No1153 | India | Educational activities | People's Social Development Foundation (PSDF)

Training in pedagogy/animation for creche workers of PSDF

Training the staff to increase the pedagogy and animation skills of the creche workers and improve the quality of education given to children in the PSDF creches

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

The Peoples Social Development Foundation (PSDF) was created in 1999 by a self motivated group of intellectuals. They wanted to answer to the lack of interest given by the state and mainstream development agencies to the districts of Cuddalore and Villupuram, both in the Tamil Nadu region, even though they are considered to be among the poorest areas of the state. PSDF was set up to tackle some of the challenges the region has to face.
It focuses on helping slum dwellers, dalits as well as poor women and their children.
PSDF aims to:
- support the women community to express their needs and empower them in their overall development through Self Help Groups,
- develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes of youths, women and children through formal and non-formal education and child development programs,
- participate in raising the awareness of the local population to work for a more equal society where people are not segregated against because of their sex, caste, religion or political view
- promote education, welfare and social security for the downtrodden people,
- bring economic self-reliance among the people below the poverty line in rural areas, by motivating them to take income generation self-employment ventures through economically viable, eco-friendly and agro based small-scale industries.
After starting with opening 3 crches with their personal money, PSDF has expanded their actions. It now receives support from the state Social Welfare Board. It has 4 main ongoing programs:
- Crches for poor working mothers: PSDF has 10 crches which each takes care of 25 children from 1 to 5 years old. Lunch is provided to the children and mothers can just drop them off in the morning and pick them up in the evening. This ensures that the children are taken care of while their parents work and that both of the parents can work. Therefore, it contributes to increasing the peoples livelihoods.
- Self-help groups (SHG) for women: PSDF supports the creation of SHGs in order to promote saving habits and entrepreneurial skills among the women and to free them from the clutches of the local money lenders. This program has given them self esteem in a culture which limits them to chores of the home. It has also helped them escape the clutches of moneylenders. PSDFs micro credit plan has already touched 5000 women through its 170 SHG.
- Counselling for women: PSDF has one Family Counselling centre for women to encourage them to talk about their problems and help them solve them. Created in 2007, this centre reaches out to an average of 500 women every year.
- Dalit and women empowerment: Different vocational courses are put into place by PSDF on a regular basis to enhance their beneficiaries income generating activity potentials. These include: tailoring training, batik training, vermi-compost training PSDF has already trained more than 1000 women in tailoring and reached out to more than 50 000 women through their awareness program.
PSDF employs 5 people in their office, 20 crche workers and has 50 volunteer Self-help group leaders.
PSDF is one of the historical partners of Plante Urgence in India. The partnership exists since 2010. PSDFs initial demands were for training courses in animation/pedagogy as well as first aid for their crche workers. Between 2010 and 2013, 5 volunteers have transferred their skills to PSDFs crche workers (2 in animation and pedagogy and 3 in first aid).

PSDF is running 8 Creche Centres in the Rural areas of Pondicherry : 1 at 20 kilometers from Pondicherry and 7 creches in urban slum. 2 education teachers per Creche Centers take care of children . There is 25 children per creche, they come from the same village and are aged 1 year to 5 years old.

Activities done by the crche centers, the children & the education teachers :
- Creche centers open at 9.00 A.M. to 5.P.M,
- The mother who are going for daily labor bring her child and handed over to the crche teacher,
- The children stay in the centre till evening when his mother pick him up : noon 12.P.M. lunch is be provided in the centre ; after the lunch the children take a sleep ; between 4.P.M to 5.P.M. children are allowed to play in front of the centre.

The teachers are Secondary School level, it enough for Pre KG (Kinter Karden School). They were appointed for society, educationally and culturally very backward families in remote villages. Presently, in the creche centers, they are teaching moral stories, basic alphabet, rhymes, numerical, sports. They also provide meals at noon to the children.

PSDF needs to train the teacher center, needs to know how the creche can be maintained in a better way and how to take care of the children in a better way : new techniques and teaching method to the child and pre preparation for child food.

The objective of this mission is double (according to the skills of volunteers) :
- to improve the knowledge in animation for young children: how to make education more attractive, more fun for the children.

- to improve the nutrition food practices of the teachers : Preparation of simple, nutritious and varied recipes (PSDF need to value added nutrition food), hygienic preparation of meals

Food practice at present is to give rice with dal (indian dish) or rice with vegetables.

Participants / Name: Creche Workers

Participants / Number: 10

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

All are women and age is above 18 years up to 35 years.
They speak Tamil and a litlle bit English so a translator will be with participants during all the training.

Participants / Training in the field request

Secondary School level

Participants / Motivation

Participants want to have teaching skills and knowledge in order to use creativity, to improve the crche activities as well as child development.

Airport: Madras [meenambakkam]

Transfer to the mission site:

Pondicherry by car (2h30min from Chennai airport)

Accommodation & food:

Guest House in Pondicherry

Means:

Bock board and a class room in the office of PSDF

No1944 | India | Educational activities | Sharana

Training in pedagogy, animation and hygiene for the creche teachers of Sharana

To support Sharana giving specialized teacher training in Sharanas creches.

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

Sharana was established in July 2000 by Rajkala Partha, a Chennai-trained social worker with a post graduate degree in Rural Development from Madras Christian College.

It is meant to address the educational needs of children in Pondicherry and its surrounding villages. Meanwhile a group of volunteers in France created Sharana France, an independent but closely allied organization.

Sharana is a social and development organization acting for neglected socio-economically disadvantaged children. It is devoted to the caring of younger siblings and helps families to increase their income through employment.

The main objectives of the organization are:
- To help children obtain their rights to education, by supporting their families who then do not need to make their children work. That, in turn, means
- To support them to resume their formal education. Via individual sponsorship and collective sponsorship programs, needy children receive a financial support for tuition, books, backpacks, school supplies, healthcare, and homework help.
- To support parents to earn livelihoods, so they can in turn support their childrens right to pursue a formal education.
- To address childcare, medical, nutritional, emotional, economic, and other needs, as well as creating spaces where communities can gather to attend the issues that concern them.

In January 2003 Sharana opened its first Community building housing, a Creche, a dispensary and a meeting room in Angalakuppam which is located about 15 kms from Pondichery, an agricultural and mono-caste village, to free older siblings from the responsibilities of childcare and enable them to return to school. Meanwhile families received a sponsorship to be able to send older siblings to school.

By February 2011, on a one hectare field in Aranganur (20kms from the town off the route to Cuddalore), Sharana launched another project and erected a large building housing a Creche, a Carpentry Training Center, a Spirulina farm, a vegetable garden and a banana plantation.

In January 2012 the Kalki Welfare society, a non-profit organization, started in 2008, merged with Sharana. Kalki was especially working for street children (school drop-outs, working children, HIV-positive children and orphans) in and around Pondicherry.
The aim is to provide protection, education, shelter, health services and recreation to vulnerable children of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu.

Kalkis Shelter program was started in the year 2009, for children who need protection and safety. The families, who live on the street, dont have enough income to run their family and parents are often addicted to alcohol. The homeless children are facing different problems like dropping out from school, abuse, neglect, physical harassment, especially girls are most vulnerable to abuse and early marriage. The Shelter is now called Sharana Night Shelter. To help these children, it is providing safety, protection and re-habilitation to these children.

46 staff members work for Sharana in the central office on Lally Tollendal street, at the drop-in center in Pondichery, at the night shelter in Morattandy and at the rural centers in Angalakuppam and Aranganur.

There are 9 qualified Social workers, 9 animators, 10 field assistants, 8 teachers, 2 administrative staff and 8 caretakers. There are also volunteers who assist beneficiaries or specific projects and day-to-day activities.

In total, approximately 1300 families are receiving sponsorship assistance from Sharana in 19 Main Areas with 64 sub areas in and around Pondicherry.

To train Sharanas creche teachers in pedagogy, animation and hygiene.

Sharana has 4 creche centers in and around Pondicherry. They take care of children aged from 1 to 5 years old.

The creche teachers were trained when they started to work for Sharana but this was about 10-11 years ago. Therefore, they require some refreshing of their knowledge and skills. They feel like they do not offer enough variety in the activities they put into place for the children. They do not always know how to adapt activities to a childs age and developmental stage.

Although, the creche teachers know how to take good physical care of the children, their knowledge about psychological needs of the children needs to be updated. They also need to learn new activities (educational and recreational) as per the developmental stages of different age groups of children.

Sharana would like them to be trained on different aspects: pedagogy, animation, hygiene, creativity

This type of training is available in India but too expensive for Sharana.

The volunteer will spend the first week of the training just with the teachers. During this time he can cover theoretical training on pedagogy, hygiene, creativity and animation. During the second week, they can visit the creches where the teachers can demonstrate what they have learnt, and the volunteer can also demonstrate how to conduct certain activities with the children.

This schedule could be reorganised depending on when the mission will take place (creches visits could happen the first week).

Sharana would like the volunteer to focus on new creative and up-to-date ways of interacting with the children. They would also like the volunteer to focus on different activities adapted to the childrens different developmental stages.

Participants / Name: 4 creche teachers

Participants / Number: 4

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The beneficiaries will be the 4 teachers in these 3 creches:
Rani, at the Pondicherry day care centre
Jaya, at the Pondicherry day care centre
Tamil Selvi at the Angalakuppam creche
Gomathi at the Aranganur creche

All of them work everyday with the children benefiting from Sharanas creaches along with also doing some administrative works. They are all women.

Participants / Training in the field request

The teachers teach the children in Tamil and English, (often in Tamil)
All the teachers have a very basic English capacity and are between 25 to 45 years old.
All of them have been trained to work with small children.

A translator, English-Tamil, will be present to facilitate the process and make it more effective.

Airport: Madras [meenambakkam]

Transfer to the mission site:

The volunteers will be picked up by Sharanas car and driver and transferred in a Guest House in Pondicherry. It will take 3 hours from Chennai Airport to Pondicherry.

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will sleep in a Guest house in Pondicherry. Sharana would be able to arrange for a driver and car for daily transfer to the place of intervention.

The accommodation will
offer attached bath room and toilet,
fan,
night & day watch man,
filtered water.

Means:

Note books, color paint, pencils, papers will be available for the volunteer.
Sharana can supply the material.

Logistics:

Working days: 5 hours, 5 days per week from Monday to Friday.
There will be support staff to care of the creches during the teachers absence.
The first day of the training will be devoted to the organization of the work.
The rest of the day can be used to buy the additional material needed or to show the volunteer some of Sharanas projects around Pondicherry.

From day 2, the volunteers daily regular program can start off.

Sharanas driver can be used to pick the volunteer from the Guest house and drop him/her as well everyday.

Comment:

The volunteer will be a person capable of training teachers of our creches. A teacher trainer or a specialised creche teacher.

No1687 | India | Arts | Sharana

Art therapy training for the social workers of Sharana

To accompany Sharana Social Workers in their Art Therapy practice and train them to improve their work with the kids of the Shelter.

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

Sharana was established in July 2000 by Rajkala Partha, a Chennai-trained social worker with a post graduate degree in Rural Development from Madras Christian College.
It is meant to address the educational needs of children in Pondicherry and its surrounding villages. Meanwhile a group of volunteers in France created Sharana France, an independent but closely allied organization.

Sharana is a social and development organization acting for neglected socio-economically disadvantaged children. It is devoted to the caring of younger siblings and helps families to increase their income through employment.

The main objectives of the organization are:
To help children obtain their rights to education, by supporting their families who then do not need to make their children work. That, in turn, means
To support them to resume their formal education. Via individual sponsorship and collective sponsorship programs, needy children receive a financial support for tuition, books, backpacks, school supplies, healthcare, and homework help.
To support parents to earn livelihoods, so they can in turn support their childrens right to pursue a formal education.
To address childcare, medical, nutritional, emotional, economic, and other needs, as well as creating spaces where communities can gather to attend the issues that concern them.

In January 2003 Sharana opened its first Community building housing, a Crche, a dispensary and a meeting room in Angalakuppam which is located about 15 kms from Pondichery, an agricultural and mono-caste village, to free older siblings from the responsibilities of childcare and enable them to return to school. Meanwhile families received a sponsorship to be able to send older siblings to school.

By February 2011, on a one hectare field in Aranganur (20kms from the town off the route to Cuddalore), Sharana launched another project and erected a large building housing a Crche, a Carpentry Training Center, a Spirulina farm, a vegetable garden and a banana plantation.

In January 2012 the Kalki Welfare society, a non-profit organization, started in 2008, merged with Sharana. Kalki was especially working for street children (school drop-outs, working children, HIV-positive children and orphans) in and around Pondicherry. The aim is to provide protection, education, shelter, health services and recreation to vulnerable children of Pondicherry and Tamil Nadu.
Kalkis Shelter program was started in the year 2009, for children who need protection and safety. The families, who live on the street, dont have enough income to run their family and parents are often addicted to alcohol. The homeless children are facing different problems like dropping out from school, abuse, neglect, physical harassment, especially girls are most vulnerable to abuse and early marriage. The Shelter is now called Sharana Night Shelter. To help these children, it is providing safety, protection and re-habilitation to these children.

46 staff members work for Sharana in the central office on Lally Tollendal street, at the drop-in center in Pondichery, at the night shelter in Morattandy and at the rural centers in Angalakuppam and Aranganur.
There are 9 qualified Social workers, 9 animators, 10 field assistants, 8 teachers, 2 administrative staff and 8 caretakers. There are also volunteers who assist beneficiaries or specific projects and day-to-day activities.

In total, approximately 1300 families are receiving sponsorship assistance from Sharana in 19 Main Areas with 64 sub areas in and around Pondicherry.

To train Sharanas social workers involved in the shelter program to address and work with children by using Art Therapy technique.

In its shelter program, Sharana is working for the children who are physically, mentally and emotionally affected. Rehabilitation is very important for children who underwent traumatic situations in their life. It is important to address the deep root emotional issues of the children and heal them.

Art Therapy will certainly play a crucial role in reaching out to many of Sharanas beneficiaries as well as the Social workers.

Sharana already conducts an Art Therapy activity in its shelter program.

The current Art Therapy activity is conducted twice a week, any day of week, and is coordinated by one of Sharanas social workers, named Manuel.
It benefits the 36 children who live in the shelter (20 boys and 16 girls). Half of them are below 8 years old, the others are between 9 and 18.

The training conducted by Plante Urgences volunteer will help Manuel to improve his Art Therapy practice and to introduce this practice to other social workers. Currently Manuel is practicing Art therapy through drawing. Him and the other social workers are willing to learn new techniques (through dancing, singing, acting, etc).

Beyond the shelter program, Sharana supports through its projects more than 1500 children per year.
With other Social workers undergoing this training, the number of children beneficiaries will surely be more than a 1000, as this training will allow the Social workers to access more children after the training in various other programs.

Since Sharana has an extensive program to support children to pursue their schooling, vocational training program for school drop outs and children from the street, Art training will help all the social workers.

Participants / Name: 8 social workers

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The volunteer will work mostly along with Manuel, Sharanas social worker who is responsible of the Night Shelter and current Art Therapy activities.
Manuel is an Indian national. He completed a Diploma in Computer Science and was professionally trained as continental cook. However, after some time, Manuel moved to volunteer work with Non Profit Organization.
He has a 5 year work experience with children emotionally affected. He has undergone professional training on Child Trafficking, Child abuse, Art Therapy and child sexual abuse and prevention.
He is an open dedicated and smart man who speaks English fluently.

The training will help Manuel to improve his Art Therapy practice and to introduce this practice to other social workers.
The other social workers will also take part in the training sessions. All of them are in contact with the beneficiaries on a daily or regular basis:
Vetrivelan : A senior Social worker who oversees all the projects of Sharana
John Peter : In-charge of the Sponsorship Programme
Ravi Anand : Works in the Sponsorship programme
Anbazagan: In-charge of the vocational training for boys who are school drop outs.
Amla : Responsible for the girls programme
Idaymani : Responsible for the drop in centre, outreach and mobile library
Vadivu: Responsible for the drop in centre and early childhood programme

They all work on a regular basis with the children benefiting from Sharanas projects.

