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.

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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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

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.

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.

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.

No2199 | India | Wildlife | Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust

Help the centre to do an inventory of flora varieties through a system of biodiversity mapping

Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust would like a volunteer to help them with Biodiversity mapping. The volunteer will teach the staff the basic rules of classification and method of mapping. S/he will train the staff to update the inventory in future.

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There are many organizations / people involved in the process of establishing Sane Guruji Rashtriy Smarak. In 1999, which is birth centenary year of Sane Guruji a renowned writer, social reformer and freedom fighter who extensively engaged with children and youth at emotive and intellectual level in Maharashtra, India. The group of people led by Mr. Gajanan Khatu who were working on social development issues and were working toward strengthening democratic values came together to realize their dream of creating a camping place for children, youth and every one of them who wants to learn, experiment with ideas and contribute to the society. Mr. Gajanan Khatu is a writer and has long experience of working with youth organization and in the field of cooperative management.

Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust is a social organization working for empowerment of youth.

Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust has decided to focus on three areas : holistic Child education development, Translation & Literature & Youth empowerment.

The overall goal of the Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust is to identify, connect and inspire the youth of the world by lifting them to greater heights and encouraging them to take their rightful place in making a difference in the world. It is imperative to utilize positive influence on these Young Leaders and Earth Heroes so that they can make the necessary changes and have a positive impact on global awareness. It is time to realize that we all have a similar pulse and live on common ground.

The Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust encourages young people to engage in creative thinking and problem solving that leads to positive action. Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust has identified five key areas of focus for positive action in the world : Economic Development, Literacy, Social Justice, Environment and Creative Expression.

The Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust runs various projects :
- Shram Sanskar Yuva Chhawani (Camp for inculcating value of physical labor among youth )
- Nature trail Walk in the nature to understand the flora and fauna
- Prerana Prabodhan Shibir (Inspiration and Guidance camp for children and adolscents)
NSS Shibir (College going youths Camps for National Service Scheme A government scheme for involving youth in social issues)
- Other organisations shibir (Camps organized by other Social Organisation working on social justice, education , environment etc )
- Mitramelava (Friendship camps)
- Krida Melava (Sports camps)
- A translation center (Aantarbharati Anuwad Suvidha Kendra) is also functional where exchange between translators of different Indian languages is organized.

The Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust supports mainly students & youth :
- School Students - 4000 5000 (age-13-15) in terms of Residential Camp & Trips
- College Students 2500 3000 (Age 17-25) for various youth camp, N.S.S. Camp, Yuva Chavani and educational trips.

The Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust would like a volunteer to help them with Biodiversity mapping. Since the land around the centre is full of a variety of plants/trees/herbs it would like to map the available varieties.

This could be a very rich source of knowledge as well as ecotourism. This will increase the visitors to the organization and make its work more visible and increase the possibilities of donors and fund-raising.
Also students/botanists can use this place for studies, educational projects, etc. since very few such places are available in the vicinity of Mumbai.

This type of support is available locally but is expensive to access.

The Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust would like someone to be able to teach the staff of the centre the basic rules of classification and method of mapping. Also, s/he could train the staff to update the inventory in future.

The participants will learn how to classify and mapping techniques of the flora. This will help their own knowledge as well as create a knowledge bank for the society at large. They will be able to continue this mapping and keep adding to the flora thus increasing the bio-diversity and maintaining it.
This will help in increasing the visibility as well as the significance of the organization in the field of environment education.

Participants / Name: 3- 5 persons will participate in the mission.

Participants / Number: 5

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The mission will be organized for the staff of Sane Guruji Rashtriya Smarak Trust. They are the facilitators for youth camps, and other activities that are organized at the Trust.

They are aged between 25 to 50 years old.

They can read and understand English, but might not be able to speak fluently.

They are graduated from High school graduates (12th grade) to Masters degree.

Participants / Training in the field request

They have never received training in this particular field.

