LTV Get-together for the month of October for Kundapur and Bangalore Region was organised on 11th and 12th. It was organised at two different locations. While Kundapur Region organised the GTG at The Kshitija Nature Resort Byndoor, Bangalore Region organised at Vivekananda Girijana Kalyana Kendra (VGKK) at B R Hills. Nine volunteers from Kundapur Region and six volunteers from Bangalore Region participated in in the get together. The LTV team FSL-India facilitated the get-together.
In early October 2012, a total of 17 new volunteers from eight countries across the world (Germany – 6, Spain – 2, France – 2, Belgium – 3, Netherlands – 1, USA – 1, Finland – 1 and Austria -1) arrived for long-term volunteering service. Keeping in mind the importance of inter-cultural dimension of volunteering effort, FSL-India organised a week-long orientation for the new volunteers. The orientation program was organised at Kundapur and Bangalore from 1st to 7th October 2012. While 13 volunteers participated in the orientation in Bangalore, 4 of them participated in Kundapur. As usual the orientation program was facilitated by the LTV program team of FSL-India. Volunteers were picked-up from the meeting point and taken to the venue. As the orientation program started, volunteers were welcomed by FSL-India team with jasmine garlands, application of vermilion and turmeric tilak marks on the forehead and performing Aarathi which form the integral part of the breath-taking culture of Indian hospitality. Read the rest of this entry
India honours the teachers on 5th September every year. The Teachers’ Day celebration in Kundapur this year wore a special event. Miss Larissa Haesler, an FSL-India volunteer from Germany was honoured on Teachers’ Day by Woman and Children Development Society and Keeleshwari Youth Club for her volunteering service and teaching in Keeleshwari Kindergarten School. Read the rest of this entry
Yoga / Ayurveda / Culture (Kerala – 10th to 30th September-2012)
Camp Activities: The highlights of the Camp were the rejuvenating Yoga classes and the enlightening Ayurveda Classes. These were held in the evenings. In the morning volunteers were engaged with the children activities at the Dayaniketan Orphanage at Bakkalam. Read the rest of this entry
FSL-India has been running a Tent Schools in and around Kundapur under Home Based Project. Tent Schools were initiated with a view to catering to the educational needs of children from the migrant community who come to Kundapur in search of jobs and livelihood opportunities. Many children from migrant community of Tamil Nadu working in Heskatturu village near Kundapur dropped out. However, the Tent School of FSL-India came as boon for them to continue their studies. Read the rest of this entry
I visited 6 villages on 15th September where Model Village Project is being implemented by FSL-India. It was one day “Cross Monitoring” visit. Cross monitoring visit is the official visit undertaken by an officer or coordinator from across projects with an objective to ‘learn and contribute for improvement of the project intervention. Here are my observations.
Green Initiative: Since my primary responsibility is in the domain of Long Term Volunteering program, I presumed that visibility of result or measurable impact could not be captured within a short span of time. However, in the MVP, I could see lots of physical exertion of FSL-India team for the community. Everywhere I could see the green shadow plants grown tall and high. Read the rest of this entry
Surprised? Well, “yes” this was made possible by FSL-India and 9 motivated volunteers from various parts of the world like South Korea, Spain, France and Czech Republic during the Work camp (FSL-WC-530) at Udaipur, Rajasthan. The volunteers led by team leaders, Dinesh and Manjunath worked with destitute children of the Vijaya Mahamahila Mangal Bharathi Destitute Home, Bedla. The Home houses more than 25 children. The highlight of the camp was the “Olympics” organised by volunteers for the staff and children of the Home. There were games and the winners were awarded medals designed by the volunteers themselves!! Read the rest of this entry
In September, the HBP Team of FSL-India organised series of Beach Walk and Rally in and around Kundapur Taluk of Udupi District. The most prominent among these is the one that was organised at Navunda village. HBP Team of FSL-India invited school children of Navunda Primary School for beach walk with a view to creating awareness among community people about Sea-Turtle conservation. A total of 35 children, teachers from Government Primary School of Navunda participated in beach walk and rally.
This is a brief narration about Valentina, popularly known as Tina who opted to take care of the special children. In early March 2012, three German long-term volunteers arrived at FSL-India to volunteer in projects in Tamil Nadu. Valentina is one among them. As per her expression of interest and personal motivation, she wanted do something on women empowerment in India. However, due to circumstances she was asked to work in a project which, primarily works with special children at Cuddalore. During my monthly visit she was still determined to get an opportunity to work on women empowerment. But I kept on motivating her to stick to the current assignment although it is quite a challenging. Read the rest of this entry