Participants / Training in the field request

All the Social workers have a fairly good spoken English capacity and are between 25 to 45 years old.
All of them have been trained to work with children having difficulties. Most of them have degrees in social work, some have more advanced degrees than others. Their levels of experience are also different.

Airport: Madras [meenambakkam]

Transfer to the mission site:

The volunteers will be picked up by Sharanas car and driver and transferred in Pondicherrys Guest House. (2 hours and a half time)

Accommodation & food:


The volunteer will sleep in a Guest house in Pondicherry or in Auroville according to Sharanas driver and car availability for daily transfer to the place of intervention.

The accommodation will
-offer attached bath room and toilet,
-fan,
-night & day watch man,
-filtered water.

Means:

The Shelter is in a large property between Pondy town and Auroville, in Morattandy. Spaces available at the shelter include a large open porch area and a large room which can be organized as needed for the instructor. Similar spaces are available at the Aranganur resource center, which may be an even better location for working with social workers as it is in the midst of agricultural land and other Sharana projects. Meals would be possible in both locations, but easier to organize at Aranganur.

Note books, color paint, pencils, papers will be available for the volunteer. Sharana can supply the material. If a mission requires a different type of material the volunteer will have the possibility to bring some more specialized equipment or supplies with the help of Plante Urgence.
.

Logistics:

Working days: 5 days per week from Tuesday to Saturday, weekend break on Sunday and Monday.
The first day of the training will be devoted to the organization of the work. There will be a 2 hours meeting with Manuel. The rest of the day can be used to buy the additional material needed or to show the volunteer some of Sharanas projects around Pondicherry.

From day 2, the volunteers daily program will be:
10.00 to 13.00: training sessions with the Social workers
Lunch in the Shelter
16.00 to 18.00: applied session with the children plus debriefing with the team and team training according to the daily schedule.

No1723 | Nepal | Arts | Nepal Break Dance Foundation

Training of trainers of NBFs volunteer staff in Hip Hop as a mean to mobilize the youth away from drugs and violence and gain self-confidence

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

Nepal Break Dance Foundation is a Nepali non profit enterprise created in 2008 by Krisada Kanchanawat, the actual director, in order to distract youth away from drug abuse and violence, through involvement in various aspects of entertainment sector such as Hip Hop and youth focused film production.

The volatile security situation in the Terai region (south of Nepal), the unstable political situation (with the dissolution of the constituent assembly, and the lack of a constitution), contribute to the rise in opium cultivation. The growing Indian market via the open border with Nepal has increased demand for opium. The Government report states that on a population of 30 millions of habitants, approximately 80,000 Nepalese are addicted to drugs.
In order to fight against that, NBF has held a strong policy of all its events promoting Say No to Drugs and Violence and other social issues.

The main objectives of the project were to prevent youth from drug abuse and violence through skill training and employment generation, to involve youth in social issues through means that are interesting to them. And establish NBF as a production house covering both entertainment program and technical production units.

Nepal Break dance Foundation is in the process of institutionalising the annual Himalayan International B Boying/B Girling Jatra (in Nepali Jatra means festival; and B Boy/B Girl is the short term for break dancing) promoting a specific social issue such as Say No to Drugs and Violence. NBF has managed to organise the Jatra for two years consecutively 2010 and 2011. In 2010 three Thai B Boys were invited for the Jatra, and in 2011, the Jatra hosted 3 French B Girls.

NBF raised funds with support of Rotary Club of Mount Everest since two years.
The aim from the beginning was to make the studio, where they are working, financially independent by making it a socio-enterprise by charging training fee for those who could afford it and by offering scholarships for the marginalised or especially committed and talented.

Today NBF has taken the next step towards establishing a film production unit which will produce youth focused entertainment programs. Youth are being trained in technical skills such as cameraman, light man and script writer. The entertainment part has already gone ahead with the B Boy/B Girl performances, which also addresses social issues such as gender based violence.

Different activities could be learned and done by B boy/girl as providing skills training in entertainment sector (Hip Hop elements: B Boy/B Girl dancing; beat boxing; rapping, graffiti and hip hop theatre (choreography, music)). Providing skills training in technical production such as: camera operation, script writing, lighting, logistics and editing.

NBF plans upcoming activities:
Training by professionals: film production with focus on youth entertainment; elements out of Hip Hop: break dancing and theatre.

From now around 200 people benefited from the actions: the B Boy / B Girl, the crew members, the youth who can have trainings in hip hop and others activities. This is a small framework with 4 employees, who are B boys instructors. And with 4 persons who work on full voluntary basis and are responsible for running the organisation: director, marketing, linkage and networking, choreographer & B Girl instructor.
In Nepal caste and ethnicity are a big issue. In NBF youth and children come from all caste and ethnic groups. What becomes the most important is that they are able to practice and improve their skills in dancing. Their crews are not based on caste but on their skills and commitment to learning the skills of B Boying/B Girling. As gender is also an issue in Nepal and girls are not supposed to do B Girling, NBF declared 2012 a year of scholarship for all girls wanting to learn B Girling. This has increased the number of girls attending from 10 to 50. The youth and children are coming from all over Nepal. Some of them came to study in Kathmandu; some are looking for a job.
The age group range of youth and children in NBF is from 8 to 25 years. The age range 15 to 25 has been marked as high risk group vulnerable to drug abuse, HIV&AIDS and violence. This is the reason why NBF does not make its target group exclusive to only economically marginalize.

To teach both the skills and the principles of Hip Hop to the youth involved in NBF.

Todays youth and children of Nepal were either born or grew up as adolescents during the ten-year violent conflict that affected the country from 1996 to 2006.
Following this conflict, the lack of opportunities or daring to dream are factors that contribute to frustration, leading to attraction to drug abuse and violence among the youth and children. The 10 year civil war has taught the youngsters that violence is the way to get what you want, even if it means hurting someone else to fulfil ones wishes.

Hip Hop attracts youngsters with its 4 elements (DJ, MC, Breakdancing and graffiti culminating in HipHop Theatre) and at the same time gives the message that the 4 Principles of Love, Peace, Unity and Fun are the right attitude. Therefore NBF wants to give the youth international professional Hip Hop figures who believe in the 4 Principles as role models.

Hence this mission could be beneficial if Planete Urgence could help in bringing in the volunteers.

The 4 Principles of Hip Hop (LOVE, PEACE, UNITY AND FUN) and the 4 Elements of Hip Hop (DJ, MC, Breakdancing and graffiti culminating in HipHop Theatre) are a powerful combination for attracting youth to a constructive and fun way to express their feelings about their own situation, their community and society. It is also popular amongst Nepali youth. However, misconstrued ideas and lack of knowledge about the principles of Hip Hop need to be removed.

Nepals Hip Hop culture is still coming of age and NBF needs Hip Hop artists who are committed and promote these 4 principles through the 4 elements, while Break Dancers with strong background and knowledge in Hip Hop culture is not available in Nepal.

NBF is therefore looking for Hip Hop artists with in particular skills in break dancing, good knowledge and commitment to the 4 Principles and ability to teach young people both the skills and the principles of Hip Hop.
NBF itself cannot afford to access expert profiles as sent by Plante Urgence, and such volunteers will help NBF provide professional services to the youth, which will encourage them to take their message seriously.

The intervention of the volunteer should enable youth members of NBF to have a clear idea about the 4 Principles and 4 elements of Hip Hop. They will particularly learn skills or enhance existing skills in break dancing that will make them more professional.

Expected results
- For participants
The consequences and changes that NBF expects from the mission is to have a clear knowledge of the 4 Principles and elements of Hip- hop, understand the concept and how to serve and raise awareness in the community using this knowledge.
The changes after the mission would be to build up capacities in their personal life as well as for the organization, build up confidence and use the knowledge in a better and a useful way.
- For the organisation
Having a clear concept of the above mentioned i.e. when the participants have a good knowledge of say Breaking or MCeeing it would be better for the organizations because participants participating in this mission will be able to teach and spread the 4 Principles and 4 elements of Hip-hop to other students in the organization and outside.

Participants / Name:

Participants / Number: 20

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

NBF has two target groups:
1. B Boys/B Girls who are NBF members and have been doing break dancing and also teaching in some cases.
2. Students who are learning break dancing at different levels.

Around 20 persons will take part in this mission out of which around 8 are Girls. Their age range is from 13 years to 25 years.

They have a fairly good knowledge of written and spoken English.

Participants / Training in the field request

They are college and school students and youth who are working. They have never been trained in Hip Hop, they learnt on their own.

Participants / Motivation

Participants hope to gain improved break dancing skills, strengthened with strong and clear knowledge about Hip Hop culture and its principles, to make them professionals. This will help them gain respect from mainstream society.

Airport: Kathmandu [tribhuvan]

Transfer to the mission site:

The volunteer will be welcome at the airport by a member of Nepal Break Dance Foundation who will bring him/her to the hotel in Kathmandu by taxi (around 20 minutes).

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will sleep in a guest house Hana Hotel, which is one minute walk from NBF office, located in Thamel area (the touristic and very dynamic area of Kathmandu).

He/she will have a private room and bathroom.

The volunteer will take the breakfast at the hotel, and the other meals can be taken in NBF office (Dal bhat, Noodles, momos). There is a kitchenette on the balcony. The volunteer can also have lunch in restaurant; there is wide choice of eateries in Thamel.

Means:

A sound system is available, and the volunteer will have access to the dance room of NBF, equipped with mirrors. Microphones and other material depending on the element the mission will focus on can be provided (turntables, paint...). The only thing that cannot be found in Nepal are the special tips for paint sprays necessary for graffiti).

Other equipment available in the office room are a desk and one laptop; and a flip board with stand (where newsprints can be clipped on or used as a board for writing with board markers).

There is electricity when there is no load shedding, but a generator will be rented for the training if necessary.

An internet connection will be made available.

Logistics:

The volunteer will work during the mission from the accommodation site to the training site, which is very near.

The mission will take place all the day - 5 days a week for 2 weeks with an average of about 6h of activities per day (interaction with the youth, exchanges/preparation, with NBF staff management).

Comment:

Profile of the volunteer: an experienced Hip Hop artist, with advanced skills in the element of Break Dancing, but also knowledgeable of the other elements and committed to the 4 Principles of Hip Hop (LOVE, PEACE, UNITY AND FUN).

No1923 | Nepal | Arts | Down Syndrome Society Nepal (DSSN)

Art therapy training for the teachers of DSSNs day care centre in Kathmandu.

To train in art therapy the teachers of the Satyam day care centre in Kathmandu and the teachers of their day care centre partners coming from different places in Nepal.

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

Down Syndrome Society Nepal is an NGO created in 2010 by Shila Thapa and 8 other parents of intellectual disabled children. DSSN protects and promotes the basic human rights of the intellectually disabled children.

Despite how relatively common Down syndrome is, in Nepal it is not understood as a chromosomal disorder. Nepalese doctors and nurses are often not well informed and lack basic understanding of the symptoms; leading to tragic misdiagnosis. Often children are not properly diagnosed and never treated as they should be. As Down syndrome is associated with many serious physical problems (heart defects, poor eyesight, etc.) that demand urgent care, the lives of many Downs children are simply lost without access to relevant medical practitioners and counsellors.

Shila Thapa, the founder of the organization, lost her brother to meningitis at age six as her mother was not educated enough to react in the right way. That was a powerful lesson to Shila: mothers need education and access to care for their children.
In 2002, Shila gave birth to her second child. After a lengthy struggle and multiple consultations with doctors, her son was diagnosed with Down Syndrome and a heart condition.

Following this and due to lack of treatment in Nepal, Shila had to go to India in order for her son to undergo operations for his survival. This allowed her to learn more about the condition and Down syndromes support groups in India.

Back in Nepal, Shila had to train herself in physiotherapy to be able to answer to her childs need and this led her to open a clinic to support other children with Down Syndrome.

In 2005, she founded the Down Syndrome Support Centrethe first in Nepal, now called Satyam Day Care Centre (SDDC).
Thanks to her mother-in-laws support, Shila was able to cater to her sons need and to other needy children with Down Syndrome, whose parents cannot afford treatment. And so, in 2010 she started Down Syndrome Society Nepal with the help of other parents, especially of mothers.

Since 2005, in a country where a word for Down syndrome does not exist, Shila has reached out to parents, the medical community, the government and a network of citizen organizations (COs) working with disability, to make children with Down Syndrome and their parents a vibrant, empowered community with the resources and education to improve the lives of their children and influence Nepalese society.

Shila has employed a two-pronged institutional strategy by operating a support centre and day care centre, as well as partnering with other disability groups and lobbying the government of Nepal.

The support centre is responsible for sensitization programs on Down syndrome amongst parents, medical practitioners, medical institutions, educational institutes, and the government. Shila informs professionals and the general public that Down syndrome is not a disease but a genetic condition.

In Nepal, children with Down syndrome are viewed as retarded, dangerous, and even mad and their mothers are often discriminated against and ostracized. Through programs organized by the centre, Shila is creating spaces where children with Down syndrome and normal children interact and learn from each other. She encourages families and society to celebrate these children and their talents. She does not force activities, but develops their natural talents.

The centre organizes public programs as a mean to raise funds while increasing awareness and also includes celebrities and lawmakers in her awareness programs. In-kind support is provided by volunteers who offer many therapies to the children while large organizations contribute with equipment, books, donation boxes and business-plan consulting to Shila.

The support centre also runs a vocational training program for children over twelve-years-old to enable them to become economically productive members of society.
Named Prothshaan, this program focuses overall on enhancing the lives of people with Down syndrome and people with intellectual disability, providing quality instruction and meaningful work.

The centre provides Physiotherapy, an Early Stimulation Program, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and routine vaccinations to the children. The centre also provides classes, music and dance therapy, exercise, and other services to Downs children.

Currently, Satyam day care centre supports 15 children or young adults with Down Syndrome or intellectual disabilities and touches around 250 families via 15 partner day care centres.

The current Satyam Day Care Centre services are:
- Special education: education of the children in adapted way for each one.
- Medical general check-up and support for special medical needs.
- Speech therapy done by Shila as she has attended a workshop in Singapore.
- Dance therapy done by a Nepali volunteer twice a week.
- Music therapy done by a Nepali volunteer once a week.
- Occupational therapy: day to day activities which means life skill, daily routine activities.
- Physiotherapy done by Shila who follow a course for a year.
- Self Help Skills: division among the children of daily work as cleaning, cooking, washing clothes.
- Early intervention: detection of Down syndrome and activity with young children (sensation of cold/hot, texture, noises).
- Physical Training and Sports.
- Educational tours: recreational activities out of the centre one Friday a month to claim the Right to go out (cinema, park).

12 persons are working in the centre: the director (Shila Thapa), the principal of the centre, 4 teachers, 1 supervisor, 1 administration officer, 1 driver, 1 cooker, 1 kitchen assistant and 1 office boy.

3 teachers have received a teacher training from the Japanese Cooperation but not specifically in special education.

A new teacher has been hired from end of March 2014. She has received training in early childhood stimulation and on how to develop activities for children with various disabilities.

The principal of the school also acts in the education program and has received a Montessori training.

The 15 children coming daily to the center are from 4 to 25 years old :3 have 24 and 25 years old, 3 have between 14 to 16 years old. The rest of them are from 4 to 12 years old.

To train in art therapy special teachers working with children and young adults with Down Syndrome or intellectual disability.

DSSN has a team of 4 teachers in their day care centre in Kathmandu and has 15 day care centre partners all over Nepal that DSSN helps to start.
The members and founders of the organization and some of the teachers are the parents of the beneficiaries of the centres. They are doing their best to give maximum support to their children and help them to develop as much as possible their capacity.

They believe that art therapy can play an important role to develop and enhance the cognitive capacities of children with intellectual disability.

At the moment two Nepali volunteers, acting as extras to the teachers, carry music and dance activities with the children and youths but they dont have any idea to manage it in a therapeutic way. The teachers and/or parents involved in the center do not know either about art therapy.

That is why a training in art therapy, in a very simple and practical way, will help them to understand the concept of art therapy, what can and will be the benefit for the children and youths of the centres, how to carry different activities in a therapeutic way and how to adapt the current activities as well.

Really often people in Nepal think that art therapy is to carry recreational activities but do not know to conduct these activities in a therapeutic way.

For all these reasons, DSSN is requesting a training in art therapy from Plante Urgences volunteer(s).

