The Liveable Leh team of Ladakh Ecological Development Group (LEDeG) attended the fifth meeting of the Ladakh NGO Forum at Ule Tokpo on September 29 and 30. The meeting was organised by Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL) headed by Sonam Wangchuk and Rebecca Norman. Other than LEDeG, the other NGOs which attended the meeting were SECMOL, Himalayan Institute of Alternatives, Ladakh (HIAL), Snow Leopard Conservancy, Ladakh Arts and Media Organisation (LAMO), Tibet Heritage Fund/Leh Old Town Initiative (LOTI), Flowering Dharma, Nature Conservation Foundation, Rewa Society, Mahila Mandal and PAGIR.
The meeting began with an introduction session following which the NGOs informed the participants about their organisations and the relevant field in which they work. LEDeG’s Liveable Leh team also gave a presentation about the project. Fariha Yousuf gave an overview of the project, whereas Parth Gohel informed the participants about the current water scenario in Leh.
Some important points were discussed on the second day. It was decided that the NGO’s in Leh would organise common activities, such as awareness campaigns, to strengthen the bond amongst them. There was also deliberation among the participants to set-up a secretariat involving full-time workers for the NGO Forum. It was also decided that a website would be created on which all the NGOs are listed. Also, representatives from NGOs would meet government officials, ambassadors, and Army for meetings and discussions regarding several issues. Few actionable points were also discussed such as organising CSR Summit fests, create A4-sized posters of the all the NGOs and put it on display boards of the offices so that the visitors would know the NGOs working in relevant fields and make the office buildings disabled-friendly.
The representatives of NGOs would meet on first Saturdayof every month, while LOTI would host next meeting on 27th October.