Jasmijn (Holland) and Fanny (Germany), two FSL-India volunteers have been working in a “TentSchool” at Bangalore. The children who study here are from the migrant community. The parents of these children work in different field nearby their homes. Some children are orphan and some are with single parent. Paraspara Trust, a Bangalore based organization runs the Tent School for the children. Every day in the morning the two volunteers go to the migrant community with staff of the organisation to bring them to the school. The children live with their parents in huts. After bringing the children to the school, the class begins with prayer in the morning. Read the rest of this entry
A few years ago, one of the former volunteers in my project collected donations in his native country to buy a computer for the school to make PC classes possible.
While taking computer classes I am teaching the children the basics of how to work with a PC. They need to start with the basics like how to turn on and off the PC, how to use a mouse, how to write with a keyboard, how to open and close documents etc. Read the rest of this entry
The Bangalore organised LTV Get-together for the month of December on 13th and 14th at AIKYA in Bangalore. Altogether 18 volunteers from Bangalore Region participated in the get together. The LTV team FSL-India facilitated the get-together.
The primary focus of the get-together was to know the progress on the inter-cultural learning and project activities assigned to each volunteer. Project portrait, one-to-one talk with coordinators and skit presentation were also the important session facilitated during the two-day program. Read the rest of this entry
In December, the HBP team of FSL-India along with international volunteers organized an excursion for the children Tent School at Hesakuthur. Children were taken to Murdeswara temple. A total of 12 children, 3 international volunteers and 1 teacher participated in the excursion. It was a part of education trip and excursion. Children enjoyed to see the biggest statues and played games on the beach and enjoyed the moment. They all had lunch at Murdeswara temple. It was the first excursion to Hesakuthur for children and visit to Murdeswara temple. Indeed it was a good time to be with children and get to know more about each other and moreover it also made children’s minds relax and refresh.
In the beginning of December, the Eco-team conducted the first session for the second batch. Starting with Maravanthe school all the team would re-visited every school that participated in the first Environmental Education and Eco-club sessions. At the beginning of the session the Eco-team summed up the major points from the first session and drew the connection to the content of the second session. Whereas the first session was supposed to spread some very basic environmental awareness, the second session dealt with several topics in detail. At first the Eco-team emphasised the importance of recycling and explained the recycling process by taking the example of paper and plastic recycling. Moreover we explained the functionality of a compost pit and showed the children how to build one. This led to the practical part of the session as the students managed to build a compost pit in cooperation with the Eco-team. This compost pit is situated in the backyard of the school and is now used for all kinds of biodegradable wastes that were used to be burned before.
Members of Eco-Team
Home Based Project of FSL-India
Innovative Activity to Improve Skills of the Volunteers during the Work Camp
Looking at the skills of the volunteer and eager to learn new things, the project team came out with a new activity while building TIC of sea turtle project. The volunteers demonstrated on weaving of the coconut leaves which was used for TIC construction during the camp. Local resource person from the village explained each and every step in the activity and volunteers quickly picked up the skill and started weaving more than 60 to 70 leaves in a camp. They were happy to gain the new skill. After that there beach-walk along with Trasi beach and contact local fisher man and woman highlighting importance of protection of sea turtles. Each TIC had four flags to make it attractive and visible.
Sand Sculpture with School Children at Beejadi Beach
Preparation of Sand sculpture by student of the Beach village is a rare opportunity. More than 50 children from Beejadi government school participated in preparing sand sculpture. Varieties of turtle with sand and ornamented with different shells were prepared in different size and shape and with colorful designs. At the end prizes were given to best sculptures. This is one of the memorable events the international volunteers bore n the mind of the children.
FSL-India has been running a Tent Schools in Heskatturu Village which is located near Kundapur. Tent School is being run to give basic education to the children of migrant families and school dropouts and after sending them to main school to get further education. Many families were staying in Heskatturu, who were migrated from Tamil Nadu and are now working in quarry at Heskatturu village.
Master Naveen was very active in tent school and interested in learning further. He also had been to school before coming to Karnataka. But after migrating to Heskatturu from Tamil Nadu, he left his schooling. He was taking care of his brother. But after convincing his parents, now he is going to Heskatturu Primary school. From late December 2012 he is going to school regularly. Tent school team and volunteers will follow-up and provide needed support to Naveen to continue his studies.
Community Participation in Mural Painting at Parampalli School
In December 2012, the work camp on Sea Turtle Conservation ensured participation of local community in each and every activity to build ownership of the project. During mural painting, one of the favorite activities of the volunteers, local school children were involved enthusiastically to motivate the volunteer. In this regard 8 volunteers, 48 children (22 Boys and 26 girls) and 3 FSL-India staff participated in Mural Painting at Parampalli School. In addition to this school staff members were also involved in the process. They drew mural painting about the issue of save sea turtle and protect sea turtle eggs. After Mural painting we explained to school children about the importance of conservation of sea turtles.
Staff: Dinesh, Manjunath, and Sridar
Volunteers: Sun Ho, Ji Yoon , Ansofie, Maria, Julie, Masha, Juleika and Petra
During the work camp at Kundapur, awareness on Sea-Turtle Conservation was undertaken through several innovative ways. Puppet show is one such innovative way which motivated international volunteers and the community because of unique way of awareness creation. Totally 65 school children and 4 teachers were the audience in this event which was conducted during work camp. Having performed puppet-show volunteers asked questions to school children about the message given during the performance. All the children could give right answer which is an indication the level of awareness among the children.
Hi! This is Kallene Ryan from USA. Here I would like to Share my experience to you. last three months I have spent volunteering for PET have been some of the most interesting and engaging moments of my life. At first I was slightly confused as to what my role and purpose would be, however after a few patient weeks of observing I came to realize I had enormous potential working here. Potential which I feel I too full advantage of. Read the rest of this entry
LTV Get-together for the month of December for Kundapur Region was organised at Sri Ambika Home Stay, Sampekatte, Karnataka on 13th and 14th, Altogether 14 volunteers from Kundapur Region participated in the get together. The LTV team FSL-India from such as Dayanand, Godfrey, Nagarathna, Prema and Pushpalatha facilitated the get-together.
The primary of objectives the get together is to know the progress on the inter-cultural learning and project activities assigned to each volunteer. Project portrait, one-to-one talk with coordinators and skit presentation were also the major event during the two-day session. Read the rest of this entry
“Do not look at our disability- Look at our different ability”
The Vatsalya Center is not only a place for knowledge transfer but also a place for meeting of individual persons with special skills. Exchanging, experiences, learning from one another and especially learning from each other is the common feature at Vatsalya Center. There is laughing, crying, conflicts, conciliation and of course assistance for one another.
The numbers of children depend on illness, the workplace and motivation of their parents who send children to Vatsalya Center. About 30 Children come to school regularly. In the bigger classroom the children in the age of 5-15 are taught. The 15-25 aged juveniles learn in another room. But the lunch gets the children together. Some children cannot eat by themselves, so they get support from the teachers. Also if there is another problem to handle with, the teachers are by their sites to support. Read the rest of this entry