DSSN also does not have the required funds to attend this kind of training.

This training in art therapy will be organised for the 4 special teachers of Satyam centre in Kathmandu, the principal and the director of DSSN. Some of them are parents of the children.

Prior to the Plante Urgence volunteer(s) intervention, DSSN will also consider the possibility for some of its board members and staffs from partner day-care centres to join the training. This possibility will be discussed along with the volunteer(s) to determine the most efficient schedule and number of participants accordingly.

The majority of the participants will be women.

For possible participants from the partner day-care centres located outside of Kathmandu valley (10 out of 15), Satyam Day Care Center will arrange for the accommodation and the meals in the centre.

DSSN suggests that the intervention of the volunteer is divided daily into two different sessions:
- One theoretical session including general presentation of art therapy, concepts of art therapy, artistic approaches in therapy to develop creative potential, methodology to manage activities, interpretation.
- One practical session with the children of Satyam day care centre through the organization of different activities like theater, tales, clown, fine arts, voice activities, dance, masks, etc.

Several missions may be required for the staff to acquire all the necessary skills.

After the mission(s) DSSN is expecting the following results:

For the participants :
All the participants wish to take part to the training to learn about the concept of art therapy and learn to manage artistic activities in a therapeutic way, which will help the children and youths to develop their capacity.
After the training(s), the teachers and board members of the day care centres will know about the concept of art therapy and will have a clearest idea about the benefits of art therapy for children with disabilities.
They will feel more comfortable and will be able to manage art activities with the children and youths in a therapeutic way.
The participants might use these new skills at home with their children as well, and share them with other parents or teachers of partner day-care centres.

In the long term DSSN hopes to see evolutions in the behaviour of the children and youths.

For the organization
DSSN hopes to improve the support they give to the children and youths.
As DSSN is working as well on the concept of inclusive education, it hopes that after the training its teachers will also be able to train other teachers from normal school around the centre on art therapy, which might be really useful for the children of these schools, who have personal issues as well. DSSN is thinking to organize inclusive activities in art therapy with neighbouring schools.

Participants / Name: 4 teachers + principal + director of DSSN.

Participants / Number: 6

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

Minimum 6 : 4 teachers + principal + director of DSSN.

To be determined with the volunteer: 1 or 2 staffs of partner day-care centres (around 10/15 centres) +. some board members.

Just few of them speak and understand English, an interpreter will help, either among the staff, or hired externally.

Participants / Training in the field request

None of the participants have received a training in art therapy.

Airport: Kathmandu [tribhuvan]

Transfer to the mission site:

Shila Thapa will pick up the volunteer at the airport in a private car. It will take approximately 30-40 minutes to accommodation, depending on traffic.

Accommodation & food:

The Plante Urgence volunteer(s) will stay at a guesthouse in an individual room with private bathroom, electricity and free wifi. The guesthouse will be located in the touristic area of Kathmandu, Thamel.

Means:

The Plante Urgence volunteer(s) will work at the DSSN day-care centre in Baluwatar, Kathmandu.

DSSN has an office with 1 desk and 1 computer with the Internet.

DSSN does not have an electricity back-up. Electricity short-cuts vary depending on the time of the year.
There is a paper board.

Music instruments are also available: drum set, guitar, keyboard, Mouth Organ, Nepali instrument Harmonium, Madal and Sarangi.

As well as games: Badminton, Basket ball, Shot-put, Carom board and puzzles.
There are only limited art materials.

All this material can be used by the volunteer(s) during the mission.

Logistics:

The mission can happen anytime expect during national holidays: Dashain and Tihar (weeks 40 and 43).

All daily transportation can be done by walking (15 to 20 minutes) or by taxi.

The volunteer will work from 10am to 5pm from Monday to Friday. He/she can work on Sunday as well, which is a working day in Nepal.

The volunteer can have lunch in the centre. Breakfasts and dinners will be taken outside in restaurants.

Comment:

DSSN is looking for volunteer(s) with a degree in art therapy and with experience in managing group/individual art activities.

No1946 | Nepal | Arts | Voice of Children (VOC)

Training on the topic of ART THERAPY FOR KIDS for Voice Of Childrens staff members

This training in art therapy will allow to build the capacity of VOCs psychologist, social workers and children activities facilitators in order to ensure a quality psychosocial support to the most deprived and vulnerable children targeted in the different programmes of VOC.

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

Voice Of Children has been created in 2000 by Krishna Kumar Thapa, the current Director, to support street children.

Krishna Thapa was working in one organisation providing care and study facilities to street children. When he left the organisation, the children requested him to still take care of them. After consultation with his friends, and thanks to their support, the NGO was created. Krishna has an educational diploma in sociology and has experience as a Child Rights activist. He has been involved in the Child Rights sector for 18 years.

According to the National Alliance of Organisations for Street Children, the number of street children in Kathmandu is estimated at 1,500. This figure is certainly under-estimated as additional children arrive in the streets every day. These children live off collecting garbage and begging. Half of them use drugs and 85% have been subjected to sexual violence.

Overall, the population of Nepal is young (65% is less than 30 years old) and under-qualified: 44% of the population and 56% of women are illiterate. Due to the lack of education and vocational training, these youngsters are the most vulnerable on the job market. This is even more so for young adults from disadvantaged families. Without a job, or holding low-skilled jobs, these youngsters struggle to escape the vicious circle of poverty.

VOC was created to tackle the street children phenomenon and to support them through rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration. VOCs target is Children at risk, Street Children, Sexually Abused Children.

The organisation works all over Nepal according to the permanent residence of children's families.
In Kathmandu, VOC intervenes in four different zones: Kankeshwori, a slum in UN park, Jadibuti and Patan.

VOC hires in total 60 employees, from office to field staff (3/4 of the staff is active in the field).

To achieve its objective, VOC has two different programmes, a Street Children Programme and a Programme against Child Sexual Abuse, and implements several projects, all interrelated:

- Children at risk, for which VOC is supporting poor families capacities to solve problems on their own in order to progress towards increased autonomy, stability and reduced poverty, and strengthening the child protection mechanism in the community, covering about 1,000 families, equiv. to 4,400 persons...
- Rescue, for street and sexually abused children. This project generates the awareness to the children living/working in the streets about the risks of street life and motivates them to leave the street life. VOC operate through street work and Drop-in Centers and caters to 1,100 children through these outreach activities.
- Rehabilitation, focuses on preparation of 120 children for their sustainable future and prepare for family and community reintegration. The children stay for short term in a preparation centre where they upgrade their education level and improve their life skills, make future plan and are prepared for sustainable reintegration with family and community.
- Reintegration, with family, community or foster family. VOC follows up the families and help them to build their capacity to care for their children (150 were reintegrated in 200 families, this programme supporting overall 880 persons). For children without a family, VOC provides nutrition, accommodation, education and job placement.
- Economic development. VOC supports 150 children/youths and their family for economic development by providing vocational training and referring for job placement or by linking with the organisations working for savings, micro-credit and entrepreneurship development.
- VOC also provides Psychosocial Support to 1,100 children at risk, street children, children victims of sexual abuses and their families

In addition, VOCs work and visibility help build overall the awareness of 600,000 persons on sexual abuse (students/teachers/Social Workers/Doctors/Hoteliers, Police).

VOC receives technical support from Enfants et Dveloppement, a French organisation, for social projects: methodology, counselling skills, etc and for institutional aspects, as management, good governance, fund raising, etc.
VOC has several donors to run its activities: Enfants et Dveloppement and Partage from France, ECPAT from Luxembourg, Child Rights from Netherland, World Childhood Foundation and the European Union.

To train the psychologist, social workers and children activities facilitators of Voice of Children on ART THERAPY FOR KIDS.

VOC wishes to build the capacity of its staff members in order to ensure a quality psychosocial support to the most deprived, vulnerable children targeted in its different programmes based on the social status of their families and the cases of abuse and of children living in the streets reported to VOC or observed through outreach in the communities.

Activities in Art therapy have been experienced in a project of Enfants et Dveloppement in Cambodia with positive results.
While taking part to an inter-country seminar in Burkina Faso, VOCs team showed interest for this activity, but ED does not have the mean to provide specific trainings to VOC in Nepal, because of the lack of professionals in this area in the country.
VOC is really interested to offer an efficient and adapted psychosocial support to the children (at the moment VOC only provides individual counselling and psychosocial family therapy).

The children that would benefit from the Art therapy activities are children for whom the children activities facilitators detect uneasiness, which will be confirmed by the social workers and for which all the team will work on with the child and his/her family.
These children are at risk, some not going to school, some attending school irregularly or underperforming at school, living half in their home and half in the streets, children living in unsafe environments (with alcoholic, violent or careless parents), and children victim of different kinds of abuses.

The participants to the training wish to develop their capacity to work with those children in an effective way.

Afterwards they will be able to identify children in suffering more easily, the children will be referred for home/family support to other social workers, and will be followed-up through Art Therapy activities. The improvements will be readable with an Art therapy indicator tool that will be implemented during the mission through the transmission of knowledge on how to assess the changes and improvements of the children (see below).

VOC expects from the trainer:

- A specific training in Art therapy to the VOCs psychologist. According to the evaluation done by the trainer about the Psychologist level, he/she will give theoretical skills to the Psychologist to improve her art therapy practice and make her able to support after the training the social workers and the children activities facilitators.

- A practical art therapy training to the social workers and the children activities facilitators. They must be able to conduct Art therapy activities with deprived children or children at risk under the psychologist monitoring:
-> Drawing and painting;
-> Expression of emotion from the drawing;
-> Communication;
-> Analysis of Arts;
-> Colour Psychology.

They will also be able to train other children activities facilitators afterwards.

At the end of the mission, VOC expects that:
- The social worker and the children activities facilitators will be able to analyze children behaviour and suffering through Art therapy activities,
- The social worker and the children activities facilitators will be able to help and support the children in suffering through Art therapy activities,
- The social worker and the children activities facilitators will be able to assess the changes and improvements of the children.

VOC expects that the social workers and the children activities facilitators will provide an effective work with the children for their development and protection, and that their creativity will develop. They will be able to organize activities related with art and colours with the children.

Participants / Name: Social workers, psychologist and children activities facilitators

Participants / Number: 16

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The mission will be organised for the 12 social workers, the psychologist and the 3 children activities facilitators of VOC who directly work with the beneficiaries (street children, children at risk, and children victims of abused, vulnerable families).

The 12 social workers provide psycho-social follow-up at home, conduct social centres activities (mainly individual counselling), work in network with the available service providers and refer the families, hold group discussions and awareness sessions.
The 3 children activities facilitators manage the activities with children as recreational activities, parents/children activities for children under 5, remedial classes, group discussion, individual counselling, and child club activities.

Participants / Training in the field request

Only the psychologist has received previously training in art therapy but it was only an introduction to the basics of art therapy activities and she does not have the knowledge on how to implement overall an art therapy programme and to assess the results, as requested for this mission.

The participants of the training speak English, few only have basic English. A VOC staff will translate during the training.
The participants have between 20 and 40 years old and are 50% men and 50% women.
They all have College degrees from Intermediate to Master Degrees

Airport: Kathmandu [tribhuvan]

Transfer to the mission site:

A staff will welcome the volunteer at the airport. It will take between 30 to 45 minutes to reach the place where the volunteer will stay according to traffic.

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will stay in a guesthouse or VOCs or Plante Urgences office according to his/her preferences. All are equipped with individual rooms and bathrooms and the Internet.

Means:

The volunteer will work in VOCs office in Sanepa, Lalitpur.
VOC office has a board, computers equipped with Office 2007 and an internet connection, a video-projector.

Logistics:

The volunteer will work from Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 5 pm with flexibility.
Depending on the accommodation place, the volunteer can come to office by walk or by taxi.
The volunteer will have lunch at VOCs office, breakfasts at VOCs office or in the guesthouse and dinner in restaurants.

Comment:

Art Therapy trainers are difficult to find in Nepal and the curriculums in psychology are new in Nepal. Therefore, VOC requests from Planete Urgence the support by a professional in art therapy, expert in the relevant domain.

No1991 | India | Arts | St. Jude India ChildCare Centres

Training in Dance therapy for St Jude Childcare centres staff members

St Jude Childcare centres would like some of its Mumbai staff members to be trained in dance therapy in order for them to be able to use it with their beneficiaries.

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

St. Jude India Childcare Centres was founded in 2006 by Mr and Mrs N. Kaviratne, an Indian couple from the corporate world who had spent a large part of their lives working in different countries for multinational companies.
St Jude India Childcare Centres focuses on providing accommodation to children suffering of cancer and their families.
Families living in small villages and towns in different parts of India bring their children diagnosed with cancer to large hospitals in cities for treatment. The hospital treats them at low cost but they often do not have a place to stay. These children do not have a safe hygienic place to stay or nutritious food to eat to help them recoup from the rigours of cancer treatment. Parents often abandoned treatment because of these issues.
St .Jude India Childcare centres aim to fill the gap between what the hospitals do to treat children with cancer and the holistic care they need to heal. It provides hygienic surroundings, nutrition, transportation to the hospital, educational, recreational activities as well as counselling and therapy to these families.
The first centre was created in Mumbai out of the founders personal funds and started by looking after 8 children under treatment for cancer and their families.
In 2014, St Jude runs 11 centres all over India (7 in Mumbai, 2 in Kolkata and 2 in Delhi). They are currently looking after 130 children and their families and are expecting to have 200 families in their care by the end of 2014.
Overall since their creation, they have cared for over 800 children diagnosed with cancer and none have abandoned treatment after coming to them.
All the services are free of cost to the patient and the family. All the centres are located in close proximity of the treating hospitals.
St Jude India Childcare centres are funded by individuals, corporations and trusts such as for example the R. Jhunjhunwala Foundation, the McKinsey Kinderhilfe, the Tata Memorial Centre, Unilever, Sodexo, Nestle, the Janish and Shirin Grizder Trust, the Jacobs Charitable Trust and many others. They are funded by more than 130 different entities.
In 2014, St Jude Childcare employs 110 people: 50 paid employees and 60 volunteers. Their team members are mostly professional experts in their field which provide their services free of cost.
The organization has received multiple awards from different institutions: Rotary Club, AmeriCares India, QIMPRO
For more information: http://www.stjudechild.org/

To train St Jude Childcare Centres staff in dance therapy so that they can use it to help their beneficiaries overcome the stress of their life situation.
St Jude Childcare Centres beneficiaries are going through difficult and stressful times. The sick children as well as their parents need to overcome depressing situations. To support them in overcoming these stressful times, St Jude Childcare centres puts into place different recreational and cultural activities (games, painting, sport, outings) and they have access to therapy sessions.
Having seen the benefits of art therapy through dance and music in partner organization they would like their staff to be trained in art therapy to complement the services they already offer to their beneficiaries.
Putting into place dance therapy sessions for their beneficiaries will increase the level of interpersonal relations between the staff and the beneficiaries and hopefully increase their positive attitude towards the illness.
In the future, they would like their staff to be able to work with dance therapy on an ongoing basis with their beneficiaries.
Dance is a very popular art form in India but dance therapy is not yet readily available.

The volunteer will have to start with a general presentation of dance therapy, concepts of dance therapy, artistic approaches in therapy to develop creative potential, methodology to manage activities, interpretation.
During the volunteers intervention, sessions with the children and adult beneficiaries of St Jude Childcare centres will be put into place in order for the participants to witness and participate in practical implantations. The beneficiaries for whom the dance therapy sessions are aimed are 5 to 14 years old sick children and their parents aged 20 to 35 years old.
The volunteer will have to offer culturally appropriate dance therapy training.

Participants / Name: The participants will be Mumbai Centre Staff who deal with the beneficiary families every day.

Participants / Number: 12

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The participants will all be women. They are between 25 to 40 years old.
They speak English.

Participants / Training in the field request

The participants will have at least a high school certificate. They have never received training in this field.

Participants / Motivation

Learning something new brings in a fresh energy. Something which is a form of therapy can serve to release stress.

Airport: Bombay [sahar (santa cruz) international airport]

Transfer to the mission site:

A taxi driver known to the organization will pick up the volunteer from the airport. It is a 45 minute drive to the airport.

Travels from the accommodation to the mission site will take around 20 minutes by taxi.