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

Transfer to the mission site:

A representative of the Organization will welcome the volunteer.

A taxi/car will be used to take the volunteer to the mission site. It will be a 3 hour drive from the airport.

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will sleep at the Hostel which has several rooms since it regularly organizes youth camps and can accommodate up to 200 persons. So all the lodging and boarding facilities are available at the mission site.

The volunteer will stay in an individual room with attached toilet. Electricity will be available. Mosquito net will be provided if necessary. Internet access might not be possible inside the room.

All three meals will be at the mission site

Means:

whiteboard, paperboard, computers, video -projector.
Internet connection can be made available if necessary

Logistics:

The mission can happen any time of the year.

The Sane Guruji National Memorial Trust has developed a camp site on 36 acres of area near Goregoan, Raigad of Maharashtra. The camp site is surrounded by very beautiful hills. The surrounding of the site is green for all the seasons of the year. The site is well equipped to accomodate around 200 students at a time.

No2033 | India | I.T. | Panchayati Rule And Gender Awareness Training Institute (PRAGATI)

Advanced level IT training for the team of PRAGATI

Pragatis team members wish to enhance their IT skills in order to produce better reporting and efficient presentation to share their work; as well as be able to train afterwards the women local government officers.

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PRAGATI was carved out of a renowned NGO Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (RLEK) on 10th February 2000. It was founded by a group of passionate, dynamic women who operate the organization with belief in the Democratic Principle By the women, for the women and of the women to attain gender equity in local governance in the states of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Haryana.

The organization comprises only women working for the upliftment of women. The management board also consists of women. These women are drawn from diverse fields and have a wide range of experiences in the fields of rural development, management, community mobilization, gender, law, governance, monitoring and evaluation.

PRAGATI was created to achieve the Vision to build a gender just society and to accomplish the mission to enhance the status of women in social, economic and political spheres.
PRAGATI focuses on providing a support system to deliver good governance and capacitate women - the need of the hour of rural, poverty ridden, unreached, vulnerable people.
As a Resource Centre, building innovative strategies and practices to broaden the women political education, vision and skills through capacity building, advocacy & lobbying, trainings, exposure, networking with emphasis on exclusive training for women representatives is central to PRAGATI.

Since its creation, PRAGATI has run more that 25 projects, such as:
- Legal Awareness Camp to make women aware of their legal rights;
- Womens Empowerment Program through Self Help Groups;
- Augmenting Gender Equity in Local Governance through Transformative Womens Leadership and Citizenship;
- Mobilization and formation of 180 SHGs.
- Training of Trainers for Village Resource Management Committees.

PRAGATI is involved in pre-, during- and post-election training of elected women functionaries of local self governance; and is in the second half of 2014, in the process to run four legal awareness programs.

Lack of legal literacy is not just an impediment to individual dreams but to the effective functioning of the democracy. The issues of gender and poverty increase this problem manifold. In Indias context as the population nears the 1 billion mark and with issues of poverty and social inequities becoming larger, it is time to face the challenges.

PRAGATI believes that legal literacy is the key to the all round development of the country. There is an emergent need to generate legal literacy amongst the masses especially amongst the disadvantaged sections of the society. Women, due to their low levels of literacy, are susceptible to injustices.
With the aim to impart practical knowledge about the basic legal rights and remedies provided under various women-related laws, thereby making them fit to face the challenges in real life situations, the four legal awareness programs are ran by PRAGATI, with the support of National Commission for Women, in the districts of Haridwar (blocks Bahadrabad and Luxar) and Dehradun (blocks Raipur and Sahaspur) of Uttarakhand. In order to seek justice for all, safeguard rights and promote legal empowerment of the society there, emerges a need for making the local populace legally aware about their rights and entitlements.

PRAGATI also acts as resource agency in various projects of RLEK.

Via its activities PRAGATI supports approximately 6,500 women. These women are belonging to marginalized communities living below the poverty line, Self Help Groups women and elected women functionaries from entire state of Uttarakhand.

