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View from the ground up!

Its been two years since we began the first plantation in Thumki plot, and today the plot is greener than ever. The local team with Harka sir and Hari Ale Magar are actively engaging and building up the vision from the ground up. Working with The Mountain Institute (TMI) chiraito cultivation which began in 2010, now has an 82% success rate in Namje, Thumki and Mejuwa villages (Bhedetar-6, 7, 8). More than 75 crop species are growing within the contours of the 20-ropani plot. The local experts have gone to train over 109 additional farmers in adjacent Raja Rani and Dada Bazaar VDCs. This year, we hope to incorporate passive solar and rainwater harvesting into the plot.

Post CNN announcement of Namje as a world's hidden destination, the locals have developed a village home stay program in conjunction with the VDC and tourism industry. Fifteen new homes were added to the village home stay program in Thumki with Harka sir leading the project. Since then Thumki and Namje villages have hosted national, international travellers, volunteers and students. The pictures are a courtesy of a volunteer from Yale University, Mingyuan Song who is currently volunteering in the village. 

Thumki plot is growing in size and reach. The aim to make it a demonstration, a teaching tool and an arboretum of creativity is slowly but surely being developed with the hardwork and dedication of the local community. Thanks to everyone who is supporting this project!



Another report on Namje's listing on CNN

We're happy to share that yet again an article has surfaced on the new developments of the village! This time the focus is on the organic commitment and sustainable development of the community. Great work by Harka sir, Hari bhai on holding the tours! Lets keep the momentum going!

Farmers and teachers from Namje and Thumki villages are involved in permaculture and organic farming.. growing 50 different species of plants. In a few years time the area hopes to evolve into a regional centre demonstrating alternative sustainable way of living.' Rabin Dahal 



Namje featured on CNN as the 12 best unheard of places!

Namje village where we've been working for over 10 years has now been featured as CNN's 12 best unheard of places through our friend Stephanie Odegard. This news comes with surprise and has been picked up by many national news outlets. As a result, Namje, a village with about 150 families, has been inundated with new guests arriving from Kathmandu, Jhapa, Biratnagar and other parts of Nepal and also India.

Working alongside local NGOs and high school, our team in the village are creating a village tourism plan with home stay packages. Harka sir has been leading the project with the villagers to ensure that tourism will have a positive impact on the village environment, culture and its focus on higher education.


Spaces Magazine covers Spirit of Place design/build project

photo by Travis Price Architects

Here's an article by Ar. Bansri Pandey and Chief Editor, Uday Sunder Shrestha 

At the center, a rocky bed protects a grave made of glass with the intent that you can look inside to see a dark pit to remember the ancestors who have been buried there, yet also reflect into the sky to look forward to the future. The glass tomb reminds of the sacred metaphor amongst Magars that ancestors symbolically watch over the community.

The project at its core has been about developing an innovative modern architectural language for Nepal.


Welcome to our new home


Dear Readers, 

As we're moving forward with exciting new plans to build a sustainable centre, continue our MAPs project and start working with local schools to integrate environmental education- we thought we needed a fresh start. We've also added 'Thumki' to our org's name which translates to 'hill' in Magar language and also is the name of the current location of our Nepal office. 

We hope you'll be able to engage and participate with us more through this new interface..  

Here's to a new beginning! 

TLG team