Volunteering India

One month of this leap year has passed. Did you make and follow your resolutions in January 2008? No worries you can do all that this month. You have one more day in this leap year.

January was also the month of Indian Republic day. This was our 59th year as a Republic. I must say in the changing times such as today’s we Indians have managed to keep our culture alive.

On a different note, we had two volunteers from U.K, Shana Almond and Darren Hastings who were placed in CECOEDECON to do a short study on, ‘The sustainability of CECOEDECON supported pastureland development project in Sanwaka Bas Village’. We thank them for their time, efforts and inputs.

This month we have Desert Festival at Jaiselmer, Rajasthan from 17th Feb to 21Feb 2008.The true essence of desert life can be experienced in this month.I invite you for these interesting times of indulging in culture in my country.
Finally I include in this newsletter sent in by Kris Alvattam from USA.I thank him for the encouraging words that he wrote for us.

Vinod Meena
Volunteering In India
URL:http:// www.volunteeringinindia.org


Kris Alvattam wrote to us saying,

‘There are many things that come to mind when I reflect on my short time with Volunteering India, but I think I can express these thoughts by simply writing that I loved it. I primarily served as an English teacher at an ashram for former child labourers, but my experiences with the organization stretch far beyond teaching.

Some examples: I got to meet and befriend some interesting volunteers from other parts of the world; I had the chance to begin learning one of India's official languages, Hindi; I got to experience some of the sights and tastes of Jaipur; I was able to make wonderful friends i.e. Vinod Meena, Shiv Sharma, Dadaji et al.; I got to explore the beautiful countryside that envelops the ashram; and I was able to interact with a great group of kids on a near-daily basis.

I'll cut this list short and write that, judging from the experience I had and the experiences of other volunteers with whom I've communicated, I can't imagine any voluntourist being disappointed by the opportunities that Volunteering India provides.

Thanks, Kris

Bee Keeping

In India beekeeping has been mainly forest based. The beekeeper needs only to spare a few hours in a week to look after his bee colonies. Beekeeping is therefore ideally suited to him as a part-time occupation. Beekeeping constitutes a resource of sustainable income generation to the rural and tribal farmers. It provides them valuable nutrition in the form of honey, protein rich pollen and brood. Bee products also constitute important ingredients of folk and traditional medicine.Farmers take this activity on small scale as this fetches them some extra income.

Organic Farming

Our fellow organizations are also working on Organic Farming. The organic food is arguably better than the normal source of fruits and vegetables that are grown with the aid of pesticides, fertilizers etc.Farmers who have switched to organic farming have lesser yield in quantity but higher yield in quality. The organic food that they produce gets them better price as well as it is healthier and free of any impurities. Not to mention that all the big retailers of vegetables and fruits have started to store organic products have seen a rise in their sales by 30% in the last few years.

Until Next time

In Solidarity We Trust

Vinod Meena



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