PRAGATIs activities are funded by different Ministries and Government departments such as Ministry of Minority Affairs, National Commission For Women etc. to name a few.

PRAGATI works in the rural parts of India and concentrates its activities in the states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.

PRAGATI employs 11 staff and gets support from 20 local volunteers.
PRAGATI also has more than 40 interns coming each month from various universities of India and abroad. Their work is equivalent to 10 full time employees.

To train the staff of PRAGATI to enhance their computer skills.

PRAGATIs team is facing issues with Word and Power Point to develop good reports and share their work with others.

The staff would like to be able to document their work in a more organized manner and enhance the quality of reports prepared.

Furthermore, an advanced computer training will enable PRAGATI to highlight its achievements and success and initiate dialogue for advocacy and lobbying for qualitative change.

In regard to Power point, the team needs an intensive training to develop good presentations that they have to do to put forth to relevant stakeholders the activities they undertake, the success achieved and the challenges faced. This will enable exchange of ideas and further enhance the work of PRAGATI. The team will be able to showcase their activities and achievements in a better manner through improved Power Point presentations.

PRAGATI team also needs to enhance their capacity in Excel in order to better document their Word reports using graphs, etc, and therefore also learn more on maintenance of their Excel tables.
The issues the team faces regarding the database use, maintenance and updating will be specifically covered by another mission to improve their database and learn how to use it in a proper way see PF nb 2032.

The government is also introducing computers in the Local Self Governance project, so perfecting these skills has become important for the PRAGATI team. They will further train their beneficiaries, the Panchayati Raj functionaries (local government officers), with these skills.

Training PRAGATI staff to enhance their capacity with practical sessions on:
- general maintenance of a computer and file management,
- Word to do better reporting and gain time,
- Excel to learn about the software functions (formula, graph) to include data in their Word report and maintenance of tables,
- Power Point to produce effective presentation.

This training can be organised in pair.

The trainer(s) should keep in mind that PRAGATI staff will afterwards try to transfer this knowledge amongst their beneficiaries i.e. Panchayati Raj functionaries, who have basic knowledge in computer, and also promote e-governance.
This will build the capacity of the local people who otherwise do not get any opportunity to enhance their skills.

Participants / Name: The training will be organized for the staffs of the organization.

Participants / Number: 15

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The mission is organized for the 15 staff of PRAGATI which is all women. They are between 20 and 40 years old.

- Ms. Damini Bhargav, MA Economics, Master Trainer (Gender Issues) ;
- Ms. Pushpa Bisht, MA (Sociology), Trainer (Livelihood) ;
- Ms. Rekha Dhyani, M.A Hindi, Writer (I.E.C Unit);
- Ms. Pratima, MA Sociology, Trainer (Education) ;
- Ms. Ranjana Sharma, M.A English, Trainer (Education);
- Ms. Mamta, BA LL.B (Bachelor Degree of laws), LLM (Master Degree in Laws), Legal Trainer, Education and, Social justice;
- Ms. Shweta Gulati, MA Economics, Reporting and Documentation;
- Ms. Dolly Joshi, BA.LLB, LLM (Human Rights), Legal Trainer;
- Kala Bharti, MA Sociology, Field Facilitator ;
- Pyardai, MA Sociology, Field Facilitator ;
- Guddi, B.A (Hindi Literature), Field Facilitator;
- Ms. Tabasum, field staff;
- Ms. Vijay Laxmi, field staff;
- Ms. Kala Bharti, field staff;
- Ms. Sharmila, field staff.

Participants / Training in the field request

Almost all the participants hold Masters degrees in their respective fields.
They can read and speak in English. They have not received any training in the field of use of IT.

Airport: Dehradun

Transfer to the mission site:

PRAGATIs vehicle will receive the volunteer(s) from Dehradun airport and bring him/her/them to the office campus where he/she/they will be staying in PRAGATI fully furnished guestrooms.
It takes around 45 minutes from the Dehradun Jolly Grant Airport to accommodation site.

