Monthly Archives: February 2012

From the Tent School to Regular School

From the Tent School to Regular School

14This is a success story and the journey of Ajay who has been graduated from the Tent School run by FSL India at Kundapur under the Home Based Project. This will certainly go on the record and bear a living testimony and inspiration to many children from migrant community who have been deprived of the basic education. Now Ajay has been enrolled in the regular school, thanks to the efforts of HBP team of FSL India and the long term volunteers.

According to Grayson Kirk “The most important function of education at any level is to develop the personality of the individual and the significance of his/her life to oneself and others.” Inspired by this dictum and respecting children’s right to education, FSL India started Tent School Project in Kundapur so as to bring about change in the life of children from the migrant community who come to Kundapur in search of job and livelihood opportunities.

Ajay was a school dropout who studied at the Tent School of FSL India at Kumbhashi. His parents migrated from Andhra Pradesh for road construction work. HBP Team of FSL India and the long term volunteers on their visit to the migrant community found him interested in education. Immediately he was enrolled in the tent school. Active and agile, Ajay was found to be a quick-learner. He actively participated in all the sessions. Having observed his interest for education, the HBP team and long term volunteers discussed with his parents and convinced them to get him enrolled in the regular school.

The HBP team and long term volunteers discussed with the Headmaster of the Primary School at Kumbhashi who at once admitted him to the school. Now Ajay is in IV class and exceptionally doing well in his studies. His parents too are very happy at Ajay’s academic performance.

Contact Person Workshop

Contact Person Workshop

p2240241Field services and inter-cultural learning are the two phases of the development agenda promoted by FSL India where volunteerism is the central theme of operational strategy. FSL India provides opportunities to local and global youth and enables them to work in different cultural contexts appreciating inter-cultural learning. FSL India mobilizes about 1300 youth annually from across the world with support of international and local partners for long-term and mid-term volunteering program. To translate the vision into action FSL India collaborates with more than hundred organisations across the country and facilitates placement of volunteers in various projects. In order to strengthen the partnership and reinforce the development agenda, FSL India organised Contact Person Workshop for Bangalore and Kundapura zone on 24th February 2012.

With an objective of strengthening the partnership among FSL India, Volunteers, Host Organisations and Host Family the workshop was conducted with a view to equipping the contact persons to address issues and challenges while hosting international volunteers for development projects. For the contact persons of Bangalore the workshop was organised at Vishranthi Nilaya. A total of seventeen contact persons from nine organisation participated in the workshop. Simultaneously the workshop was also organised at Hotel Sharon, Kundapur for the Contact Persons of Kundapur zone where 22 contact persons from 10 organisations participated. While a three-member team of FSL India facilitated the workshop at Bangalore, a four-member team led by Mr. Doreswamy, the Joint Director facilitated the workshop at Kundapur.

212The workshop started with a brief input on FSL India and its development program through volunteering service. There was a special input on inter-cultural learning. To have a common understanding about culture and importance of inter-cultural learning, the participants were made to understand about generalised and stereotype behaviours, high versus low context messages and power distance that many a times influence the inter-cultural learning and inter-cultural misinterpretation. The other important topics dealt with are: expectation and needs of contact persons/host organisations, volunteers and FSL India, feedback of volunteers for host organisations and vice versa, developing, implementing and monitoring of work schedule for the volunteers, sharing of impact created through volunteers contribution, defining roles and responsibility of FSL India, volunteers and host organisations and mentoring of volunteers.

All these input led to a lively discussion between the facilitators and the contact persons/participants to create an improved working condition for the volunteers. The workshop was very interactive. The representatives of host organisations actively participated in the discussion and articulated their concerns and raised number of issues which can be mutually resolved in the days to come.

FSL India Hosted the Second Batch of 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp

FSL India Hosted the Second Batch of 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp

118FSL India has been implementing CSR projects, titled Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers and Model Village (MVP) in Tamil Nadu. FSL India is currently hosing 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp for South Korean Volunteers. The program is intended to serve the communities of Sriperumbudur and Kanchipuram districts. It supported by Hyundai Motors Company (HMC) as part of corporate social responsibility so as to establish closer ties with the local communities.

Under the ‘Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers’ program, HMC, annually South Korea sends a total of 500 volunteers to FSL India. In addition they also send 20 Korean doctors and specialists. These Korean volunteers organise medical camps, health awareness campaign, education and renovation work in schools and villages.

