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Founded in 2008, the NGO InMaLanka acts in priority with the poorest population of South India, Sri Lanka and Madagascar. Its actions focuses on supporting education, nutrition and local development.

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31 août 2012 5 31 /08 /août /2012 22:43

Hello everyone!

 

We are now living at the Little Angels School three days a week since two months. We set up there a household-waste sorting and recycling program including a compost and a vegetable garden.

At the begining it was a difficult mission : when we explained our project to the teachers we understood that it will be difficult for them to appropriate this concept. Indeed, we wanted to convey a completely unfamiliar notion. Fortunately, Anand, InMaLanka's and Desire India's assistant, was really enthousiastic to act for the environment. He was really helpful to put the garden and the compost in place, also to set up the household-waste sorting action. Indeed, he is the one who brings the plastic bottles and papers to the collectors who collect often in the village. 

 

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The future garden: above all, making the floor waste-free


As it goes along teachers by dint of discussions and children by dint of fun and educational activites about sorting out and about the garden, they understood the utility of this program.

Today children are able to separate papers (and recycle it!), plastic bottles, organic wastes and normal wastes. They have now all the responsibility of this project, we really hope it will be useful for them.

We have also given english classes to the teachers and assitants of the Little Angels School. In order to close these two months they asked us to prepare a small exam which permit us to see how much they improved their english because of their motivation and their will.

We would have liked to continue this exchange longer to observe their progresses in this language.

 

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This article close our stay in India as interns for InMaLanka NGO and we will get back soon to this blog to speak to you about an event in France for the NGO.


This internship was really rewarding as human as well as a professional view!

 

See you soon !

Morgane and Ninon.

 

Photos by Ninon

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27 août 2012 1 27 /08 /août /2012 16:22

 



 

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22 août 2012 3 22 /08 /août /2012 20:41

InMaLanka has elaborated a program of access to light through solar energy. Photovoltaic panels are installed on the roof of the house of a solar entrepreneur in the village. Connected to junction boxes, they are used to load solar lanterns. Villagers can rent a lantern at a lower cost to the entrepreneur. The material is provided by our organisations. During the first year the entrepreneur, selected on various criteria by InMaLanka and its partner, is supervised on financial management and trained to maintain the lanterns. At the end of the year, NGOs leave but keep their position as adviser and operates a regularly monitor of the program. The entrepreneur is free to maintain her/his project in the actual state or to extend it, the initial material remaining the property of the NGOs. This program has already been pilot tested in another region of India. It is under study in Andhra Pradesh following many requests from people who suffer from regular power cuts of up to 13h daily. Morgane and Ninon studied the response made ​​by the villagers about a new "greener" and cheaper solution than traditional kerosene systems.

Blanche Mattern, South Asia Project Manager

 

Hello!

 

Here we are, coming back from Andhra Pradesh where we spent several days in few villages in order to present the solar project to the villagers.

 

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The first day we presented the project to the coordinators, then we went to the fist village: Venumbakkam in Nellore district, a village of 200 persons. Then, we visited Chilamuru a village of 100 tribal families, Puderu (200 families), Yellasiri (a forest area of 200 tribal families) and Ramapuram, a village of 130 dalit and tribal families.

 

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We had prepared some posters with pictures to explain the project by paying no heed to the language barrier and make the project clear and understandable to all. We also presented a skit depicting a villager renting a lanter from a solar entrepreneur. Following our presentation, we had an exchange time with the villagers so they can give their opinions and ask questions. A local coordinator was present and translating what we were saying.

 

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On the whole villagers were realy interested, responsive, enthousiastics and concerned. They also asked a lot of questions and explained that the lanterns will be useful to them: elderies will be able to go outside during the night without falling down, children will be able to study and women to cook when the night is rising. It seems to be a pressing need.

 

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In Venumbakkam we received a really warm welcome with dances performed by the villagers, flowers, sweet milk and biscuits.

Those days allowed us to meet the rural population and to see their living conditions. It was a reach experience for both of us!

 

Morgane and Ninon

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20 août 2012 1 20 /08 /août /2012 07:00

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And the desks and the benches

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17 août 2012 5 17 /08 /août /2012 07:35

Children and teaching staff of Little Angels School presented a dance and sketches program on August 15th to mark the 65th anniversary of Indian independence.

 

The indian flag raising ceremony was held at 9am.

