I know back in England, Ireland and Europe, the sound of rain has been a little too constant of late, here in India however, that very sound has not been heard since January. So you can imagine our surprise and delight to wake to the patter of rain on the roof this morning!
Wednesday 31 March 2010
Hi everyone I just wanted to take this opportunity to explain about the blog and how we operate it. Your messages are published -unless they contain sensitive information. Our vehicles visit each group at least once during phase. On the day the vehicle is leaving, everything that has been posted is printed out and taken for the group to read. The blog messages are then printed again for changeover and everyone has the chance to see the blog messages when they access the internet. For important messages - eg flight changes, baby arrivals etc we pass the message on during comms check in the morning or evening.
Tomorrow the vehicle will go down to the two treks in Kerala, this is a two day journey so it will be there on the weekend, another vehicle will go to Charlie 2. Trips to Echo 4 and Echo 5 are planned for next week, and a vehicle will take the blog to Charlie 4 at some point in between. When posting messages it is always best to post them on the most recent blog so they don't disappear on us. We work very hard to share the stories of 10C with everyone and we want it to be as interactive as possible but please understand that the project sites are remote and we have our limitations.
I am very proud of the blog and the effort that has been put into it by our wonderful team of volunteers and I love how much it means to everyone. There are great stories happening here on a daily basis and I promise that we do our best to share them with you as they happen.
Posted by Raleigh India at 11:32
Sunday 28 March 2010
So where have they gone????
First is our brand new project Charlie 2 led by Sophie Cragg ( our finance wizard, who is now turning her hand to become a Project Manager) Rita and Kripa.
This project group will work in partnership with the Centre for Tribal and Rural Development Trust in the mountainous Nilgiri district, Tamil Nadu. They will live alongside and work with the 40 inhabitants of the Kudimery hamlet, a remote forest community belonging to the Paniya indigenous tribal group to refurbish the simple homes for the 12 families. Living conditions are very basic and their substandard housing is the cause of much hardship and contributes to poor health. The group will repair roofing, plaster and create new pits for disused toilets. This work will facilitate a healthier standard of living whilst enabling them to retain their tribal customs and cultural identity.
Liselotte van Westerveld
We also have a new Charlie 4. This project group is at Madapura, a hamlet, which is part of Kallambalu Panchayat Panchayat in H.D.Kote Taluk. The village is situated 20 kms away from the Taluk headquarters and 65kms from Mysore. On the road to Gaddige, 1 km outside the village lies the Morarji Desai Boarding School.This is a Government residential school that is actively supported by MYKAPS as it provides middle school education for children from scheduled tribes from over 40 villages in the H D Kote Taluk.
The school currently has only two classrooms for 180 pupils and 15 teachers and they have to share the use of four toilets. The project group will complete an additional single storey classroom and a smaller computer training room. Also the group will build 6 new toilets (3 boys / 3 girls) and renovate two further toilets. On completion the school will have an improved basic infra-structure to be better able to accommodate and teach the 180 students.
Pien van der Heijden
The Echo groups are continuing the amazing work that has been carried out in the first phase.
Sam Dash continues where he left off last phase at Echo 4 but this time takes Priya Shah and Clive Harrison with him. The group will complete the journey to this remote paradise in two legs, first by bus before they are dropped to trek the last 9km. In addition to continuing work on the Elephant Proof Trench, they will also focus on desilting adams on the edge of the forest. This is one of a limited number of water sources for local wildlife and increasing its capacity is essential.
Echo 5 will be led by Kevin Walker, Tom Blincoe and Rosie Edwards. Kev spent the first phase helping out here at field base and our loss at field base is definitely Echo 5's gain! The Scottish, Ginger Menace (his mother's words not ours) is a drummer in a band, has a degree in Applied Sports Sciences and is a constant source of fun and entertainment. Dr Tom is also heading out after a memorable time in fieldbase where he kept us all enthralled with his ridiculous knowledge levels about everything and entertained with his multi talents including the production of our very own Bond film.
Tassilo von Hirsch
Ruth de Sainte Croix
And finally the trekkers! They are both going to God's own country, Kerala. New "survival" days have been incorporated when the groups will build jungle baschas as well as put their new 'chicken' skills to the test. Joing the group is Jo our comms officer who stayed up to write this blog and ensure you were all kept in the loop. She will be back mid phase with photos and tales to tell. We will of course do our best to fill her shoes and keep you up to date as the phase unfolds.
Our fieldbase team has also changed. Helen has stepped into fieldbase medic and has already made many many plans on other tasks she will set her mind to and no doubt achieve, there is no stopping this woman! James also comes into to help us out on Logs following a very successful stint on Charlie 1.
I have just completed our comms for the evening and every group has checked in. Again I am amazed by these guys, who despite being absolutely exhausted after long journeys and intense days were as upbeat as ever.
I can't tell you how priveledged I feel to be part of something so amazing. As Mark said in his farewell speech last night, it is hard to believe that just 4 short weeks ago we were strangers, now we definetly feel like a family and one that I am very happy to be part of.
I love this job!
Posted by Raleigh India at 23:24