Root Bridge Foundation is formed by some thoughtful travellers who happen to be also development experts, researchers, writers, tourism specialists and friends- the ones who fell in love with an enchanting land of diversities called North East India.
The name Root Bridge is taken from the great living Root Bridges of Meghalaya. Living Root Bridges are architectural wonders of the world, handmade by the Khasi and Jaintia peoples of the mountainous terrain along the southern part of the Shillong Plateau, using the aerial roots of trees. The malleable tree roots are made to grow through betel tree trunks which have been placed across rivers and streams until the figs’ roots attach themselves to the other side. This process can take many years to complete. Indeed, creating these living bridges is basically undertaken as a gift for the next generation. Those who actually started making a root bridge may not have crossed that bridge in his or her life.
We also believe in the same concept and wanted to create a noble way of meaningful travel that extends across generations. And moreover as traveling – it creates a ‘Root’ Bridge between people.
Created as Responsible Travel entity and advocacy group, Root Bridge Foundation is now one of prominent organization in Northeast India. Thanks to the experience acquired over time, Root Bridge is now operational as a consultancy firm for both government and companies willing to develop their operations in the fields of responsible tourism, destination development and livelihood programmes.
Root Bridge Foundation is the winner of The Telegraph Asom Shreshta Award 2018 in tourism category. The award was constituted by The Telegraph to honour 12 achievers from different fields who have made Assam proud. Majuli Sustainable Tourism Development Project of Root Bridge Foundation bags Zee Business Travel Award 2018, Today’s Traveller Award 2018.
Chief Minister of Assam Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal on Majuli Sustainable Tourism Development Project
WHY WE ARE ?
The entire team of RBF is working with certain ethos. In one sentence it is for ‘creating better places to live and visit’.
At the end of 2015, the global community agreed on a new sustainable development agenda for all—an agenda that will guide us to 2030. Tourism is included in this people-centered universal agenda as a target in three of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet the sector can undoubtedly contribute to all 17 Goals, from marine resource conservation and poverty alleviation to gender equality and partnerships. In so doing, it can increase its contribution to an overarching aim of the SDGs and of the United Nations: enhancing social progress, peace and human rights.
As the UN agency dedicated to tourism, UNWTO points out, tourism is a major contributor to employment creation particularly for women, youth, migrant workers, rural communities and indigenous peoples and has numerous linkages with other sectors. As a consequence, tourism can lead to the reduction of poverty and to the promotion of socio-economic development and decent work.
It is estimated that every job in the core tourism sector creates about 1.5 additional or indirect jobs in the tourism-related economy. RBF is committed to the spirt of SDG’s
Chief Minister of Assam , Shri. Sarbananda Sonowal inaugurating Majuli on Cycle – A cycle tourism project of Majuli Sustainable Tourism Development Project
Shri. Tuliram Ronghang ,Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council , inaugurating Consultation Workshop on Community based Eco Tourism Development of Umswai Valley
STORY OF SHILLONG
Travelling is by far considered as the best practical education as you come in face to face and new people. When you travel with another soul, the education enriches. This is some of the experience and knowledge enrichment of the staff while guiding our guest or working with community.
One of our guest with our staffer Ajanta, while exploring through Meghalaya, decided to rescue the a puppy from the streets. Ajanta says, she always wanted to adopt a dog, but never had the courage. However the impulsive act of kindness from the guest, made her more open to going out and helping animals more than ever before. The puppy, named as Shillong, is now with Ajanta. Shillong story is just a story among many other similar stories.
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