This is my first time writing a blog about my life and sometimes it feels so overwhelming when you can measure your life in stories as it passes by. Right now I’m volunteering in a little village in the central-eastern part of France called Beaumotte-Aubertans, with a mere population of 300 habitants (And I haven’t even seen a dozen of them), exactly the number of people residing in a building near my house in India. I will try my best to express my observations and feelings honestly in writing and sometimes a pinch of exaggeration may be present to flavour my visuals into words. So, here goes!
Under the DVP project, various issues related to the health and hygiene is educated among women and school children. The Hygiene and health issues related to “Cervical and Breast Cancer” was conducted among the community of women (65 women participated) at Mevalurkuppam on 2nd April 2015 and for the (90 girls participated) adolescent girls on 7th April 2015
Ms. Jona Kala from the Radiology department of Stanley Hospital chennai facilitated the training. The information on the biological concepts of Breast cancer, symptoms of breast cancer, causes of breast cancer, self analysis, prevention of breast cancer were provided to the gatherings. Finally the doubts were clarified by the resource person at the end of the session.
Under DVP Project, FSL India conducted Awareness session on Waste Water Management was conducted on 23rd April 2015. About 52 Women participated in the programme and it was the casual interactive session between the facilitator and the participant. Through the session, the women discussed about the condition of usage of water in Mevalurkuppam.
Following that they were sensitized on how to utilize the waste water very usefully without causing much damage to the environment and personal life. The ways of using it for the Kitchen garden, recharging it for the future use and the construction of soak pit for managing the waste water were disseminated to the people. In addition to that, Hyundai is going to promote 172 soak pits in the village with the coordination of FSL India.
On 30th April -15, FSL-India’s Environmental education team Participated in Nature camp which was organized with the collaboration of Soans Govt. higher primary school Kodi. The camp started with prayer and welcome to the guests. In the camp 30 children were participated.
On 24th April -15, FSL-India’s tent school team organized an excursion for Yedthadi and Heskatturu tent school children to Kamalashile temple and visit to the cave. Kamalashile temple which is located 35 km away from Kundapur, Udupi district.
In this trip 32 children, 4 volunteers, 2 teachers and 1 coordinator were participated. Children enjoyed the trip, we explained about the temple history and importance of the cave near by the temple. It was a first trip for children to this temple, children enjoyed while going into the cave. Lunch provided by the temple was very delicious and children and volunteers felt very happy about the food. This is one good learning exposure to tent school children.
Get together for the month of April was organized in Uppinakudru village where the volunteers participated in annual Maari festival at a local Bobbarya Temple. Uppinakudru is located at a distance of 6 Km towards north from Kundapur in Udupi district. Uppinakudru literally means ‘Island of Salt’. This beautiful village situated on coastal Karnataka was once popular for trading of Salt and Sea food. Bobbarya is known as the God of the seas and hence worshipped mostly by members of the fishermen community as their tutelary spirit or guardian angel. Bobbarya koola is celebrated by the fishermen community in different part of the coastal region to obtain the blessings of Bobbarya for a good catch of fish.
The LTV get-together for the month of April has been organized in Bangalore on 16th and 17th 2015 in Avadhoota datta peetham (Mysore). There were twelve volunteers and four FSL-India staff members participated in the get together.
On the 26th, March 2015 the final presentation held in HMM school made sure that the Master Class finished. In the presence of staff of the HMM school, the students made sure we will never forget our eight successful weeks of work. The whole ceremony was organised by the students and during their talks we remembered special moments like the ball game, dancing, drama, light bulb running and many more.
During March and April 2015 the Environmental Education project conducted prize distribution program for the drawing competition in Neralkatte, Mavinkatte, Anjuman school Kundapur, Bearys school Kodi and Soans Government Higher Primary School Kodi were totally 172 children participated.
Theme of the competition about “Environmental issues” were the participants are encouraged to visualize their environment as well as current negative influences upon it. Drawing Competition results were often resembling the nearby environment. Most pupil drew mountains in the background and the sun rising behind them. Popular objects in the foreground were colorful houses and trees, sometimes ponds as well. Boys tend to pay more attention to technical and industrial aspects: Industrial buildings and cars could be found on several boys’ drawings. The girls were more focused on the natural aspect. Their drawings often featured more trees, pollution, protection of environment and other natural features like birds and other animals.
Drawing competitions encouraged children to enhance their interest towards Environment and as a reward prizes were distributed to the children. School Headmasters and staffs thanked FSL-India to conducting drawing competition for children. It was carried by Ms. Manjula (Coordinator) and Mr. Max, Ms. Laura (EE volunteer).
Date: 6th to 10th April 2015. Venue: FSL-India, Wilson Garden – Bangalore
In the month of April, FSL India hosted 09 Long Term Volunteers from 4 different countries (France, Germany Sweden and Japan). Everyday evening we have organised different events for the exchange of Intercultural learning. First day was traditional Indian welcome event, then all the volunteers had chance to have Henna. On second day volunteers had the opportunity to test their skills by working in a project for the half day during the week. Volunteers were also presented the facts and figures of their countries to the school children during “Country Presentation” session. They had chance to saw the Cultural dance “Baratanatya”.
Volunteer’s feedback on Orientation week:
- Excellent atmosphere we were all happy to meet and know each other amazing group.
- The group atmosphere was very familiar to me it was very interesting to get to know new people from different countries and of country do join the glad that I have met you.
- Very nice very convivial and friendly great FSL team as well.
- Very nice the co-coordinators are very nice and I had a lot of fun.
- Very good & it was a intercultural learning from the other volunteers.
- Be friendly yes I have learn a lot of precious information for my future life behavior and safety in India.
- Yes for sure I have been reassured about my pears I could discover for about Indian culture about mistakes that have to be avoided it was as well great to have a language initiation to start discussions with our host family and project co-worker.
- The experience with the street children was unforgettable fears and culture explanations are as well essential cooking was as well really for.
Mid-term evaluation was held between 18th-20th March for NH14 BMZ/IJFD volunteers who arrived between the month of September to November. Aim of the MTE is to evaluate the volunteer’s Learnings & contributions in order to develop appropriate strategies to attain quality results. Evaluation seminars are conducted for Weltwerts pax to evaluate the progress made in project based on the expected outcome and also to make space for volunteers to identify and express the new learning/ knowledge/ skills gained during the program and to reflect on how it can be helpful in the future.
Place: Vellarithangal Activity: Kitchen Garden in Primary School Period: Promoted during 14th HMC in Januray 2015
Case Study: One of the Interesting and Useful activity promoted during the Happy Move Camp is “Kitchen garden”. It is very helpful for the noon meal kitchen to get the vegetables in their premises itself. The Kitchen Garden formed during the 14th HMC, without doubt, is one of the greatest such initiative. Maintenance is the biggest challenge after the Happy Move Camp. But beyond the challenge, the Organizer Mr. Vasu and helper Ms. Baby of the noon meal kitchen take care of the garden very well in Vellarithangal.
It is very difficult to describe the “Women Empowerment” in one word very elaborately. It is quite complex to explain it as it includes the various aspects – social, economical, behavioural, attitudinal etc… Still as we all know, the economical independence of the women is noted as the main component of Women Empowerment mainly in Indian Setting.