Project Kodaikanal, India

Challenge:

In Kodaikanal, most families come from the lower strata of the income bracket, forcing both parents to work underpaid manual labor jobs. As a result, children are raised by the older generations and their overall nutrition is typically neglected. FIMRC programs address the children's physical and psychological wellbeing. FIMRC Ambassadors/Fellows will be challenged to contribute to the crèche's efforts with their own holistic approach to community development projects.

Mentor/Staff Support:

Ambassadors/Fellows will partner with the Field Operations Manager, a crèche coordinator, and crèche nurses in project development and implementation.

Commitment:

Ambassadors/Fellows are expected to be present during crèche hours, Monday through Friday, 9am to 4.30pm.

Housing and Transportation:

Project Kodaikanal provides comfortable living quarters at the Volunteer Guest House in Observatory, Kodaikanal, just 5 minutes from one crèche. The Volunteer Guest House is located three kilometers from downtown, providing convenient access to grocery stores. The secure living quarters are dormitory style and include internet, hot water, use of the kitchen, and cleaning services.

Cost:

Details are available upon request during the recruitment process.

Visa Requirements:

FIMRC India Ambassadors/Fellows work on 190 day tourist visa that can be purchased for $25.00 at the Indian Embassy. It usually takes 10 days to process the application. There are different options to renew a visa for Ambassadors/Fellows on site beyond 190 days. The Field Operations Manager will facilitate this process in country.    

Ongoing Projects:

  • Health education sessions for the women of the community with special focus on prevention.
  • Community development programs at communities.
  • Providing support for the nutrition program at the crèches.
  • Development on new programming based on new monitoring and evaluation techniques of nutrition program within crèches.
  • Health tracking system to track the children's health status at the crèche.
  • Development of a comprehensive health outreach initiative based on results from health tracking survey executed in 2010.

Featured Ambassador


Gieric Laput first became involved with FIMRC in December 2008 when he volunteered as a Global Health Volunteer at the Las Delicias clinic. His loyalty to FIMRC’s mission continued in 2009 with a trip to Project Alajuelita under the Global Health Volunteer Program. After graduating from the University of Michigan in 2010 with a major in Biochemistry and minors in Health Policy Studies and Art History, Gieric once again looked towards FIMRC to put his multiple talents and interests to use, applying for a position as a FIMRC Ambassador. Gieric’s interest in art as a medium for youth and community development earned him a spot on Team El Salvador, where he served as an Ambassador from May to July 2010. Gieric is currently preparing for medical school and is also involved with Beyond Basics, a non-profit organization that offers art and literacy enrichment programs to children attending Detroit public schools.

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