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will stay in a hotel in Mumbai. They will have an individual room with an attached bathroom and electricity. There will be no internet access but there are internet cafes next to the hotel. A Mosquito repellant machine can be provided.
Breakfast and dinner can be taken at a restaurant near the accommodation and lunch at a restaurant near the mission site.

Means:

Whiteboard, paperboard, computers with Windows 8, video-projector and Internet connection will be available for the volunteer to use.

Logistics:

The mission can happen at any time during the year except during national holidays. The dates that need to be avoided are 15th August; 29th August - 7th September 2014; 25th September 4th October 2014 and 23-25th October 2014.
The intervention will take place at the Parel centre in Mumbai or at the Kharghar centre in New Mumbai depending on when the mission takes place.
The volunteer will work around 5 hours everyday from Monday to Friday.

No2041 | India | Arts | People Craft Training Center (PCTC)

Dance/ Art therapy training for the social workers of Peoples Craft Training Centre (PCTC)

To train PCTC Social Workers in Dance/Art Therapy practice at Thirvannamalai, accompanying them toward autonomy with the objective for them to lead sessions with disabled children of PCTC day care center and Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Centers.

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Peoples Craft Training Center (PCTC) is a non profit organization formed in the year 1991 by Mr. Xavier Mariadoss. PCTC is registered as a Trust. Xavier Mariadoss has a B. Sc in chemistry, PG diplomas in Non formal and adult education and in Health and Development obtained in the USA. He was between 1994 and 1996 the executive director of the rehabilitation of disabled person program in India for Handicap International.

PCTC was created to provide rehabilitation services to the people affected by Polio. Later the services were expanded to other disabilities.

PCTC is working with the deprived people / people with disabilities / women and children and it works towards collective self-reliance and total development of people through community participation.
Women empowerment program, community health program, Children development program, Skill training and Employment opportunities are some of the PCTCs initiatives to address the needs in the community. Every activity initiated by PCTC is in response to the felt need of the people in the community.

While PCTC advocates self-reliance for people, it ensures that the strategy evolved for implementing the program includes a sustainability plan, quality and link between all the initiatives and is complimentary in nature.

PCTC is operating in one Developmental Block of 124,000 persons in Tiruvannamamalai District. The operational area is located 200 Kms south west of Chennai. The name of the Block is Thurinchapuram, which has 47 panchayats (village council) and 102 villages consisting of 274 habitations. This is a drought prone area, receiving below average rain fall. 70% of the people are agricultural laborers. 20 % of the people own land. They are only small and marginal farmers owning less than 1 acre of wet land or 2.5 acres of dry land. Rearing animals is a secondary occupation in this area. There is a big migrant group from this area moving to the cities Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Tirupur. This has big impact on people.

The staff of PCTC executive team is composed of Mr. Xavier Mariadoss who is the CEO, Mr Viajayarah the director of Rehabilitation who is working with Mrs. Genova Micheal the coordinator of rehabilitation program.
PCTC works with local consultants for their programs. Dr Kirubakaran is the consultant for community health program and Mr. Elumalai is the consultant for the thulir program.
PCTC worked in the past with volunteers from UK, France and Switzerland. They were non professional volunteers, only one was a physiotherapist.

PCTCs activities are funded by the interest of its Corpus Fund (the capital of the organization, the permanent fund) though PTCT farm, quilt sales etc.
PCTC receives a financial support of Quakers from Netherland through regular donation.
Mr. Meier from Swizerland contributes to the corpus fund and to special projects. 2Bears charity-UK contribute to PCTCs children development projects (2Bears is registered as a UK NGO, it has a mission to support the work of local charities in Southern India).
PCTC is part of two big networks, the Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association and the Tamil Nadu coalition past 2015.

Since its creation PCTC has set up:
- A live data base of 2042 people with Disability in the entire district
- A micro credit program for a population of 124,000
- 16 acres of land as model farm where organic farming is being practiced. It is also being used for the neighbouring farmers as a place of demonstration in innovative farming practices. Six acres of the farm land has fruit trees. The rest of the land is used to cultivate paddy, vegetables and rearing of animals and is used as a training place in agriculture for disabled adolescents
- A full fledged Rehabilitation workshop for people with disability, a day care centre and an early intervention center for children with disability.
- Three primary health centers in Thurinchapuram, Narthampoondi and Mangalam.
- 106 Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Centers.

The Community Based Rehabilitation program for the 2,042 people with disability is one of ongoing activities of PCTC.

PCTC is providing opportunities for rural children for personality development and co curricular activities for 180 children (Thulir childrens program).
PCTC is also promoting renewable energy in the area of operation and educating people on climate change adaptation techniques.
They are as well promoting native medicine-Sidha System of medicine among people (community herbal gardens in the villages, preventive health care for children with disability, training for health workers, student doctors program (kutti Marthuvar) among school going children).

10,500 women are involved in the women empowerment program through self helps groups. 27 teenage girls are involved in the skill training and Employment opportunities in the women empowerment program. 45 women also work in the quilt unit.

Every activity initiated by PCTC is in response to the felt need of the people in the community.

To train PCTCs social workers, who are between 22 and 45 years old, involved in the rehabilitation program to address and work with children with disabilities by using Dance/Art therapy techniques. They will get professional knowledge and ability to practice art therapy.

These therapies will be very effective for children with disability. In its rehabilitation program, PCTC is working for mentally retarded children, Children with Cerebral palsy, multiple disabilities. They are working with 34 children every day and also with 60 children on a monthly basis.

Thanks to the acquired skills, more disabled persons will come with interest to utilize art/dance therapies from PCTC staffs.

These kinds of professionals are not available in PCTCs working area so beyond PCTCs programs, many other people will come and utilize PCTCs staffs to transfer their knowledge.

Dance therapy:
The volunteer will transmit the ability to make observations and analysis from children behaviour and from their danced movement.
He/She will provide theoretical and practical course in a first time. Then, he/she will co-lead sessions with PCTC workers with the aim to accompany them toward autonomy. He/she will transmit the skills of observation/analysis/feedback and tools which will permit PCTC workers to evaluate and develop their sessions with the objectives to develop children welfare.

PCTC workers will regularly use these techniques in rehabilitation program and it will become their regular part of work schedule, so many people will utilize the staff resources.
It will benefit the 10 PCTC social workers, some of them had theorical input. And indirectly, it will also benefit the children of the day care center and Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Centers.

The training conducted by Plante Urgences volunteer will also help PCTC workers to introduce this practice to other social workers.

Art therapy:
PCTC workers must be able to conduct Art therapy activities with disabled children:
- Drawing and painting;
- Expression of emotion from the drawing;
- Communication;
- Analysis of Arts;
- Colour Psychology.

At the end of the mission, PCTCT expects that:
- The social workers will be able to analyze children behaviour and suffering through Dance/Art therapy activities,
- The social workers will be able to help and support the children in suffering through Dance/Art therapy activities

Participants / Name: social workers

Participants / Number: 10

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

They are 22 to 45 years old. 3 of them are working for PCTC for 10 years and more, while 4 of them are working for 3 years and 3 of them for only 1 year. They have been selected on their motivation on 15 persons. They dont have any experience in the field of dance/art therapy.

Participants / Training in the field request

Some of them speak English. A translator could be helping for those who dont speak English. Most of them are college graduates or matriculates.

Airport: Madras [meenambakkam]

Transfer to the mission site:

The travel time will be around 4 hours from Chennai Airport. It will be done by car.

Accommodation & food:

The accommodation during the assignment will be in the PCTC center.
The volunteer will be in an individual room with the attached bath room, electricity connection, completed coverage on mosquitoes
Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be taken at the PCTC office dining hall.
The room is on the PCTC campus so no transportation will be required everyday to reach the mission location.

Means:

White board, black board, pens, markers, papers, chart papers, video projector, computers with Windows 7, internet connection and any other training material required will be available.

Logistics:

The training will take place at the PCTC office located in the Tiruvannamalai District (kondam-Karivandal).


Volunteer can choose to organise the training any time between 9.00 to 5.00 from Monday to Friday, with one hour lunch break.

No2068 | Nepal | Arts | Antardristi Nepal

Training in ART THERAPY for kids and youths for Antardristis staff members

This training in art therapy will allow building the capacity of Antardristis staff directly in contact with children and young women victim of sexual abuse within their family or community, in order to ensure a quality psychosocial support.

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Antardristi was established by a group of Nepali women in 2003. They started the NGO after their visit to a police station that highlighted that the cases of sexual abuse and their victims were given very little consideration. Indeed, anytime a case of sexual abuse is registered, nobody would seem to be able to address the child or womans mental state. Therefore, the founders of Antardristi decided to work on sexual abuse issues by providing psychological care to children and young women, among other things.

Antardristis mission is to prevent sexual abuse of children and young women and promote improved mental health among minors. It facilitates community outreach activities for teachers, students and communities of Nepal. Antardristi seeks to raise awareness in schools and dispel traditional perceptions such as blaming the victim. It aims to foster social change in the area of mental health, in which the individual is often stigmatized. The organization also empowers and supports child survivors of sexual abuse through psychosocial counseling.
Antardristi also understands the need for reaching out to adult survivors of sexual abuse (SA) in order to support them in an adequate manner and prevent any further re-victimization as well as enable them to heal from the impact of sexual abuse.

The goals of Antardristi are:
- to raise awareness of, empower against and hence prevent sexual abuse,
- to provide psychological and rehabilitative intervention for families and survivors impacted by sexual abuse,
- to provide outreach and support community integration, following the process of rehabilitation.

The current activities of Antardristi are:
- Awareness programs in schools, communities in Kaski, Syangja, Myagdi, Makwanpur Chitwan and Jhapa,
- 1 day teacher training in Kaski, Syangja, Myagdi, Makwampur, Chitwan and Jhapa,
- General campaigns and street drama to raise awareness on the issue of SA in Kaski, Syangja, Myagdi, Makwampur, Chitwan and Jhapa,
- Psychosocial and rehabilitative interventions for families and children and young women impacted by sexual abuse. Antardristi has 2 centers and one transit home. The transit home in Kathmandu has been opened in 2007, one center in Pokhara opened in 2008 and one in Hetauda opened in 2010. 3 children/young women can be accommodated in Kathmandu, 15 children/young women in Pokhara and 20 children/young women in Hetauda.

By November 2014, Antardristi has rescued 15 children from different part of Nepal and has reintegrated 6 children into their home. Those children whose family reintegration is not possible were sent to Antardristi network organizations.
Antardristi is getting funds from Danida (Denmark's development cooperation) for its awareness program for 2 years. For the survivors, Antardristi is getting funds from individual donors both national and international.

Antardristi is operating its programs in 20 districts of the 75 of Nepal and received cases from 20 different districts from far Western region of Nepal to Eastern regions.

Antardristi employs 14 staff and 2 part times.

To train the counselor, outreach coordinators, residential in charge from the safe home, program manager and reintegration officer of Antardristi on Art Therapy for kids and young women.

Antardristi is working in a really taboo sector, especially in Nepal, which does not help to treat the cases; the staff is really interested to offer an efficient and adapted psychosocial support to these children and young women, whose trauma is really deep.

As Antardristi is working with sexually abuse children and young women, this training will help its staff to make beneficiaries describe and express their feelings and traumas more easily and therefore decrease their anxiety.

Antardristi has experimented, while working with children and young women, that only doing counseling sometimes is not enough to disclose the traumas. The team believes that it will be easier if they offer the possibility for their beneficiaries to express their feelings in a different way, without speaking.

It will help them to work more efficiently by using a different kind of therapy.

The participants to the training will be the staff directly in contact with the identified cases; as the counselor, the reintegration officer, the program manager and the residential in charge of the safe home.
The outreach workers are the people who are giving awareness classes in different areas of Nepal. While giving these awareness classes, they also find out cases so their participation in the training is as well really important and will allow them to provide initial counseling there also.
The residential in charge of the safe home will be able to establish a follow-up thought Art therapy and the improvements will be readable with an Art therapy indicator tool.

At the end of the mission Antardristi expects that:
- The staff will feel more confident in their work and they hope to be able to identify quicker the root cause of the traumas and therefore support the cases as soon as they are identified, to reduce their pain, anxiety and their unsafe feelings,
- The staff will be able to develop and organize activities related with art,
- The staff will be able to analyze children behaviour and suffering through Art therapy activities,
- The staff will be able to assess the changes and improvements of the children.

The trainer will train the staff of Antardristi on:
- Theoretical skills about Art therapy, how to develop Art therapy practices, how to assess changes and establish a follow-up,
- Practical Art therapy sessions to allow Antardristi staff to conduct Art therapy activities:
-> Drawing and painting,
-> Expression of emotion from the drawing;
-> Communication;
-> Analysis of Arts;
-> Color Psychology, etc.

Participants / Name: The mission will be organized for 7 staff of Antardristi.

Participants / Number: 7

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

They are 6 women and 1 man, between 28 to 42 years old: 1 counselor, 2 outreach coordinators, 2 residential in charge from the centers, 1 program manager and 1 reintegration officer.

They all speak English.

Participants / Training in the field request

- Yogita Chapagain, Master in Sociology (program manager)
- Ramchandra Lamichhane, Master in Public Health, running (outreach coordinator)
- Samikshya Bhujel, Master in Account running (residential in charge)
- Megha Magar, Diploma in Account (Reintegration Officer)
- Rajani Bharati, Master in Psychology running (counselor )
- Rina Shrestha, Diploma in Sociology (outreach coordinator)
- Kalpana Sharma, School level Certificate (residential in charge)

Antardrist staff has already received an expressive Art therapy training for 5 days, where they learnt meditation, observing game, energy exercises, facilitation skills, inside outside drawing, connection drawing, listening exercise and tree of life.

Airport: Kathmandu [tribhuvan]

Transfer to the mission site:

A staff will welcome the volunteer at the airport. It will take between 30 to 45 minutes to reach Antardristi head office in Patan and/or reach the accommodation on the first day according to flight schedule.
The second day the volunteer will go by jeep with the team to Hetauda, which is at a 4 hours drive from Kathmandu (district of Makwanpur).

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will be accommodated with the team in a rented home in Hetauda. The volunteer will have to share a room with one woman staff. There will be no attached bathroom. There will be electricity, but not 24 hours as Nepal experiences power cuts every day for 2 hours on average. The volunteer can use an Internet connection in the safe house.

Means:

The volunteer will work in one of the Antardristi safe home where abused children are accommodated, in Hetauda, out of Kathmandu valley. Mostly there will be 18 to 20 children. Most of the children will be in school from 10 am to 4 pm.
This place has a white board, computers with windows XP, an Internet connection and video-projector.

Logistics:

The volunteer will work from Sunday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm with flexibility. The volunteer can work on Saturdays as well.

The mission can happen anytime of the year except during the festival of Tihar and Dashain, in weeks 43 and 46 in 2015.

From the accommodation place, the volunteer will come to the safe home with the staff by walking; it will take 5 minutes.

The volunteer will have the meals at the safe home with the team. At 9 o'clock the volunteer can have Nepali lunch, which is rice, vegetable, pickle and lentil soup, at 2 o'clock the volunteer will have snacks and at 7.30pm the volunteer will have dinner. If the volunteer wants to have lunch outside of the safe house, he/she can but will have to inform the staff in advance.

Comment:

Antardristi would like a professional in Art therapy, expert in the relevant domain.

No1743 | India | Handicraft | Navskshitij

Training in handicraft making for the staff and residents of Navkshitij centre for mentally challenged adults

To help the staff and mentally challenged adults living in the Navskshitij center to improve their workshop products.

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Navskshitij was funded in 2003 by a couple of medical doctors: Dr. Neelima Desai and Dr. C. R. Desai, both having a deep interest in the problems of the mentally challenged persons. Navskshitij is an NGO working for the inclusion of mentally challenged adults. Its main objective is to offer mentally challenged adults a home for a lifetime and a life filled with happiness, dignity, and self-respect, to which they have a right. It aims at rehabilitating them back to society and at offering their families a stress-free living.

Navskshitij receives financial support from private companies based in India, both national and international.

