BBQ Project 2014The main dormitory building at Kakani - with the 8000m peak of Manaslu in the background
In summer at KISC, we donate 2CHF from every BBQ eaten at our International BBQ on Sunday nights to a Scouting cause somewhere in the developing world. In 2013, we raised 7280CHF which went towards setting up a new Scout Campsite and training area in Timor-Leste.
For 2014, we are really excited to be working with Kakani International Training Centre in Nepal. Kakani, is perhaps one of very few Scout Centres with better views than ours here at KISC! Kakani is located at 2000m on the crest of a ridge in the foothills of the Himalaya with views over the Manaslu, Ganesh and Annapurna mountain ranges.
Being situated in a remote location, Kakani is largely self sufficient and, as a SCENES Centre, aims to minimise it's own impact on the environement. They generate their own electricity using solar cells, have their own water source and produce their vegetables, fruit, honey, tea as well as keeping chickens and goats on site.Smokeless stove workshop at Kakani
Kakani has indoor accomodation and various areas where groups can camp. A popular time to visit is during the monsoon or rainy season. To deal with the rainy season, Kakani's main campsite has concrete tent platforms to raise the tents off of the floor. This campsite currently has space for up to 100 Scouts on 10 platforms, as well as a campsite shelter for groups to cook and eat in and washing and toilet facillities. In the monsoon season Kakani often does not have enough camping space for Scouts; we would like to make it possible for more Scouts from Nepal to be able to enjoy Scout camps in this fantastic location.Looking down at the campsite - the new campsite will be built into the hillside just beyond the current site
Kakani is an incredible site and, as well as Nepalese Scouts, they are also open to Scouts from around the world to stay with them. If you ever have the chance, go and visit - it’s on the road towards Baden-Powell Peak a must do trek for all Scouts! Enjoy the scenery, try a cup of freshly brewed tea grown on site, meet some Scouts from Nepal and explore this incredible Scout Centre on the edge of the Himalaya. If you feel inspired to contribute to our BBQ project in 2014, but aren't able to visit KISC for a BBQ this summer, then you can also donate via our webshop. For more information about KITC, visit their website.
Kakani is a special place for Scouts in Nepal, and is their main campsite and Scout Centre. They can train Scouts in traditional Scout skills as well as run activities including rock climbing, multi crafts and renewable energy workshops.
Kakani also runs courses for non Scouts on several different issues facing modern Nepal, such learning to build smokeless woodburning stoves. In Nepal, many households heat their homes and cook on fires inside without adequate ventillation - the smoke causes a lot of health problems. Kakani teaches people to make woodburning stoves built from clay found in the soil.Looking across the campsite to the toilet block and campsite shelter
Funds from the KISC BBQ project will go towards creating a second camping area which will share some of the facillities of the current campsite. The site is very hilly and covered in plants - and the main part of the project will be clearing vegetation and levelling the ground to create an area the Scouts can camp on. Then tent platforms will be built and paths made linking to the other campsite and facilities. Local people will be used to do most of the work without heavy machinery - providing employment and putting much needed money into the local economy.The view across KITC