Monthly Archives: May 2009

The sparrow in Austria

The sparrow in Austria

The sparrow in Austria: In Museum Quarter in Vienna, a little sparrow came and sat next to me. And then I remembered,  around  25 years back there used to be lots and lots of of sparrows in Kundapur and the surrounding areas. One could see great flocks of 50 to 100 sparrows flying down like a huge cloud and perch on shop floors, shop roofs and in rice fields. But now, you cannot see any!! It really started got me thinking. Why?!! I will update you on why there are no sparrow in Kundapur, as I find out.


what we did in summer holiday???

what we did in summer holiday???

FSL Kundapur regional office had its holidays on the third week of May. All the staff members and volunteers of home based projects enjoyed this week, some cooling off at homes and with families and some traveling around. We all needed a break from the stresses of work. It is interesting to know about our staff members, what they did in this summer holiday??

Shobha Vaz our chief coordinator attended her cousin’s wedding in Mumbai and then relaxed at her home in her native place Chickmangalore whichis in the mountains.

Ravichandra went to his ‘HOME’ at Charmadi(often he cant go there), a western range of mountains situated in south part of Karnataka.

Shobha N our Ltv coordinator went to Chickamagalore to meet her family and relatives, it was ocassion to meet those people after a long time.

Shilpa our communicator visited her relatives living in north part of Karnataka and did some shoping in Bangalore.

I (aravind) went to see Ajantha and Ellora, the cave temples and monasteries of 5th to 11th centuries in Aurangabad.

Camille, (intern) coordinator, toured the long stretch of beaches in Kerala and spent some days in ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, Ooty. It is one of the most popular tourist resort place in summer. It is becouse of the cool weather.

Daya, work camp area Coordinator, was kept busy in team leader training held at Bangalore head office.

What about our Asst coordinators Austin & Deepa? Austin went to Mumbai too meet his brother and walk around in the metro.

Deepa was preparing for her graduation exam.

Finally what our President did in this week, no holidays,  Rakesh was busy with setting up our new center in the city of Chennai.

Holidays gives more energy and fresh mind to work for a long time. Experts believe that we can reclaim up to 30 percent of our fitness just by going on holidays!!!!!

So now, WELCOME  to all our staff and volunteers….wishing all of you good time for the future… especially as our new voluntary year starts from June 2009.


What is UBUNTU ?

What is UBUNTU ?

Ubuntu is a South African ethical ideology focusing on

people’s allegiances and relations with each other. The

word comes from the Zulu and Xhosa languages. Ubuntu

(pronounced “oo-boon-too”) is seen as a

traditional African concept, is regarded as one of the

founding principles of the new republic of South Africa

and is connected to the idea of an African Renaissance.

A rough translation of the principle of Ubuntu is

“humanity towards others”. Another

translation could be: “the belief in a

universal bond of sharing that connects all


“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

As a platform based on Linux, the Ubuntu

operating system brings the spirit of ubuntu to the software


To know more :

We at FSL India are using UBUNTU for nearly a year now and it is so exciting to use.

Small group, Big interest!!!

Small group, Big interest!!!


The May month Orientation week has been started on 4th Monday. It is the most quiet orientation with only 2 volunteers. They are Julie and Hong Kyu from Italy and South Korea.

The group may be small but not in participation. Even though being in a small group, they can bring big changes in voluntary service. Most important thing is they are not bored even they don’t have much people with them to share. Because they are deep in learning.

May their hope come true……


Environment Summer camp 2009

Environment Summer camp 2009

Volunteers from Environment Education and Eco Club projects jointly organised sumer camp for the students of local public high school in Kundapur. It has started on 20th April 2009, inaugurated by the school Eco Club teacher. Sessions were on environment pollution situation, recycling system, energy and climate change. Also with this theoretical sessions volunteers took children for Nature walk with one of the resource person called Dr. Malli. Mural painting, cleaning garden, mangrove plantation tour, pot painting and lots of games, craft and music were also part of the program. It was very well organised by the team of volunteers and appreciated by the School teachers.

Participants: Isla, Jessica, Lucas, Stephan with FSL India staffs Austin, Deepa and Sanjum.

Thanks to our motivated volunteers.