Generate Love came into being when the English novelist, Anna Mendham, was renting a house as a writer’s retreat high in the hills of the Kullu Valley.
Some of the local children curious about the foreigner in their remote village, would turn up on her doorstep eager to play games, bake cakes and, as they got older, for English tuition.
While running bi-weekly evening classes, Anna became impressed by how intelligent- as well as sweet, funny and mischievous- these youngsters were.
Most of them lived in tumbledown shacks with no running water or indoor cooking facilities (an outdoor tap serving as both shower and kitchen sink) yet still they were well turned out when they attended the local government school, diligently did their homework (often by candlelight) and managed to pass their exams with flying colors.
Their parent/s, work hard, in the fields or on the roads, to keep their children in school but, even if their daughters and sons excel in their studies, university or technical college is way beyond their financial reach.
Not wishing to see these teenagers hard work and potential go to waste, Anna began fundraising on their behalf. She petitioned tourists to put something back into the area. She also encouraged gap year student to come and stay in her village and pass on their various skills.