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer(s) have the possibility to stay in PRAGATIs guestrooms. He/she/they will be provided with a separate room with A.C. and attached bathroom within the RLEK Campus.
Each guestroom is modestly furnished with a double bed, a study table and a chair and T.V.

Means:

The mission will be carried out in PRAGATI/ RLEK office campus.
The office campus is fully equipped with all the facilities such as whiteboard, paperboard, computers with Wi-Fi connection, video projector etc.
The volunteer(s) will be allowed to use all the above mentioned material, if he/she/they need any other assistance within PRAGATIs capacity, it will be provided to the volunteer upon request.
PRAGATI will hire 2 computers from outside and arrange rest of 13 computers from RLEK and State Resource Center for Adult Education, Uttarakhand.
Windows 7, Windows XP Service pack 2 and 3 MS version are installed in the computers.

Logistics:

The volunteer(s) may start his/her/their training from 11:00 until 17:00 with one hour lunch break in between; from Monday to Friday.
The mission site and stay of accommodation is within PRAGATI office Campus, so the volunteer(s) will not have to worry about his/her/their travel each day.
All the meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and evening tea) will be provided in the mess (called the cooperative kitchen) within the office campus along with staff members.
The mission can happen anytime of the year except during the festival of lights Diwali, in October.

Comment:

The volunteer(s) should have a good knowledge in IT and have experience as a trainer.

No2265 | India | I.T. | People Craft Training Center (PCTC)

Counseling and training on an efficient information/archive system

PCTC needs support and training to prepare an information system as they have different person using various files. They would like to provide a more efficient and accessible management system to their staff.

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Peoples Craft Training Center (PCTC) is 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 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 populations 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), 102 villages consisting of 274 habitations. This is 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.

Staff of the executive team:
CEO: Mr. Xavier Mariadoss
Director of Rehabilitation: Mr. Vijayaraj
Consultant for community health program: Dr.Kirubakaran
Consultant for thulir program: Mr.Elumalai
Coordinator of rehabilitation program: Mrs.Genova Micheal

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 Southerne India).
PCTC is part of two big networks, the Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association and the Tamil Nadu coalition past 2015. PCTC works with local consultants for their programs.
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 124000
- 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 t cultivate paddy, vegetables and rearing of animals and are 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 viz : Thurinchapuram, Narthampoondi and Mangalam.
- 106 Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS) Centers.

The Community Based Rehabilitation program for the 2042 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).

10500 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.

PCTC is involved in various activities for the past 23 years.
Community Based Rehabilitation program
Children development program-Thulir
Community Health program
Women empowerment program
Family life education program
Vocational training program
and other specific projects.

There are lots of people involved in this program which for example include long lists of beneficiaries.

PCTC needs support and training to prepare an information system/ to track them /to document the impact of these interventions.

This skill may be available in India but it will be expensive to access it.

The volunteer will go through all the documents and documentation systems used currently by PCTC.

He/She will then create a new system of record-keeping and follow up.

He/She will consult the staff while creating the new system so that they can simultaneously be trained in using it.

Participants / Name: Members of PCTC

Participants / Number: 5

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

There will be 5 participants in the age group of 18 to 50 years.

They have never received this type of training although all of them can use Microsoft office.

Participants / Training in the field request

Some of them speak English and they will help the others who dont speak English well.

Their education ranges from High school graduates to University graduates.

Airport: Madras [meenambakkam]

Transfer to the mission site:

Hired taxi. It will take 4 hours from the Airport to the mission location. Staff named Dhiliban who is the Program Coordinator will receive the volunteer at the airport.

Accommodation & food:

Independent room with attached bathroom, mosquito net, electricity, running water will be available. 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.

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

No2204 | India | Communication | URJA

Training in report and proposal writing for URJAs staff members.

URJA would like its staff to be able to write target-specific reports and proposals.