Navskshitijs home for mentally challenged adults is based in Marunje, a village on the outskirts of Pune city in the state of Maharashtra. Although Maharashtra has several government and private and NGO-managed special schools for mentally challenged children, there are very few services for mentally challenged adults. And residential facilities for mentally-challenged adults are even fewer. Mentally challenged adults are dependent on their families which very often cannot afford it. Navkshitij was established with this idea of providing a dignified life to the mentally challenged adults through transfer of skills according to their ability, providing opportunities for wider exposure to the world and lead a healthy community life.

All the organizations activities are aligned towards these objectives. Since its creation Navskshitij has been setting up a residential cum workshop facility now welcoming 36 inmates. The NGO organizes annual holidays outside Pune, including out of India. It also sets up an Adventure Club for mentally challenged persons and organizes activities like high altitude trekking in the Himalayan region, para sailing, para gliding, etc. Navskshitij is paying attention to make its beneficiaries constantly interact with the mainstream society. It is also raising awareness about the problems of mentally challenged persons and about what they can do when they are given support.

The need is great, but residential facilities are expensive and need lot of financial as well as human and technical resources, so Navskshitij cannot host a big number of inmates. Currently there are 36 inmates, 11 female and 25 males.

In its residential center, Navskshitij is organizing three types of activities for its beneficiaries:
1. Workshop activities: making chocolates, candles and floaters, tie & dye products, paper lanterns, handmade paper bags and eco-friendly jewellery.
2. Adventure Activities: High altitude trekking, jungle trekking, monsoon trekking, moonlight trekking, trekking in the hills and forts near Pune; Climbing Competition Parvati Hill close to Pune; Holidays outside Pune; Participation in sports competitions held by other organisations for the mentally challenged.
3. Music, dance and drama classes, performances for an invited audience, and the Annual Natya Mahotsav, a Drama Competition for mentally challenged people.

Navskshitij is willing to expand its activities and open a second shelter unit to be able to help 60 mentally challenged adults and their families.

To train mentally challenged adults and staff of Navkshitij in handicraft making to improve the quality of the products made in the workshop.

Navskshitij wants to improve the quality of the handicraft produced in its workshop. For the moment candles, lanterns, chocolates and paper bags are being produced.
The products are sold by requesting companies, or housing complexes through personal contacts to allow them to put up stalls on specific occasions/festivals. But products are not sold in the open market but only within Navkshitijs network of individuals and companies. The residents receive a symbolic remuneration of 50 rupees per month for participating in the handicraft activity.

Due to a lack of adequate funding the organization cannot employ paid professionals for training the staff and improve its skills. Nevertheless there is a need for new techniques and ideas to improve the creativity and quality of the workshop activities. Staff members need new ideas to make the workshop activity more stimulating for the inmates. For this reason Navskshitij required the intervention of a Plante Urgence volunteer.

Navskshitij needs a Plante Urgence volunteer with good skills in product designing and packaging.

The volunteer should be able to train the workshop staff/teacher in the organization to make attractive products, new kinds of candles, lamps or any other simple products which can be made by hand, without using machines or specialized equipment. Handicraft making is the main skill that the volunteer should have.

The volunteer will work both with residents and with staff members of the center. The residents have low mental capabilities but neither physical disability nor serious mental illness.

Residents work in the workshop between 11 am and 4 pm. The volunteer will work with them during this time and the rest of the day will be devoted to single work or group working sessions with staff members only.

Expected results
For the participants
New skills in handicraft making (staff and residents)
New techniques to teach the residents (staff)

For the organization
Improvement of the workshop activity, better personal development of the inmates.
Better visibility and greater demand for Navkshitij products.

The mission can happen between July and October and again between mid-November to April end. Navskshitij staff is taking holidays at Diwali and during summer.

Participants / Name:

Participants / Number: 16

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The beneficiaries will be six workshop staff/teachers of Navkshitij and 10 residents. They are men and women from 19 to 46 years old.
Staff are trained in working with mentally challenged at the workshop.

Participants / Training in the field request

There are three certified special educators in the team. They can speak English.

Participants / Motivation

The mentally challenged beneficiaries need to learn new skills for making products in the workshop. This will upgrade their skills and improve the sales of their products. More products also means keeping them busy for a longer time. This discipline will help them to get a good chalked out routine on a daily basis.

Airport: Poona

Transfer to the mission site:

The volunteer will be picked up by a taxi hired for him (1 hour and half)

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will be given a room with attached bathroom in the Navkshitij center.

Means:

There are four rooms in the center available for the workshop activities.
The Plante Urgence volunteer can use them.

There is also raw material for the products currently being made at Navkshitij: candles, paper lanterns, jewellery, chocolates, handmade paper bags, key chains. Other material can be bought for the mission according to the volunteers project.

Logistics:

Working schedule: Monday to Friday, between 10.30 a.m. and 7 p.m., with a break between 1 and 2 p.m. and again 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The whole mission will take place in the Navkshitij centre. The Plante Urgence volunteer will take his meals at the centre.

Comment:

The volunteer should not necessarily have an experience of working with mentally challenged adults but must be willing to do so.

No2100 | India | Handicraft | Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK)

Training to reinforce the skills of RLEK Staff for preparing skits and role plays

RLEK wants to develop the capacity of its trainers for preparing skits and role plays which will make them able to disseminate their social message more clearly and produce more effective skits and plays.

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Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) was founded in 1989 by Avdhash Kaushal, a former faculty member of the Lal Bahadhur Shastri National Academy of Administration, recognized for his achievements notably in 2003 when he was declared Man of the year by The Week magazine.

RLEK was created with the vision of achieving a just and sustainable society and accomplishing a mission to empower indigenous groups, marginalized populations, women and children to claim their rights and entitlements under the constitution of India.

RLEKs mission is: to address the issues of poverty, socially and economically, political deprivation of women and marginalized communities, illiteracy amongst children and adults, female feticide, legal awareness, health and hygiene, disaster management etc...

To achieve this goal, RLEK leads many activities, including :
- developing need-based training manuals and modules for various institutions
- training many para-legal workers and lawyers
- generating community awareness and village mobilization
- forming Self Help Groups (SHG) and women federations
- gender capacity building of women and other marginalized groups for social, legal, economic and political empowerment,
- capacity building of NGOs/CBOs
- needs assessments
- action research
- preparation of training and Information, Education and Communication (IEC) material
- actions towards human rights, legal literacy, gender equity, sustainable livelihood
- advocacy & lobbying (for people-centered policies & laws)
- formal and non-formal children education, adult education
- health awareness
- holding workshops to bring about affirmative change and policy directions
- strengthening institutions of local-self governance
- documentation, monitoring & evaluation, data collection & situation analysis
- compilation and developing compendium etc.

Successful past projects include activities in the above-mentioned fields in collaboration with the Ministry of Law and Justice, Ministry of Rural Development, National Human Rights Commission, Ministry of Minority Affairs and local governments.

RLEK is currently involved in legal empowerment of women and the community. It has also undertaken political empowerment of Elected Women Functionaries in Local Self Governance.
RLEK is also running 15 Primary Schools for the children of marginalized and tribal communities.
It is also empowering Muslim women with income generation activities in the state of Haryana.

RLEK supports about 12,500 people directly via its activities. These people are marginalized communities living below the poverty line where RLEK works, the Self Help Groups women, Elected Women Functionaries, nomadic tribe members and the children coming to RLEK Primary schools run across Dehradun, Tehri and Uttar Kashi districts of Uttarakhand, and Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

RLEK activities are funded by various Ministries in Government of India such as Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Department of Justice etc. Other funding agencies are the United Nations and Development Programme (UNDP), Canadian Fund For Local Initiatives, to name a few.

RLEK employs 17 members of staff and has about 60 volunteers. In addition, more than 40 interns come each month from various universities from India and abroad.

To seep in the theatre skills deeper and wider. With the previous theatre training the master trainers got the professional touch in their skits. They further want to improve their skills and also wish to revise what they have learnt, so as to perfect the Art.

RLEK wishes to enhance the capacity of their trainers for preparing skits and role plays which will make them capable of disseminating their social message more clearly and produce more effective skits and plays.

By enhancing the capacity and the skills of the Master Trainers of RLEK will help in improving the quality of the skits and plays and therefore increase the chance to get their messages across. RLEK believes that the skits and plays are an impressive tool to impart training as it makes the rural uneducated people understand the deep meaning behind any training. This will help in RLEKs mission to empower indigenous groups, marginalized populations, women and children to claim their rights and entitlements under the Constitution of India.

The performers from the skits and plays are the master trainers, teachers, volunteers and interns. RLEK intends not only to impart a follow-up training to previous participants but also include new participants.

Back ground
Within its activities, RLEK is giving much training to villagers using skits. The master trainers, as RLEK calls them, are working in different fields. Some are working in governance and gender issues, some for adult education and some in vocational training sector. These programs gather together a large range of subjects like health, community awareness, formal and non-formal education, gender equality etc.

As the rate of illiteracy is very high especially amongst women in the rural areas of Uttarakhand, therefore, RLEK believes that social messages with the help of skits and plays are easily understood and disseminated.

RLEK Master Trainers organize trainings in both ways, residential and non-residential. The residential ones are at RLEKs office and non-residential are in the villages. Most of the master trainers are working full time at RLEK.

The Master Trainers are supported, while their training, by volunteers and interns.
The volunteers who support the master trainers are mainly teachers in the different schools supported by RLEK, working for different communities like the Van Gujjars, tribals, scheduled castes etc.

The volunteers intervention will be to give/ advance theatrical skills in the participants and also provide a follow-up for the ones who have already been trained on:
- Develop script for skits and plays;
- Manage the mise-en-scne;
- Perform/enact skits and plays.

RLEK expects that the mission will be able to capacitate the Master Trainers of the organization with the skills and ability to conduct skits and plays on various subjects like various laws related to women, women empowerment, good governance, how to prevent from female feticide, be alert during the time of natural disaster as the state of Uttarakhand is prone to natural disasters especially earthquakes, floods etc to name a few.

The volunteer should also guide the master trainers about the timing of introducing the skits and plays in their trainings, in order to maximize its effect.

At the end of the training the Master trainers of the organization will be able to convey their message in a more effective and efficient way thus helping the rural populace in understanding the issues and their solutions.

RLEK staff will be professionally trained and be will able to use skits and plays as an effective tool to impart training more effectively and efficiently.

At the end of the training different short skits and plays can be prepared on different topics and could be readily performed. At least one skit or play should be performed in a village to test it.

Participants / Name: All of RLEK and PRAGATIs Master Trainers

Participants / Number: 35

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

RLEK is envisaging this training for all the master trainers/ trainers working in RLEK, the State Resource Centre (Adult Education) run by RLEK, the Panchayati Rule And Gender Awareness Training Institute (PRAGATI, a sister organisation) and are also considering of calling some master trainers from Jan Shikshan Sansthan, RLEKs unit in Bageshwar, working on livelihood-vocational training. We also intend to call teachers from our different schools in state of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh most probably the ones who didnt attend the previous trainings. Also if possible we would like to include a few interns.

Between 30 and 40 people would participate in the mission. The participants will be of the age group between 25 and 45 years.

The master trainers are working with different communities and on different issues, therefore RLEK may divide them according to their field intervention. This will be decided on first day of the program.

Participants / Training in the field request

The participants can read and speak English. However, there are a handful of participants who are not well versed with the spoken English, the other staff members will be there to take care of the translation part if need arises.
The participant will be either a graduate or a post graduate degree holder.

Some of the participants will be first timers in the theatre training requested for the mission and for some it will be perfecting their skills and learning more from the volunteer; however, most of the trainers themselves make skits for the training programs. Interns also participate in the trainings and prepare skits and enact them with the help of the trainers, their level may vary.

Airport: Dehradun

Transfer to the mission site:

RLEK vehicle will receive the volunteer from the airport and bring the volunteer to RLEK office campus in Dehradun.
It takes around 45 minutes from the Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport to accommodation/mission site.

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer would be staying in RLEKs fully furnished guestroom on the RLEK Campus in Dehradun. It is an individual room with attached bathroom with electricity supply around the clock. There is Wi-Fi within the campus so the volunteer can avail the internet facility anytime. Mosquito repellent will be provided.
The guestroom is modestly furnished with a double bed, a study table, chair and a T.V.

Means:

The mission will be carried out in RLEK office.
A skit or play could be performing in a village or a community close to dehradun if needed.
The office campus is fully equipped with all the facilities such as whiteboard, smart board, paperboard, computers with Wi-Fi connection, video project.
RLEK will make and provide the facilities of whiteboard, paperboard, and laptops with internet connection to the mission.

The volunteer will be allowed to use all the above mentioned material, if he/she needs any other assistance within RLEKs capacity, it will be provided to the volunteer.

Logistics:

Training would start at 11:00 and would continue till 17:00 with one hour lunch break.
The schedule of trainings days will depend upon the content and exercises of the mission.

All the meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening tea) are provided to the staff in the Mess (called the cooperative kitchen) within the RLEK office campus.

The mission can happen anytime of the year except for second week of November 2015 (8th November to 15th November 2015), during the lights festival called Diwali.

Comment:

The expertise of the volunteers will be required in the field of theater.

No2267 | India | Handicraft | Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK)

Training in perfume making skills to teachers of rural schools

To train the teachers of the rural schools run by RLEK in perfume making skills, so that they can pass on this knowledge of making perfumes, to the children of the marginalized communities.

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Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) was created by Avdhash Kaushal, who has made his mark as an institutional builder and a man of the masses, to achieve the Vision of creating a just and sustainable society and accomplishing a mission to empower indigenous groups, marginalized populations, women and children to claim their right and entitlements under the constitution of India.

RLEK works in the rural parts of India, the states where RLEK concentrates its activities are Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Odisha.
Though in Uttarakhand, RLEK works in all the thirteen districts of the state, however, the volunteer would be involved in two development blocks of Dehradun district namely Sahaspur Block and Chakrata block. Sahaspur block is semi-urban while Chakrata block is totally rural and the majority of the people in Chakrata being hill people and Schedule tribes, the culture, habitat, customs, practices, usage and cultural mores are markedly different from the rest of district, particularly the plains of Dehradun tehsil.
The villages in Chakrata and Jaunpur (Block of Tehri District) are small and generally contains population less than 1500. The area is under the influence of bonded labour culture.
RLEKs activities are funded by the funding partners in the project. Generally, the funding agencies are various Ministries in Government of India such as Ministry of Rural Development, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Department of Justice etc other funding agencies are United Nations and Development Programme (UNDP), Canadian Fund For Local Initiatives, Australian High Commission etc to name a few.

RLEK has Employees -17 and Volunteers 60. RLEK has more than 40 interns coming each month from various universities from India and abroad. These interns are working equivalent to 10 full time employees. There are 10 members on the Board of Trustees.

Since RLEKs creation in February 1989, the organization has successfully completed more than 100 big and small projects, like. trainings of trainers and develop need based training manuals and modules for various institutions, created and trained many Para-legal workers and lawyers; generated community awareness and village mobilization, formed Self Help Groups and women federations, gender capacity building of women and other marginalized groups including SC/ST for social, legal, economic and political empowerment, capacity building of NGOs/CBOs from India as well as other SAARC countries, need assessment, action research, preparation of training and IEC material, human rights, legal literacy, gender equity, advocacy & lobbying (for people centred policies & laws), sustainable livelihood, formal and non-formal children education, adult education, health awareness, holding workshops to bring about affirmative change and policy directions, legal literacy and empowerment, strengthening institutions of local-self governance, documentation, monitoring & evaluation, data collection & situation analysis, compilation and developing compendium etc.

RLEK is currently involved in legal empowerment of women and the community. It has also undertaken political empower of Elected Women Functionaries in Local Self Governance. RLEK is also running 15 Primary Schools for the children of marginalized and tribal communities. It is also empowering Muslim women with income generation activities in the state of Haryana.
RLEK support 12500 approx. people directly via their activities at a time. These people are the marginalized communities living below the poverty line, the SHG women, Elected Women Functionaries, nomadic tribe and the children coming to RLEK Primary school are run across Dehradun, Tehri and Uttar Kashi districts of Uttarakhand and Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh.

