Monthly Archives: March 2012

Updates on Work Camps of FSL India (November and December 2011)

Updates on Work Camps of FSL India (November and December 2011)

115FSL India organises Work Camps throughout year with a view to increasing social, cultural, educational and environmental actions in the rural and urban areas. Both International and local volunteers participate in the Work Camps which offer opportunities to volunteers to learn local culture and values for life through cooperative actions and community services. During November and December, six Work Camps were conducted at various locations. Altogether 58 International Volunteers (26 in November and 28 December) participated in the Work Camps. Volunteers who participated in the Work Camps are from Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, South Korea, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA. Following are the details of the Work Camps:

1. Yoga / Ayurveda / Social (Kerala –  7th to 27th November 2011)

214Camp Activities: Volunteers attended Yoga lesson every day. They also painted and cleaned garden at Special School and performed activities with kids and visually challenged children and worked on the playground.

Intercultural Learning: Volunteers visited Muthappan Temple, learnt about Indian cooking, participated in country presentation, visited snake park and Kalari Payat (Marshal Arts).

2. Tibetan culture/Construction/ Environment (Dharamsala – 7th to 27th November 2011)

38Camp Activities: Volunteers built 4 toilets and cleaned the playground, painted walls and participated in teaching English and dance to children and enacted a play creating awareness on ecology and environment.

Intercultural Learning: Volunteers interacted with the youth at Tibetan Youth Center and monks,  visited Tibetan Museum, Dalai Lama’s Temple, Tibetan Library, Medicine Museum, Baghsu Waterfall, Temples, Tibetan Children’s Village, Norbulingka Institute and attended Tibetan cooking class.

3. Sea Turtle Conservation / Environment (Kundapur – 14th to 27th November 2011)

Camp Activities: The international volunteers built 3 Turtle Information Centre in three different locations, participated in Beach Awareness program and conducted poppet show in the schools.

45Intercultural Learning: Volunteer visited local family and had lunch, participated in boat trip, visited light house, local festival, painted henna, learnt to wear Saree, participated in country presentation.

4. Social / Kids (Bangalore – 5th to 18th December 2011)

Camp Activities: Volunteers taught school children English, phonetics, drawing, games, organised drawing completion for children. They also installed 3 solar lights for slum dwellers and organised human/child rights education for children and local community.

54Intercultural Learning: Volunteers interacted  with college students  and community people, school children and teachers, visited Gandhi Community to by cotton cloths, visited Sacred Heart Girl’s pre-school, learned Indian, wear Indian Saree, attended North Indian wedding reception and participated  tradition Indian dance and performed country presentation.

5. Heritage Conservation ( Hampi – 12th to 25th December 2011)

Camp Activities: Volunteers participated in monument restoration activities, cleaned the temple and temple surroundings, cleaned the ponds in and around Hampi, painted the schools and did educational drawing, conducted activities for school children such as games, songs etc.

Intercultural Learning: Volunteers visited temples, Elephant Shower, learnt Indian cooking, learnt to wear Saree, participated in inter-cultural dialogue with the local community and participated in the country presentation.

Yoga / Ayurveda / Social (Kerala – 5th to 18th December 2011)

64Camp Activities: Volunteers attended Yoga lesson every day. They also painted and cleaned garden at Special School and performed activities with kids and visually challenged children and worked on the playground.

Intercultural Learning: Volunteers visited Muthappan Temple, learnt about Indian cooking, participated in country presentation, visited snake park and Kalari Payat (Marshal Arts).

Mid-Term Evaluation (NH11-Aug/Sept 2011- Arrivals)

Mid-Term Evaluation (NH11-Aug/Sept 2011- Arrivals)

82With an objective to make an assessment of progress made, impact created and changes brought about in social development and education projects, FSL India organised a three-day Mid-Term Evaluation of Weltwarts/IJFD  volunteers. The participatory evaluation was held between 21st and 23rd March 2012. A total of 34 Weltwarts/IJFD volunteers representing AFS, IJGD and YAP-CFD participated in the Mid-Term Evaluation. It was conducted at Simha Farm, Nittur in Udupi District of Karnataka state. A thirteen-member team led by Mr. Alred Rohan D’Souza the Director of FSL India facilitated the Mid-Term evaluation. During the evaluation the following subjects were dealt with:

  • 212Learning about the local culture and the way volunteers could influence the Host Families.
  • The challenges faced and how the volunteer could manage to overcome them.
  • Results achieved and challenges encountered in the projects.
  • Personal Development (skills and knowledge gained by volunteers) and the future outlook.
  • Extent to which volunteers were able to fulfil the needs and expectations of their project.
  • Understanding of the cultural differences between India and Germany.
  • Improvement in the local language that helped to integrate in the project and local community.
  • Support from FSL India and the project that helped in implementation of project plan.
  • Level of inter-cultural learning, reflection on cultural difference and inter-cultural sensitivity.

