A work camp was held at Kundapura from 2nd to 13th November on sea turtle conservation and agriculture . A volunteer from Taiwan and other HBP volunteers were involved in this camp. On the first day after an Indian welcome, volunteers were given orientation about HBP projects and the work schedule for 2 weeks.
FSL-India, Kundapur conducted a drawing and sand sculpture competition on 6th November at Gangolli government school related to sea turtle conservation. Tenkanidiyoor and Barkur MSW college students, Gangolli Bhagath Singh youth club, Ambedkar youth club also helped to organize this competition.
FSL-India, Kundapur conducted a puppet show on 5th November at Gangolli government school with the collaboration of Tenkkanidiyuru MSW college students, to create awareness about sea turtle conservation using puppets.
On November 14th FSL India Kundapura, Rukmini shedthy(?) MSW students jointly organized Children’s day at Yedthadi tent school for the tent school children. India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s birthday is celebrated as Children’s Day every year.
Today 10th of November we celebrated the Diwali festival in the training centre. Diwali is also called the ‘Festival of Light’ and it is celebrated on New Moon night of the month of Kartika according to our Hindu calendar (in the Gregorian calendar, from mid October to mid November)
FSL India has hosted 07 Long Term Volunteers from 5 different countries (Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, France& Korea). Volunteers have gone through different practical, theoretical and outdoor sessions to be well prepared for their successful journey in India.
The culture visit held on 15 October 2015 with Lisa Kohig, Angela and George who came in May and August 2015 and work with us in the different field like special children school, tent school & Media and PR in Kundapur . As part of the visit we take them to a historical place which is called Sri Mandarthi Durgaparameshwari temple near Udupi. In the morning all three volunteers and the two staff went to Sri Mandarthi Durgaparameshwari temple which is located at a distance of 30 km north of Udupi. The temple dedicated to Goddess Durga Parameshwari is situated in center of the village.This temple is one of the important and sacred temples of Shakti worship. Besides the stone icons of Mahishasuramardhini and Chamundeshwari, it has nine old masks, depicting the different manifestations of the goddess. Nagatheertha, a pond is found in the temple. Navarathri festival at Durga Parameshwari temple is celebrated in a grand scale with Chandihoma on all nine days. A five day mathothsava in Makara Masa and Jatra in the month of Kumba are annual and important events in Mandarthi Durga Parameshwari temple.
It was in a hall called “Laxmi Janardhana Mini Hall” although it wasn’t “Mini” at all !! On a very sunny, very hot Sunday in Udupi. It was a wedding of my coordinator’s sister and all the volunteers got very excited when he invited us. We were looking forward to the new cultural experience as Indian weddings are much different compared to the weddings functions in Germany! Furthermore it was a good reason to get dressed up a little bit. So we girls went and bought cloth for our first sarees.
On 31st October, the scariest evening, Yes! Hallow evening, YDP celebrated Halloween day with 40 YDP participants. In partnership with Lahe Lahe, a recently created expression space to promote” creativity, dance, music and art ” based on value-exchange rather than money-exchange. Lahe Lahe is an Assamese phrase, which means something like “Hacuna Matata”.
In the month of October 2015, FSL organized two different of Cultural visit in two places, one meet was in Chennai zone and another one was in Pondicherry. In Chennai Zone our FSL Coordinator took five volunteer to a project called Gnanodaya
Last week, a lot a volunteers from FSL India went to Mysore for the Dushara Festival. I was one among them, and I am happy that I’ve not have missed it!
Winter camp was held at Kundapura training center from 12th to 27th October 2015. Volunteers from regular teaching and orphan teaching participated in this camp and HBP organized it. The activities were mainly related to sustainable agriculture and, in total, 17 volunteers took part in it. Staff from HBP, work camp and LTV supported the camp.
Vijaya dhasmi (Dusshera) ” The victory of good over the evil”
Dusshera is also known as Vijaya dhasmi. Dusshera word derived from two word – “Dus” mean ten and “hera” mean defeat symbolizing the killing ten- headed king Ravana by Lord Rama.