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UCD Volunteers Overseas

Northeast India Project

UCDVO works in partnership with two organisations in Northeast India; Assam Don Bosco University in Guwahati, Assam (community development) and the Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre in Shillong, Meghalaya (physiotherapy).

In Assam, the objectives of the project are two-fold; intercultural learning and community development. The project involves volunteers from Ireland and India working together to renovate Anganwadis (pre-schools) and run workshops in in response social issues explicitly identified by the community during house visits. Volunteers also carry out a number of awareness raising activities, such as awareness rallies, street theatre and the production of grassroots comic books.

The primary objective of the Anganwadi renovations is to create a clean and safe space to be utilised by the community; as a pre-school, a community centre or a youth club. In the past, workshops and awareness raising have covered English language enhancement, and awareness on alcoholism, human rights, domestic violence and health & hygiene.

 

In Shillong, UCDVO volunteers are based at the Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre. Their work there includes a residential camp on disability awareness and physiotherapy programmes for families and children with physical disabilities and outreach programme with the local community.

 

UCDVO Key Project Achievements 2014 - 2017

  • Physiotherapy students held health awareness programmes in a local villages in Meghalaya
  • Equipment were provided to the children of the residential camp in Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre
  • Physiotherapy support and community outreach, Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre Shillong
  • Renovation of multiple Anganwadi (pre-school) centres in Assam
  • Organisation of a community exhibition, bringing together villages to showcase the work completed during the programme
  • Production of “Comics for Social Change” book which highlights local and global inequalities
  • Increased awareness of domestic workers’ rights through street play performances
  • Increased understanding of working in a multicultural context
  • Increased activity among the youth through sports and language classes
  • Skills development for women’s groups in the area of handicrafts and increased potential for income generation through sale of products
  • Formation of women’s groups and girls’ clubs
  • Physiotherapy support and community outreach, Ferrando Speech and Hearing Centre, Shillong
  • The production and distribution of resource booklets for Anganwadi workers
  • Increased awareness of alcoholism, domestic abuse and land rights through street theatre