There are approximately 6 million nomadic herders on the Himalayan plateau. Today many live all year round in permanent settlements, while some spend the summer in the grasslands and the winter in permanent dwellings. This is known as semi-nomadism. There are few areas where families continue to lead a nomadic life all year around. This is the reality today: while the impact of overgrazing and increasing population densities has been hard, there have also been significant improvements to the lives of these communities, notably in access to healthcare.
Without a fixed abode, it is very difficult to have access to healthcare or to provide education to the children. These realities mean that increasing numbers are settling in towns. With this transition, these communities face many problems - mostly relating to revenue generation. Nomad culture and knowledge centres on the herding of yak. No longer able to depend entirely on their herd, nomadic communities must adapt and find alternative ways to provide for themselves.
All communities still see themselves as nomadic. it is in their blood. Those who still can, continue to live entirely off the yak herd, which provides them with the majority of their needs. This comes in the form of meat, butter, cheese and milk. The yak also provides fuel for the fire, hair from which tents are made, and wool, which is sold to tradesmen in the spring.
kora™ seeks to help where it can. We hope to help these communities decide their own future by supporting community development initiatives and providing opportunities for revenue generation. We want to help give them the means, the tools and confidence to do this. We believe they can do it.
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