37Volunteers who participated in the Mid-Term Evaluation are: Anja, Moritiz, Andreas, Clara, Susanne, Cornelia, Carlotte, Aaron, Johanna, Nikolas, Johannes, Maria, Larissa, Louisa, Kerstin Angela, Anselm, Daniela, Mortan, Gesa, Leonie, Clara Sophie, Lukas, Marco, Antonia, Yuonne, Maria, Dennis, Lillian, Nils, Simon, Caroline Alexandra, Liza, Meret, Julia, and Sarah.


With lots of fun and frolic the Mid-Term Evaluation was conducted. All the volunteers actively participated in the evaluation. Indeed it was an enriching and edifying experience for the volunteers as well as FSL India. While reflecting on the inter-cultural learning and impact created in the project, the experience gained has helped each volunteer to develop a future perspective and interest for development work which each one is expected to fulfil after returning to Germany. It was an opportunity for volunteers to articulate about a great deal of changes that they have experienced in themselves.

LTV Get-together at Kundapur

LTV Get-together at Kundapur

53Monthly LTV Get-together for the month of March for the volunteers of Kundapur zone was organised on 15th and 16th March 2012. It was organised at Silver Sand Beach Resort, Malpe in Udupi district. FSL India team of Kundapur headed by the Chief Coordinator of LTV Program facilitated the get-together.

This program primarily focussed on inter-culture learning which was facilitated by Mr. Joy Carvallo. Culture, Indian caste system, Indian religions, Indian food, traditional practices and beliefs, revers cultural learning etc. were discussed during the get-together. Project portrait, one-to-one talk with 63coordinators and skit presentation were also on the two-day agenda. Indeed this created a platform for volunteers to share their experience, project work, progress made and results achieved. It was also time to find solutions to problems that they encounter in the projects, share the best practices in voluntary services and get motivated for future work.

72 During one-to one talk with the respective coordinators, volunteers discussed on the challenges they encounter in the projects. Volunteers also had lots of fun games during the get together and enjoyed every bit of moment. Altogether 6 volunteers and 5 staff from FSL India participated in the program. Following is the detail of participants:

  • Sina Rosch form Germany
  • Julia Vatel form France
  • Anabel Kuebler form Germany
  • Marcus Johnsson form Sweden
  • Aneke Siemers from Germany
  • Anais Tuetey form France

Clara Susanne and Cornalia Preuse Speak About Intercultural learning in Shanti Ashram

Clara Susanne and Cornalia Preuse Speak About Intercultural learning in Shanti Ashram

We have the most natural gym here, but carrying water buckets and milk cans is so much nicer than sitting on a cross trainer

112Living in a small village in the middle of nature has been a new experience for us. In our home towns, the milk as well as the vegetables comes from the supermarket, the water out of the tab and the energy out of the power points, 24 hours a day. In Shanti Ashram, most of the things we need are produced by ourselves. Vegetables grow in the garden and have to be cut in the morning. And we I have learned to open and to rasp coconuts which are needed for Chutney (a pungent relish made of coconut, fruits, spices and herbs).

28Furthermore, it is one of our duties to bring the milk we take from our two cows to the dairy in the village every morning and afternoon. The children in the orphanage are able to make jasmine flower chains and even brooms to sweep the floor and to keep all the surroundings clean. As the dry season has started now, the wells here at Shanti Ashram are already empty which means that we have to carry water buckets every day in order to wash our clothes.

36This much should be enough to give you a little learning about our daily duties in Shanti Ashram which are different from activities we do in Germany. We really enjoy all the work that we have to do by ourselves. “We have the most natural gym here, but carrying water buckets and milk cans is so much nicer than sitting on a cross trainer.”

Clara Susanne Popp and Cornalia Preuse

FSL India Volunteers at Shanti Ashram

World Water Day Observed at Pennalur in Kancheepuram District

World Water Day Observed at Pennalur in Kancheepuram District

110International World Water Day is observed annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater.