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Urja is a young NGO created in April 2012. It was founded by Deepali Kamble and a friend of his, Altaf. Deepali is a graduated in law and Altaf in commerce. Deepali has an experience of more than 15 years in this domain, while Altaf has an experience of more than 25 years now.

Urjas mission is to help homeless girls and young women. In India almost 70% of girls who leave home are forced by the families and 30% leave the home themselves. In both situations it is due to dysfunctional families, difficult circumstances, abuse and exploitation. Poor women are easy targets for exploitation. When the girls come to the city, they are frightened and already have many unresolved issues connected to her having moved out of her home or family situation which makes restoration a difficult option.

Both of them worked together in an organization called Saathi, who was doing a similar work as Urja, but closed down a year and a half ago, due to the Trustees being very busy with other things, and who could not find the time and energy to sustain Saathi. Hence, Deepali and Altaf formed Urja to continue the work they were doing at Saathi. Deepali is an active board member of Urja, she is giving direction and implementing Urjas programmes. Altaf is an advisory member of the organization and continues trying to mobilize resources for programmes and giving direction to the organization.

When women or girls leave their homes due to conflict or abuse, they adopt new strategies to support themselves. These ways of coping may include prostitution, trading sex for food and living in unsafe places, which often places them at risk of violence, including sexual exploitation, abuse and rape.

Currently there is a vacuum in terms of support for these homeless young women by the Indian State or civil society. Therefore there is a great need to reach them. This situation is the basis of Urjas crucial social work.

Urjas project aims at empowering vulnerable young girls and women by providing them temporary shelter and with requisite information and tools for economic, social, political development. Thus, through demonstration models of intervention in Mumbai and Maharashtra, Urja reaches out to young women and accompany them to make informed choices towards a life of dignity.

Urja is also working to raise awareness about the condition of homeless women and runaway girls in India and to demonstrate models of successful interventions impacting their lives. Its vision is to increase the sensitivity to patriarchal oppression and to create Government systems for this marginalized group.

Urja is working in Dadar in the heart of Mumbai city. Currently the NGO is running two projects:

-Activities focusing on Individual Development:
A shelter to meet the immediate needs of the girls between the age group of 18-24 years. The girls are provided food, formal and non-formal education. The shelter is a protective environment for runaway and homeless young adults creating or strengthening local community-based programs and offering recreational activities.

Counselling and Psychiatric services are provided to the girls as and when needed. Girls will be linked to different Vocational training facilities according to their needs and likes. Livelihood options for girls to empower them and prevent their exploitation.

Urjas activities also aim at bringing about Systemic Changes: Awareness and Advocacy on the issue with civil society and the government to bring this invisible population in visibility and bring about policy level changes with an empowering perspective. Research and Documentation on various aspects of the issue to protect and promote the issue.

Currently Urja is helping 16 girls who are between 16 and 25 years old: 11 in its shelter home and 5 in residential homes run by the Government. The Government institutions can keep the girls only till they are 18, after which they are released in the outside world, without much preparation. Urja goes into these institutions and identifies girsl who are soon to be released and plans their rehabilitation with them. This helps the girls to not feel isolated after their release and to have a definite plan of action once they are outside the Institution.

The beneficiaries are between 16 and 25 years old, they are homeless and need to be rehabilitated in the society.

To train URJAs staff members in report and proposal writing.

URJA would like to build the capacity of their staff in presentation writing, activities/programmes documentation, report and proposal writing.

At the moment, URJAs staffs do not know which information to share with their different stakeholders (general partners, partners for specific programme). They dont know how to adapt the information according the purpose and the target.

Therefore, they have difficulties in writing proposals and adapted presentations of their organization.

This lack of knowledge affects the development of new projects and of their network. It also reduces their ability to get new funds.

Support in proposal and report writing is available locally but URJA does not have the funds to pay for it.

