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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!

The Start of Oscar 10 – The Beginning of 6 Awesome Committees & 10 Incredible Weeks.

Thursday 12th

It’s been an eventful, tiring, yet very rewarding first week for Oscar 10. We arrived to our remote rural village, Kannur, on the afternoon of Thursday the 12th. It is one of the biggest communities that Raleigh has worked within, with a population of 3,152. A challenging size, and a challenge we are very excited to get to grips with straight away.

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Charlie 11 feeling part of Laxmipura Hadi

Namaskara from India Charlie 11! We are very excited to be posting to you from Laxmipura Hadi, a village belonging to the ancient tribe of Jenu Kuruba or “the honey gatherers”.  We have already tried the best fresh honey we have ever eaten. Our first week has been very busy, interesting and exciting. From the offset we were welcomed with flowers, hospitality and smiles, and helped us finish preparing our accommodation.  We had our first Village Meeting that very night with 40 villagers, all gathered around a bonfire on mats, which was the most exciting start that we could wish for!

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Charlie 6 settling in to Majjige Halla Farm

Majjige Halla farm is one of the tribal areas located inside the forest, amongst coffee and black pepper fields. These tribes are particularly neglected and in need of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) improvements and so there is a large scope for us to make a real difference.

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Namaskara from Oscar 4!

The villagers of Budubalu welcomed us with open arms to their village with an incredible reception of dancing, singing, flowers, and rangoli powder. After four days of intense training at the Raleigh field base, the whole team was blown away by this welcome. After setting up at our accommodation, we formed committees to help run the project for the next ten weeks. Every committee has a UK volunteer paired with an in country volunteer – this promotes the ICS principle of Diversity, as well as adding to Cross Cultural Learning.

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Oscar 3 - A warm welcome and festivities

 

Nestled amongst the striking hills that surround the village, Shanthinagar is a small mostly Catholic community of around 500 people. It really is a picturesque village, but in the summer months it suffers from a shortage of water. Sometimes this means that the villagers must choose what necessities they use their water for, a decision no one should have to make. Shanthinagar has been nothing but welcoming to our group, perhaps epitomized by the first couple of days…

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