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Hi all, greetings from FSL India’s Centre for Experiential Living (CEL), Kundapur!
The Orientation of the 13th Happy Move Camp (scheduled between 20th – 31st July 2014) was conducted for Graduate Engineering Trainees (GETs) of Hyundai on the 8th of July in the training centre of Hyundai Motors India, Irungattukottai, Sriperumbudur Taluk, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu. Three members of our Chennai team facilitated the orientation for 18 participants with the coordination of Mr. Sridhar from Hyundai.
During the session, the Chennai team introduced the vision, mission and projects of FSL-India, then introduced the Happy Move Camp:
– The schedule of the 13th HMC
– Roles and responsibilities of being a volunteer
– Field services during the camp
– Intercultural activities such as the Indo-Korean Forum, Indo-Korean Workshop, special events, historical places to visit etc.
Both counterparts, Korean and Indian, are looking forward to working towards benefiting the community.
From the 26th of May to the 28th of May, representatives of Better World Organisation, Hyundai Motor Company (Korea) and FSL-India visited the shortlisted villages for the 13th Happy Move Camp (HMC) in Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu. The three day schedule included (i) The delegates meeting with FSL-India and Hyundai Motor India for logistics of selection of villages; (ii) A visit to the nine villages that were shortlisted by the FSL-India Chennai team; (iii) A final meeting between the partners to finalise the schedule, events, accommodation etc. The six villages selected during this pre-visit were Alapakkam, Karur, Nallur, Kuthirambakkam, Neykuppan and Melottivakkam.
The 13th HMC is scheduled to take place from the 20th of July to the 31st of July. There will be 120 Korean volunteers, 18 Graduate Engineering Trainees and 12 university students participating in the HMC. Participants will be undertaking renovation and educational activities in the six villages.
Manoj, a beneficiary of the 11th and 12th Happy Move Camp, gives a personal account of his experiences and shares the actions he’s taken based on what he learned.
“I am Manoj, studying 5th Standard in Panchayat Union Primary School in Senthamangalam, Kancheepuram District. During August 2013 (11th Happy Move Camp 2013), the Anna (brother) and Akka (sister) from Korea came to our school and took many activities such as renovat[ing] the toilets, hand wash platform etc… We all were so excited. After they left, [in] October 2013, one Anna from FSL-India came to our school and formed [the] Children’s Parliament in our school to monitor and keep the school premises [and] toilets clean and neat. I became [a] member of the Environment Committee of the Children’s Parliament. FSL-India Anna came to our school often and started insisting on green and clean environment.
Again, [in] January 2014 (12th Happy Move Camp 2014), Korean Anna and Akka again came to my school for camp… This time, [a] few of them came to my house and planted a tree with [a] tree guard in the open space. They all identified me and told me to water the plant daily. Being [a] member of [the] Environment Committee, I [was] so inspired and decided to grow the garden at my home. I discussed with my thaththa (grandfather); he also encouraged me and helped me to promote [a] kitchen garden two months ago.
Now there are brinjal, green chilli, water melon, cluster beans etc. grown in my garden. I feel very proud to say that this is the garden created by me and it is my own plants…! Now I am moving to another school for my higher class… I [will] tell my new friends to grow plants [in] their homes…!”
During the months of July and August, 2013, FSL-India had collaborated with Better World Korea, Hyundai Motors India and Hyundai Motor Company Korea for the 11th Happy Move Camp in Pappankuzhi, Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu.
A kitchen garden had been promoted then and on the 22nd of April, 2014, a field office of our Chennai team went to visit it. To their great pleasure, the field officer found the small 10 ft x 4 ft kitchen garden extremely well maintained. The banana, curry leaves and drumstick trees were flourishing in the kitchen garden. In addition, the fence was fully covered beautifully with the climber of broad beans to make the kitchen garden very green and shadowy.
During the 12th Happy Move Camp (HMC) held in January 2014, our Chennai Team identified Mrs. Perundevi and Mr. Duraisamy, agricultural labourers in Thenneri, Kancheepuram District, as in need of proper shelter. Due to a large family, low income and bad weather conditions, their hut house was beginning to deteriorate and could no longer provide shelter to them and their four children.
From the 16th to the 27th of January, 2014, FSL-India, Better World Korea, Hyundai Motors India and Hyundai Motor Company Korea collaborated to construct a home for this tribal family. Ganga Gowri, their 10 year old daughter, states, “I could not imagine that [would] be studying and sleeping in [a] house with [a] proper roof. Hereafter, I need not worry about safeguarding my books [from getting] wet during the rainy days!”
