The focus of the camp’s theme was on Construction/ Environment/ Tibetan Culture/ Kids. There were a total of 20 volunteers. The main objective was to give exposure to school activities, Tibetan culture, and construction of the school playground, with a temporary wall and educational drawings at Middle Primary School, Talnoo Naddi, Dharamshala.
The school is situated on a mountain and cannot afford to construct a playground or a retaining wall for the safety of their children. The wall is a safety requirement to protect the children and the school building against landslides. FSL-India initiated the construction of the playground this year, and the work camp volunteers continued work on the retaining wall in August 2017, to ensure the children will be safe while at play. FSL-India is working towards completing the playground construction this year so that the children will have a safe and good area in which to play.
On the first day, the volunteers attended the orientation and had a general idea about their camp and the Indian environment. The Camp Leaders – Dinesha and Gautam -described the program schedule of the camp. The volunteers participated in many activities at the school playground, basics of construction of the retaining wall, renovation work and Tibetan culture. At the school, the volunteers did educational drawings based on the school text book and environmental themes.
On Independence Day, the volunteers dealt with environmental issues and got involved in a Jatha (fair) at Dharamshala town, with the local school.
The same day, they visited Bhagsu waterfalls and Dharamkot village, distributed 3 kinds of trash bags for different types of waste (recyclable, non-recyclable and food waste) and taught the villagers how to segregate the waste.
The volunteers conducted a drawing competition and games for the schoolchildren and distributed prizes for the same. They collaborated with Waste Warriors organization for ‘Clean-up Bhagsu Waterfalls and Trails’ and an awareness program during the clean-up project.
Through cultural visits like Tibetan community visit and Indian family visit, the volunteers came to know about the Tibetan lifestyle in India, Indian family system and gained exposure to Tibetan and Indian culture.
FSL-India conducted the activities in the local schools. Totally, 64 children, 6 school staff, the local people of Talnoo Naddi village and the School Children Development Committee (SCDC) members were benefited from our work camp.On the last day, the Head Teacher of Talnoo Naddi thanked FSL-India and all the volunteers for their tremendous effort in the 2 weeks of the camp.