The Plante Urgence volunteer will have to train the beneficiaries in :
- writing reports on their activities putting forward specific elements according to the aim of the report
- drafting proposals in an organised and effective way

The most important thing being to give them the tools to identify which information should be put forward according to the different targets and goals of the documents.

Participants / Name: The mission is organized for the staff members of the organization.

Participants / Number: 8

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

The group will be constituted of 8 women in their 20s to30s.

They all read and speak English.
They are either high school graduates, graduates or post-graduates.

Participants / Training in the field request

The beneficiaries have never received any training in this field.

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

Transfer to the mission site:

Ms. Deepali Kamble Director of URJA

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will stay in a guesthouse in Dadar, a central area of Mumbai. There will be a room with attached bathroom. There is no air0conditioning or internet available in the Hotel. The URJA office is 15 minutes by taxi.dha.

Means:

A whiteboard, computers, laptops with Microsoft office 2007 and Internet are available on site.

Logistics:

The mission can happen anytime.

The volunteer will work in URJAs office in the Dadar area in Mumbai.

The volunteer will be working 8 hours a day from Monday to Friday.

Meals can all be taken at the office. The volunteer can also go to the multiple restaurants present in the area.

No2060 | India | Design | Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti

Support to the creation of new clothing and/or bag designs to diversify and improve Purkal Stree Sharti Samitis income generating products

The mission is to provide support to Purkal Stree Shakti Samitis designers for the creation of new clothing and/or bag designs in order to diversify and improve quality of their production.

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Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti (organisation for empowering the women of Purkal) was founded in 2003 by Mrs. Chinni Swamy. It is a division of the NGO Purkal Youth Development Society. It aims at transforming the lives of women in 35 villages of approx. 150 inhabitants, located around the village of Purkal.

An artist by profession, Chinni has practiced quilting as a hobby and, ever since she relocated to Dehradun, she has been involved with providing the women of this community income earning opportunities through the creation and sale of quilted products.

She has been responsible for the recruitment and training of all of the women and the supervisors who currently work with Stree Shakti.

The organization currently comprises 12 Self Help Groups, (SHGs) providing work and training to about 140 women. And Stree Shakti is looking to increase this number.

Purkal is close to the Capital of the State of Uttarakhand, Dehradun, but it is rural in nature and was very backward until a few years ago.
The entire area has a population of about 15,000 and the number of desperately poor is of about 5,000.

Many of the women supported by Stree Shakti are from landless families and to some extent some belong to the Dalit caste (untouchables).

Even though most women are equipped with a sewing machine, they have no worthwhile skill in sewing or needlework. The skills of patchwork, applique, embroidery and quilting are not known to them.
Therefore the goal is to provide women with those practical skills, leading then to employment and therefore empowerment.

Training provided also includes organisation, management and increased productivity. Nearly all these women are now first generation earners. In the end, most women are able to earn much better than their respective husbands.

Apart from currently providing an activity to 140 women, Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti also employs 25 local young people to keep the activity going and to provide employment to the youngsters.

The learning of these skills takes time (a period of 6 months) during which trainees are guaranteed a Rs. 750/- per month income (10) and are entitled to the global support every other woman under the care of Purkal Stree Shakti gets in terms of nutrition and healthcare.

For the care of their children, an Early Childhood Learning Centre is also operating, which accommodates 50 children. These children are given not only outstanding education but guaranteed healthcare and comprehensive nutrition.

The commercial operations of the SHGs are self-sustaining since the centre operates as a commercial enterprise. The annual sales turnover for the year 2014 is targeted at Rs. 11 millions (145 000).
The capital required by each of the Self Help groups for their working capital requirement has been provided by the Society as an interest-free loan. Hopefully these loans will be repaid by women over the next few years, out of the profit that they generate.

The women of Stree Shakti produce creative, high-quality quilted products that are sold mainly on exhibits throughout India and to some independent stores in the UK. The organization is looking to diversify its products and reach more markets to be able to train more local women.

To provide support to Purkal Stree Shakti Samitis designers for the creation of new clothing and/or bag designs in order to diversify and improve quality of their production.

