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India ICS Blog

Welcome to the official Raleigh International blog for Raleigh ICS India! Here you will find regular updates, stories and photos of our life on expedition, the challenges and the impact of our sustainability projects on communities. Keep up to date with us and stay in touch by posting your comments below!

C K Palayam - Participatory Rural Appraisal

After spending the initial 2 weeks integrating thoroughly with the local villagers via a range of social activities, weeks 3 and 4 were mainly focussed on getting down to business – i.e. undertaking the Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA).  The PRA provides the focus of Raleigh’s work within Phase 1 of the project; and through the various activities hopes to highlight key areas for future projects through obtaining invaluable local knowledge.

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India Romeo 10 - Soligara Doddi

On Friday 11th we hosted two sports days at the local primary and secondary school.  After getting ourselves organised and eating a breakfast of nutella and pooray, a traditional indian sweet bread which is deepfried and tastes similar to a battered mars bar we headed off. The schools are located in one of the villages nearest to Solligaradoddi, 4 kilometres away called Diaganare.

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Vanakkam from Kottadai!

IR9 have settled into village life after one week of our placement. Kottadai is surrounded by the beautiful hills of Tamil Nadu with an unbeatable panoramic view from the shower. To date, we have visited the homes of villagers, the local primary school and walked to a viewpoint through the surrounding farmland and rugged, hilly land surrounding Kottadai. As we are in the hills, it often rains and so the land is lush and green.

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India Romeo 4 - C K Palayam

The village of C K Pallayam has 90 Families with approx. 300-350 individuals within the village, approx 60-80 houses within village. 20-30 of which are youths, 60-80 children within the village. The village was found in  400 BC and the people belong to Hindu religion-Lingayat community is the sub-cast.  The main income comes from the men of the villages working as day labourers and on their own farm land. Woman labourers from the village get Rs.100 per head as well as breakfast and lunch, where as male labourers get Rs.200 per head as well as breakfast and lunch.

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India Romeo 3 - Hongalavadi

We arrived in Hongalavadi on the 2nd July and have set up our camp in the community hall. When we got here we had to clean out the hall of flying ants, spiders and a scorpion and cleared the attached old weaving shed of weeds and cow poo so that we had space to cook and sleep!

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