211FSL India hosted the Second Batch of 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp in Chennai which started on 4th February 2012 and concluded 16th February 2012. Totally 88 Korean volunteers, 18 Hyundai Graduate Engineer Trainees (Indian participants), 9 nurses and ten-member team of FSL India participated. All together 125 volunteers participated in this global event.

The program was started with Indian traditional inauguration and welcome by the FSL India team headed by Mr. Arun the Manger of Chennai Facility Centre. After the formal inauguration the team facilitated orientation for the volunteers about the camp and conducted team building exercise at Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI). From 6th February onwards the volunteers started to work on renovation and education activities in three villages. One team of volunteers along with the doctors conducted medical camp in seven villages that are around Hyundai Motor India in Sriperumbudur block of Kancheepuram District.

39The volunteers undertook education and renovation activities in three villages such at Puduperu, Pennalur and Kattrampakkam. Medical and health camps were organised in eight villages such as Ayyappanthangal, Subathra Nagar, Kancheepuram, Pondur, Thirumazhisai, Maduramangalam and Thandalam. Besides, the following special events were organised by FSL India team during the Happy Move Global Youth Camp.

Welcome Dinner: Indian traditional welcome with offering of jasmine flowers/garlands, besmearing of vermilion and Chandan paste on forehead and served the most favored and popular Indian dish such as Biriyani and sweet Pongal.

Team Building: FSL India team facilitated team building exercise by which the global volunteers played many Indian and Korean games. The volunteers could interact and built relationship with Indian volunteers.

47INKO (Indo-Korean) Workshop and Forum: In this workshop, the Indian team conducted inter-cultural exchange between Korean and Indian volunteer. In this cultural event the Indian volunteers taught the Korean volunteers on how to make Rangoli, Chapatti, wear Saree and practice Yoga.

Screening of India Movie: FSL India team screened Indian movies highlighting Indian cultural, Indian love, affection as well as Indian traditional game Kabadi.

Visit to Kancheepuram and Chennai: Volunteers also visited many temples in Chennai and Kancheepuram and enjoyed every bit of moment as for many it was the first experience. They also visited Spencer Plaza in to Chennai and purchased herbal products, sweets and Indian clothes.

Meeting with the Sanitation Committee of Trasi

Meeting with the Sanitation Committee of Trasi

117The Home Based Project Team and the long term volunteers of FSL India had meeting with Sanitation Committee of Trasi Nirmal Gram Samiti at Turtle Bay Beach Resort on 31st January 2012. Trasi Nirmal Gram Samiti (TNGS) is a one of organisations that has been working for betterment of Trasi village. FSL India has been working in collaboration with this organisation on many programs like beach walk, beach cleaning and sea turtle conservation. Eco-tourism project undertaken by FSL India, the project team along with active participation of international volunteers has been the educating community people near the coastal area about health and hygiene. As open defecation leading to poor environmental health is one of the major issues, FSL India has been making efforts to address the issue through construction of toilets in collaboration with TNGS. To make this effort a concrete reality a meeting was held with Mr. Abraham Chako, Mr. Richard Almeda, Mrs. Parvati and Ramdasu from TNGS. Miss Vidya and Miss Manjula from FSL India also participated in meeting. Two visitors namely Ms. Dee and Mr. Tim from USA (Hawaii Island) also attended the meeting and expressed their willingness and goodwill to support in improving health and hygiene among this particular community.

Miss Vidya and Miss Manjula explained about the proposed project of FSL India. Mr. Abraham Chako explained on TNGS project and it was decided to construct community toilets near the beach side so that it would be helpful for the tourist as well as the fishing community. They explained the design of toilets with all technical details. It was decided that three separate toilets for men and three for women be constructed. Ms. Dee also in principle agreed on the proposal to construct 6 toilets in one building near the beach side with a total outlay of 3 lakhs. 50% of the construction would be borne by TNGS and local community. The rest 50% of the construction will be donated by Ms. Dee. Construction of toilets near beach side certainly would help promoting environmental sanitation and health status of the community. If beach is cleaned sea turtle would also come in great number to lay egg. No doubt Trasi is emerging as one of the prime location with tremendous potential for Eco-tourism project.

