On a Saturday morning, on 14th April 2018, members of FSL-India’s Youth Development Program (YDP), Bangalore went to Free Basics Girls’ Home, Srirampura which is run by Need Base India.
“Think Pink Bengaluru” is the students’ service learning initiative at the Department of Social Work, at Christ University, Bangalore. On 20th March 2018, in collaboration with FSL-India’s Youth Development Programme, Bangalore they organised an awareness booth: ‘Early Warning Signs of Breast Cancer’, at the university’s main campus.
Sights, sounds and smells often have the tendency to tell stories; what one eats, wears, grows, how one talks, drives and so on – they weave a web as full of complexly spun stories as Charlotte’s web. More importantly, they tell different stories in different lands.
On a Sunday morning, 17/12/2017, members of FSL-India’s Youth Development Program (YDP) went to Asha Nilaya and organized a painting event to engage the kids there.
What comes to mind when you think of the abbreviation, TGIF? Thank God it’s Friday? An indication of a ‘Casual Friday’ or a ‘No Work’ day at the office? Right? WRONG!
I am Pratibha, member in Youth Development Program of FSL India. I Volunteer as “Operations Head” for Youth Development Program, Bangalore. I got the opportunity to participate in the work camp organized by SJ France at Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur from 26th September to 16th October 2016.
On 31st October, the scariest evening, Yes! Hallow evening, YDP celebrated Halloween day with 40 YDP participants. In partnership with Lahe Lahe, a recently created expression space to promote” creativity, dance, music and art ” based on value-exchange rather than money-exchange. Lahe Lahe is an Assamese phrase, which means something like “Hacuna Matata”.
Lalbagh: from a ‘garbage show’ to a cleaner flower show
For the past three years the YDP-B (Youth Development Program– Bangalore), a program of FSL-India, has been committed in cleaning Lalbagh, the immense botanical garden very loved by all Bangalore citizens. During the flower show which took place in the occasion of the Independence day, Lalbagh attracts lakhs of visitors and is filled with colors, curious faces, families, children, fruit and ice-cream vendors: a traditional and important ritual for the whole city.
Two days ago she asked herself: ‘I have ideas but I have a tough time giving them shape. How do I go about translating my ideas into a reality?’
The weekend of 21st and 22nd February was more than just a, ‘’stress-free’’ time for the 15 of us. While our friends woke up to masala dosa and coffee after a long week’s pending sleep, we were hurrying to make it on time to the first day of the Project Management Workshop. This workshop was hosted by the Youth Development Program(YDP) under the guidance of our parent organization, FSL-India. Our very own Julien Soyer of the FSL-India outbound program had obliged and prepared for the young group of us, a 2 day workshop on the aspects of planning, executing and managing a project. While some of us who knew Julien from past events jumped at the opportunity to be trained by him, the novice first-timers came to experience the SAW with humble expectations.
With the overwhelming response to the lalbagh project, the steering committee of the YDP thought it necessary to discuss the possible amendments to our working constitution. The experience of 8 months brought to light certain loopholes in the existing constitution that needed immediate attention. The Exceptional General Assembly was different in the way that non members who were interested in becoming members were allowed to vote on matters that would one day concern them too. But the newcomers wondered, why this constitution at all?
For the 4th time in 18 months, the Youth Development Program interviened in the Lalbagh park during its flower show, on January 25th and 26th.
The Keep lalbagh Clean aims at rising awareness about the littering problem Bangalore is facing. This year, more than 1500 participants joined the YDP-Bangalore team of 60 volunteers and we collected more than 8.000 litres of trash in the Park. An estimated 90.000 visitors heard our message of concern and got the chance to reflect on their habit to fill-up the city with their personal trash.
A more detailed activity report about this action will be available soon. Thank you so much to all the courageous volunteers who joined us during these two days.
Recently, 15 members of FSL Staffs, of the YDP Bangalore and few international volunteers attended a first aid training, given by the Red Crosss section of Bangalore. Out of being useful in many cases and situation, we received a great dose of awareness about the different daily risks we can find in our lives and in the Voluntary Service Field. We do not doubt that we will be way more prepared in case of emergency .
All the attendants passed the final exams and will get their final certificate soon. Thanks to all participants and to the Red Cross, It has been a great Week-end !