Chennai Community Service Project:
Chennai, India July 26 - August 26, 2015
OneVillage Community Service Foundation, (est. 2014), a registered Canadian non-profit society is pleased to be sponsoring its second international community development trip to Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Chennai is a city in Southern India, with a population of 4.7 million people. We will work with remote villages, marginalized women and orphans. Our volunteers will assist local, Chennai based organizations to further their goals through activities including empowerment work with women who have experienced abuse and violence well as awareness building and advocacy pertaining to issues directly impacting these women. We will also assist in the promotion of healthy self-concept and relationship building through positive communication skills as well as healthy emotional boundary development with orphans and children from slum communities. We will also be active in animal rescue efforts in Chennai.
There is a great need for assistance in Chennai and India in general. India's population is well over one billion. While the economy has improved, enormous poverty and disparity still exist.
"The poverty alleviation rate in India is the same as it was 20 years back. Every second child is underweight.... Eight of India’s states account for more poor people than in the 26 poorest African countries combined."
From "Street Life in Chennai...where poverty seems permanent" Colin Todhunter
Community Service in Chennai
Our volunteers will be able to foster greater understanding of issues faced by the people we work with in Chennai. We will be able to positively impact self- esteem of small children in orphanages as well as those in slum communities, help to empower marginalized women who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse, and we will help to support marginalised coastal village communities. We will also be involved with animal rescue efforts in Chennai.
OneVillage believes in the idea of global community and we are committed to contributing our efforts towards assisting our fellow global citizens. The task may seem overwhelming at times but together we can!
2015 Chennai Partner Organizations
International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care in Chennai (PCVC) - works with women who have been victims of domestic abuse and violence. Also runs the Distress Line in Chennai
UCan For India- supports coastal Dravidian and Gypsy communities in Mamallapuram, Tamilnadu state to help build more stable housing structures as well as assisting in developing community operations.
RESCUEHERINDIA- works to rescue orphans as well as providing outreach to children in slums.
Blue Cross of India- animal rescue
2014 Chennai Partner Organizations
Hope Torch - Hope To reach Children has a variety of medical, academic and social programs for children living in orphanages.
Gracious Home - Empowering For Life is a home for the elderly, and other people who have been rescued from the city streets;
The Banyan - I exist therefore I am. A mental health organization that has created programs for women, many of whom suffer from mental illness who, through the eyes of society, did not “exist”.
International Foundation for Crime Prevention and Victim Care in Chennai - works with women who have been victims of domestic abuse and violence. Also runs the Distress Line in Chennai
United Way Chennai - works to create long-term social change that produces healthy, well-educated and financially-stable individuals and families.