FSL India Participated in 9th General Assembly of NVDA

FSL India Participated in 9th General Assembly of NVDA

116FSL India participated in the 9th General Assembly and Annual Training Program of Network for Voluntary Development in Asia (NVDA). FSL India being one of the network organisations of NVDA participated in the event and contributed its part in all the deliberations which was organised between 1st February and 10th February 2012. The program was organized by NVDA and hosted by RUCHI Organization in their campus at Bandh village, Himachal Pradesh. A total of 36 participants from 20 organization representing 14 countries participated in the program.

Mr. C. Doreswamy the Joint Director represented FSL India in the 9th General Assembly of NVDA. On the First day he particip210ated in the work camp and field visit organized by RUCHI to study the integrated program. Following this event he made presentation about FSL India’s work to the participants. Having participated in the work camp activity, he also participated in the workshop which was organized on conducting impact study and assessment of volunteering service which was facilitated by Dr. Arun Chandran. He also represented FSL India in the Networking/ Bilateral talks with different organizations.

The General Assembly of NVDA started on 8th February where all the discussions were focused on the Goals of NVDA for 2012-13. The major topics dealt were impact recognition, starting program in new countries, quality improvement, initiating of common actions, launching of new projects and increasing NVDA membership among like-minded organisations. Annual report of NVDA was presented and discussion was held. The members also discussed on upcoming proposals to be undertaken by NVDA in collaboration with its member organisations. Later the members were divided into three groups to discuss on future common actions such as Tanabata Action Plan and Eco Sponge Promotion.

38On 8th February discussion was held on EC Proposal which was later approved by the members. The members decided to register NVDA so as to channelize grants from government. New executive committee would decide where and how to register. Having a permanent office and staff were also approved by the members. NVDA will set up the office in Hanoi, Vietnam from February 2012. The members decided to conduct a study on impact created by five organizations in ASIA through volunteering service. Annual general election was also held and new executive community was constituted. On 9th February two groups were formed to discuss on group work camp and weekend work camp. Mr. Kai explained about the Pilot Asian Voluntary Service.

Potential of Eco Toursim at Trasi

Potential of Eco Toursim at Trasi

On the Spot Assesment by Morten an LTV Volunteer of FSL India

115Eco Tourism Activities : Trasi is a small village on the sea shore in the north of Kundapura. It is situated between the sea on one side and a river on the other. There is every possibility to make boat tours to go to the beach or to make a village walk. People also can visit a temple or a small island on the river. Tourists can have meals, tea and snacks or refreshments in Host Families.

Contact Persons: Mr. Abraham Chako is the owner of the Turtle Bay Beach Resort and president of the Trasi Sanitation Commitee. HBP team of FSL India collaborate with him in facilitating eco friendly activities to tourists who would stay in his resort.

29Mr. Richard Almeida is a local man and also member of the Trasi Sanitation Commitee. In case of organising some events or eco tourism actions in Trasi or if one needs any information for some field work, he is the person to be contacted.

Mr. Richard‘s family is one of the Host Families in Trasi. The family can offer meals, snacks, tea and refreshments like juice. Family of Phillip is also another Host Family. His Family too can offer meals, refreshments, snacks and tea. The daughter of Mr. Phillip speaks English very well and may be a potential guide in the future. This family also can offer boattours. Boatman can offer boat tours with stick boats and motor boats.

Problems: One of the problems is that the boat tour is not to so spectacular. It is calm and relaxing but not too exciting when it lasts for more than half an hour. A stick boat available without roof can make the tourists sit under the sun without any protection. That is very hard for the tourists especially when they are not used to the Indian weather. A motor boat with roof is aslo available. However, this seems to be quite expensive as it is run with fuel. A motor boat is not so good for environmental tourism.

Improvements: FSL India need to find more interesting spots on boat trips and make a better prize for the motor boat trips. Another improvement needed is sun protection by using sun umbrellas for the stick boats. And of course Home Based Proejct of FSL India needs to establish eco tourism over there for a long period so that the people over there would rely on this initiaitve.

LTV GTG- February 2012

LTV GTG- February 2012

Once a month the international volunteers of FSL India gather together to share their experience, success stories and learn from one another.

114As usual FSL India facilitated LTV get together for the international volunteers in February 2012. This time get-together was organised separately in two different locations for Kundapur and Bangalore Region.