Our 12th Happy Move Camp (HMC) 2014 kick started on the 16th of January and lasted till the 27th of January. Collaborating with us was Better World, South Korea, Hyundai Motor Company (South Korea) and Hyundai Motor Company (India).
The HMC was run in two phases across villages in the Kanchipuram District of Tamil Nadu. 130 volunteers joined us for the first phase, and 131 volunteers joined us for the second phase. They undertook work such as educational activities with regards to the arts, sports and hygiene, as well as renovation and construction of bathrooms, floors, walls, kitchens at schools and the community hall and more.
In addition to the above work, the HMC team also took part in intercultural learning through Indo-Korean workshops and forums amongst other events.
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Laurus Edutech has been implementing CSR activities in their target area for the local community to benefit. It is now planning to provide safe drinking water and sanitation in Thiruvannamalai District. Having understood that FSL-India has been the similar intervention in collaboration with Hyundai Company, Laurus Edutech delegates paid an exposure to the Model Village Project of FSL-India.
Mr. Vardhman Jain, the Director and his colleague Mr. Naveenan visited water and sanitation program facilitated by FSL-India in Chettipedu on 25th September 2012. They spent adequate time to understand the programs of FSL-India. Mr. Arun the Program Manager of FSL-India gave and explained about FSL-India’s holistic development approach. The activity such as livelihood promotion, water supply and rural sanitation program, rural flush out toilet, soft skill training and promotion of kitchen garden were appreciated by Mr. Vardhman Jain. Having understood FSL-India’s program, they are convinced to replicate the water and sanitation program in their operational areas for which they seek the technical and professional support of FSL-India.
FSL-India has been implementing CSR project titled Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers and Model Village (MVP) in Tamil Nadu. The program primarily aimed to serve the communities of Sriperumbudur and Kanchipuram districts. It is supported by Hyundai Motors Company (HMC) as part of corporate social responsibility.
FSL-India hosted the 9th Happy Move Global Youth Camp for South Korean Volunteers. The program was organized for 13 days in Kancheepuram District from 15th to 27th July 2012. Altogether 128 Korean volunteers, 30 Indian University Students, 33 Hyundai Graduate Engineer Trainees (Indian Participants), 16 Korean Open society doctors, 18 nurses, 3 IWO members, 2 HMC delegates and 14 FSL-India staff participated in this camp. These Korean volunteers facilitated medical camp, health awareness campaign, education and renovation work in the proposed schools and villages.
In this camp FSL-India covered 15 villages for Medical Camp and 5 villages for Education and Renovation Activities. Altogether 20 village communities have been immensely benefited from 9th Happy Move Camp. The benefits reached to the people by way of renovation activities, conducting medical camp, health and hygiene program for school and community.
During the batch of medical camp a total 2122 community people from 9 villages were treated for various kinds of illness. Volunteers also conducted health and hygiene sessions for school children. During the camp a total of 1280 children and 11 schools benefitted from health and hygiene sessions. Children were taught about on hand wash techniques, painting on the wall and fruit/ vegetable card games etc.
Under the EDRN interventions volunteers completed all renovation activities proposed in 5 villages. School toilet renovation by providing all the facilities, complete the school building work, construction of stage, fixing of floor and weather-proof tiles in the class room, plumbing & electrical work, promoting kitchen garden, clean kitchen construction, shadow tree planting and fruit bearing trees, creative arts painting and drawing of pictures in the school are some of the major EDRN activities. Volunteers also conducted health & hygiene classes for 1280 school children.
Inter-culture learning was one of the special programs facilitated during Happy Move Camp. All Korean and Indian volunteers, on the last day of the camp performed cultural program in their project site allowing the local community and school children learn about Korean culture. Each team prepared their own schedule and performed more than five events at the project they worked. School children also performed in honour of Korean volunteers. This was the great event said the villagers who attended the cultural event.
International Work Camp Organization (IWO) organized a farewell party at Research and Development Center of Hyundai Factory. Valedictory dinner was hosted where volunteers were served with special Korean Dish. After the dinner the Indian volunteers were honored with certificates which was organised by senior official from South- Korea. Feedback session was also organized where volunteers, IWO, FSL-India, HMI and HMC team participants and expressed their views and opinions regarding the camp activities. The farewell party came to end with a cultural program performed by the volunteers.
During the 9th Happy Move Camp, Mr. Young Teak Heo (Executive Director) and Mr. Dong Seok Yang (General Manager) from Hyundai, South Korea visited EDRN activities and Medical camps. They also participated in few renovation activities in the project site along with the South Korean volunteers.