35To mark this occasion FSL India on 17th March 2012 observed World Water Day at Pennalur village in Kancheepuram District. The event was organised in collaboration with village president, ward members, teachers, school children and the local community. A total of 105 people participated in this event to create awareness on the benefit and importance of fresh water resources.

In an attempt to educate the community people on water issues, FSL India team of Chennai highlighted on the significance of observing World Water Day. The school children and teachers participated in educating the village community on proper use of water, how to ensure food and water security and encouraged them to take care of the fresh water resources. It was emphasized that community based management committee must be constituted to manage the fresh water resources and take community action to protect water from pollution.

27To have a greater impact on the community all the community leaders, teachers and school children participated in a rally around the village emphasizing the need for conservation of water resources. During the rally community people were also educated on the judicious use of water, promotion of rain water harvesting, planting of trees, promotion of environment, refrain from open defecation and safe disposal of human waste, treatment and recycling of waste water, solid waste management, sock pit construction, recharging the ground water, promotion of kitchen garden etc. FSL India also gave away prizes to school children for their active participation in creating awareness on water issues.

Harvesting Everyday

Harvesting Everyday

Antonin an FSL India Volunteers Speaks on Mantra of Harvesting Everyday


Harvesting everyday could be the mantra of Water Literacy Foundation (WLF) where we are placed as volunteers to work on water issues. Based in Bangalore, this organisation is specialized in addressing water problems through efforts like rainwater harvesting.

Rainwater harvesting is a new concept for us as foreigner volunteers. We did not have experienced of rainwater harvesting in our home country. Indeed water problems and issues largely vary from country to country. In the western countries there are instances of river pollution, green tides that invades of seaweeds causing environmental hazard. India is also not free from water pollution issues. However, rainwater harvesting is one of such viable options to address scarcity of water and prevent water pollution as India receives adequate rainfall.

Rainwater harvesting systems involve usually three elements. One place to collect water, usually a rooftop or a field of a farmer, a filter to remove dust, leafs and other waste, and last but not least, a tank that is enough to have water for all the dry season. A genius idea is to use the ground as a huge tank and refill it thanks to a bore well.

As volunteers our work is mainly to find what to do. Create our tasks and take initiatives are very important for us to work as a team. Thus, we have liberty in this project and not just the timetable. The advantage is that we can be proud of what we do, seeing it as our own work. The other side of the coin is that sometimes, it is hard to be motivated. As a result there has been week when nothing has been done and weeks full of activity.

Antonin for the water warrior team aka Johan Jacob, Marcin and I.

Long Term Volunteers – New Arrivals in March 2012

Long Term Volunteers – New Arrivals in March 2012

18In early March 2012, FSL India received another batch of 9 new volunteers from 4 countries for long-term volunteering. Prior to the departure and be placed in different projects, FSL India organised a week-long orientation for new volunteers in Bangalore and Kundapur. Six volunteers underwent orientation at and three were given orientation at Kundapur between 5th and 9th March 2012. Volunteers were welcomed by FSL India team with Garlands of Jasmine, Vermilion Tilak marks on the forehead and Aarathi.

Sessions were facilitated to give input on various topics. Introduction about FSL India and its work, 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. Volunteers had the opportunity to learn Kannada Language and during evening hour sessions were organised to introduce volunteers on Indian culture. Volunteers also interacted with the local community as part of inter-cultural learning and experience sharing.

26Volunteers also had the chance to write a self-addressed letter so as to see at the end of their stay and make comparative analysis between how the situation was in the beginning and how it will be when they complete their assignment. Host Family Tea Party, Project introduction and project visit were organised during the orientation. Final Talk was also organised to share their thoughts with the staff. All the volunteers actively participated in the program. Following is the list of volunteers who participated in the orientation:

  1. Delia Christel Hildegard Mather from Germany
  2. Franziska Greiser from Germany
  3. Jonas Johannes Herrmann from Germany
  4. Mustafa Akguen from Germany
  5. Valentina Becker from Germany
  6. Christian Jens Weinrich from Germany
  7. Katie Stickney from United States of America
  8. Johann Pouzineau from France
  9. Romano Carlo from Italy

FSL India Organised International Women’s Day Celebration

FSL India Organised International Women’s Day Celebration

It is an occasion to celebrate women’s spirit and their role in the society. It is time to honor the struggle, the tireless hard work and contribution of all women in the world and acknowledge their freedom, rights, and recognition. It is the day to pay a tribute to the women.

