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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
Pre-visit meeting of 9th Happy Move Camp was organised at FSL-India Office of Chennai Facility and HMI on 30th May 2012. The objective of the program was to chalk out plan of action for 9th Happy Move Camp. Dignitaries such as Mr. Sanny, Mr. Shan, Mr. Youghan, Mr. Ha, Mr. T. J. Lee and Mr. Sridhar from Hyundai Motors South Korea/India, and Mr. Sehoon Kim from International Work Camp Organization participated in the meeting. Mr. C. Doreswamy, the Joint Director and Mr. Arun the Project Manager form FSL India participated in the meeting. Following points were discussed in the meeting:
- Benefits of 8th Happy Hove Camp
- Selection of villages for education and Medical Camp
- Future plan for Model Village Project
- Various options for volunteers’ accommodation during 9th Happy Move Camp
- Draw up Tentative Program Schedule for 9th Happy Move Camp
FSL India has been implementing Model Village Project at Irunkattukottai village in collaboration with Hyundai Motor India Foundation. Formation of Self-Help Group (SHG) for livelihood promotion and entrepreneurship development is one of the major components of the Model Village Project. All the SHGs are federated at Panchayat level. Panchayat Level Federation is legally registered with Tamil Nadu Government. This is a stepping stone for women to avail and benefit from various welfare and development schemes and programs of government as well as Non-government Organisations (NGOs). To celebrate the success of women development program and mark the occasion women and FSL-India team of Chennai Facility organised a program at Irunkattukottai on 30th May 2012.
While gracing the occasion participated by women members of the SHGs, Mr. Ramesh, Manager of Hyundai Motor Foundation inaugurated the Panchayat Level Federation. Distinguished guest and dignitaries from IWO, HMC, HMI, FSL-India, Block Development Officer, Presidents of different Panchayats and representatives from various Industries also participated in the program.
FSL India has been implementing CSR projects, titled Happy Move Global Youth Volunteers and Model Village (MVP) in Tamil Nadu. FSL India hosted 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp for South Korean Volunteers. 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.
Details Regarding 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp: FSL India hosted the 8th Happy Move Global Youth Camp for South Korean Volunteers. The program was organized for 26 days in Kancheepuram District between 19th January and 16th February 2012. Altogether 177 Korean volunteers, 40 Hyundai Graduate Engineer Trainees (Indian participants), 18 doctors, 18 nurses, 6 IWO delegates and 10 FSL India staff participated in this camp. These Korean volunteers organise medical camps, health awareness campaign, education and renovation work in schools and villages.
The program was organised in two batches. The 1st batch started its camp from 19th to 31st January 2012 and the camp for 2nd batch was organised between 4th and 16th February 2012. In first batch FSL India covered 9 villages for Medical Camp and 4 villages for Education and Renovation Activities. Whereas the second batch of volunteers covered 9 villages for Medical Camp and 3 villages for Education and Renovation Activity. Altogether 25 village communities have been immensely benefited from 8th Happy Move Camp.
Food, Accommodation and Conveyance: Throughout the camp India served delicious south Indian dish to the participants. Accommodation for volunteers was organised at Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI). On the first day of the camp, FSL India hosted special welcome dinner for the volunteers. They were welcomed with garlands of rose and vermilion tilak was marked on their forehead. The volunteers’ cheeks were besmeared with turmeric talcum powder. Aarathi (light from wicks soaked in ghee and camphor) was performed with a symbolic gesture of welcoming the volunteers as the most honored and respectable guests. Biriyani, Sweet Pongal and Payasam were served during welcome banquet. As the camp started HMI provided refreshment twice in a day and FSL also provided evening refreshment to the volunteers. HMI took the responsibility of organising transportation for pick up and drop from accommodation to project site.
Orientation for Volunteers and Team Leaders: Orientation session was organised by FSL India team headed by Mr. Arun the Program Manager of Chennai Facility. On the first day of the camp all Korean and Indian volunteers gathered at the Conference Hall of FDDI for orientation. All the volunteers introduced themselves. During the orientation FSL Indian team explained about the objective and purpose of the Happy Move Camp and gave instructional information on dress code, safety and security issues, roles and responsibility. FSL India team also organised orientation session for the team leaders of South Korea. The team explained about program schedule, procedure to use tools and equipment, how to avail construction materials, description of activity and about special events like Indian movie, Indo-Korean (INKO) Forum and Workshop, visit to temple, Chennai City, Hyundai Factory etc. The team also explained about communication channel, roles and responsibility of team leaders.
