Are you creative? Do you believe in volunteering? Start where you are! Use what you have! Do what you can! Join us along with international volunteers for ‘Hand in Land’ Work Camp from 10th to 23rd July, Kundapur.
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!”
During the month of March, 2014, a Children’s Parliament was formed in the Panchayat Union Primary and Middle Schools to monitor and follow-up the activities of the 12th Happy Move Camp (HMC). The 8 villages that the Children’s Parliament is to monitor are Ayyamicheri, Thiruvankaranai, Uthukadu, Echoor, Senthamangalam, Thenneri, Shingadivakkam and Melottivakkam in the Kancheepuram District of Tamil Nadu.
Four committees were formed to monitor:
- Environment committee
- Water and Sanitation Committee
- Health and Hygiene Committee
- Nutrition Committee
The Children’s Parliament will not only cultivate the habit of keeping oneself healthy and hygienic, but also motivate other children and community members to do so as well.
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.
The 10th Happy Move Camp was started on 17th January and continued till 31st January 2013. In this camp about 143 participants attended. This included 113 South Korean students, 15 Indian university students and IWO and FSL-India facilitators.
5 villages were proposed by HMI and participants were also split into five groups and engaged themselves in in team which were called EDRN 1A / 1B / 1C / 1D & 1E.
Basically the program consisted of social development activity through intercultural program. Accordingly the volunteers conducted educational program for the school children, painted the school wall, drew educational pictures and carried out the community development programs like toilet construction, rural flush out toilet, clean kitchen, and tree planting and so on. Read the rest of this entry
Pre-visit meeting of 10th Happy Move Camp was organized at FSL-India Office of Chennai Facility and HMI on 21st, 22nd and 23rd November 2012. The objective of the meeting was to chart out plan of action for 10th Happy Move Camp. The first day meeting was held with IWO and HMC about feedback of 9th happy move camp and preparatory work for 10th happy move camp. The participants are basically from HMC, IWO, HMI and FSL-India. They are such as: Read the rest of this entry
I visited 6 villages on 15th September where Model Village Project is being implemented by FSL-India. It was one day “Cross Monitoring” visit. Cross monitoring visit is the official visit undertaken by an officer or coordinator from across projects with an objective to ‘learn and contribute for improvement of the project intervention. Here are my observations.
Green Initiative: Since my primary responsibility is in the domain of Long Term Volunteering program, I presumed that visibility of result or measurable impact could not be captured within a short span of time. However, in the MVP, I could see lots of physical exertion of FSL-India team for the community. Everywhere I could see the green shadow plants grown tall and high. Read the rest of this entry
Formation of Local Crisis Group at Sriperumbudur Block and Kancheepuram District is gaining momentum. Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India has formed Chemical Accidents Prevention and Mitigation Committee (emergency planning, preparedness and response) at Kancheepuram district. Local Administration and SIPCOT Project Office also have formed a Local Crisis Group in Sriperumbudur block where FSL-India is the only organisation of the forum and a member of the committee to facilitate the program. Representative from Government Department such as health, fire, police, revenue and corporate sectors are the members in the Chemical Accidents Prevention and Mitigation Committee. The functions of the District Crisis Group are as follows:
- The District Crisis Group is the apex body in the district to deal with major chemical accident and provide expert guidance for handling chemical accident. It will assist in the preparation of the district emergency plan and review all the onsite emergency plans prepared by the occupier of Major accident hazards for the preparation of the district off-site emergency plan.
- Continuously monitor every chemical accident, ensure continuous information flow from the district to the centre and state crisis group regarding accident situation and mitigation efforts.
- Forward a report of the chemical accident with in fifteen day to the state crisis group.
- Conduct at least one full scale mock-drill of a chemical accident at a site each year and forward a report of the strength and the weakness of the plan to the state crisis group.
In this regard the first program started on 27th July 2012 at Saint Gobain Company, Sriperumbudur where Government officials, core committee members and corporate representatives participated. After the self-introduction, practical sessions are conducted (mock-drill exercise). All the facilities are arranged by Saint Gobain Company. The program was inaugurated by Revenue Divisional officer from Kancheepuram. The same exercise will follow for all the companies and gradually to the nearby villages in near future.