The two-day LTV get together was organised on 16th and 17th February. In Kundapur Region GTG was organised at Simha Farm, a beautiful Organic Farm House near Kodchadri where 8 volunteers participated. The Bangalore Region organised the GTG at FSL India premises where 14 volunteers participated. A three-member FSL Indian team headed by the Chief Coordinator of LTV Program facilitated various sessions during GTG in Kundapur Region. In Bangalore Region a four-member FSL India team headed by Chief Coordinator of LTV Program facilitated the sessions for the volunteers.

28The fundamental reason for organising get together is to give a chance to the international volunteers to share the experience and success stories of their projects with one another learn from one another. In the process of collective deliberation, GTG becomes an occasion to identify common issues and challenges encountered in different projects and find out appropriate strategic solutions collectively. Inter-cultural Learning evaluation, Nagara Port visit, Fire Meditation, Fruitful Tree and one-to-one talk with respective coordinator were the major events during the two-day GTG for the volunteers of Kundapur Region. For the Bangalore Region Painting of St Michael’s School, expectation and needs of volunteers towards project and one-to-one talk with respective coordinator were the major events during the two-day GTG.

During the one-to-one discussion with the coordinators the international volunteers discussed about the project work, experience in host family, inter-cultural learning experience and support needed for them to accomplish their tasks in the projects. The get-together was very interactive and all the volunteers actively participated in each and every event. It was also a moment to get and give feedback and assess the impact created through their volunteering service.

FSL India Welcomes the New Volunteers (February Arrivals)

FSL India Welcomes the New Volunteers (February Arrivals)

112In February 2012, a total of 11 new volunteers from 6 different countries arrived for long-term volunteering service. FSL India organised a week-long orientation for the new volunteers in two locations at Bangalore and Kundapur. While 5 volunteers participated in Bangalore orientation 6 of them had their orientation at Kundapur. Kundapur orientation event was held at FSL Guest House from 6th to 12th February 2012. At the same time orientation was organised at FSL India premises in Bangalore. As the orientation program started, volunteers were welcomed by FSL India team with Garlands of Jasmine, Vermilion Tilak marks on the forehead and Aarathi.

Different sessions were scheduled to give input on a range of topics. Sessions were conducted with a perfect blend of theoretical input and inter-cultural exposure. Introduction on FSL India and its works, Indian life style, roles and responsibilities of the volunteers, expectations and fears among the volunteers, setting up aims and objectives and conflict management were the major topics dealt with. At Kundapur introduction on Hindu Philosophy was facilitated by Mr. Prakash Chandra Shetty a guest speaker. Mr. Ranjit Kumar Singh, Chief Coordinator (D&L) facilitated the same session for volunteers in Bangalore. Volunteers had the opportunity to learn Kannada Language. During the evening hour sessions were organised to introduce the volunteers on Indian culture. Volunteers also interacted with the local community as part of inter-cultural learning and experience sharing.

27During the orientation, volunteers also had the chance to write a self-addressed letter called “Letter to Yourself”. This was done so as to ensure that they can see at the end of their stay and make comparative analysis between how the situation was in the beginning and how it has been at the end. Host Family Tea Party, Project introduction and visit to the social and development projects were organised during the orientation. A new session on Final Talk was introduced in which volunteers shared their thoughts with the staff. Volunteer also had opportunity to take part in Hindu Marriage Function. All the volunteers actively participated in the orientation program. Following is the detailed profile of volunteers:

  • Aneke Siemers from Germany
  • Sina Rosch from Germany
  • Julia Vat from France
  • Marcus from Sweden
  • AnaisTuetey from Belgium
  • Giulio Regi from Italy
  • Claire Dubouil from France
  • Julia Neven Germany
  • Hanna Breukers from Netherlands
  • Pia Madita Michel from Germany
  • Susanne from Netherlands

My intercultural learning experience as a volunteer

My intercultural learning experience as a volunteer

Some differences I could notice between Indian and French cultures!

110I would say people are friendly India. They come to me freely to ask questions about me, in the street, in the bus and in shops. In France people are more closed, it is less easy to start a conversation with a stranger. Except from small town, in France you would not greet people that you do not know while you walk in the street. If you do so, they might stare at you and think you are a freak or simply ignore you!

What is also striking to me is the curiosity of Indian people. In France we teach small children that they should not be curious, that it is a default! I do not think this is a common view in India! For example, there is information that we would never ask for in France, even if we would like to know: how much do you earn as a salary? How much did you pay for this? We would only ask our best friends about money matters. Curiosity is also about personal situation. In France, it would sounds really awkward to ask a stranger if she is married.

