The Training Centre is an important factor in FSL’s infrastrucutre. Every volunteer that participates in one of FSL’s programs will come here at least once for his/her orientation week. In the orientation week, volunteers will be taught important information as well as dos and don’ts about India. Volunteers staying in the area around Kundapur will have their monthly get togethers here.The Training Centre also houses two of FSL’s offices. Here, permanent staff works along with volunteers from the “Home Based Projects” – projects which are funded by FSL itself.
FSL-India, conducted the UNESCO World Heritage volunteer (WHV) camp from 14th to 27th July at the World Heritage site in Pattadakal and Badami. We had a total of 13 national and international volunteers participating in this camp. The main objective of this workcamp was to spark interest and promote awareness among school children and the local community in conserving their Heritage site.
Our intern Mr. Thomas Imbert made a video of the camp which shows the activities taken up by the volunteers in this camp.
FSL-India and HILAP University, France organise a Group workcamp every year in Mysore with the help of our partner in France – JR (Jeunesse Et Reconstruction). As part of this camp, FSL India receives students from HILAP University in France to undertake construction activities in schools and tribal communities in Hunsur for a duration of 5 weeks. We had a total of 8 national and international volunteers taking part in this camp. The objective of this camp is to improve the hygiene and sanitation conditions of the tribal community.
Our intern – Mr. Thomas Imbert – documented a video which highlights the experiences and learnings gained by the volunteers through this workcamp.
FSL INDIA sharing the social responsibility with Corporate to join its journey of providing good sanitary condition for the people who are living in worst sanitary environment in Kanchipuram district, Tamil Nadu. It has been already doing it with Hyundai Motors Ltd, Samsung Electronics Ltd and HYSCO company. The Companies Act 2013 came into force in April 2014 which made the Corporate more mandatory of their Social Responsibilities.
FSL India planned to join hands with the Social Responsibilities of more corporate to reach more people in the rural areas of Kanchipuram District. The organisation initiated this process to approach more companies in the Kanchipuram District. To acknowledge its efforts, JK tyres, a corporate responded back to the organisation in bringing up the proposal to tie up with them towards Improving Sanitation environment in the communities of the district. The Staff of FSL India Chennai Facility formulated the questionnaire and started collecting general and specific information about the villages located in the 3 km radius of JK tyres. This will help to identify the sanitation condition of the villages which is needed to be addressed.
This way, FSL India, help the corporate in making their social responsibilities a reality…!
It was a great joy on 14th September, for the Newly arrived volunteer of August and September 2014. JCI (Junior Chamber of India) of Kundapur, an active forum which organize cultural events and talent sourcing in the interest of public. Based on the request of JCI, International volunteer, FSL Staff and Teacher of Tent School planned a Program on Environment for 45 Minutes to be performed in the Annual event of JCI.
The QTE was conducted in REAL Training Center in Villupuram with 7 volunteer and 8 FSL India staffs. FSL-India in collaboration with German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has been implementing and facilitating placement of German volunteers with a view to supporting the social development and education projects implemented by the local counterpart organisations. This partner-based intervention aims to spark new interest in development issues in Germany.
The objective of the QTE is to ensure volunteers understanding about their project, host family system and the intercultural acceptance through their sharing in order to make them to settle on the future actions.
Some of the session conducted during the QTE are –
Host family portrait – drawing picture to see the volunteers experience in host family in comparison to the life in Germany.
Feedback from volunteers:
“Living together with family and Keeping busy in sports, music or driving during free time in Germany”.
“Comparatively; in India – Morning: wake up and breakfast. School: teaching, having lunch with staff, traveling in local bus, Kannada class, dinner with family together.”
Project Evaluation – to review activities, progress, share challenges and expected outcome at the end of the program. Some of the challenges related to Language, feeling of being useful in project. Same time there are some progress in project – Built relationship to children and staff and have clear idea of children’s knowledge.
Other sessions include sharing Host family and Contact person feedback, Discussion on Safety issues, evaluation on chart, reflecting on Motivation to join this volunteer program/India and to set up motivation for remaining part of the program. Apart from the evaluation/feedback sessions some games were also conducted.
Place: Neykuppam, Kancheepuram District Name of the Beneficiary: Mrs. Jayanthi
Date : During the 13th Happy Move Camp 2014 Concept of the Case Study: Low Cost House
Mrs. Jayanthi, 28 years old young widow, has three children – two girls and one boy, lives in the joint household of her brothers and mother. Her husband committed suicide before two years because he was depressed as his barber shop could not bring him a profit. From that day, Jayanthi’s struggle of existence began as she started depending on her parental home. Her brothers who are running barber shop could not meet up all the expenses of Jayanthi’s family and their families. This led to the lot of problems financially, emotionally at times between the family members.
It was a festival season in our Youth Training Center in Kundapur for a week in September. LTV has organized yet another big on-arrival training for 52 volunteers from 5 different countries, viz, Germany, France, Austria, Italy and Czech Republic. Volunteers have gone through different practical, theoretical and outdoor sessions to be well prepared for their successful journey in India.
FSL-India and HILAP University, France organise a Group workcamp every year in Mysore with the help of our partner in France – JR (Jeunesse Et Reconstruction). As part of the Group camp, we receive students from HILAP University in France to undertake construction activities in schools and tribal communities in Hunsur for a duration of 5 weeks. The students have a background in Architecture, and through this camp they hope to gain a better understanding of local construction techniques as well as gain insight into the local culture.
On 13th and 14th of August, 2014 the Bangalore region has organised LTV-get together in Pandavapura , Mysore. 2 volunteers Ersnesto and Jann were participated along with our FSL-Staff Mr. Stephen, Mr.Gajendra and Mr. Laxman.
A total nine volunteers with 3 Indian volunteers in Hampi cleaned the surrounding areas Veerabadhra temple. The volunteers also took part teaching activities in the government primary school,they taught the importance nature conservation and sustainable development to the children with the help of 3 teachers. The volunteers also formed “Young guardian club ” with 6 children. The children pledged that they work for heritage conservation and con severing heritage monuments. Importantly volunteers’ work has been widely appreciated by the School head master. The camp also got wide media coverage.
FSL India has organized Final Evaluation for AFS NH 13 volunteers arrived in the month of August 2013. The event was organized simultaneously in two LTV regional offices, viz, in Bangalore and in Kundapur. Total of 33 volunteer attended F E in that 13 in Kundapur and 20 in Bangalore.
As a part of the initiative of promoting Green and Healthy Environment, Nutrition Gardens were promoted during 13th Happy Move Camp in schools and Anganwadi of Alapakkam and Neykuppam in Kancheepuram district. Different types of seeds are planted like cluster beans; bitter guard, lemon fruit tree, ash guard & spinach with varied the manure.