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International Coastal Clean up – September, 2014

International Coastal Clean up – September, 2014

FSL India together with NSS unit of Bearys degree college, Corporation Bank Kundapur branch and the municipality of Kundapur celebrated the international coastal cleanup day on Saturday, September 27th and around 200 people  participated in the event. It started from Kodi lighthouse to Kinara restaurant, it covers around 3 km distance.The president of the municipality, Mrs. Kalavathy inaugurated the event by handing over the gloves to the volunteer and she appreciated FSL India and concern of the international volunteers about cleaning the beach. She extended her support from the municipality to organizing programs like this in future.  

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PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY PARK FOR CHILDREN

PROMOTION OF COMMUNITY PARK FOR CHILDREN

Village name: Neykuppam                                                    Beneficiary: Childern and Community

Why do we need to promote Children Community Park

A park is generally a outdoor area that allows people to enjoy their time outdoors. Community parks usually have a playground to allow children a chance to socialize and enjoy themselves. We can say, it is the organized way of spending their leisure time and develop the healthy relationship with the peer group. Above all, various play materials in the park kindle their interest in spending their time in a harmonized manner from all other unhealthy deviations of modern era. In short, it is an initiative to perpetuate the childhood in the children.

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HEALTHY GARDEN…. HEALTHY GENERATION

HEALTHY GARDEN…. HEALTHY GENERATION

Promotion of Nutrition Garden is one of the main activities undertaken in the schools and anganwadi of HMC Villages (Happy Move Camp) in Kancheepuram District. The main objective of the garden is to provide the nutritious vegetable to the children. This in a way promotes the habbit among the children and teachers to grow plants which make the environment also so greeny. We promote the model of three tier system in these nutrition gardens. They are the plants grow on the soil, (ii) under the soil (iii) aerial. In the garden, the plants grown on the soil are ladies finger,  drumstick, lemon, banana, curry leaves, spinach (ii) Plants grown under the soil are Raddish (iii) Ariel plants are pumpkin, bitterguard, ridge guord, snake guord.

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The Weltwaerts Adventures of Sony in Germany

The Weltwaerts Adventures of Sony in Germany

The WeltWaerts programme was initiated in 2008 by the BMZ, the German ministry of development, to facilitate the access to Development and International Cooperation jobs to German youth through a first field experience in NGOs. It is fundamentally a budget line of the ministry that cover all the expenses of these volunteers to participate to Development projects in “South Countries”. FSL India has received about 500 German volunteers in its projects in India since then. Since 2014, this programmes has become bilateral, meaning that volunteers from “south countries” can receive a full financial support to participate to local development projects in Germany. Being highly involved in this programme as a hosting organisation, FSL India have been selected by one of our German partner, IJGD, as the first Indian organisation to participate to this new “South-North” Weltwaerts. We have selected the best possible volunteer for this delicate mission. Her name is Singh, Sony Singh.

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Our New Training center in Kundapur

Our New Training center in Kundapur

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.

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Accommodation

FSL India Office

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UNESCO World Heritage Volunteer camp in Badami, July, 2014

UNESCO World Heritage Volunteer camp in Badami, July, 2014

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.

HILAP, JR-France construction camp in Mysore, August-2014

HILAP, JR-France construction camp in Mysore, August-2014

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.

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES ALONG WITH CORPORATES

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES ALONG WITH CORPORATES

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…!

JCI-An event for cultural exchange

JCI-An event for cultural exchange

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.

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LTV-Quarterly Evaluation, July

LTV-Quarterly Evaluation, July

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. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_20140721_163050806_FotorThe 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.

LOW COST SHELTER HOUSE -During 13th HMC camp, 2014

LOW COST SHELTER HOUSE -During 13th HMC camp, 2014

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.

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LTV-Orientation in Kundapur, September

LTV-Orientation in Kundapur, September

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.

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