The notion of “personal belongings” seems different. For instance, here in India it is normal for the boy in my host family to use my things, would look at them, sometimes without asking me. In France it would not happen. He would always ask. Also the notion of private space, in India it is not common to stay alone in a room or to retreat into silence or to have time for yourself. Often, when I try to do that, then the boy of the host family would come and ask me, “What are you doing”?

25I am more used to being solitary sometimes in France as I live on my own and sometimes I like to have these private moments. Even when I lived with my parents, it was very common that each of us would do some different activity (for example while my mother is reading, my dad would be working and I will be studying) and that we would not talk to each other for hours. In India it is different, I think you share more in the daily life and people seem do not need any private space. I noticed that people in India are much more relaxed than in France. They take things as they come and they do not worry or stress as much as in France.

Some cultural experiences: There is my friend Mamatha. She lives in the village where I teach. She owns a small shop and makes tea for people in the area. I go to see her every day and we have talks about our lives, about our cultural differences, about life in general. Although we often notice that there are big differences, it also seems that some important matters are universal.

We talked about the family for example. In France husband and wife would more often share the housework. In some families, the wife works and the husband stays at home taking care of the children and the house. Life of women is not that easy in India. If they work still have a big amount of housework to do. Therefore, it is hard for them who do not have much leisure or time for rest. One subject that is also very different is the choice of the husband. In France a huge majority of women will chose their husband themselves. There a very few arranged marriages. Also a lot of people (almost the half) never get married.

37Mamatha is Christian. We are not from the same Christian Church but I went to Roman Catholic Church with her and family for Christmas and another day for some function. We had two hours mass and then at the night-time we walked through Kushalnagar holding candles. At the same time we could hear the call for the prayer coming from the Mosque and other Indian people Hindus were going in and out of the temples. I thought that this was a nice example of religious diversity. All of them leave next to each other. Another very nice cultural experience I had was to go to a Coorgi marriage with the Host Family of some other volunteers. I could watch the rituals and traditions of this strong Kodava culture. I could also enjoy the delicious food. In this family the host mother is also our Kannada teacher. Not only the classes also allow us to better communicate with students helps us learn about Indian culture. I learned a prayer in Kannada and I can think about it when I go to a temple!

Adele Valentin

FSL India Volunteers from France

Host Family Workshop

Host Family Workshop

19Inter-cultural learning is one of the most essential parts of FSL India’s development intervention. Field services and inter-cultural learning are the two dimensions of the development agenda promoted and propagated by FSL India. In order to reinforce this agenda, FSL India conducted the Host Family Workshop for Mysore zone at Hunsur on 1st February 2012.

With an objective of Host Family is the integral part of intercultural learning in the LTV program the workshop was conducted with a view to equip the host families to facilitate inter-cultural learning involving the international volunteers. The workshop also primary aimed to equipping the host families with basic understanding of inter-cultural learning and ensure their participation to facilitate the same for mutually benefit.

24A total 30 people participated (12 people are from host families and other 18 SHG) members participated in the workshop. It was interesting to note that that the SHG members are also emerging as the potential host families. A four-member team of FSL India led by Mr. Doreswamy, the Joint Director, Mr. Deepak the Assistant Director, Mr. Arvind, Chief Coordinator of LTV Program and Mr. Ranjit Chief Coordinator (Documentation and Liaison) collectively facilitated the workshop.

With a brief input on FSL India and its development program through volunteering service, the training cum workshop was facilitated. Inter-cultural learning, cultural dimensions and tools for handling issues in inter-cultural learning; formed the central themes of discussion during the workshop. To have a common understanding about culture and importance of inter-cultural learning, the participants were made to understand about generalised and stereotype behaviours, high versus low context messages and power distance that many a times influence the inter-cultural learning and inter-cultural misinterpretation.

36The participants with the facilitation of FSL India team deliberated at great length on how to involve volunteers in various social and cultural activities and inculcate values. Issues of volunteers and Host Families, inter-cultural learning and experience and best practices in facilitating the same were also the some of the important highlights during the training cum workshop. All these exercises led to a composite dialogue between the facilitators and the participants to create a perfect platform for inter-cultural learning in their respective homes. The participants eventually came out with a plan of action for inter-cultural learning clearly indicating their roles and responsibilities.