17International Women’s Day which is celebrated on 8th March every year is an occasion marked by women’s groups around the world. Although this date was commemorated at the United Nations since 1975, it has been observed globally on various themes and women issues. Interestingly it was the first-time experience for the women of Irunkattukottai village in Sriperumbudur district of Tamil Nadu to celebrate International Women’s Day. Organised by FSL India – Chennai Facility team, the women, children and community people for the first time in the history participated in International Women’s Day Celebration on 8th March 2012.

34Women Empowerment was the theme of International Women’s Day Celebration. Although it was celebrative event, it was also an occasion for the women and community people to come together and look back to a tradition of decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.

Mr. Sridhar from HYUNDAI graced the occasion as Chief Guest of the Women’s Day Celebration. The program started at 6.30 p.m. with honing the Chief Guest. Mrs. Jhansirani, Balaji Village President, Mrs. Stella Mercy the School Head Mistress, Mrs. Lakshmi the Village Health Nurse, Manager of MOBIS and Mr. Shiva Kumar the Vice-chairman of Sriperumbudur graced the occasion as guests of honour. The 25program started with lighting the lamp followed by welcome address by the School Headmistress. Members of Self-help Group enacted a skit highlighting the importance of women empowerment, education, benefits of SHG, and water and sanitation issues. The School Children performed dance on this auspicious occasion.

The Chief Guest spoke about the importance micro-credit for women to enhance the socio-economic status. In his speech he emphasized the important of use of toilet, benefits of safe disposition of garbage and upcoming activities from Hyundai. The Village President distributed the gifts and gave away prizes to the women43 representatives and animators of Self-help Groups. The Panchayat leaders, village development committee and SHG members expressed appreciation and gratitude to FSL India for organising the program. The program was concluded with a vote of thanks by a women representative of Self-help Group.

Dennis Jan an FSL India Volunteer Speaks

Dennis Jan an FSL India Volunteer Speaks

I want to describe how much I enjoy with the children and my stay in the project

16My name is Dennis Jan. I am an FSL India volunteer from Germany sponsored by BMZ through AFS-Germany. Since the 7th August 2011, I have been working as a teacher in the project “DEED – Development through education”. The main target of the project is to visit the tribal community in the area and search for orphan children and children from very poor families who have problems and cannot take care of their children. DEED takes these children to their school to provide them with all they need and give them education. Otherwise they would not have anybody to care of them or have to do very hard work even in a very young age. The children study English, Mathematics, Geography and do some creative activities like drawing, singing, origami and crafting with the volunteers. The Kannada teachers teach the Children Kannada, Social studies, History, Mathematics, Environmental studies, science and they also sing songs and do craft activities.

During the first two months of my work in the project we were four volunteers, two Kannada teacher and around 25 children. The four volunteers were Camilla, Haruka, Julian and I. Camilla was the most experienced volunteer at this time and basically decided what to teach and how to teach. I was not really happy with the way and the content we taught but during that time it was difficult for me to take the class. I had problems to get adjusted with India and I had problems with my host family too. Therefore, I decided to observe the first two months and get adjusted with everything before I really change things.

After my first two months, Julian and I decided to change the way of teaching in the project. We started to speak more with the children, read them children books, watched children movies in English, let them speak more in English and never gave them the full answer so that they would think more. The idea is to get them used to the English language so that they learn it naturally. After a while we could figure out that we have to give the children more words before we teach them how to speak sentence and then we had this great idea to make pictures of the movies. We kept watching and gave them new vocabularies to learn. It is incredible how fast they could memorize these vocabularies. During that time we also decided to teach them mathematics too, because we thought that it is good for the children, if they get mathematics problems also in another way so that they learn how to handle with numbers better and they learn how the numbers are called in English. Since November we also taught them how to read English. If they learn how to read English they will have the ability to read which is great by itself but besides this they would understand the grammar of the language better, they will memorize words much faster and I felt that they get much more interested in learning the language.

