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1%CLUB

An ecofriendly solution for ground water pollution by human faeces

Non polluting ecosan toilet

De 1%CLUB is a Dutch online marketplace for development projects. The projects are small and concrete.One asks only 1% of people’s time or money to invest in projects of one’s own choice from a list of ‘project owners’. So far only Dutch ‘owners’ could ask for support through the 1%CLUB’s website (see link attached). From January 1 foreign based organizations (NGOs and CBO’s) are invited to directly apply for 1% support.

AMAIDI is going to apply for funds for an ecosan toilet for its own project: AMAIDI Child Care Center in the slums of Cuddalore Old Town in Tamil Nadu. In addition to fundraise activities currently undertaken by Miriam and Lisanne van Zwol and Machteld Wit from the Netherlands, members of the Dutch Support Group of our CCC. The current toilet is not only insufficient for the 15 children and staff, it also pollutes the ground water close to the center. An ecosan toilet will keep the faeces not only separated from the soil (catching it in an above ground  container), it turns it into compost, usable for the (future) vegetable garden. The advantages for the children and staff from there on are obvious!

Join us by checking in the website of the 1%CLUB. After 1 Jan the international website will be operation. Be sure to come back by then and give as much as you can.

We hope for the best,

Regards,

Camille & Jansi

Filed under: charitable business, choice, control, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), new partner, projects, Uncategorized, ,

Unaterra Project

AMAIDI is entering in a new partnership with an Italian organization called Unaterra Project, based in Ginestra in the province of Potenza in the south, with Fabrizio Caputo as CEO.

In a nutshell: the aim of Unaterra Project is the implementation of sustainable development projects in the developing world. To achieve this aim Unaterra supports local communities with integrated projects in the energy conservation- and development sectors. Their methodology is designed to cover all phases of a project from identifying potential investors to working with the local beneficiaries.

Unaterra Project is located in Ginestra

Potenza, home province of Unaterra Project

Unaterra  focuses on three main themes: sustainable development projects, climate change and international volunteering. One month ago Unaterra approached AMAIDI with a request to join their global network. Their aim is to provide a human resource platform for local NGO’s through sending out expert volunteers and to create a network of people eager to work for local sustainable development.

AMAIDI hopes to tap into the Italian volunteering market through its alliance with Unaterra. Contacts with Unaterra through Fabrizio are warm and promising.

Filed under: international volunteers, needs, new partner, professionals, projects, sending organization, voluntary work, worldvolunteer, ,

SPONSOR A CYCLE-RICKSHAW!

SPONSOR A CYCLE-RICKSHAW!

Cycle-rickshaw

Cycle-rickshaw

Thank you Martin, Kim, Marije, Roshnie and Rodee. Thanks to your financial contribution AMAIDI could order a new cycle-rickshaw, meant to start a service to transport old people and children on the way to their destination, from the beach village down the road to Puducherry (and back) for a low, nominal fee.

The rickshaw will be driven by a local rickshaw driver (as a means for livelihood for his family) against a fixed wage, whereas volunteers are asked to – voluntarily – cycle one or two hours to show their commitment with the project.

The outside of the rickshaw, sponsored by both (ex)volunteers and AMAIDI, will be painted white, with the names of the sponsors on it (of course) but also – from time to time – the name (and website or telephone number) of one of our partner organizations. To raise awareness in their field.

Now the rickshaw is being paid for, what we need are sponsors to pay for the driver’s monthly salary. As he gets a fixed renumeration – so he does not have to chase the customers – the fare fee goes towards maintenace of the vehicle and to the ‘project of the month’. If you like to help us realize this project, send us an email (click here) with the amount mentioned, payable as and when you’re here (in case you’re a coming volunteer). When you’re an ex-volunteer or simply not intending to come to India for it, we’ll send you the banking details.

Thank you in advance!

The AMAIDI Team

Filed under: projects, Uncategorized, voluntary work, , , ,

New Partners

AMAIDI regularly receives requests from Indian NGOs to join our partner network. We recently admitted two new partners: a small orphanage in Thiruvannamalai (Tamil Nadu) and an NGO, focussing on Tribal welfare activities, in the State of Orissa. It is our policy to visit potential partners that have sent us an application to join AMAIDI and to assess ‘at situ’ what the organization’s needs are that could be matched with coming volunteers; and to ascertain that the potential partner will well receive, guide and in other ways help the volunteer in adjusting to India (if not already gone through at AMAIDI) and to his/her work assignment.  We do ask a lot of our partners in terms of guidance, as from feedback we learned that ‘guidance is everything’.  