 

India gained independence on 15 August 1947 after long years of struggle. It is worth remembering that today, even if India is a free country, many citizens are still fighting for their rights. Even today, 65 years after the independence of their country, many are scorned by the society because they belong to a particular caste, religion or minority. Numbers are those who are prisoners of their condition and have no access to basic rights: health, quality education, adequate nutrition or normal sanitary conditions.

 

Today it belongs to all to change the rules of the game and continue to fight for underprivileged populations. It is up to today's children to be responsible for what will be India tomorrow.

 

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G.Israel, President of Desire India, raising the indian flag

 

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The children singing Jana-Gana-Mana, the national anthem

 

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Painting made by the LKG and the UKG and exhibit during the day

 

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It was the 65th independence day birthday but the 66th celebrations, the first one was on the date of the liberation: 15 august 1947

 

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Krishna!

 

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We had the honor of meeting Nehru in person!

 

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And a last picture: the new desks and benches. Thanks to your, our generous donors!

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30 juillet 2012 1 30 /07 /juillet /2012 17:52

 

Hello !

 

We are two students in first year of city planning and tourism development studies at the institute of technology, Périgueux (France). For our universitary cursus, we have to go abroad for an intership of 8 weeks.

Here we are, from July, 3rd to August 27th, working in Chennai (at the NGO office) and in Thirumullaivoyal at the Little Angels School.

 

When we arrived at the school, children found us intriguind but stayed studious.

 

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We spend three days a week at the school where we are organizing a lot of games and activities with the children. We also work at the night school.


Nowadays, India is facing an important environemental issue. It is why we decided to make the children aware about separating the rubbish and recycling.

We will set up a system of household-waste sorting with several dustbins and made an organic compost which will permit to create a vegetable garden.

 



We explained our project to the teachers and prepared some activities in order to make this project understandable for children in a playing way.

We would like to present our project to the parents and make it apply in the village.

 

Anand, who assist at the school and at the office, started to prepare the place where we will build the compost box and make the vegetable garden, he is really involved in this project.


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Teachers and school assistants asked us to help them to improve their englis. So, each day, after school time, we are talking for one hour about various subjects and it helps them to become more fluent and understandable in english.

 

The rest of the week we work in several subjects : presentation of a solar project in Andhra Pradesh, communication and organization of an event in France.

For the solar project we prepared a workshop with four posters which will permit to the villagers to understand fully and easily the project and to appropriate it. We will go three days in several villages to present our superbs posters !

The event we organize is a three days event (March 2013). The goal of this project is to introduce the NGO to the public and raise some funds. We are working on this project with two others students of our institute.

During those three days, there will be concert, projection of short movies and debates, lectures. The public will be able to eat typical meals from India and also walk through a little 'local colors' market!

 

 

We will write again on the blog to explain you how our internship is going on.

Talk to you soon!

 

Morgane and Ninon

 

 

Photos: Ninon


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23 juillet 2012 1 23 /07 /juillet /2012 12:23

One of our regular followers Mr. Charles Mattern visit us and came to meet the villagers of southern Andhra Pradesh.

 

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Mr. Mattern and Mr. Israel, President of Desire India, talking with a villager

 

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Mr. Mattern with the villagers

 

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A villager with his flock

 

The academic year finished on April and children came back to school on June 4th, 2012. At the end of summer break we reunite the children of the village of Ramapuram and distribute sport games like cricket bat or tennis racket. An afternoon of play before a new year of school!

 

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20 juillet 2012 5 20 /07 /juillet /2012 12:01

The annual day of the school was celebrated at the end of march. It was the occasion for the children to show us their talents! 


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In April, edutainment notebooks were distributed to children thanks to the donation of Cécilia and Gilberte. The kids spent the afternoon learning English by coloring!


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The academic year ended in April and children get back to school in June 4th. A big thank New students who have just joined the class of Pre-KG slowly adapt themselves to school life. And it is with pleasure that I can see the oldest follow evening classes at school. They continue to attend classes diligently and with great results.

A very encouraging result and that made me heartwarming is Jagdhish, a child like no other. When he came to the Little Angels School for the first time, he hardly knows how to walk and talk, it is now able to cope alone and write a few words, he gets along well with other children and his teachers!

 

In June, I met all the sponsored children during a meeting with their parents. These meetings are held regularly to monitor their progress, to spend time together and also to make annual reports, drawings for sponsors and meet the parents.