As the state of Uttarakhand is rich in natural resources and it is also a way of livelihood for the locals. So RLEK wishes to bring out ways in which the participants can attain sustainable livelihood. Participants who are also school teachers will pass on this knowledge of making perfumes, to the children of the marginalized communities. This will create opportunities of sustainable livelihood and also help in stopping migration from the hills to a certain extent.Perfumes are used in a lot of religious rituals and festivals in India, so there is a big market. RLEK will give the skill and help them to find their livelihoods as producers of perfume and link them with the markets.
Thus, RLEK needs training of trainers in perfume making using natural resources locally available.
Such kind of skill is not easily available in India, and wherever available it is quite expensive to access the training.

Training in perfume making using locally available natural resources.

The volunteer would be training a group of teachers who can be future trainers themselves. RLEK runs schools in the tribal areas of Uttarakhand and teachers in these schools will be trained through the volunteer as future trainers. They would be training the rural population in this skill in order to enable them to have a means of sustainable livelihood. Teachers in these schools will use the school premises to train the children who either finish school or will not pursue further school education.

Participants / Name: To be named

Participants / Number: 20

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The beneficiaries have never received training in this field.

There could be 15-20 participants with equal men and women ratio.

Participants / Training in the field request

All participants are University Graduates or Post-Graduates.

They have good knowledge of English.

Airport: Dehradun

Transfer to the mission site:

RLEK vehicle will bring the volunteer from the airport to the accommodation/mission site. The vehicle is Mahindra Scorpio. It takes around 45 minutes from the Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport to accommodation/mission site.

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will sleep in RLEKs guestroom. He/She will be provided with separate A.C. Room with attached bathroom with the RLEK Campus. The guestroom is modestly furnished with double bed with a study table and chair and a T.V. There is internet available in the room.
The mission site and stay of accommodation is within RLEK Campus. So the volunteer will not have to worry about his/her travel each day.

Means:

The office campus is fully equipped with all the facilities such as whiteboard, smartboard, paperboard, computers with wi-fi connection, video project.

RLEK will make and provide the facilities of whiteboard, paperboard, laptops with internet connection to the mission.

Logistics:

The volunteer may start his/her mission/ training at RLEK office campus from day one the training would start at 11:00 am and would continue till 17:00 hours with one hour lunch break in between.

No2285 | Cambodia | Database | Samaky

Establishment of an efficient computer-based database and training on how to use it for SAMAKYs program management team

SAMAKY would like its team to be trained in creating and managing an efficient computer-based database, related to its projects management and evaluation.

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SAMAKY was created by Dr OK Aingkim in 2000.

SAMAKY is working in Kampot province (south-east of Cambodia).
In the province, SAMAKY is more specifically working with 3 communes (11 villages) of the Techou district, where live more than 4 000 households. The major part of the local population makes a living through fishing, small scale agriculture and small scale businesses.

The province is often affected by natural disasters (floods, storms, wild insects invasions, droughts, ...), which endanger the main livelihood of the local vulnerable population. Moreover, the populations education is really low and people are not aware of their basic rights.

Therefore, SAMAKY is actively committed in raising awareness about natural resources management, food security and child rights, as well as encouraging local officers to meet the needs of economically vulnerable people.
Via its programs, SAMAKY is targeting different subjects :

- food security : construction of a dam, canals and wells; support to the community in food production and food security via the establishment of production groups (fishes, vegetables, rice, ) and banks (cow bank, fish and crab banks, ) ;

- education : financial support for school materials (bag, shoes, books, bikes, clothes) to vulnerable families, construction of 3 schools and 2 libraries, reinforcement of school supporting committees (SSC) and school management committees (SMC) ;

- child rights : promotion of the awareness on rights in school, child protection and child sponsorship with authorities, education staff, parents ,SSC, SMC and students ;

- good governance : advocacy addressed to the provincial governor in order to get rights on the control of the water of Boeng Thom lake (home to important colonies of numerous threatened bird species) and Takot dam in Kampong Cham, organizing elections of fishery communities leaders and encouraging them to participate to monthly communities meetings, conduction of audit forums about school environment and education quality.

Today, SAMAKY is implementing the following programs :

LRP: child sponsorship and education, food security, natural resource conservation and ecotourism ;
Benoy: food security via a Climate change Sustainable Resilience Adaptation (CSRA) approach ;
Guys trust: Education infrastructure (schools building) ;
Increase food security through sustainable fishery management and climate change adaptation: support to fishery communities and protection of the mangrove, fight against illegal fishing and knowledge about the fishing law for the local fishermen (in partnership with CWDCC).


Through its programs, SAMAKY receive financial support from Action Aid Cambodia and PLAN International, and is working with the local authorities for the implementation.

SAMAKY employs 10 salaries (3 women and 7 men).

To train SAMAKY team in creating an efficient computer based database, in using it and maintaining it.

Currently, SAMAKY only has a paper based database (on a large board), which contains some of their different projects data (number of beneficiaries, teachers, schools, communities, ). This tool is not easy to use and presents the risk of losing the information. Moreover, it cant contain all the information and SAMAKYs team often has to go to the communities to collect the information, when writing a report.

Therefore, SAMAKYs team would like to have a proper computer-based database which would enable them to be faster in finding relevant information and compare data. Besides that, an user-friendly database would help in writing reports to donors, facilitate monitoring and evaluation of the projects, facilitate the presentation of SAMAKYs success and achievements for fundraising purposes.

This type of support is available locally but is too costly for SAMAKY.

The volunteer(s) intervention(s) should tackle the following topics :
- Overall training in Excel use.
For the moment, SAMAKYs team has a basic knowledge and use of Excel software. In order to be able to use and maintain the database, they would first need to be trained in medium-level of Excel software.
- Analyze of the current paper-based database with SAMAKYs team and the information that could include the new database.
- Creation of a computer-based database, using Excel.
- Training of SAMAKYs team to daily use of the new database, maintenance and update.

Different missions (2-3) will be necessary to reach these results.

Participants / Name: SAMAKYs program team

Participants / Number: 2

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The training will be organized for SAMAKYs program team :
Mr. Sim Hon, project officer and SAMAKY Executive Director Assistant
Mr. Heng Lyda, Provincial Coordinator for Kampot province

Theyre between 25 and 35 years old.

They already received some training in IT but need to improve their use of Excel in order to maintain and use a computer-based database.

Participants / Training in the field request

The beneficiaries all have a Bachelor degree, they speak and read English.
The beneficiaries will have their own computers, with Microsoft 2007 and 2010 office systems and softwares.

Airport: Phnom penh [pochentong]

Transfer to the mission site:

The volunteer will be welcomed at Phnom Penh airport by a driver, then will travel from Phnom Penh to Kampot by bus (approx. 3h).

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will stay at a local hotel in Kampot city .
The volunteer will have his/her own private room with private bathroom, access to WIFI and AC.
The volunteer will be able to eat in local restaurants in Kampot and close to SAMAKYs office.

Means:

whiteboard,
paperboard,
video-projector,
Internet connection
Samaky doesnt have extra computer, so the volunteer would have to bring his/her own computer for the mission.

Logistics:

The training will occur in SAMAKYs office in Kampot city.
Hours of training : 7 :30-12 :00 / 13 :30 17 :00
The volunteer will travel between the hotel and SAMAKYs office by motodop or tuk-tuk. If use of motorbike, the volunteer cannot drive him/herself and the helmet is mandatory.

No1685 | Zimbabwe | Wildlife | Bhejane Trust

Wildlife Protection - Zambezi & Hwange National Park

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In 2000, a series of political changes occurred in Zimbabwe and caused a rapid economic meltdown as well as the collapse of many vital industries, including agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. This led to widespread unemployment and many socio-economic problems. People with critical food issues had little choice but to enter wildlife areas and kill wild animals for food.

Therefore, the increase in poaching and the economic recession caused many challenges and difficulties for the National Parks and their Authorities. Nowadays, because of the lack of government funding, National Parks have difficulties to function and are relying on external donors and conservation organisations for assistance. For this reason, PU volunteers offer valuable support to the various National Parks Units.

1. Hwange National Park

Hwange was established in 1928 when the first Manager, 22 year-old Ted Davison was sent to transform 14,500sq km of wilderness into a non-hunting wildlife reserve. He set up his headquarters at a place now known as Main Camp, near the village of Dete.
The Park is situated in North Western Zimbabwe along the Botswana border. It is an area with limited surface water and poor rainfall, which is making commercial agriculture impossible. In early times, the land was inhabited by traditional bushman tribes and Ndebele hunters who ventured there during the wet season.
During the dry months of the year, most of the people and animals moved away to the permanent river systems of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. Hence, in an attempt to provide permanent water and to keep animals in the Park throughout the year, Ted Davison drilled boreholes and pumped underground water into natural pans (shallow waterholes). Animals became dependent on this water supply and no longer needed to leave the Park during the dry season. This process continues today. As a result, the population of many animals has increased dramatically. In fact, nowadays, this region probably hosts the highest density of elephants in the world.

Hwange is Zimbabwes largest National Park and with more than 500 species recorded, its a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.

The Park is divided in three main areas, and each one of them is managed by rangers, manager and environmentalists:

- Main Camp area in the North-East, which is the largest area and where most of researchers and organizations are working/operating.
- Umtshibi, which is 15 kilometres away from Main Camp.
- Sinamatella in the North-West, where there is another camp, named after the area.
- Robins, in the West.

These Camps are actually small villages, located inside of the Park, where tourists and researchers can have access to rentable housings when needed. National Parks staff working in the area can also live in these housings, as well as their families.

Wildlife in Hwange National Park:

The Park and its ecosystem are relatively well preserved and are even a sanctuary for many regional or world rare species such as cheetahs, painted dogs, rare birds such (Yellow Crimson breasted Shrike, Ground Hornbill...), roan antelopes and Oryx.


Poaching issue:
However, even if fauna is relatively preserved, poaching is still a threat for the park. Thanks to researchers and NGOs working in the park, damages created by poaching and the economic recession have been limited or restricted in Hwange National Park. However, for this situation to be maintained, animals need continued protection. This will help preserving the positive dynamic existing in Hwange Park and which is very fragile because of poaching and hunting threats.
There are two types of poaching in Hwange: subsistence poaching and commercial poaching (targeted rhinos horns and elephants tusks).

There has always been subsistence poaching along the borders of Hwange National Park. Before, small groups of people used bark rope to make snares and killed small animals for food. This did not disrupt the animal population. In recent times however, as the economy of Zimbabwe has collapsed, poaching has become commercialized and unsustainable. Using long lines of wire snares, poachers have eliminated entire populations of animals in some National Parks.

2. Zambezi National Park

Zambezi National Park (ZNP) was formed in 1952 by the amalgamation of the Victoria Falls Nature Reserve (set up in 1937) and the Victoria Falls Game Reserve (set up in 1931). The Zambezi National Park is adjacent to the town of Victoria falls and covers a surface of 55 000 ha. The park is crossed by a road going from Victoria Falls to Botswana, which basically divides the park into two very distinct areas: the river section, which is dominated by the presence of the Zambezi River and the Chamabondo vlei section.

Its northern part, called the Zambezi section, is bordered by the Zambezi River. On the other side of the river, there is Zambia. This area has a denser fauna frequentation, due to the presence of the river.

The southern part of the ZNP (called Chamabonda section) is much dryer. The Chamabonda section only has one road, from the South of the park to the North. At the moment there are no tourists visiting this side of the park due to a lack of visibility (high grasses) and a lack of attractivity (only one road and very little game viewing).

The park is composed of 4 types of landscapes : a vast open swathe with high grasses (southern part), small bushes (both southern and northern parts), the Kalahari forest (more like woodlands, with big trees growing on sand, both in Northern and Southern sections) and the river side (northern section).

Tourism in ZNP :

Nowadays, and since the poaching dramatically increased in 2008, there are not enough animals in the park to attract tourists. However, in the North of the park, there are actually four lodges for housing tourists . Most of people coming to the Park are Zimbabweans or Victoria Falls residents.

Wildlife in ZNP :

In Zambezi National Park live numerous species, such as elephants, cheetah, impalas, reedbucks, sables and waterbucks. However, the park has still to be developed and dynamized in order to attract tourists.

Poaching in ZNP :

As in Hwange National Park, there are two types of wildlife poaching in ZNP, subsistence poaching and commercial poaching.

- Subsistence poaching in ZNP is mostly a threat for impalas, as their number is rapidly diminishing. However, Kudus, which are also a target of this type of poaching, are reproducing fast enough not to become endangered.
- Commercial poaching is much more significant and involves very often well organized, funded, and armed networks. This type of poaching is aimed for bigger animals, such as elephants (for their tusks) and buffaloes for their bones because they are worth a lot on the market. These organised poaching networks in ZNP often come from Zambia.



Nowadays, Hwange and Zambezi National Parks real issue is the lack of resources. Hence, rangers and ecologists do not have access to vehicles in good working order and this is preventing them from doing their job: patrols, data collection Therefore, organisations such as Bhejane Trust make up for the parks lack of resources by, for instance, bringing their support, maintaining waterholes, transporting rangers and providing useful equipments.


3. Behjane Trust :

The volunteers will work with an organization called Bhejane Trust.
Bhejane Trust is a Zimbabwean organization, founded the 30th July 2012, by three trustees: Stephen Long, Trevor Lane and David Brian Arthur Carson.

Over the past four years, they have been active at Sinamatella and the project has evolved from just rhino monitoring to take in all aspects of assistance to National Parks. With most of their activities at Sinamatella, they are colleagues of the Parks staff. Hence they make collective decisions with Parks and usually work along with them, in order to actually carry through whatever plans they make.

Bhejane Trusts presence at Sinamatella allows them to assist some external research organisations with data collection, mainly sightings of the animals they are studying. The Bhejane Trust was focussing on rhino conservation. The project is now managed by Stephen' son. Indeed, BT continues to assist National Parks in a census of black rhino around Sinamatella. Now, the trust carries out several other projects such as the collection of bird distribution data, regular 24 hours game counts and road transect counts. BT members also regularly report sightings of Wild Dogs to the Painted Dog Conservation Project, Cheetahs to Cheetah Conservation Zimbabwe and other animals. Since 2013, BT is coordinating collection of data by Parks rangers for the Southern African Bird Atlas Project (SABAP).
Data collected by BT and its partners are transferred to parks ecologists in order to help them in managing the park and its ecosystem. For instance, depending on the number of animals seen, environmentalists will decide to reintroduce some species in the park or to keep an eye on some other species. These data also help the park staff fight against poaching by disclosing which species are poached and which animals to protect.

Along with these wildlife based activities, Bhejane also supports the National Park authorities in numerous other ways. In ZNP, BT sometimes provides material and equipment to rangers. BT also assists rangers in Hwange National Park by transporting them and by providing them with food and materials on the field when it is necessary.
Finally, BT supports Sinamatellas school with donations, transport...

BT has no formal employees except one of the trustees: Stephen Long (a trained ecologist), who is based at Sinamatella with his wife Sue. Support and management staff at Victoria Falls and at Sinamatella are unpaid volunteers.

The main objective is to assist wildlife conservation in Zambezi and Hwange National Parks by collecting various form of animal population data.

This main objective brings about various activities and sub objectives:

(i) ZNP road transect:
Objective: to produce a set of baseline data for large mammal populations which can be used in subsequent years to monitor population changes.

(ii)24 hours' count at Chamabondo Vlei.
Objective: same as in (i)

(iii)Road transects and 24 hours' counts at Sinamatella.
Objectives: same as in (i) and (ii)

(iv) Outlying area patrol
Objectives:
- detect the presence of rare or other interesting species: Wild Dogs, Black Rhinos, Cheetah, Lions, collared Elephants and Buffaloes, Ostriches and Brown Hyenas.
- search for signs of illegal activity (especially snares) at water points in areas that are rarely patrolled. The aim of this activity is to support the anti-poaching unit and help it to point more efficiently the areas subjected to poaching pressure.
- list birds as per the protocols of the Southern African Bird Atlas Project 2 (SABAP 2). This project is now in its second part (the 1st one was in 1997) and its aim is to create a bird atlas.
- locate and monitor nests of vultures and Black Eagles still for the SABAP 2 projects.
- monitor water supplies for animals in areas away from tourist routes.

(v) Mandavu Dam bird count.
Objective: to collect data on bird numbers at Mandavu Dam, which is the largest body of water in the Park and therefore holds a good representative sample of the water birds in residence at any given stage of the year.