Team Building/INKO forum and Workshop: FSL India organized team building exercise for the volunteers. The volunteers with lots of fun and frolic played many Indian and Korean games. Through this volunteers could interact with Indians. IWO and FSL India team conducted INKO workshop and forum as part of inter-cultural exchange and learning. The Indian volunteers taught on how to make Rangoli, Chapatti, wear Saree and perform Yoga. In return, the Korean volunteers shared about their customs and tradition.
In the INKO forum Indian volunteers asked questions to Korean volunteers on socio-cultural practices, customs and tradition. On the other hand, Korean volunteers also raised numbers of questions to Indian volunteers. The participants enjoyed every bit of moment as it was perfect convergence to experience inter-cultural learning and sharing.
During the INKO workshop, FSL India and IWO team came up with new idea to conduct INKO workshop for the volunteers. Indian volunteers explained about Indian traditional clothes, India dish and how to make Rangoli etc. Similarly the Korean volunteers explained about their traditional clothes, traditional dance and how to eat Korean food with a pair of sticks.
Education and Renovation Activities: To undertake education and renovation activities, FSL India team made good arrangement in consultation with school headmasters, teachers and local community. As the camp started the community people welcomed the volunteers ceremoniously. The volunteers learnt a lot about Indian culture by interacting with school children and local people. Under education and renovation activities, volunteers did lots of work in the villages. Construction of toilets, tree plantation by road side, building garbage bins, construction of clean kitchen for needy people and prepare nutrition garden for BPL families were the major initiatives. Besides, the volunteers participated in teaching school children health and hygiene, Basic English, creative learning, Maths etc. Children learnt a lot and enjoyed with international volunteers. The volunteers also painted on wall spreading messages on personal hygiene, disadvantages of open defecation, need for environment cleanliness, safe drinking water etc. They also drew pictures of national leaders, national animals and national flowers and painted blackboards in the local schools.
Medical Camp and Renovation: Medical Camps were conducted in 10 villages in and around Hyundai Motors, in Kancheepuram. 27 Korean volunteers, 9 Korean doctors and 9 Indian nurses facilitated medical camp. In second batch also 9 Korean doctors, 9 Indian nurses and 25 Korean volunteers facilitated medical camps. While in the first batch of medical camps a total 1059 patients from 5 villages were treated for various kinds of illness, during the 2nd batch a total of 1281 patients received healthcare service and treatment. The volunteers also conducted health and hygiene sessions for school children. During the camp for the first batch a total of 187 boys and 209 girls from five schools benefitted from health and hygiene sessions. During the second batch a total of 1227 school children (637 boys and 590 girls) from five schools participated in health and hygiene sessions. Children were taught about hand wash techniques, painting on the wall, fruit/ vegetable card game etc.
Special Program: In Pennalur village, in addition to health and hygiene sessions and renovation work, the volunteers also participated in local community home visit by which they could learn about Indian culture, the way of living, Indian traditional food and exchanged Korean culture with the local people. During the home visit, the volunteers created awareness on the urgency of energy conservation and scarce resource like water. Volunteers paid visited to Kanchi Kamatchi and Egamparanatheshwara temples as part of inter-cultural exchange. Volunteers also had a chance to visit Chennai Spencer Plaza for shopping.
Visit to Hyundai Company and Production Unit: All the volunteers were invited to HMI by Korean officials for the CSR inaugural ceremony at Hyundai Factory. In this program Hyundai Company donated furniture and computers to government schools. Having attended this program volunteers visited Hyundai factory and production unit and learnt about various aspects of manufacturing of Hyundai Motor Car.
Visit by IWO President: Mr. Jinshu, the President of IWO, South Korea paid a visit to 8th Happy Move Camp. During his visit to FSL India, he made an on-the-spot assessment of all EDRN program and Medical camps organised in the villages. He was quite impressed the way program activities were facilitated. He spent good deal of time in interacting with community people, FSL India team and with Indian and Korean volunteers.
Screening of Tamil Movie: FSL India screened a Tamil movie “Vennila Kabadi Kuzhu” which depicts the importance of ‘Kabadi” which is one of the traditional games of India. It also gives message about friendship, love and affection, importance agriculture and education. All Korean and Indian volunteers enjoyed watching the movie. The Indian volunteers translated the dialogue into English and made Korean volunteers understand.
Intercultural Program: Inter-culture learning is 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 learnt about Korean culture. Each team performed more than five events at the project. The school children also participated and performed three cultural events.
Farewell Party: FLS India organised 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 volunteers were honored with certificates. Feedback session was also organised where volunteers, IWO, FSL India, HMI and HMC participants expressed their views and opinions regarding the camp activities. The farewell party came to and with a cultural program performed by the volunteers.