In February, almost after 7 months of my stay, the children made a great progress. When I arrived, some of the small children had almost no knowledge about the alphabet and had problems to write the English letters. The bigger children were not able to read a single word or to spell correctly. But now all of them can identify each letter of the small and the capital ABC. They can copy whole sentences from the board without any mistake and in a decent handwriting. Some of them can read whole sentences. They have adequate knowledge of words and understand almost everything I say to them. Some of them speak whole sentence and everybody can speak at least a little bit. They learned a lot about the Indian geography and start to identify the continents and they can identify the origin countries of the volunteers and finally they improved a lot in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

At the end of this article I want to describe how much I enjoy with the children and my stay in the project. I remember at the beginning of my stay they looked all the same to me and it took me one month to learn all the names. But after a while I learned a lot about the children’s character and I started to see each kid as an individual. Everybody of them has his own humor, some are very motivated in class and some need to be pushed more to get interested. Some learn quickly and some need more practice but what they have in common is that they are happy in the project. They are all like brothers and sisters and take care of each other. They like the adults in the project and they all enjoy the lessons even if they have some days when they don’t want it. For me personal, I really enjoy it to take the class and spend some time with the children. They are always full of energy and make jokes during the classes and seem to be always happy which makes me happy too. To take the classes with these children is really not a work at all. They also taught me a lot about children in general. Because of teaching them I know now that I really want to become a teacher when I go back to Germany because I have so much fun with it. Sometimes when I have this feeling that I want to go home to Germany because I miss everybody there, I go to the project and spend some time with the kids and then I feel much better every time. They really give me the energy to stay one year in India. I think my stay in India would be much more difficult in another project and if I ever come back to India.

I think that’s all I have to say about my project for now. I hope you enjoyed it and I will write another one at the end of my stay.

Dennis Jan

FSL India Volunteer from Germany

Updates on 8th Happy Move Camp for South Korean Volunteers

Updates on 8th Happy Move Camp for South Korean Volunteers

12Introduction to Happy Move Global Youth Camp: FSL India has been implementing CSR projects, titled Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers and Model Village (MVP) in Tamil Nadu. FSL India hosted 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp for South Korean Volunteers. The program primarily aimed to serve the communities of Sriperumbudur and Kanchipuram districts. It is supported by Hyundai Motors Company (HMC) as part of corporate social responsibility.

23Details Regarding 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp: FSL India hosted the 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp for South Korean Volunteers. The program was organized for 26 days in Kancheepuram District between 19th January and 16th February 2012. Altogether 177 Korean volunteers, 40 Hyundai Graduate Engineer Trainees (Indian participants), 18 doctors, 18 nurses, 6 IWO delegates and 10 FSL India staff participated in this camp. These Korean volunteers organise medical camps, health awareness campaign, education and renovation work in schools and villages.

The program was organised in two batches. The 1st batch started its camp from 19th to 31st January 2012 and the camp for 2nd batch was organised between 4th and 16th February 2012. In first batch FSL India covered 9 villages for Medical Camp and 4 villages for Education and Renovation Activities. Whereas the second batch of volunteers covered 9 villages for Medical Camp and 3 villages for Education and Renovation Activity. Altogether 25 village communities have been immensely benefited from 8th Happy Move Camp.

31Food, Accommodation and Conveyance: Throughout the camp India served delicious south Indian dish to the participants. Accommodation for volunteers was organised at Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI). On the first day of the camp, FSL India hosted special welcome dinner for the volunteers. They were welcomed with garlands of rose and vermilion tilak was marked on their forehead. The volunteers’ cheeks were besmeared with turmeric talcum powder. Aarathi (light from wicks soaked in ghee and camphor) was performed with a symbolic gesture of welcoming the volunteers as the most honored and respectable guests. Biriyani, Sweet Pongal and Payasam were served during welcome banquet. As the camp started HMI provided refreshment twice in a day and FSL also provided evening refreshment to the volunteers. HMI took the responsibility of organising transportation for pick up and drop from accommodation to project site.

41Orientation for Volunteers and Team Leaders: Orientation session was organised by FSL India team headed by Mr. Arun the Program Manager of Chennai Facility. On the first day of the camp all Korean and Indian volunteers gathered at the Conference Hall of FDDI for orientation. All the volunteers introduced themselves. During the orientation FSL Indian team explained about the objective and purpose of the Happy Move Camp and gave instructional information on dress code, safety and security issues, roles and responsibility. FSL India team also organised orientation session for the team leaders of South Korea. The team explained about program schedule, procedure to use tools and equipment, how to avail construction materials, description of activity and about special events like Indian movie, Indo-Korean (INKO) Forum and Workshop, visit to temple, Chennai City, Hyundai Factory etc. The team also explained about communication channel, roles and responsibility of team leaders.

