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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!

Welcoming in the Autumn 2014 ICS Team Leaders and field base team

We are all really excited and pleased to have our team arrive. Over the past couple of days our Indian team leaders have been arriving at field base and thursday was the day that the UK team leaders finally landed on our doorstep.

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Namaskara! Welcome to the official blog of ICS 14 U&V

Namaskara! Welcome to the official blog of ICS 14 U&V. Here you will be able to follow the volunteers as they embark on their sustainable development placements, working alongside rural communities and local project partners to achieve a common goal.

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Namaskara for what I believe to be the penultimate blog post of this year’s India Yankee 2...!!

It is a few days into Phase 2 and all of our materials for construction have arrived! All of the foundations for the 15 participants of the toilets have been prepared and we are well on the way with our building!!

Phase 1 saw the establishment of a very solid and beneficial relationship with the local government, who will most likely be managing the long term upkeep of the toilets we build and kitchen gardens we are hoping to put in place before we leave. They are hopefully providing employment cards for the villagers, entitling them to better pay, and are aiming to aid the implementation of a government scheme whereby rural households can apply for money to build a toilet for themselves- a scheme that was yet to be seen in any of the villages in the Venkatagiri Colony area. As an extension of this relationship with the local government, a small team of both UKVs and ICVs visited the District Office when we visited Mysore for a few hours in Mid-phase Review. Amidst the excitement of there being a KFC in Mysore, and the opportunity to buy gifts for those at home, the meeting was a success and procured Yankee 2 the support that we were hoping for in order to sustain the work that we do before our time in the Venkatagiri Colony, and India, is up.

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Namaskara to you, I’ll see you in a while. I’m sure time will fly so remember to smile....

After 5 days of reflection and training at Field Base, we travelled back, taking a detour alongside India Yankee 2 to Nanjangud and Chikkadevan Betta to visit their respective temples. We were met at Nanjangud temple by an elephant that blessed us with its trunk! The temple was typically Indian and reminded us of what a vibrant, diverse and beautiful country we are in, which is sometimes forgotten in the peaceful bubble of village life. The temple we visited was over 400 years old and offered a place of worship to many gods. As you walked towards a statue, the ritual was followed: a blessing followed by a bindi added to your forehead and a drink of holy water. It was a really great opportunity to experience Indian culture.

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IR9 Celebrates Indian Independence Day

Friday 15th August marked the 68th year since India gained independence and IR9 team members enjoyed commemorating the day with villagers in Kottadai. The day begun early with team members decorating the local primary school grounds in coloured bunting, balloons and a Rangoli ground-mural of India, using colours of the Indian flag, all in readiness for the school celebrations, commencing at 9am. The children had excitedly informed us of the celebrations they had prepared for the day so as to ensure our prompt attendance at the school. There was a real air of excitement in the morning amongst village children and volunteers alike as everyone dressed in their best clothes (and pinned on the essential Indian flag) and appreciated the bright decorations, a real spectacle in the morning sunshine.

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