My Gakidh Village (MGV) provides an interesting opportunity for visitors to experience Bhutanese rural life and explore serene, pristine villages through community-based eco-tourism initiatives and programs.
Gakidh literally means happiness in Bhutan. With an aim to assure the repository values of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH), even in remote villages, My Gakidh Village was conceptualised by Bhutan Youth Development Fund (YDF) and aide et Action International (AEAI). The project values that accomplishment of happiness in villages can be achieved through empowering youth and the communities by promoting socio-economic wellbeing, ensuring ethics of conservation and encouraging various youth led businesses.
This joint initiative of YDF & AEAI aims at common goal to curb rural urban youth migration by providing livelihood skills and opportunities to unemployed youth within the community. Several issues such as youth unemployment, rural-urban youth migration, youth and age-old cultures are the main areas of focus by encouraging youth to play important role in protecting the pristine environment and take the ownership of the project.
Thus, the main object of My Gadikh Village project is:
- Curbing rural urban youth migration by enabling youth to stay in the village.
- Enhance rural livelihood opportunities through skill development of youth.
- Reviving traditional art & culture within the community.
- Promoting community based eco-tourism.
- Empowering youth leaders.
- Fostering community development.
The Capacity Building initiative working towards:
- Promotion of heritage trail through community based eco-tourism.
- Reviving and promoting local art & crafts
- Empowering the youth with digital literacy skills
- Engaging youth in tea production.
- Providing employment opportunities to youth by training them to become local guides, managing homestays etc.