EcoHimal has been active in remote mountain regions of Nepal since 2015. The Kalikot region is one of the poorest in the country. At 38.5%, literacy is below the national average of 67%. The Dalits (so-called "casteless") make up a quarter of the population. Since the Dalits face discrimination at home, many of them emigrate to work abroad.
In 2023, EcoHimal documented a needs assessment. They spoke to young people and community representatives. These people consider the lack of training as a key challenge and want to have a place where they can train and organise themselves. A "Youth Learning Centre" is therefore to be built in Ramni with the local government and the Children's Fund Foundation.
The centre will provide training in manual trades such as carpentry and plumbing. In order to create job opportunities in the village, the focus will be on agriculture, tourism, entrepreneurship and other practical skills. The young people are involved in the construction work as trainees. In this way, they acquire skills and contribute to the construction of their youth centre.