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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!

Chennagidirra?

Following a crazy couple of weeks, it’s finally time to update our Oscar 4 adventure. Since we last posted a blog, we have had two Community Action Days, the Budubalu Festival, chosen our toilet beneficiaries, selected a secondary (and tertiary) project, returned to Raleigh base for our Mid Phase review and visited a previous Raleigh village nearby for some lemon juice and mural inspiration.

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It’s all About Advocacy in Oscar 10

 

Much progress is being made with the murals in school. This smaller project is part of our awareness raising and resource development committees, reminding the children to continuously wash their hands once we leave and to hopefully initiate a long-lasting change. We also have two walls next to our murals where we hope to get the children involved by using their handprints.

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“Do you want to build a tippy tap?”

 

The main activity for us this week was to prepare and run a community action day (CAD) in the village. Tuesday the 3rd of March was chosen for the CAD with it taking place from 16:00 to 19:00 to allow school children and workers the time to come.

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Charlie-6 WASH Sessions

Week three for Charlie 6 in Majjige Halla has been loaded with taking action on the researched we gathered the previous week. One of the first missions was to decide on what three homes would receive a Raleigh toilet. Taking all the information from the research surveys and inside knowledge of the locals the team have already had an insight on the first two homes.

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Week 2 for Charlie 5

We saw the introduction of household surveys in Ilapura. It is vital for us to find out how well the villagers know their rights and what they are entitled to, along with toilet and disease information and knowledge. This was also a great opportunity for us to integrate even further into the village, as we sat in people’s houses indulging in chai. It became quickly clear that the residents of Ilapura know why we are here and are very pleased by it. We found from our surveys that the villagers has little knowledge of their rights and the government schemes in place to help them install sanitation facilities. This information was well received by our advocacy committee co-chairs who couldn’t wait to get started in getting this community up to speed on such matters.

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