Coinciding with the World Tourism Day 2021, which is being observed under the theme “Tourism for inclusive growth” as designated by the UN World Tourism Organization, the Mopungchuket Community Tourism Society (MCTS) has today launched an online crowdfunding initiative.
The crowdfunding initiative has been necessitated to raise funds for resuscitating the community tourism efforts of Mopungchuket village, a popular rural tourism destination in Nagaland, which has been severely hit by the COVID-19 pandemic induced lockdowns. The crowdfunding initiative aims to raise an amount of Rs. 3,00,000/- in two months from well-wishers, friends, in-laws and native citizens of Mopungchuket village. All donations received will be invested exclusively for reviving Mopungchuket community-based tourism. The online fundraising initiative is being launched through the crowdfunding platform of www.milaap.org
As the COVID-19 crisis began unfolding in alarming proportions during mid-March of 2020, and the government imposed the nation-wide lockdown, we were caught off guard and our source of income dried up overnight. Our nascent community tourism was severely hit when we were just starting to take off and all our self-sustainable community tourism efforts were brought to a grinding halt by the pandemic induced lockdown.
Today, as the government has relaxed the lockdown restrictions because of the improved situation, we are back on track albeit with empty hands. The COVID crisis condemned us into the deepest end of the adversity pool but we remain devoted to the cause of community growth and progress through tourism.
However, even as we steadily reopen Mopungchuket tourism, restarting it after almost two years of incredibly challenging times is as tough as starting from scratch. Thus, we need the support of one and all.