Stree Shakti has recently entered the fashion market with just one product - quilted jackets. These received a very good response and it is encouraged by the success of those jackets that Stree Shakti would now like to take up two more products Summer (un-quilted) jackets and skirts.

Stree Shakti also has a limited number of bags in its product range. They would therefore like to create some new designs in tote bags, messenger bags as well as backpacks using their specialty of patchwork, applique and embroidery.

If the organization wants to sell to different customers then it needs to have a wide range of products and should be able to constantly improve upon the designs that they have and introduce new ones. This can only be achieved with a good designing team. If they achieve this mission, they are hopeful that they will improve their sales.

In addition, Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti needs to continuously train women of the community so that the workforce is constantly updated with skills. There is a stream of additional women wanting to be employed and all of them can be accommodated if they all can be skilled. Employing additional women increase production, hence the need for additional designs and constant effort at building markets and finding new customers. All these are efforts which need to happen on a continuous basis.

Participants / Name: The women whom Stree Shakti empowers through Skill Development

Participants / Number: 5

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

All participants, except the Marketing Manager, are women aged between 20 to 30. The CEO is 70 years old.
The Designer and the CEO are fluent in English. The other two women have a working knowledge of English.

This mission is also meant for the employees who provide management and design support to all these women working in Self Help Groups. The participants in the mission will be part of the team. They are Stree Shakti paid employees working whole time for the Society. The CEO is a whole time volunteer.

Participants / Training in the field request

Members of the Design Development team and thei profiles:
1) Aastha: Designer. She has a Fashion Designer Degree
2) Sangita: Production in Charge. She has been Diploma from an institute for cutting and stitching garments.
3) Sunita: Garment Supervisor. She is capable to stitch clothes.
4) Chinny Swamy: CEO

They wish to take part in the mission as it will help them to improve their skills and with this mission they will become capable of training SHG women and delivering their services to the organization more efficiently.

Airport: Dehradun

Transfer to the mission site:

One of the employees will receive the volunteer and escort her/him by taxi. It takes about 2 hours to travel from the airport to Stree Shaktis area.

Accommodation & food:

The volunteer will stay in a Bed and Breakfast Home stay in the vicinity. It should take about 30/40 minutes to travel everyday and Stree Shakti vehicle will be arranged for daily transportation.

There will be individual rooms, with electricity, Internet, attached bathrooms and air conditioning. Protection against mosquitoes will be provided.

Means:

Whiteboard, paperboard, computers, video-projector, Internet connection are available with a good system configuration.

The volunteer can notify if any specific configuration will be required for any Software that s/he may wish to bring and use.

Cutting tables and Juki machines as well as computers and basic design accessories are also available.

Logistics:

The volunteer will work in the registered office of Purkal Stree Shakti Samiti in Purkal Village.

When:
The Organisation works between 10AM and 5PM every day of the week, including Saturdays, with a Lunch Break between 1.30PM and 2.30PM.

The volunteer will work for 5 days per week or more should s/he wish so.

On all working days, lunch will be provided in the office along with all the staff. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the Guest House.

The mission cannot happen between August and end of February as this corresponds to the busy selling season. It can happen any other time of the year, preferably between March and July.

Possible dates of the volunteer will be confirmed according to the Festival holiday dates, which are based on the Lunar calendar and change every year.

No2038 | India | Design | People Craft Training Center (PCTC)

Training in design of disabled children seating and mobility devices for the technicians of Peoples Craft Training Centre (PCTC)

To train the staff of PCTC at Thirvannamalai to make equipment (mobility aid, calipers, crutches and others adaptive devices) for disabled children aged of 1 to 5 affected by cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities, with the objective to increase their welfare.

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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 the staff of Peoples Craft Training Centre (PCTC) at Thirvannamalai, to make equipment for disabled children.

In the Rehabilitation workshop lead by PCTC, one of the activities is the fabrication of mobility aid, calipers, crutches and others adaptive devices.