(vi) Assistance with game-water supplies.
Objective: To help Parks staff maintain water supplies for animals during the dry season. Development activities (One day per mission).

Supervision of the volunteer :
Referent(s) for supervising the volunteer and missions:
Trevor Lane and Stephen Long. Both are trustees of Bhejane Trust.
Stephen Long will accompany the volunteer on the ground.

Participation of the volunteer:
DETAILS OF SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES

Apart from road transects, all activities will be carried out by foot, with the protection of armed rangers.

-ZNP road transect:
The counting is done from a vehicle, on roads.

-24 hours count at Chamabondo Vlei:
Bhejane has taken the responsibility to extend a series of dry season game counts at Masuma Dam in the Sinamatella area, for which data goes back approximately 30 years.
Volunteers are usually working in pairs, and they observe and record all mammals drinking at the dam throughout a 24 hour period. The dam can be watched from a viewing platform with no risk.

-Road transects and 24 hour s counts at Sinamatella:
Road transects will be done from a vehicle, on roads that are opened to normal tourists.
Sinamatella already has considerable baseline data on populations collected during the past years by volunteers. Hence, to continue monitoring will permit to detect any changes that may trigger management actions by the Parks Authority.

-Assistance with game-water supplies:
A lot of the dry season water supplies for animals are artificial. Pumps are maintained by the Parks Authority. Bhejane Trust assists the Parks staff in keeping this game water infrastructure running.
The objective is especially to maintain solar pumps, which have been donated by Bhejane Trust.

-Development activities (One day per mission):
In Zambezi National Park, these could include work on water supplies for game ,in Chamabondo Vlei, refurbishment of the viewing platforms or in Siansimba Camp, searching for snares along the river.
At Sinamatella, our main development activities involve installation and maintenance of pumps for artificial water supplies for game.

At each water point, volunteers will circle the area, checking the trees and bushes for snares and looking for tracks of Cheetah, Wild Dogs, Ostriches and Rhinos along the paths . They may also set camera traps or collect cameras that were set by previous patrols.
Moreover, at water points, volunteers will note the amount of water available (ie full, half full, nearly empty etc). This sort of information can be valuable because much of the water supply for animals in Hwange is artificially pumped and knowledge of the amount and distribution of natural water can help when decisions are made about increasing or decreasing the artificial supply.

Participants / Name: Behjane Trust

Participants / Number: 3

Participants / Motivation

Bhejane Trust : PUs volunteers support is very important as it helps Bhejane Trust to achieve the above objectives and to provide a real assistance to the parks.

Hwange National Park : Management of the Park is organized in a structured hierarchy with a number of specialized units that deal with the various different functions and activities in the Park. The Park is a very large area to manage and there are never enough rangers available for all the work to be done. For this reason, Bhejane Trust and Plante Urgence volunteers are able to provide valuable support to many of the different units in the Park.

Zambezi National Park: Bhejane Trust and PUs volunteers make up for the lack of funding.

Airport: Victoria falls

Transfer to the mission site:

At arrival at Victoria Falls volunteers, are met by a driver (Harrison) from a specialist tourist-transfer company and driven to Victoria Falls by minibus. The journey takes approx 20 minutes. From Victoria Falls, transport into the Zambezi National Park is by 4 x 4 open safari vehicle. Depending on the part of the Park the volunteers are going to, the journey takes between thirty minutes and one hour. The journey from Victoria Falls to Sinamatella takes around 3 hours and is by minibus, then by 4 x 4 vehicle at the Park arrival. Throughout the time spent in the park, transport is in 4x4 open-topped safari vehicles.
The volunteers will be met by Trevor Lane, Stephen Long or Harrisson at the airport, depending on circumstances.
Victoria Falls airport has a cell-phone network and it is easy for the driver to communicate with Stephen Long or Trevor Lane in case of difficulty. If Harrison collects the volunteers at the airport, Trevor or Stephen will certainly meet and greet them in Victoria Falls which is only 15km from the airport.

Accommodation & food:

- At Siansimba (Zambezi National Park): The accomodation is in tents, in a camp next to the river. Breakfast and evening meals will be served in camp and lunch will be taken in the field. 3 nights + 1 night at the counting platform ,chamabondo
- At Sinamatella (Hwange National Park): The accomodation is in two or four-bed National Parks Lodges Accommodation which are comfortable and adequately suit the life and activities of field researchers but are not luxurious. At Sinamatella, breakfast and evening meals are served at Lodge 15 where some of the volunteers will sleep and where we all meet for meals, briefings etc. (4 nights in the lodges + 1 nightcamping at Masuma Dam)
- Camping out in the park: sometimes this is at organized picnic or camping sites with toilets and washing facilities but more often we simply stay somewhere close to the work we are doing and there are no such facilities. ( 3 nights)
- Victoria falls Rest Camp (Vicfalls) (1 night)

Means:

Bhejane provides tents, mattresses, and other necessary equipment and we carry a supply of fresh water with us. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bags.
At Zambezi National Park, accommodation is in tents on the site next to the Zambezi River. As at Sinamatella, Bhejane provides tents and mattresses.

Logistics:

Number of Volunteers: between 3 and 6 people
The Volunteers will spend approximately half of their time in each Park.
Each volunteer mission will be different because of the ever-changing circumstances in the Parks but a typical two-week programme would be as follows.

PROGRAM:

Day 1 - Arrival at Victoria Falls. Transfer to Zambezi National Park. No formal activity in the afternoon. Overnight in camp.
The transfer from the airport to the park will take approx 1 hour 30 mins. On arrival we will set up camp then spend the rest of the afternoon getting to know each other and discussing the programme for the week.

Day 2 - Vulture nest survey at Chamabona vlei. We will drive the length of the Chamabonda vlei recording vulture breeding sites and getting to know some of the large mammal species present in the park.

Days 3 and 4 - Road transect mammal counts. We will drive a pre-determined route in the western end of the river section, Zambezi Natinal Park, counting and recording all large mammal species that we see. Likely sightings are baboons, vervet monkeys, kudu, zebra, impala, giraffe, elephant and warthogs.

Day 5 - Travel to Sinamatella, stopping in Victoria Falls town on the way to shop for supplies for the rest of the mission. Transport on the main raod will be by mini-bus but in and out of the two Parks will be by open 4 x 4 vehicles.

Day 6 - In the morning we will carry out a briefing on some of the activities for the rest of the mission. Around 11.00 we will depart for a road transect mammal count along the Kashawe loop and Lukosi River Drive. The route is approximately 70km and will take the rest of the day.

Day 7 to 13, activities will include:
Mandavu Dam water-bird count, where we try to count certain species of bird using the dam. We will also be able to get close views of the many other animals using the dam such as buffalo, elephant crocodiles and hippo.
Painted Dog Research. We will join the research team from Painted Dog Research for a day, starting very early in the morning, returning for a late breakfast, then going out again in the afternoon to search for Painted Dogs. We will probably concentrate on the Gurangwenya Pack who breed each year in the hills close to Sinamatella.
12-hour or 24-hour mammal count at Masuma dam.Masuma was counted regularly in the late 80s and early 90s and is always counted in the annual WEZ game count so there is a large body of data which our counts add to. All large mammal species are counted and we can expect to see elephant, buffalo, kudu, impala, warthogs, waterbuck, zebra and hippos.
Overnight accommodation on a 24-hour count is in tents at a public fenced camp site with good facilities (toilets, shower etc).The count
ends at 12.00 and the volunteers will then return to Sinamatella where the data can be entered on the database.
Road transect mammal counts. We will carry out counts along the Salt Spring loop and the Sinamatella River Drive.
Vulture nest monitoring. We will travel to one of the known vulture colonies such as Bumboosie River or Guyu and record nesting activity. This will be done on foot, possibly with assistance from a drone. The distance walked is likely to be around 5km. We will be accompanied by an armed ranger.
Game-water assistanceBhejane trust is heavily involved in supply of water to the animals in the Park (Game Water supply). During the dry season there are numerous repairs, both small and large that need to be carried out, often as a result of damage caused by elephants. Volunteers are able to help with many of these tasks which will probably arise at short notice during their visit.
Uploading data to the computer. From time to time we will spend a few hours transferring data from field sheets to the computer.
Day 14. Volunteers leave Sinamatella in the morning and travel by mini-bus to Victoria Falls where they can visit the Falls during the day. Overnight accommodation is at a Lodge in Vic Falls town. On the next day, Harrison will collect the volunteers around 10.30 and transfer them to the airport.


Comment:

For this project, volunteers must be physically fit but do not need to have special skills.
The volunteers shall have a good English level to fully understand instructions.
The climate is similar at ZNP and Sinamatella. During the cool dry season (April to August) the weather is warm (up to 25 degrees) by day but can become very cold, sometimes even below freezing, at night. Volunteers must bring suitable clothes for this range of temperatures. Camping at Zambezi can be especially cold in June and July. Volunteers must make sure they have a sleeping bag able to keep them comfortable in temperatures that may drop as low as zero degrees during the early hours of the morning. In the hot dry season (September to November) night time temperatures are more comfortable and can be quite high (15 to 20 degrees or more). Day time temperatures are also much higher, often reaching well over 30 degrees. As well as being suitable for the climate, the volunteers clothes should also be suitably coloured. Drab colours, especially green, brown and khaki are essential when camping.

WHAT TO BRING:
Clothing and Personal Kit -
- Victoria Falls: In Victoria Falls T Shirts and shorts are fine most of the time but you may like to bring a set of light casual clothes for going to a restaurant at night.
- Fieldwork: We will be doing lots of outdoor activities including occasionnal walking. While volunteers will be walking, they will be accompanied by armed rangers.
I suggest a minimum of 3 sets of loose green/khaki-type shirts and trousers plus a hat/cap and comfortable socks and boots. If you want to wear shorts in the field you might need a pair of short gaiters to stop your socks being filled with spiky grass seeds. Long trousers that tightly cover the top of your boots will work just as well.
June and July nights and early mornings can be very cold so bring something warm to wear.
- Day pack : It is useful but not essential, to have a pack to stow your camera, water bottle, sunscreen and other personal stuff when we are working or walking - but the aim is to carry as little as possible.
- Personal Water bottle: You should bring your own water bottle with approx 500ml to 1L capacity.
-Torch or flashlight: This is essential. I would advise you bring a head torch with rechargeable batteries or a suitable supply of batteries as you wont be able to buy any in the Parks.
- Camera and Video: Highly recommended. Bring rechargeable batteries or a suitable supply of batteries plus an adequate supply of photo memory cards as you cannot purchase these things in the Parks.
- Binoculars: A good pair of binoculars is essential.
- Sunscreen: Even though it is winter you will need 35+ sunscreen. Insect repellent may be useful in the evening in the early part of the dry season (April through to June)
- Personal toiletries and medicines: Bring normal personal stuff like toothpaste, shampoo etc. Also bring personal medicines like headache tablets and antiseptic cream. Something to relieve insect bites and stings may be useful but there are very few insects to be seen from June through to the first rains in October or November. You will need a personal towel, especially when we are camping.
- Sleeping bag. You will need a sleeping bag when we are camping. Winter nights, especially June and July can be very cold. From September onwards a thinner sleeping bag will be fine.

This project is set up by our usual partners in Zimbabwe. Therefore, you can look at mission's reports on the former project online, on project fiche n474.

No2106 | Zimbabwe | Wildlife | Bhejane Trust

Bird monitoring projects at Sinamatella, Zambezi National Park and Matetsi Safari Area

Volunteers will support Bhejane Trust in its birding activities collecting data in Hwange National Park, Zambezi National Park and Matetsi Safari Area. Those data will be used for different research programs

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

In 2000, a series of political changes occurred in Zimbabwe and caused a rapid economic meltdown as well as the collapse of many vital industries, including agriculture, manufacturing and tourism. This led to widespread unemployment and many socio-economic problems. People with critical food issues had little choice but to enter wildlife areas and kill wild animals for food.

Therefore, the increase in poaching and the economic recession caused many challenges and difficulties for the National Parks and their Authorities. Nowadays, because of the lack of government funding, National Parks have difficulties to function and are relying on external donors and conservation organisations for assistance. For this reason, PU volunteers offer valuable support to the various National Parks Units.

1. Hwange National Park

Hwange was established in 1928 when the first Manager, 22 year-old Ted Davison was sent to transform 14,500sq km of wilderness into a non-hunting wildlife reserve. He set up his headquarters at a place now known as Main Camp, near the village of Dete.
The Park is situated in North Western Zimbabwe along the Botswana border. It is an area with limited surface water and poor rainfall, which is making commercial agriculture impssible. In early times, the land was inhabited by traditional bushman tribes and Ndebele hunters who ventured there during the wet season.
During the dry months of the year, most of the people and animals moved away to the permanent river systems of the Chobe and Zambezi Rivers. Hence, in an attempt to provide permanent water and to keep animals in the Park throughout the year, Ted Davison drilled boreholes and pumped underground water into natural pans (shallow waterholes). Animals became dependent on this water supply and no longer needed to leave the Park during the dry season. This process continues today. As a result, the population of many animals has increased dramatically. In fact, nowadays, this region probably hosts the highest density of elephants in the world.

Hwange is Zimbabwes largest National Park and with more than 500 species recorded, its a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts.

The Park is divided in three main areas, and each one of them is managed by rangers, manager and environmentalists:

- Main Camp area in the North-East, which is the largest area and where most of researchers and organizations are working/operating.
- Umtshibi, which is 15 kilometres away from Main Camp.
- Sinamatella in the North-West, where there is another camp, named after the area.
- Robins, in the West.

These Camps are actually small villages, located inside of the Park, where tourists and researchers can have access to rentable housings when needed. National Parks staff working in the area can also live in these housings, as well as their families.

Wildlife in Hwange National Park:

The Park and its ecosystem are relatively well preserved and are even a sanctuary for many regional or world rare species such as cheetahs, painted dogs, rare birds such (Yellow Crimson breasted Shrike, Ground Hornbill...), roan antelopes and Oryx.


Poaching issue:
However, even if fauna is relatively preserved, poaching is still a threat for the park. Thanks to researchers and NGOs working in the park, damages created by poaching and the economic recession have been limited or restricted in Hwange National Park. However, for this situation to be maintained, animals need continued protection. This will help preserving the positive dynamic existing in Hwange Park and which is very fragile because of poaching and hunting threats.
There are two types of poaching in Hwange: subsistence poaching and commercial poaching (targeted rhinos horns and elephants tusks).

There has always been subsistence poaching along the borders of Hwange National Park. Before, small groups of people used bark rope to make snares and killed small animals for food. This did not disrupt the animal population. In recent times however, as the economy of Zimbabwe has collapsed, poaching has become commercialized and unsustainable. Using long lines of wire snares, poachers have eliminated entire populations of animals in some National Parks.

2. Zambezi National Park

Zambezi National Park (ZNP) was formed in 1952 by the amalgamation of the Victoria Falls Nature Reserve (set up in 1937) and the Victoria Falls Game Reserve (set up in 1931). The Zambezi National Park is adjacent to the town of Victoria falls and covers a surface of 55 000 ha. The park is crossed by a road going from Victoria Falls to Botswana, which basically divides the park into two very distinct areas: the river section, which is dominated by the presence of the Zambezi River and the Chamabondo vlei section.

Its northern part, called the Zambezi section, is bordered by the Zambezi River. On the other side of the river, there is Zambia. This area has a denser fauna frequentation, due to the presence of the river.

The southern part of the ZNP (called Chamabonda section) is much dryer. The Chamabonda section only has one road, from the South of the park to the North. At the moment there are no tourists visiting this side of the park due to a lack of visibility (high grasses) and a lack of attractivity (only one road and very little game viewing).

The park is composed of 4 types of landscapes : a vast open swathe with high grasses (southern part), small bushes (both southern and northern parts), the Kalahari forest (more like woodlands, with big trees growing on sand, both in Northern and Southern sections) and the river side (northern section).

Tourism in ZNP :

Nowadays, and since the poaching dramatically increased in 2008, there are not enough animals in the park to attract tourists. However, in the North of the park, there are actually four lodges for housing tourists . Most of people coming to the Park are Zimbabweans or Victoria Falls residents.

