Chennai Community Service Project:
Chennai, India July 26 - August 26, 2015
Chennai, a city in Southern India, has a population of 4.7 million people. In 2014, OVCSF worked with agencies who assisted the abandoned, marginalized women and orphans. Volunteers assisted Chennai based organizations who serve and children women who have experienced abuse, violence, abandonment, and mental health issues.
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, help to empower marginalized women who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse and we will assist remote villages in their community infrastructure building. We are contributing our efforts towards assisting our fellow global citizens. The task may seem overwhelming at times but together we can!
Chennai Partner Organizations
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