PCTC would like their technicians to develop prototypes of seating and mobility devices for children with developmental delay (cerebral palsy and multiple disabilities).

This training will permit PCTC technicians to provide better mobility device services to the disabled and persons with reduced mobility.

These kinds of competencies are not available in PCTCs working area. And PCTC is not able to get professionals to work innovatively to respond to the specifics needs of disabled children.

The training conducted by Plante Urgences volunteer will help PCTC staff to repair devices and make adaptive devices for children who need some specially modified seating and mobility devices. Currently they are able to replicate models but innovation is lacking and is needed to respond to the specific needs of children.

It will benefit to minimum 4 PCTC staff members. They all are technicians who have been working for the last 2 to 6 years with PCTC to handle disabled children and have learned to make some devices on-the-job, but they need input and innovation from a professional to consider various factors in developing mobility and seating devices.

There will be 3 or 4 children who may need special devices (they are between 5 and 14 years old)

At the end of the mission, PCTC expects that:
- PCTC technicians will be able to repair and find an alternative to make adaptive devices.
- PCTC technicians will be able to practice regularly and work independently.
- PCTC technicians will be able to teach these techniques to newer staffs.

Several missions will be necessary to achieve these objectives.

Participants / Name: PCTC technicians

Participants / Number: 4

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

Intermediate. Some have received theoretical training, while some have learned on-the-job. They have all learned how to make devices and those who have been selected among the PCTC staff to follow this training are those who can pick up additional skills.

They are between 22 to 35 years old.

Participants / Training in the field request

Some have finished senior high school while some are University graduates.

The use of an interpreter is possible because the level of English of some participants is not fluent.

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 attached bath room, electricity connection, complete 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:

A small workshop is available to the Plante Urgence volunteer, which is equipped with jig saw, drilling machine, hammer, spanners, utility knife, ply wood cutter.

For the theoretical part, 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 his/her training any time between 8.00 to 5.00 from Monday to Friday, with one hour lunch break.

No2037 | India | Special Education | People Craft Training Center (PCTC)

Training in Rehabilitation Therapy for staff of People's Craft Training Centre (PCTC) working with disabled children

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HistoryObjectivesVolunteer interventionMissionParticipants

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 the staff of Peoples Craft Training Centre (PCTC) at Thirvannamalai, working with disabled children, to design a need-based rehabilitation program taking into consideration the needs and level of disability of each individual disabled child so that the child will be as independent as possible in his/her life.

Since PCTC works in the rural areas, frequent exposures to new rehabilitation therapies is not available due to lack of local expertise. Also since the children come from lower socio-economic background they cannot pay much for the therapy, and therefore, funds are not available for staff training.

There is a real difficulty to get trained staff in rural areas, only 2 among the 15 staff have received a professional training, the 13 others only got trained on-the-job.

The volunteer should train the staff about the limitations and strengths of each disability and help them understand the needs of children with such disabilities.

The volunteer can give examples of different rehabilitation therapies that are possible with each disability, so the staff is able to identify which therapies they can practice in function of the type of disabilities (mental retardation, cerebral palsy, multiple disability).

These activities could revolve around counting, simple reading and writing, specific therapy, communication skills, daily living activities etc.

For instance, the staff should therefore know after the training which daily living activity practices are possible for children with mental retardation.

The volunteer can also train the staff for working with parents/family to make them understand the possibilities with their children and the role they can play in helping and supporting their child in rehabilitation.

Participants / Name: PCTC staff

Participants / Number: 10

Participants / Education level, Diplomas

They are between 22 to 45 years of age. They have been selected due to their motivation. 3 of them have a 1-year experience, 4 have a 3-year experience, and 3 have a 10-year experience and above.

Participants / Training in the field request

Some have finished senior high school while some are University graduates.

Use of an interpreter is possible because the level of English of some participants is not fluent.

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, complete 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 in 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.