 

Two volunteers - Amandine and Vincent - visited the school in June and currently two French teachers are helping their. Those volunteers were sent by the structure of Marion (a partner of Desire India). Two students of the IUT of Perigueux are currently training at InMaLanka, they participate in school life three days a week and launch a new chapter for the Little Angels School through their program on household-waste sorting (they will talk to you soon on the blog).

 

UKG will benefit soon of new equipment. The carpenter of the village is currently making benches and desks. We preferred to entrust this task to run the local economy rather than buying ready-made factory equipment.

 

Mr. Mattern, who also went to meet the villagers in Andhra Pradesh, has visited the school and meet some children during the holidays. We thank him for his generous donation which will pay 30% of costs of production of the new benches and desks. We also thank Amanda and Vincent for their participation in this project, and the structure of Marion for the fundraising action they made in France.

 

Photos of benches and desks soon!

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18 juillet 2012 3 18 /07 /juillet /2012 16:40

Since february, I visited several times the districts of Nellore and Prakasam, Andhra Pradesh.

 

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Photo of maps in the school walls in Andhra Pradesh

The maps are written in telougou, language of the State

Andhra Pradesh is the second state from the bottom, in green on the indian map

Nellore District is in green, second one from the bottom. Prakasam District is in pink, next to Nellore.


A visit to the village of Verat Nagar, where Desire India and its partners have opened a night school, has highlighted several problems.

Verat Nagar is a small village of collectors. In other words, all the villagers had the same main source of income: they pick up trash, take them to the village where they are sorted in order to resell what they can to collection centers (bags, plastic or glass bottles...).

 

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This work does not allow the villagers to obtain sufficient resources to meet their daily expenses, so they use begging in the nearby town. 

Apart from the problems that can cause this type of work in terms of health, the waste being stored in the village, the village faces several issues on water and sanitation aspect. There are no toilets, water pumps, the used water are stagnating becoming a paradise for mosquitoes ...

 

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One of the two tube wells of the village

 

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In blue: a place to take shower, in green!!! the waste water


Another major problem is the water quality. Water is very heavily polluted with fluorine and not consumable, the villagers having no alternative, but to use it, are developping skeletal fluorosis that can in the most severe cases lead to death.

 

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A 10 years old boy suffering from dental fluorose


An action plan has been prepared and submitted to Desire India in order to develop a program to act on various levels. It consists first to hold health camps and awareness campaigns on waste (the village is a dump), then work on the sanitary facilities (toilets facilities, a place to wash with evacuation of wastewater and fixing the water pumps) and water treatment then to develop income-generating activities that would allow self-sufficiency of the villagers.

 

Another theme has been central in my field survey: access to health. Indeed, most of the villages where Desire India is currently working do not have access to medical structures. In some places you need 45 minutes of transportation to reach the first clinic and.... there is no transport! The solution in case of major emergencies is to bring a vehicle, but the villagers do not have sufficient incomes to afford this kind of cost, so generally they do not see any doctor. Another problem: teenage pregnancy and child marriage. The region is marked by this problem, girls are usually married by 15 and have their first child around 16 with health problems and dangers that come with it. We are working on developing a mobile clinic that would hold health camps from village to village to promulgated cares and refer needed cases to the medical units concerned. This kind of camp will warn people about contraception and why women do not have to get pregnant to young. We are also working on an action plan to prevent child marriage. In India it is forbidden to marry before age 18 for girls and 21 for a boy. According to District Level Household Survey (2007-2008), 51.9% of the women aged from 20 to 24 were married before 18.

 

An other project is being developed. In the villages, there is a lack of electricity access. Most of the villagers are using kerosene system on the night. Those are harmful to health, to environment, expensive and do not give much light. A project to allow access to light to anyone has been developed based on solar energy and rural entrepreneurship.

We will visit again the villages at the end of the  month to hold information meetings and target the villages where the project will be implemented. 

 

An other action has been decided. Three years ago, Desire India has set up night school in dalit and tribes area. Unfortunately, the funds are lacking, InMaLanka therefore decided to re-evaluate the program and search for more funds that will enable those 12 schools serving nearly 400 children every day to continue to exist. Schools allow in one hand to give some tution to children attending school in overcrowded classrooms, in other hand to teach basic schooling for children who are not going to school, a small snack is also distributed to each child.


Here, we really urgently need your help! If you wish to donate, it is the moment!

 


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