same.
- Youth volunteers from VSO and the UN have also participated in yatras in the past
- Our other international yatris have included students of Rhode Island school of Design and members of Dreamtime Circus San Francisco
- Students from Vasant Valley school, Modern School, Shri Ram School, Pathways and German School have been participating in yatras for several years
I loved every bit of Yatra…the food, people, Yamuna, villages, treks and the exercises. It’s something I’ll look back upon and cherish that I was one of the 60 selected to go on this life-changing experience
The yatra helped us learn a lot about the Yamuna and I really enjoyed the experience at Paonta Sahib. I also liked that we stayed in extremely different environments and got a chance to get out of our comfort zones and live without our facilities.