FSL-India in collaboration with Play for Peace organised three-day training for the staff. The event was organized at the training center of FSL-India, Kundapur from May 19 to 21, 2015. A total number of 40 staff members of FSL-India from various regions participated in the training.
The Kundapur Region monthly Get Together for the month of June was held on Thursday and Friday, 11th and 12th at FSL Training Center. Six volunteers and three staff participated in this event. Thursday morning all the participant went to Kollur in FSL’s jeep.
On 2nd June-15, the HBP – tent school team of FSL-India along with international volunteers organized an excursion trip for Yedthadi tent school children to Murdeswara temple and visited Island at Uppinkote near Brahmavar. A total of 16 children, 3 volunteers and 1 teacher participated in the excursion. It was a part of education trip.
June 5th was World Environment day and it was celebrated all over the world, like it has been done for more than forty years now, with many different activities, talks and projects by many experts and people concerned about the environment alike. Staff from FSL went this year to Green Valley School in Shiroor to give a talk to some of the students on environment and what they can do to improve the earth’s condition and help save our planet.
On 5th June, I visited to one of the farmer agricultura land to get exposure on organic farming along with HBP volunteers, HBP staff and work camp staff, from FSL.
In the month of June, FSL India hosted 05 Long Term Volunteers from 2 different countries (France, Ireland). Every evening FSL had organised different events for the exchange of Intercultural learning.
Work camp department organized 2 days special work camp for work camp team leaders on 22nd and 23rd of May 2015 with collaboration of HBP team.
On Tuesday 12th May 2015 members of FSL-India visited the tent school in Yedthadi to talk with tent school children parents about health & hygiene. In Yedthadi tent families are from Andra Pradesh and they speaks Telugu language because of that we had asked from camp leader for talk to the new families about basic hygiene techniques for their children to be more healthy and avoid the risks of infections
Terra Marine Research Institute,Karnataka in collaboration with FSL-India conducted a coastal survey in the month of May 2015 to interview and collect data from fishermen communities on the conservation status of sea turtles along the Udupi district coast.
Get together for the month of May was organized in Ooty, Called the Queen of Hill Stations picturesque, green Udhagamandalam better known, as Ooty is the most popular hill station in the South. Ooty Located in the Western ghats at a height of 2240m, Udhagamandalam is the headquarters of the Nilgiris district where the two ghats ranges meet. Nature has been generous with this region, which is by far the most beautiful in the state. Apart from coffee and tea plantations, trees like confiers, eucalptus, pine and wattle dot the hillside in Udhagamandalam and its encirons. Summer temperature is rarely higher than 25°c with a minimum of 10°c and winter is are distinctly cooler with a high of 21°c and a low 5°c. Curiously enough, this slice of paradise remained unknown to the great southern dynasties and it took the British to discover it in the early 1800. They were, however, not the first inhabitants of this land as a tribe called Todas had been living there long before the British came, claiming that the Nilgiris had been their home since time immemorial. But the credit for modernizing Udhagamandalam and making it accessible goes to the British who constructed the first railway line in the area and made it the summer capital of the Madras Presidency
Since you can read, watch and hear everywhere how indescribable, different, exotic, unique and so on India is, I did not dare to waste your precious time by repeating these things like a mantra. Not to say that they are untrue, but I feel like I you should know this by now. So I thought by myself, why not simply try to describe and explain what I experienced during my stay and take the risk to not capture the whole thing from an objective point of view. (You may acknowledge that I can only speak about the north of Tamil Nadu, never of India in general)