5Team Building/INKO forum and Workshop: FSL India organized team building exercise for the volunteers. The volunteers with lots of fun and frolic played many Indian and Korean games. Through this volunteers could interact with Indians. IWO and FSL India team conducted INKO workshop and forum as part of inter-cultural exchange and learning. The Indian volunteers taught on how to make Rangoli, Chapatti, wear Saree and perform Yoga. In return, the Korean volunteers shared about their customs and tradition.

6In the INKO forum Indian volunteers asked questions to Korean volunteers on socio-cultural practices, customs and tradition. On the other hand, Korean volunteers also raised numbers of questions to Indian volunteers. The participants enjoyed every bit of moment as it was perfect convergence to experience inter-cultural learning and sharing.

7During the INKO workshop, FSL India and IWO team came up with new idea to conduct INKO workshop for the volunteers. Indian volunteers explained about Indian traditional clothes, India dish and how to make Rangoli etc. Similarly the Korean volunteers explained about their traditional clothes, traditional dance and how to eat Korean food with a pair of sticks.

81Education and Renovation Activities: To undertake education and renovation activities, FSL India team made good arrangement in consultation with school headmasters, teachers and local community. As the camp started the community people welcomed the volunteers ceremoniously. The volunteers learnt a lot about Indian culture by interacting with school children and local people. Under education and renovation activities, volunteers did lots of work in the villages. Construction of toilets, tree plantation by road side, building 9garbage bins, construction of clean kitchen for needy people and prepare nutrition garden for BPL families were the major initiatives. Besides, the volunteers participated in teaching school children health and hygiene, Basic English, creative learning, Maths etc. Children learnt a lot and enjoyed with international volunteers. The volunteers also painted on wall spreading messages on personal hygiene, disadvantages of open defecation, need for environment cleanliness, safe drinking water etc. They also drew pictures of national leaders, national animals and national flowers and painted blackboards in the local schools.

10Medical Camp and Renovation: Medical Camps were conducted in 10 villages in and around Hyundai Motors, in Kancheepuram. 27 Korean volunteers, 9 Korean doctors and 9 Indian nurses facilitated medical camp. In second batch also 9 Korean doctors, 9 Indian nurses and 25 Korean volunteers facilitated medical camps. While in the first batch of medical camps a total 1059 patients from 5 villages were treated for various kinds of illness, during the 2nd batch a total of 1281 patients received healthcare service and treatment. The volunteers also conducted health and hygiene sessions for school children. During the camp for the first batch a total of 187 boys and 209 girls from five schools benefitted from health and hygiene 111sessions. During the second batch a total of 1227 school children (637 boys and 590 girls) from five schools participated in health and hygiene sessions. Children were taught about hand wash techniques, painting on the wall, fruit/ vegetable card game etc.

Special Program: In Pennalur village, in addition to health and hygiene sessions and renovation work, the volunteers also participated in local community home visit by which they could learn about Indian culture, the way of living, Indian traditional food and exchanged Korean culture with the local people. During the home visit, the volunteers 122created awareness on the urgency of energy conservation and scarce resource like water. Volunteers paid visited to Kanchi Kamatchi and Egamparanatheshwara temples as part of inter-cultural exchange. Volunteers also had a chance to visit Chennai Spencer Plaza for shopping.

Visit to Hyundai Company and Production Unit: All the volunteers were invited to HMI by Korean officials for the CSR inaugural ceremony at Hyundai Factory. In this program Hyundai Company donated furniture and computers to government schools. Having attended this program volunteers visited Hyundai factory and production unit and learnt about various aspects of manufacturing of Hyundai Motor Car.

Visit by IWO President: Mr. Jinshu, the President of IWO, South Korea paid a visit to 8th Happy Move Camp. During his visit to FSL India, he made an on-the-spot assessment of all EDRN program and Medical camps organised in the villages. He was quite impressed the way program activities were facilitated. He spent good deal of time in interacting with community people, FSL India team and with Indian and Korean volunteers.

14Screening of Tamil Movie: FSL India screened a Tamil movie “Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu” which depicts the importance of ‘Kabadi” which is one of the traditional games of India. It also gives message about friendship, love and affection, importance agriculture and education. All Korean and Indian volunteers enjoyed watching the movie. The Indian volunteers translated the dialogue into English and made Korean volunteers understand.