The training cum workshop was very interactive. The host families actively participated in all the discussions. Numerous issues were raised by the host families. However, the training cum workshop was an eye-opener which revealed them the importance of facilitating inter-cultural learning for the international volunteers.

Volunteers and HBP team of FSL India Raised Clothes for Children of Tent School

Volunteers and HBP team of FSL India Raised Clothes for Children of Tent School


It is quite obvious that the children at the Tent School Project of FSL India did not have adequate cloths to wear daily as they hail from the migrant communities. The parents of the children normally concentrate on their work and do not have time to take care of their children. Children used to very poorly dressed and attend the tent school. Having observed this, the volunteers and FSL India staff planned to raise used clothes from the children studying at the private schools.

In order to motivate the children to donated used cloths the team visited all the schools in and around Kundapura and appealed to the Headmasters regarding the objective of collecting cloths. Few schools responded very positively because of which the team could collect cloths for the children.

63In one of the schools the Headmaster did not cooperate and strongly opposed to collecting cloths from the school. However, on persistent request he allowed to collect from the grown up children and their siblings which cannot be used by them anymore. After two days Headmaster invited FSL India team to collect the clothes from the school. The team collected clothes that almost looked like new. The Tent School team was exceedingly delighted to collect clothes for 20 children.

The volunteers and HBP team also raised cloths from their neighbors, friends, and relatives and distributed to the children. They are very happy and so shall the volunteers and HBP team of FSL India.

Case Study on Sea Turtle Conservation (Home Based Project Initiative of FSL India)

Case Study on Sea Turtle Conservation (Home Based Project Initiative of FSL India)

181. Introduction

Karnataka is the habitat of the Olive Ridley and Green Sea Turtles. Between September and December each year they come to the beaches around Kundapur to lay eggs. After 20 years of living in the ocean and after swimming thousands of miles, the female sea turtles return to the beach to nest where they hatch. Since a couple of years things have changed because of rising pollution of ocean and beaches. Every year less and less turtles come to the beaches to lay eggs. Their population decreases at an alarming rate that sea turtles are now threatened nearly to extinction. As a result, also the number of nesting habitats decline.

In 2005, FSL India started the Sea Turtle Conservation Project in collaboration with Forest and Wildlife Department of Karnataka state. Located in the town of Kundapur on the west coast of Karnataka beach, the aim of this project is to undertake survey of sea turtles in this area, protecting their eggs, and reducing threats to survival. This case study gives a short overview of the sea turtle conservation in general as well as the FSL India’s effort of sea turtle project in particular. It is based on the experience of FSL India team on the beaches and of Indian life in general as well as the data collected from 2005 to 2011.

2. About Sea Turtle:

22Turtles are reptiles, a class of animals that includes crocodiles, snakes and lizards. Like all reptiles sea turtles lay eggs, breathe air and their body temperature depends on the temperature around them. The ancestors of sea turtles were animals that left the land to live in the sea. Thus sea turtles are adapted to living in water by having a shell form that enables them to swim very fast as well as having flippers to paddle instead of legs to walk on but unlike land tortoise they cannot retract their limbs and head into their shell for protection. They have lungs and have to come to the surface to breathe air. They are able to keep their breath for up to five hours. When they are stressed or caught in a fisher net, they need to breathe after a few minutes, otherwise they drown. They use the earth’s magnetic field to navigate and a very good sense of smell. Their vision is adapted to the blue-green colours that dominate under water. On the land sea turtles are rather short sighted.

There are two species of sea turtles visiting the Kundapur coast which is about 60 kilo metres long. They are Olive Ridley and Green turtle. Leather Back variety used to visit this area but since last 20 years there is no evidence of them anymore. The female turtles of Olive Ridley and Green Turtle visit the coast during October and December to lay eggs.

3. Five Major Components of FSL India’s Intervention:

3Awareness Program: Raising awareness amongst different sections of the community is vital to this program. Different sections of the community are fisherman, children and general public. Visiting schools is an essential part of schools awareness as it means children are educated about Sea Turtle Conservation and begin to care about the issues. Primary school awareness are carried out puppet show with quiz and by painting murals depicting messages to do with sea turtles on the school walls. We believe that the combination of visiting school, painting a mural, doing the puppet show and the quiz are most effective techniques for carrying out long lasting awareness in primary schools.

