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Verein: AFS Interkulturelle Begegnungen e.V.
Projekt: Working in pre school education centers
Bewerbungsende: 01.10.2009
Status: Stelle gestrichen
Laufzeit: ab August 2010 - 12 Monate
Sprache im Projekt: keine Angaben

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Between: 18-28 years Must be a volunteer that respects the village culture and life style and is willing to learn from it. English knowledge required English teaching skills


The project

The NGO works for development of Dalits in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu. One may consider this place as a paradise with palms, the beach (just 10 min away from the office) and the sun shining the whole year. The Tamil Culture is complex, very delicious, very friendly, hostile and honest. The office is in small town were all facilities are available, Pondicherry, just 30 min away, is a French territorial and therefore highly developed. Madras (Chennai) is the third biggest city in India an only 4 hours away from Cuddalore. Never the less there are certain cultural and infrastructural facilities which might make it difficult to life in this surrounding.

The aims of the project:

Rebuilding the community villages
The villages in the rural area of Cuddalore district are rebuilt again.
The reconstruction of the Dalit community villages after the monsoon and the flood in 2005 is completed a long time ago. But help is still needed in these Dalit -the untouchables- villages.” We want to change the hole Life of the Dalits on a long term basis.” said the Executive Director of this indish organization Together with the Welthungerhilfe and the BMW GROUP he committed himself to help the untouchables. For hundred years already the Dalits are living at the brink of the society and were always depending on higher castes. This should change with the activities of the project. ”Already the next generation will profit from our efforts” knows the Executive Director.

Support for the women / be economically independent
Only in the project region in the west of Cuddalore more than 1000 families are living under the poverty line. More than 5 Dollars is not at the disposal of these families. With the Tsunami a lot of them lost their daily income basis, because they were working for the fishermen at the coast.
In 13 villages The Welthungerhilfe together with the project started to improve the Income situation of the Dalits. The aim is to increase the economical opportunities especially of the women. 44 SHG have been founded in the last month. In these groups the women have not only the chance to improve their knowledge, but also to collect money, which is administered in cooperation with a local bank. This loan serve the women as financial starter pact to start an own small but especially a independent enterprise, like a tailoring shop.

Support political intervention
To overcome the political isolation of the Dalit-communities and moreover to give the possibility of a long-term involvement in the communal administration Community based Organisations have been found. These are groups where the village population can discuss the local issues and to represent those outwardly. In cooperation with the project and supported by the BMW GROUP above all Village Task Forces have been founded, as well as Teacher-parents-association and Youth groups. These groups as well as the SHGs get training. As a result the representatives of the groups are nowadays member of the traditional village Administration. Therefore, the political influence of the village population has already visibly increased.

Strengthen the Youth for the future
The project takes especially in consideration the aspect of education. Therefore a completely new political group has been emerged: The children’s parliament. Each of these Parliaments has 30 members, aged from 10 to 17. In the discussion the children and youth should learn and practice to represent their rights. These children ministers are also represented in the traditional Administration.

Bear Responsibility and reclaim rights
Normally, the Dalit-children have only a small chance to get education, only a few are able to go for higher studies. During the project preschools and tuition centers have been built. More than 700 Students already benefit from these institutions.
In these Supplementary Education Programs centers and the preschools the children of the villages the children are getting one daily hot meal. Moreover the children are getting medical care there twice a month. For the elder youth the project offers further education programs, like computer courses, where they can acquire national-wide recognized certificates. These course are partly finance by the youth themselves. All these programs finally follow only one aim: the young generation should learn how to care for themselves, overtake responsibilities and reclaim their rights. The transmission of knowledge is therefore an important element to improve the self-confidence of the young Dalits. Personal-development- trainings, job and career-planning as well as life skills like time management, teamwork and problem-solution-strategies are also part of the project.

Sustainable fort the future
To ensure the sustainability of the project the population of the village supports several project programs: 10 rupees are paid monthly by the parents to the SEP-centers and the preschool centers. At the moment the project tries to convince the government to overtake the responsibility for the new centers in the villages.
The Village Task Force groups got in cooperation with the local authorities land to initiate more activities like preschools and tuition centers. Moreover the project is still promoting the people to get involved in the activities as much as possible.

Continuation of the success
The previous activities and experiences have leaded to extend the political education as well as income generation programs: in future additionally tailoring and embroidery courses will be offered to extend the economical possibilities of the SHGs. Moreover, the several SHGs should be strengthening in self-management. Additionally, in cooperation with other NGOs the idea of children’s parliament will be spread District wide. Therefore coordination-meetings and trainings will be organized with other project-representatives of the region. The People’s bank and the SHGs will be extended in future so that the women get a possibility to be self-employed. This will then be useful for the whole community, as one can already see in certain villages. Saminathan is certain:” The project is extremely doing well. We succeeded in a mutual initiative to motivate the people in the villages and to give them self-confidence. This is on a long-term view the only way to solute the huge problems of the Dalits.”


For girls there is the possibility to life with two young women who are working in the project. Otherwise it is possible to stay in the village office, in hostels for boys (in Pondicherry), in a rented flat or in a host family. Therefore the volunteer should be willing to accept a low standard of living. There is also the possibility to stay in a family in project-villages without basic facilities. But the experience and the people in the village are unique.

What will the participant do?

There are two important philosophies in the project: first of all, work doesn’t depend on time but on task finished, therefore the volunteer might have to work more or on the weekends that declared by the BMZ. Secondly, the project believes that every volunteer should make at least a small change in the village-people’s life. Sometimes the volunteer has to wait for a long time to work or to get certain information. But there is a lot of space in this project to organize sport of language courses for the adolescents and children in these villages or weekend camps. Moreover a new project started now in which the volunteer can involve, the village information center, a kind of library in the villages. I as the first volunteer in this project started a small fair-trade production which should be followed up by the volunteer. Even thought this description might sound hard but the team is very open and cooperative and working at the project is interesting and a lot of fun. You can learn a lot about this culture and developing aid as well as get deep contact to Indian people. It is an experience and a life you will never forget.

"During the work the volunteer has to work in these villages which he or she might consider as rural and hard. The volunteer should be especially willing to start to learn Tamil before his arrival which is the main communication language in this area. Women will have to wear Chudidar, a special Indian dress which covers legs, breasts and hips. In general there are strong rules concerning outward appearance, which don’t have to be followed but it avoids a lot of questions. The bus facilities in the project area are very bad. Moreover the volunteer has to bring a lot of self-motivation and self-initiative as well as the interest and capacity of learning about culture and especially about developing aid, because the project is supported by Welthungerhilfe and therefore focused on mirco-credits and skill trainings. " (Charlotte, volunteer at the project in 2008/09)