Wildlife in ZNP :

In Zambezi National Park live numerous species, such as elephants, cheetah, impalas, reedbucks, sables and waterbucks. However, the park has still to be developed and dynamized in order to attract tourists.

Poaching in ZNP :

As in Hwange National Park, there are two types of wildlife poaching in ZNP, subsistence poaching and commercial poaching.

- Subsistence poaching in ZNP is mostly a threat for impalas, as their number is rapidly diminishing. However, Kudus, which are also a target of this type of poaching, are reproducing fast enough not to become endangered.
- Commercial poaching is much more significant and involves very often well organized, funded, and armed networks. This type of poaching is aimed for bigger animals, such as elephants (for their tusks) and buffaloes for their bones because they are worth a lot on the market. These organised poaching networks in ZNP often come from Zambia.



Nowadays, Hwange and Zambezi National Parks real issue is the lack of resources. Hence, rangers and ecologists do not have access to vehicles in good working order and this is preventing them from doing their job: patrols, data collection Therefore, organisations such as Bhejane Trust make up for the parks lack of resources by, for instance, bringing their support, maintaining waterholes, transporting rangers and providing useful equipments.


3. Behjane Trust :

The volunteers will work with an organization called Bhejane Trust.
Bhejane Trust is a Zimbabwean organization, founded the 30th July 2012, by three trustees: Stephen Long, Trevor Lane and David Brian Arthur Carson.

The associaiton originally operated as DART with the aim of helping the Parks and Wildlife Authority at Sinamatella, mainly with rhino monitoring but also with any other non-profit activities.
Over time they have taken on a number of roles at Sinamatella and now they are mainly concerned with 1. Rhino monitoring 2. Logistical support of rhino protection, 3. Monitoring of the Sinamatella ecosystems and 4. provision of water for animals in the dry season.
The reason they started the project was that the Parks and Wildlife Authority, like much of Zimbabwe, faced complete breakdown during the times of the economic decline and it was clear that outside assistance was needed to keep the Park running smoothly.
They offer three main solutions to the problems
1. They act as a channel for donor support,
2. They physically carry out most of the necessary environmental monitoring ourselves
3. They offer technical support and advice.
Since 2012 they have separated from DART and operated as Bhejane Trust

Bhejane Trust works in Sinamatella which is a part of Hwange National Park, in Zambezi National Park and in Matetsi Safari Area. There are endangered species in those areas such as black Rhino, Cheetah, Wild dogs, Elephants and a number of bird species and types such as Ground Hornbills, Vultures, Storks, Cranes and raptors


The main projects that Bhejane Trust has achieved at Sinamatella are:

1. Receiving and installing donations of water pumping equipment, including solar pumps so that the game-water situation is finally approaching the point it had reached before Zimbabwes economic collapse.
2. Setting up of a logistical support base for rhino and other wildlife protection activities. This is mainly represented by three vehicles and food supplies for patrols
3. Setting up of a number of environmental monitoring projects including road transect counts, water point counts, bird counts and atlassing and a fixed point camera survey.
At Zambezi National Park and Matetsi they have.
1. Installed solar pumps and rehabilitated other infrastructure such as roads and a viewing platform at Chamabonda Vlei, leading to a major revival of this long-neglected part of the Park.
2. Set up environmental monitoring programmes within the Zambezi National Park and Matetsi Unit Seven.

For 3 years, Bhejane Trust have received 9 missions and 37 of Plante Urgences volunteers to support its activities of wildlife protection (counting of animal population, road transect, assistance with game-water supplies,..).

The main objective is to assist two strongly supported, citizen science projects by monitoring of bird population.

The projects are:
1. Southern Africa Bird Atlas Project (2) (SABAP 2), organised by the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and
2. The African Waterfowl Census, organised by Wetlands International through Birdlife Zimbabwe

Over 400 bird species are regularly found in the Park. As the park is a protected area, no birds are exposed to danger. However, a number of species found in the park are in danger elsewhere and the Park is an important refuge for them.. The most severely endangered species found at Sinamatella are Lappet-face vulture, White-headed vulture, Grey-headed parrot, Hooded vulture, Bateleur, Ground hornbill and Martial eagle. Vulture are particularly in danger due to an increase of poisoning, indeed poachers want to stop vultures from
revealing the presence of other poaching activity by leading rangers to carcases of poached animals. Around 2400 suspicious vulture deaths were reported in Southern Africa in 2013 which could be somewhere between 5 and 10% of the regional population and could lead to extinction.

In this framework, Bhejane Trust is realistic and accepts that given Zimbabwes terrible economic problems there are unlikely to be any major steps taken in the near future. If changes are certainly taking place in the Park, Bhejane Trust sees its role as documenting these changes within the bird population rather than initiating any preventive measures. The main challenge to BTs projects is a hugely reduced number of people with an interest in and knowledge of birds, compared to the 1980s and 1990s. They are citizen science projects, relying on ordinary members of the public for the supply of data.

In order to protect these animals as best as possible, the creation of field cards identifying all the bird species present in the park is needed as well as a deep data collection.

In 2014, Bhejane Trust partnered with the park authority to begin a specific vulture monitoring project throughout Zimbabwe. Bhejane Trusts activities within this project include locating vulture nests in Sinamatella and Matetsi. Data on vulture is collected by Birdlife Zimbabwe.
The objective of SABAP is to have a minimum of six field cards for each pentad (but there is no limit to this number) and for the waterfowl census it is to have continual counts over as long a period as possible of as many water-bodies as possible. Then, the data collected made available to anyone who may have an interest in those information.
So far BT has submitted 169 cards from 39 pentads. There is no limit to the number the association could do but it has sixteen pentads with little or no coverage at Sinamatella and all at Matetsi have poor coverage so far.

So far, a lot of atlassing is done as part of BTs daily work, the data collected are then submitted for both projects for further analysis.

The main reason for BT for wanting support from volunteers is that with the volunteers the association can cover areas that are not often visited. In all Bhejane Trusts monitoring projects, volunteers are a very important catalyst, breaking the normal routine and getting Bhejane Trust to do the more difficult things that otherwise get postponed. For example the association only has three atlas cards for an area called Elephant Pan. Two of those were collected when they had volunteers with them. The other value of volunteers is simply that of extra eyes leading to better observation the more observers, the more we see

Participation of the volunteers:

For the SABAP project, the volunteers will be asked to list the different bird species they will see within specified areas.
SABAP works on presence or absence lists that include a measure or commonness or importance in the order in which species are listed.

For the waterfowl census, the volunteers will be asked to count the birds at large water-bodies. This project requires accurate counting of individual of individual birds of a limited range of species.

Volunteers would have knowledge of birding to be interested in this mission but they are not expected to have any specific skills. Prior knowledge of Hwange birds isnt vital.
Volunteers usually become familiar very quickly with common species. If they happen to see a bird they are not able to recognize, they will have to take a picture of it for later identification.

A couple of training days have been included in the scheduled.

Those training days will be composed of different stages in order to provide all the tools needed to the volunteers:
Stage 1 The training will start by explaining why SABAP is useful for bird conservation, for conservation in general in Southern Africa and for Hwange.
Stage 2 The volunteers will learn how SABAP works: citizen science, the Animal Demography Unit at University of Cape Town, how SABAP 1 worked and how SABAP 2 differs (including an explanation of the basic protocol data collection within a limited area and for a limited time period. The importance of the order in which species are identified.
Stage 3 A look at the commonest small land birds, using photos, reference books, sound clips and actual birds if they are in the vicinity. The volunteers would look at a selection of ten or fifteen species by sight and four or five by sound. The actual number of species would vary with seasons as many are migratory
Stage 4 A look at the commonest large raptors.
Stage 5 A look at the commonest water birds

Participants / Name: Bhejane Trust

Participants / Motivation

Bhejane Trust already works with Plante Urgence and has found the organisations volunteers serious and helpful.

Observers are available locally but there are not enough of them

Airport: Victoria falls

Transfer to the mission site:

At arrival at Victoria Falls volunteers are met by a driver from a specialist tourist-transfer company (which works for many years with Trevor) and driven to Victoria Falls by seven-seater minibus. The journey takes approx 30 minutes.

From the airport to Hwange town takes approximately one and a half hours.
From Hwange Town to Sinamatella the transport is by open 4 x 4 Land Cruiser and takes approximately one hour.

From Victoria Falls, transport into the Zambezi National Park is by 4 x 4 open safari vehicle. Depending on the part of the Park the volunteers are going to, the journey takes between thirty minutes and one hour.

Throughout the time spent in the park, transport is in 4x4 open-topped safari vehicles.

The volunteers will be met by Trevor Lane, Stephen Long or Harrisson at the airport, depending on circumstances.
Victoria Falls airport has a cell-phone network and it is easy for the driver to communicate with Stephen Long or Trevor Lane in case of difficulty. If Harrison collects the volunteers at the airport, Trevor or Stephen will certainly meet and greet them in Victoria Falls which is only 15km from the airport.

Accommodation & food:

At Sinamatella, the volunteers will sleep in National Parks lodges in Sinamatella Camp.
At Matetsi or ZNP, accommodation will vary but may be in tents or built accommodation at Matetsi Water Lodge.

At Sinamatella Bhejane Trust has permanent access to a two-bedroomed house with two beds in each room, attached bathroom, toilet, kitchen and lounge. Where there are more than four volunteers, BT leases similar accommodation from National Parks. Electricity is available but subject to occasional cuts, especially in the rainy season. The internet access is via satellite and extremely expensive so it is requested to be used for important email only.

At Sinamatella, breakfast and dinner are eaten at the lodge where volunteers are accommodated. Lunch is usually eaten in the field.
If the volunteers are camping, breaksfast and dinner will be taken at the camping site. Lunch might be taken on the field.
At Matetsi and ZNP, the same arrangement will apply

Means:

Few materials are needed. Bhejane Trust supplies recording sheets and a
spotting scope. Reference books are also available.

All volunteers will need a pair of binoculars suitable for
birding and a notebook, a sleeping bag and personal kit (clothes, toiletries,
towel etc)

In November and January, birding is excellent but mammal populations are low.
The weather is often hot and dry but rainy periods of three or four days at a time
are possible. Sometimes longer rainy periods occur. When it rains it can be cold.
Good rainwear is an essential as the vehicles are open with minimal cover.

In July the weather is dry but cold very cold early in the morning and at night.
Warm clothes are essential for these cold times but during the day temperatures
are usually in the low 20s. Bird numbers are relatively low but it is expected to see
around fifty species per pentad per five days.

Logistics:

Number of Volunteers: between 2 and 6 people

The volunteers will work in three different places:
1. Sinamatella sector of Hwange National Park and the adjoining Deka Safari Area.
2. Zambezi National Park
3. Matetsi Safari area

Sinamatella and Deka are largely Mopane woodland and scrub with sandy ridges where the vegetation is scrub Combretum and Diospyros. There are some natural and artificial water points in the dry season, many natural pans and rivers in the rains. Both areas have good populations of large mammal species, particularly in the dry season.
Zambezi and Matetsi have Zambezi Teak woodland on sandy ridges with scrub Combretum on exposed basalt rock and occasional grassy areas. Large mammals are present, especially in the dry season.

Each volunteer mission will be different because of the ever-changing circumstances in the Parks but a typical two-week programme would be as follows.
Day 1 Arrive at Sinamatella.
Day 2. Training in bird recognition and the SABAP protocols.
Day 3. Birding at Mandavu dam and in and around Sinamatella to familiarise the volunteers with local birds and begin a field card for Mandavu Pentad.
Day 4. SABAP data collection in two different areas, one in the morning, one in the afternoon.
Day 5. SABAP data collection in two different areas, one in the morning, one in the afternoon
Day 6. Vulture nest monitoring
Day 7. Water bird counts.
Day 8. Water bird counts
Day 9. Computerise data and submit to SABAP or Birdlife Zimbabwe
Day 10. Move to Zambezi National Park or Matetsi Unit Seven.
Day 11. SABAP data collection along the river section, one pentad in the morning, one in the afternoon. Also locating vulture nests
Day 12. SABAP data collection, one pentad in the morning, one in the afternoon. Also locating vulture nests
Day 13. Morning SABAP data collection in Chamabonda. Afternoon; data capture
The mission does not normally stop at the intermediate weekend but it can end on the last Thursday evening/Friday morning so that the volunteers reach Victoria Falls late Friday morning and visit the Falls etc.
The volunteers will be working between 6 and 7 hours per day in average.

On a typical SABAP day, volunteers and BT would leave Sinamatella early in order to reach the intended pentad as the birds become active. Sometimes this would involve camping in a remote area so as to be ready to list birds at day-break. The volunteers would spend the morning trying to visit all habitats in the pentad by driving where roads are available or walking where they are not.
For example they would try to visit any grassland patches, woodland, riverine vegetation, water-bodies and so on, spending time listing the species present in each.
After lunch they would move to another pentad and repeat the process, aiming to finish in late afternoon and then either return to Sinamatella or pitch camp ready for the next day.
In the rainy season a typical count would be from eighty to one hundred species per pentad and in the dry season around fifty species.

For water bird counts the volunteers would be based at Sinamatella and would travel to the chosen water-body after breakfast. At each site they would attempt to identify and count all water bird species present for example ducks, storks, herons, waders, plovers and many others. The count would be done from one or more points around the water-body (depending on its size) using binoculars and telescope.

Vulture nest monitoring involves locating nests and observing them to discover if there are eggs or chicks present. At Sinamatella this might involve going to one of the known nest colonies and walking the area to locate nests. At Matetsi, most nests can be located from the vehicle. Counting of vultures at carcases can not be planned in advance but is something they would do if the opportunity arose. Vultures are not at their nests in January so could not be observed at that time.

Comment:

No specific knowledge related to birds is required to take part to this mission
For this project, volunteers must be physically fit.
The volunteers shall have a good English level to fully understand instructions.

The climate is similar at ZNP and Sinamatella. During the cool dry season (April to August) the weather is warm (up to 25 degrees) by day but can become very cold, sometimes even below freezing, at night. Volunteers must bring suitable clothes for this range of temperatures. In the hot dry season (September to November) night time temperatures are more comfortable and can be quite high (15 to 20 degrees or more). Day time temperatures are also much higher, often reaching well over 30 degrees. As well as being suitable for the climate, the volunteers clothes should also be suitably coloured. Drab colours, especially green, brown and khaki are essential when camping.

WHAT TO BRING:
Clothing and Personal Kit -
- Victoria Falls: In Victoria Falls T Shirts and shorts are fine most of the time but you may like to bring a set of light casual clothes for going to a restaurant at night.
- Fieldwork: We will be doing lots of outdoor activities including walking. While volunteers will be walking, they will be accompanied by armed rangers.
I suggest a minimum of 3 sets of loose green/khaki-type shirts and trousers plus a hat/cap and comfortable socks and boots. If you want to wear shorts in the field you will need a pair of short gaiters to stop your socks being filled with spiky grass seeds. Long trousers that tightly cover the top of your boots will work just as well but some people like to use gaiters even with long trousers as the seeds can be very irritating.
June and July nights and early mornings can be very cold so bring something warm to wear.
- Day pack : It is useful but not essential, to have a pack to stow your camera, water bottle, sunscreen and other personal stuff when we are working or walking - but the aim is to carry as little as possible.
- Personal Water bottle: You should bring your own water bottle with approx 500ml to 1L capacity.
-Torch or flashlight: This is essential.Volunteer should bring a head torch with rechargeable batteries or a suitable supply of batteries as you wont be able to buy any in the Parks.
- Camera and Video: Highly recommended. Bring rechargeable batteries or a suitable supply of batteries plus an adequate supply of photo memory cards as you cannot purchase these things in the Parks.
- Binoculars: A good pair of binoculars is essential.
- Sunscreen: Even though it is winter you will need 35+ sunscreen. Insect repellent may be useful in the evening in the early part of the dry season (April through to June)
- Personal toiletries and medicines: Bring normal personal stuff like toothpaste, shampoo etc. Also bring personal medicines like headache tablets and antiseptic cream. Something to relieve insect bites and stings may be useful but there are very few insects to be seen from June through to the first rains in October or November. You will need a personal towel, especially when we are camping.
- Sleeping bag. You will need a sleeping bag when we are camping. Winter nights, especially June and July can be very cold. From September onwards a thinner sleeping bag will be fine.