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J’OSE Volunteers at Sharana

A group of 40 Volunteers from J’Oeuvre de secours aux enfants: Relief work for Children (J’OSE) arrived at Sharana for the group’s annual visit to Pondicherry, this past month.

Volunteers at an orientation with Eric

J’OSE is a Paris-based organization which gathers young adults with the aim of getting them involved in volunteer programs, generally within the Jewish community but also working in general with people in need.
 
Last year, J’OSE organized a volunteer trip for development assistance to India. About 25 volunteers from France visited Pondicherry for two weeks, and worked on medical and educational projects in vilages and slums in and around Pondicherry (at that time under Kalki’s supervision).
 
This year, 40 volunteers participated in two weeks of educational, recreational, and medical camp activities, for the benefit of under-privileged children. The volunteers were here from August 5th to the 18th, and this year were focused on building environmental awareness in their work with Sharana’s children. They organized medical camps and offered spoken English classes at the Evening school/ Homework Help Center. They worked a lot with waste materials such as plastic bottles and newspaper, showing children how waste can be re-used and even transformed into such things as pencil holders, and even musical instruments.
 
The group also took the Shelter children for a daylong picnic. The photos below are from that day’s activities.

 
The schedule and itinerary for the volunteers was organized entirely by Amala Devi, who has become quite skilled in balancing the needs of such large volunteer groups and those of Sharana’s many and diverse groups of children.
 
Sharana has a steady stream of volunteers who share their time, energies, and ideas with the children and social workers in our various programs. To find out about the possibilities of volunteering, please consult our Volunteer Information Page.

Kalki’s programs come under Sharana

In early February 2012, Sharana agreed to a merger with another local NGO with similar goals and projects, Kalki Welfare Society. Here we provide you with a background to Kalki, and a synopsis of how the merger integrates with Sharana’s existing projects.

Kalki Welfare elfare Society was a non-profit organization established in June 2008, with a mission to provide protection and assistance to the streetchildren of Pondicherry. Kalki was committed to a world where all children areprotected, have access to proper food, education and healthcare, a world in which no child is left alone, forced to work, or beg.  Kalki’s programs, now integrated with Sharana’s own, include (among others):

  1. Drop-in center: A strategic program, aimed at increasing children’s accessto the organization. The M.G. Road drop-in center is often the first point of contactwith street children. It caters to their immediate needs (medicine, hygiene,food, counselling etc.) but in time also guides them toward education orvocational training.
  2. Crèche: Kalki’s crèche accommodates children from infancy to pre-school age. Children arepicked up by van in the mornings, and returned to parents in the evenings. Theaim is to provide a safe, structured environment for young children, off thestreets.
  3. Program for Adolescent girls: Focus is on developing workshops and activities for girls 12 and older, to create trusting, stable environments in which young women without family or community support canexpress themselves and gain self-confidence.
  4. Mobile Library: Outreach program providing books, games, and education al materials to isolated communities with little access to formal education.
  5. HIV program: In partnership with Jeeva Nivas, a residential care home for orphan or abandoned HIV infected children, to provide medical, emotion, economic, educational support to 120 HIV infected children in the districts of Pondicherry and Cuddalore.
  6. Shelter Program: A short term (1 day-2 weeks) and longer term (up to 1 year_ residential program for approximately 30 at-risk children, most of whom attend school during the day and are cared for by Sharana staff in the evenings and nights.

The above summary indicates clearly that Kalki’s mission and approach are harmonious with Sharana’s focus on social development,child welfare, and educational empowerment. Kalki’s assets, employee workforce (staff, social workers), and programs are being integrated with Sharana’s existing projects. Our hope is that this merger should bring together the capabilities and strengths of two organizations insuch a manner as to extend Sharana’s programs and enable new forms of community outreach. Our goal is to ensure that the merger takes place seamlessly, with minimum disruption and maximum benefit to Kalki’s beneficiaries.

Read more about the specific programs that have been added to Sharana’s projects by exploring the links on the left column of your screen.