131Intercultural Program: Inter-culture learning is one of the special programs facilitated during Happy Move Camp. All Korean and Indian volunteers, on the last day of the camp performed cultural program in their project site allowing the local community and school children learnt about Korean culture. Each team performed more than five events at the project. The school children also participated and performed three cultural events.

15Farewell Party: FLS India organised a farewell party at Research and Development Center of Hyundai Factory. Valedictory dinner was hosted where volunteers were served with special Korean Dish. After the dinner volunteers were honored with certificates. Feedback session was also organised where volunteers, IWO, FSL India, HMI and HMC participants expressed their views and opinions regarding the camp activities. The farewell party came to and with a cultural program performed by the volunteers.

Tent School Children on Education Trip

Tent School Children on Education Trip

11A total of 26 children from
3 tent schools such as Navayuga, Marvante and Kumbhashi; visited Murdeswara temple on 7th February as part of education trip and excursion. Children played varieties of games on the beach and enjoyed every bit of moment. They had lunch at Murdeswara temple on sea. While enjoying the beauty of the sea, they too played jumping and diving into the sea against moderately strong web and tide. For many children it was a first time experience to participate in an excursion.

22On another trip the long term volunteers organised a visit for 12 children from Navayuga to St. Mary’s Island. Sailing by a boat across the backwaters and periphery of the sea, was an exciting experience for children. Certainly it was a first time visit to an Island. Parents of two children of tent school also participated in this trip. Indeed the event left an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of the children, volunteers and HBP team as well.

Fundraising and Donations Made by FSL India Volunteers

Fundraising and Donations Made by FSL India Volunteers

1Donation to Baptist Welfare Society: Louise Rutten, an FSL India Volunteer of Netherlands mobilised funds for Baptist Welfare Society which runs a school for children of local slum in Gangawathi. In the beginning when Louise Rutten was placed at this project, there were about 10 children between 4 and 5 years old. On her placement Louise Rutten could feel the need of giving individual attention to each child. By singing songs, teaching dance or teaching lesson in playful way, she was able to make the children smile and happy for a moment. By this she could make an actual impact. She later realized that Baptist Welfare Society could not initiate many activities for children due to lack of funds. The organisation wanted to start an orphanage and full-fledged day care centre for street and slum children. Louise took initiative to raise fund from her parents and friends. She could mobilise 1500 Euros for Baptist Welfare Society and INR 5000 for Karunya Orphanage at Hospet.


Fund Mobilised for De Mercede Orphanage: Lea Knopf and Astrid Janbell raised funds for Mercede Orphanage. The orphanage was initiated in 1943 with an aim to provide Education and Rehabilitation for the poor and socially disadvantageous children. When Astrid Janbell and Lea Knopf worked at Mercede Orphanage, there were 54 children hailing from the most disadvantaged community in Mangalore. Both the volunteers taught English to children, supervised their daily activities supporting in house-keeping such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, and create homely environment. During Christmas Astrid and Lea asked their friends and family to contribute some as Christmas Gift to children. Astrid’s mother who is teacher in Sweden and Lea’s parents who work in a Bank in Germany generously contributed. Lea and Astrid were able to mobilise INR 135,000 from their parents and friends. They did Christmas shopping and purchased lots games sports items, clothes, school bags, shoes, toys, stationeries, story books etc. and presented to the children. They organized a day trip to the zoo and water park for all the children. Eventually the surplus amount INR 60,000, they donated for renovation of the orphanage and construction of toilets which were in dilapidated condition.

3Financial Contribution by Work Camp Volunteer to Karunya Orphanage: Ms. Carolyn House from USA who participated in a Work Camp hosted by FSL India way back in 2007 made a donation $ 200 to Karunya Orphanage in Hospet. Indeed with a sense of nostalgia she contacted Mr. Daya, the Coordinator of LTV Program who was her team leader during 2007 Work Camp in Kundapur. Carolyn expressed her willingness to contribute $ 200 for children’s cause. Mr. Daya recommended Carolyn to transfer the amount to Karunya Orphanage. The amount will be used to purchase water purifier for 27 children in the orphanage. The children will have access to clean and safe drinking water.

The management and staff of FSL India would like to place in record deep sense gratitude and extend heartfelt thanks to the volunteers for the self-less service and efforts to raise funds for the projects.