EVERY DROP COUNTS
- chantiers 1-3 semaines
- Code : RC-30/17
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG /
- Age : 18 - 9
RUCHI is a non-profit organisation committed to integrated community development since 1983 in the hilly areas of Himachal Pradesh, northern India.
Volunteers will work on water conservation work as well as educating people on importance of water in life. Water is a precious resource and it is widely recognised that if there is going to be a Third World War it will be for water. In this area, despite a good rainfall, there is a shortage of water during dry months. RUCHI has introduced various measure to conserve every drop of water to meet needs of people. Poor quality of water leads to serious health problems. The creative volunteers can develop some relevant education materials and all will have opportunities to be involved with physical construction works at sites.Time permitting, volunteers may also be involved in cleaning existing water bodies. During monsoon and winter rains these structures receive silt from upstream which reduces the storage affecting ground water recharge. The work will desilt/renovate the structures for effective reservoir of water.
Volunteers will live in the RUCHI campus/host families in shared accommodation. Asian squat type toilet and English WC will be available. Vegetarian food will be served. A cook will be there but volunteers are expected to help him and occasionally cook their own meals. Self-management is required. Meantime volunteer can learn Indian cuisine (cooking). Bed sheets and sleeping bags are required.
Baddi is a fast growing industrialized township of Solan district. It is close to Chandigarh city which is famous for its Rock Garden. RUCHI has launched an integrated project in 30 villages and slums. The area is situated at an altitude of 1000 to 3000 feet above MSL. The volunteer will work on the project in these 30 villages. Health, sanitation and water is a serious problem in the area and the project aims at improving these facilities.Self organized city tours and excursions. Old Sikh and Hindu temples in the near vicinity can be visited. Nearby Kasauli town is another hill station as a tourist attraction. A visit to Shimla will offer an opportunity to see high Himalayan Mountains.
No specialised skills required
Presently, RUCHI head office is located in a new complex called the Technology Resource Centre (TRC). The office a centre of technology transfer came into force, in the year 1994 as an extension program of CAPART, of the Ministry of Rural Development. The objective is to promote, develop and modify the rural technologies. Situated in the hills of Solan district in Bandh village, this centre has been the hub of all activities.
RUCHI has focused through the years on promoting sustainable anthropocentric development through empowerment â€“ by providing assistance and technical support to the underprivileged, showing them the way to minimize dependence and thus attain a better life â€“ rather than just through charity. RUCHIâ€™s founders felt there was a need for a committed workforce to initiate the process of development at the grassroots level, encouraging individual and community participation in the process.