Having experienced the breath-taking culture of hospitality and ceremonial reception organised by the local community, the officials from Hyundai Motors Company greatly appreciated inter-cultural program in the village. They also participated in valedictory function organised in honour of the South Korean volunteers. The two officials felt dearth of words to appreciate and gave positive feedback on the Happy Move Camp. On their visit to the villages to assess the progress, the community people also honoured them as special guest.
Chennai Facility team of FSL-India has been gradually making headway to address numerous health issues of the target community under model village project intervention. The team also has been extending health care service to people who live in the adjacent villages in Sriperumbudur so as to promote preventive health care among them. Recognizing the team’s efficiency in imparting health education, Hyundai Foundation requested Chennai Facility team to conduct health and hygiene session for the children and adolescents. This is the second time the team has been approached to organise such event for children and adolescents of Hyundai employees.
The program was conducted at Poonamalli, Chennai on 24th June 2012 wherein 20 children and adolescents within the age-group of 7 to 15 years participated. Sessions were conducted between 10 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Adolescent health, personal hygiene, safe drinking water, use of toilets and how to keep it clean were the topics dealt with during the sessions. Awareness songs on personal hygiene were taught to the participants. Games and sports competitions were also conducted. At the end of the session children were asked to recollect what they have learnt. The participants were encouraged to disseminate the information to their families and peers in their locality and the schools where they study. Mr. Veeramani and Mr. Nagoor jointly facilitated the sessions for children. Indeed this exercise sparked a new interest among children and enabled them to think on “my health is in my hand”. FSL-India expects that this effort will create multiplier effect as more and more children will participate in promoting their own health.
FSL India has been implementing CSR projects, titled Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers and Model Village (MVP) in Tamil Nadu. FSL India is currently hosing 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp for South Korean Volunteers. The program is intended to serve the communities of Sriperumbudur and Kanchipuram districts. It supported by Hyundai Motors Company (HMC) as part of corporate social responsibility so as to establish closer ties with the local communities.
Under the ‘Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers’ program, HMC, annually South Korea sends a total of 500 volunteers to FSL India. In addition they also send 20 Korean doctors and specialists. These Korean volunteers organise medical camps, health awareness campaign, education and renovation work in schools and villages.
FSL India hosted the Second Batch of 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp in Chennai which started on 4th February 2012 and concluded 16th February 2012. Totally 88 Korean volunteers, 18 Hyundai Graduate Engineer Trainees (Indian participants), 9 nurses and ten-member team of FSL India participated. All together 125 volunteers participated in this global event.
The program was started with Indian traditional inauguration and welcome by the FSL India team headed by Mr. Arun the Manger of Chennai Facility Centre. After the formal inauguration the team facilitated orientation for the volunteers about the camp and conducted team building exercise at Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI). From 6th February onwards the volunteers started to work on renovation and education activities in three villages. One team of volunteers along with the doctors conducted medical camp in seven villages that are around Hyundai Motor India in Sriperumbudur block of Kancheepuram District.
The volunteers undertook education and renovation activities in three villages such at Puduperu, Pennalur and Kattrampakkam. Medical and health camps were organised in eight villages such as Ayyappanthangal, Subathra Nagar, Kancheepuram, Pondur, Thirumazhisai, Maduramangalam and Thandalam. Besides, the following special events were organised by FSL India team during the Happy Move Global Youth Camp.
Welcome Dinner: Indian traditional welcome with offering of jasmine flowers/garlands, besmearing of vermilion and Chandan paste on forehead and served the most favored and popular Indian dish such as Biriyani and sweet Pongal.
Team Building: FSL India team facilitated team building exercise by which the global volunteers played many Indian and Korean games. The volunteers could interact and built relationship with Indian volunteers.
INKO (Indo-Korean) Workshop and Forum: In this workshop, the Indian team conducted inter-cultural exchange between Korean and Indian volunteer. In this cultural event the Indian volunteers taught the Korean volunteers on how to make Rangoli, Chapatti, wear Saree and practice Yoga.
Screening of India Movie: FSL India team screened Indian movies highlighting Indian cultural, Indian love, affection as well as Indian traditional game Kabadi.
Visit to Kancheepuram and Chennai: Volunteers also visited many temples in Chennai and Kancheepuram and enjoyed every bit of moment as for many it was the first experience. They also visited Spencer Plaza in to Chennai and purchased herbal products, sweets and Indian clothes.