Filed under: new partner, projects, voluntary work

“We learned a lot”

Saturday-morning, 10 am. The final session. Presentations of the volunteers with reflections on their work, experience and feelings during the past week of voluntary action in Reddichavadi and surrounding villages. A cow-shed has been ‘floored’, cows washed, lunch cooked, children taught (songs and body parts) and knowledge gained about ‘livelihood support’ by an NGO called ‘Bless’. Everyone was impressed, to say the least, of the impact of these (and other) projects on the lives of the beneficiaries in the villages. Some have determined to come back and do more voluntary work. Fact is that the group of 16 Dutch nationals is heading for a two weeks’ exchange program with local youth, in the field of music, art and culture. Culture Clash For You!

Filed under: Bless, CC4U, culture, exchange program, international volunteers, music, projects, Village life

Dairy project in Sathankullam

Vannakam!

My name is Durk Haringsma, I am an Agricultural student, studying dairy farming at Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein (http://www.vanhall-larenstein.nl) in the Netherlands. I have been working as a trainee on a dairy farm project for AMAIDI’s partner organization AID India. I made a report for establishing a dairy farm in Sathankulam. AID India hasn’t got a source of income at the moment which makes the organization dependent on funds, foundations and donations. That’s why AID India wants to start a dairy farm on their land to gain some profit. I have assessed the needs, costs and I have also made a management plan for running the dairy farm. When we have engaged the needed funds, AID India can start the project. Working for an NGO in India is a great experience and I have learned a lot during my stay in Sathankulam. I have not only learned about a totally different way of dairy farming, but I also got involved in Human Rights and Micro Credit Programmes and I have experienced much of the Indian culture. I think my internship was a 2 way process, in which both AID India and me gained profit. The hospitality of the AID India team is great and it was a great pleasure to work with them. The 19 weeks I worked there passed on in no time, and I feel sad that I have to leave them after this great time. I want to thank AMAIDI for bringing me in contact with this organization, the great guidance and the pleasant stay in their guesthouse and home stay. 

For more info: durkharingsma@hotmail.com 

Filed under: Agriculture projects, AID India, international volunteers, projects, volunteering in India

Volunteers, Projects & Tamil music

From Feb 15 till March 4, in the surroundings of Auroville, Puducherry and Cuddalore, 15 Dutch students in the age-group between 17 and 30, all members of CC4U, will participate in various projects, hosted by the Indian NGO ‘Bless’ and join/give workshops & events centered around ‘music’ in South-India.

Through The JoHo Company in the Netherlands, CC4U – aspiring to integrate the different cultures that exist within Dutch society – wants to have a ‘live’ experience of youth-culture and grass-roots development in India.

http://www.cc4u.nl/
http://www.joho.nl/
http://www.bless.org.in/
http://www.auroville.org/

CC4U’s members – and all who sympathise with their undertaking – are warmly invited to comment!

Cheers!

Filed under: Bless, CC4U, culture, exchange program, international volunteers, JoHo, music, projects, sending organization, understanding, , , , , ,

‘Voluntourism’

Found the next statement on a blog:

“Voluntourism”, the international development charity points out, is a growing market in which increasing numbers of school leavers are paying commercial companies for the privilege of working for nothing in some of the world’s poorest communities. In return, they get a good line for the resume, a clutch of traveller’s tales and a warm feeling created by the sense of doing something worthwhile while getting a key “life experience”.

What do YOU think?

Filed under: article, charity, choice, donating, holiday & volunteering, projects, solidarity, understanding, volun-tourism

Young Volunteers as Vehicles of Change

For every foreign volunteer in India, there are about 1000 local Indian volunteers. Fighting – shoulder to shoulder with their fellow countrymen – private and collective evils like poverty, pollution, corruption, discrimination etc.

There’s a world to learn from our local brothers and sisters:

http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/news-views/volunteer-stories/doc/young-volunteers-as-vehicles.html

Filed under: article, international volunteers, needs, projects

Managing Far Away Volunteers?

Its the sending agency’s nightmare: a volunteer writing home that things are nog going well at all, blaming the agency that has send him/her for the disaster. How to prevent such a thing from happening? Except the fact that – statistically spoken such an event HAS to happen once in a long while just to keep up the statistics – there ARE tips and tricks that can help preventing the nightmare from happening too often.

I came across an article where you can find just that:

Check out: http://www.worldvolunteerweb.org/resources/how-to-guides/manage-volunteers/doc/technology-and-long-distance.html

Happy reading you all!

Filed under: article, control, international volunteers, management, projects, reliability

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