Setting up hatcheries and TIC’s (Turtle Information Centres): International volunteers along with the local youth and staff of FSL India set up nesting habits and hatcheries on the beach near the contact persons home. Hatcheries are temporary structures which can be moved easily. At the same time care is taken so as not to change the natural habitat of the nest. For example, the nest should be within the vicinity of the monsoon high tide of the beach. This activity helps the local youth involve in the program and generate interest for sea turtle conservation. The local youth get a chance to meet youth from different parts of the world and work together with a common goal of saving this important species.

4Training Contact persons: Local fishermen families living on the beach are taken into confidence and trough awareness and counselling they become our contact persons. The hatcheries are set up along the entire stretch of beach at every 5 kilo metres interval. The contact persons are given training on how to relocate the Sea Turtle eggs and how to take care of the hatcheries. Whenever anyone comes across any nest advised to relocate the eggs at the earliest, since this is very crucial for the success rate of hatchlings. Our experience shows that the eggs have to be relocated within 8 hours for good success rate of hatchling. This way FSL India team with the support of the local community and international volunteers ensure that the eggs are relocated near the nesting ground.

Keeping Records: A good deal of documents and records are maintained at FSL India office on details of number of eggs collected and hatched. Since sea turtles visit the same beach they hatched on, the same turtle visits the same beach every year. So, over the years one can get a good picture of how many turtles visit this part of the coast line. Apart from this with the network that is created on the beach, FSL India team collects data on wounded turtles, dead turtles etc. Any other data needed for any studies or statistics, FSL India is able make available.

5Sea Turtle sensitization center: A center for education activities, resource center, Data center, information center, along with a hatchery is soon to be built. The center will also have a Sea Turtle rescue facility for wounded or sick sea turtles that are brought in and can be kept in a tank or be cared for. Every year, in the monsoon at least three to four sea turtles are brought in by local youth or contact persons. These turtles cannot go back to deep waters because of the swell in the monsoon. This center will be built by the Forest Department and run with the help of FSL India.

4. Relocated turtle nests in season 2011-2012:

  • On 3rd October 2011 a total of 106 eggs were relocated at Bijadi which are yet be hatched.
  • On 22nd October 2011 a total of 156 eggs were relocated at Maravanthe which are yet be hatched.
  • On 7th November 2011 a total of 107 eggs were relocated at Maravanthe out of which 105 (98.13%) are hatched.
  • On 5th December 2011 a total of 98 eggs were relocated at Bijadi out of which 70 (71.42%) are hatched.
  • On 8th January 2012 a total of 110 eggs were relocated at Maravanthe which are yet be hatched.
  • On 10th January 2012 a total of 134 eggs were relocated at Bijadi which are yet be hatched.
  • On 10th January 2012 a total of 124 eggs were relocated at Bijadi which are yet be hatched.

Valediction to the participants of 3rd GLMTV Conference

Valediction to the participants of 3rd GLMTV Conference

17“Goodbye until we meet again” was the message conveyed by FSL India family to one and all who participated in the 3rd GLMTV Conference. Having engaged in a three-day intensive deliberation, the GLMTV delegates paid a visit to two projects such as ACCEPT Society and Sparsha Trust in the suburb of Bangalore as part of the exposure. The participants interacted with the staff, board of directors and the children of these two projects. “It was an amazing experience”- was the mess23age expressed by each of the delegates of 3rd GLMTV conference. The staff of these projects appraised the participants on how the FSL India volunteers hailing from various countries create an impact and contribute towards the overall development of the organisations and wellbeing of the beneficiaries.

As it was time to say goodbye to the participants of 3rd GLMTV Conference, FSL India organised a brief valedictory session. T46he children and staff of these two organisations also participated to bid a very affectionate farewell to the participants. Children performed varieties of cultural events such as patriotic and folk song and dance in honour of the participants GLMTV Conference. Everybody was thrilled and enjoyed every bit moment with children in dancing and singing.

The three-day 3rd GLMTV Conference was concluded with a vote of thanks proposed by Mr. Arvind. FSL India once again wishes to thank NVDA, CCIVS and ALLIANCE for assigning the responsibility to host 3rd GLMTV Conference. It was indeed an enriching and edifying experience to host an international event. The President and Director of FSL India express good wishes and bid affectionate farewell to the participants of 3rd GLMTV Conference.