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CAMP KHETEE
Lakhisarai, Bihar, India

Camp Khetee works with the local people to restore the dry land of Bihar. Currently, we are running a one-year Khetee fellowship program where women and youths are learning Regenerative Agroforestry practices by implementing and managing Agroforestry on land. 

What to expect at Camp Khetee

The accommodations and food are community-based and with very few resources. Near our camping area, we have mountains to hike, beautiful canals and other visiting places. Campers will get the chance to manage the different stages of the Agroforestry farm and implement on the ground to restore. We have a small library with 500 books written on environment and farming. The particular area in Lakhisarai is safe for international travellers as well as women volunteers.

Achievements to date

To date, we have restored 4 acres of land.  On this land we have planted 10,000 plants including herbs and crops. These lands are now able to retain rainwater and have had good vegetation with biodiversity. 50+ volunteers have worked at our farm coming from our country and all around the world.

Who is needed

We are welcoming people who  have different skills and knowledge. Anyone is welcome to come and learn through the implementation of the agroforest creation and maintenance. If you have specific skills in Agroforestry, photography to document restoration practices, architecture and carpentry to create wood houses and mud houses, we would love to hear from you. We are also looking for researchers who can research implementation of Regenerative Agroforestry. 

Cost to stay at Camp Khetee

EUR10 per night stay, including community, arranged basic accommodation and food three-times per day. All travelling charges extra. 

Camp vision and socio-economic context

Camp Khetee is Khetee’s first camp- coincidentally based at the home turf- Lakhisarai, Bihar, India. The long term vision of Camp Khetee is to restore the ecosystem by implementing Regenerative Agroforestry across available barren lands in Bihar. The focus cogs of the chain, i.e., women and youth are taught about Regenerative Agroforestry practices.

Lakhisarai comes under a semi-arid zone that has seen worse consequences than climate change. It has been degraded by the continuous usage of fertilizers and pesticides. Erratic weather has affected farming in this region which leads to poverty, migration, food insecurity, unemployment and disappearance of livestock that have affected ecosystems negatively and over the decades it has now become challenging for local communities’ development as well as the protection of ecosystems and biodiversity is becoming increasingly tough. 

Established camp

Organizing Partners
Facilities
Basic camping Basic sanitation Basic kitchen Homestays with local families Wifi Cellphone network Electricity Children’s play facilities Learning center Swimming (in seasonal canals)
Restoration Activities

Water retention
Tree planting
Composting
Food growing
Agroforestry
Soil building
Erosion prevention
Community building
Natural building
Restoration of livelihoods
Regenerative entrepreneurialism
Restoration holidays

Other opportunities for campers

Meditation
Yoga
Exploration of cultural food
Indigenous mud house exploration
Cow management and milking 

Camp reviews

“The work of Khetee is amazing and surprised me through the vision and persistence, determination of farmers and the team. I admire what has been done and consider it should be a role model for my work in the future.” 

Thien T, (Vietnam)

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How to apply

Please complete the form below to express your interest in joining the team at Camp Khetee

What you must do to ensure your own safety at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp

Your safety is very important to us. Most camps are in locations that are completely safe for you to travel to. Some camps are in locations where there is civil unrest, higher levels of crime, or in areas where there could be severe nature events (earthquakes, tornados, vulcanic eruptions). We strongly advise you to check with your national authority’s travel advisory service to see if there are specific travel advisories for the region you are travelling to. We strongly advise you to comply with that travel advisory. If there is a negative travel advisory for the area you plan to go to, we want to impress on you that it is your decision to not heed the warnings and go. ERC can then not be liable in that situation if something happens to you.

Work at camps is usually safe. The camp coordinators make your safety their highest priority too. But you will be working with tools and sometimes even (heavy) machinery. Sometimes the terrain can be slightly treacherous. Heat or cold can become a problem for people at work that do not take the necessary measures to prevent injury from weather conditions. Especially in remote locations, all people at an Ecosystem Restoration Camp will need to watch out for eachother’s safety. For this reason we ask you to also sign our Code of Conduct, through which you commit to contributing to a safe environment at camps for all that are there with you. Take yours and all other camper’s safety seriously! Together, while watching over eachother, we can restore our ecosystems safely and successfully.

Contact us:

info@ecosystemrestorationcamps.org

Stichting Ecosystem Restoration Foundation /
Ecosystem Restoration Camps 2020

Wechelerweg 37
7431 PD Diepenveen
The Netherlands

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