Monthly Archives: December 2012

Essay and for School Drawing Competition Children

Essay and for School Drawing Competition Children

In early December the Eco-team of FSL-India under the Home Based Project conducted drawing and an essay competition at Haladi and Kalavara Govt. Higher Primary Schools. A total of 54 children participated in the competitions. The topics given were related to environmental issues such as “Rural Waste Management and “Your Vision for the Future”. In the drawing competition, the participants were also encouraged to visualize the environment as well as on the current negative influences on the mother earth.  It was conducted to encourage children so as to enhance their interest in the environment issues and protect the Mother Earth from all environment hazards.

Cleaning Day Observed at Gangolli

Cleaning Day Observed at Gangolli

It was on 29th November the Eco-team of FSL-India (Basavaraj, Ferdinand and Paul) and Sea-turtle conservation team joined the Govt. School at Gangolli for undertaking general cleaning school premises. The team made the school teachers and children about the possible dangers of plastic, introduced innovative ways to combat the continuous spread of use of plastic bags and emphasized the importance of recycling systems when dealing with artificial resources. The team also spread awareness among the members of local self-help group and presented the audience with a few early results of the extensive Gangolli Waste Management Survey. The cotton bags were given to the participants and FSL-India volunteers also were honoured by Panchayath members. Indeed the initiative is one of the most successful intervention under the Environmental Education and Eco-club projects currently implemented by FSL-India.

Just a Normal Day

Just a Normal Day

My day starts, when I awake – when else? And I have to face my first big challenge to move out of the bed. Mostly my motivation tends to zero to do that. The reason…? The weather, normally the first sound I hear is the sound of rain, if not it will start to rain within the next few hours. To complete this tragedy I usually forget my umbrella, if it doesn’t rain, when I leave. I guess I don’t have to describe what it ends up in. But why to complain about the weather, it is the monsoon – it’s normal and most of the locals complain that it doesn’t rain enough. Alas, out of the bed taking breakfast and to the project. Somewhere in between, my host father remembers me not to forget my umbrella as he is already used to it. Read the rest of this entry

My Experience in SINAM

My Experience in SINAM

So Here I am, sitting in Café Coffee Day with my ‘Kaapi Nrivana’ the day before I leave the country and fly to Sri Lanka for my next adventure, thinking about what to write.

I guess I should start with my project. For the past three months I’ve been working for SINAM in its Women Empowerment projects. SINAM is active in the Thiruvannamalai district, the city with one of the prettiest Shiva temples of India (but I might be a tiny bit biased). SINAM is a great organization to work for; the staff is absolutely lovely and Mr. Perumal, the director treats his guests like family. But what’s more important, everyone is extremely committed to improve the situation of Dalit women and children and other minority groups. Read the rest of this entry

Sea Turtle Winter Camp Report

Sea Turtle Winter Camp Report

Date: 9th to 9th October                    

Theme Sea Turtle Conservation – Kundapur

Number of Volunteers: 13

Nationality: Germany -12 and Spain -1

The Work Camp primarily focused on creating awareness to the general public, fishermen community and to the schools about the importance of turtles in the bio-diversity. The volunteers involved in building Turtle Information Centre (TIC) huts along the beach with the help of local and fishermen community. Volunteers were engaged in activities with children and local community with the help of the team leader to promote awareness on Environment and conservation of Sea Turtles – through Beach walks, Puppet shows, Mural Paintings etc. Read the rest of this entry

10th Happy Move Camp Pre-visit Meeting at Chennai

10th Happy Move Camp Pre-visit Meeting at Chennai

 Pre-visit meeting of 10th Happy Move Camp was organized at FSL-India Office of Chennai Facility and HMI on 21st, 22nd and 23rd November 2012. The objective of the meeting was to chart out plan of action for 10th Happy Move Camp. The first day meeting was held with IWO and HMC about feedback of 9th happy move camp and preparatory work for 10th happy move camp. The participants are basically from HMC, IWO, HMI and FSL-India. They are such as: Read the rest of this entry

Orientation to Volunteers –New Arrivals in December

Orientation to Volunteers –New Arrivals in December

In December 2012, seven new volunteers from five countries arrived in India for long-term voluntary service. As inter-cultural learning is the important aspect LTV program, the LTV Team of FSL-India organised a week-long orientation for the new volunteers in Kundapur and Bangalore from 3rd to 7th December 2012. 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. Volunteers were welcomed by FSL-India team with garlands of rose, vermilion tilak marks on the forehead and Aarathi. Read the rest of this entry

Quarterly Evaluation (August/September 2012- Arrivals)

Quarterly Evaluation (August/September 2012- Arrivals)

With a view to assessing the progress made, impact created and changes brought about in social development and education projects, FSL-India organised a three-day Quarterly Evaluation of BMZ volunteers. The participatory evaluation was held between 21st and 23rd November 2012. A total of 45 BMZ volunteers representing AFS, IJFD, IJGD and YAP-CFD participated in the Quarterly Evaluation. It was conducted at Simha Farm, Nittur in Udupi District of Karnataka state. A twelve-member team FSL-India facilitated the evaluation. During the evaluation the following subjects were dealt with:  Read the rest of this entry

LTV Get Together- November 2012

LTV Get Together- November 2012

LTV Get-together for the month of November was organised on 15th and 16th at two different locations. While Kundapur Region organised at Eden Home Stay in Kumta, Karnataka, the Bangalore Region organised at YMCA, Yellagiri, Tamil Nadu. Altogether 25 volunteers from Kundapur Region and sixteen volunteers from Bangalore Region participated in the get together.  The LTV team FSL-India facilitated the get-together. Read the rest of this entry

Orientation for New Volunteers –November Arrivals

Orientation for New Volunteers –November Arrivals

Altogether ten new volunteers from nine countries arrived at FSL-India in November for long-term voluntary service. As inter-cultural learning is the important aspect LTV program, the LTV Team of FSL-India organised a week-long orientation for the new volunteers in Kundapur and Bangalore from 5th to 10th November 2012. 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. With a typical Indian style, the FSL-India team welcomed the volunteers with garlands, vermilion tilak marks on the forehead and Aarathi. Read the rest of this entry

Excursion for tent school children

Excursion for tent school children

It was on 16th of November Kundapur tent school children had an excursion to beach and temple with FSL-India volunteers and teachers.

A total 8 children from Kundapur tent school teachers and volunteers visited Marvante beach and Hattiangadi Vinayaka temple. Children played varieties of games in the beach with the volunteers and enjoyed while playing. All had lunch at the temple. While enjoying in jumping and diving into the sea, children, volunteers and teachers had lots of fun. It was a first trip for the children Kundapur tent school. It was a nice occasion for the tent school children to spent time with the volunteers and teachers. Children enjoyed every bit of moment with lots of fun and frolic.

Cleaning of Tent School at Heskatturu

Cleaning of Tent School at Heskatturu

On November 27th the HBP team of FSL-India, conducted general cleaning of Tent School at Heskatturu. Parents of tent school children, volunteers, teachers and children participated in the general cleaning. It was conducted to educate and create awareness to the families about the importance of cleanliness with demonstration on how to clean the surroundings. Read the rest of this entry