Village Volunteers

Village Volunteers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural village and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education, and growth.
Mar 14, 2016

A project that is being duplicated!

Dear Donor,

We are happy to report that plans are underway to add another micro enterprise manufacturing site making sanitary pads in Kenya. We wanted to set up in Kenya because of water hyacinth taking over Lake Victoria a source of fresh water for millions and the importance of providing disposable and biodegradable menstrual hygiene options. 

We decided to set up with New Light in India as our first pilot project to be close to our machinery partner to ensure the program's sustainability.  The alternative menstrual hygiene options offered to rural women are washable pads or expensive commercial pads made from petrochemicals. The washable pads hold  bacteria and can cause urinary track and fungal infections. Commercial pads are hard to dispose and are an environmental and public health threat in areas without adequate disposal options.    

We will be setting up a new plant in Mbita on the shores of Kenya in partnership with Med25. Our plan, like our other plant is to set up a system that employs 20 women who get health insurance and a good income and makes 3,000 pads a day. The profit of the sale of the pads that you purchase will go to educate girls and support gaining an income. The pads will be available to vulnerable girls and women health workers will be selling to women privately while providing public health information. 

Thank you for your support of this important and groundbreaking option for women and girls.

Shana Greene

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Mar 10, 2016

The Important Work Being Done at New Light

Opening of new boys home
Opening of new boys home

Dear friends of New Light,

In order to explain how donations are being used, we feel it important to reiterate the history and current work at New Light. New light is is a registered public charitable trust operating from the terrace of a temple deep inside the red-light district of Kalighat, Kolkata that offers comprehensive community development services. 

The shelter project provides the children of sex workers a safe haven,particularly in the evening hours when streets are the most dangerous and the mothers are working. Initiated by caring for 9 children in the year 2000, the programs of New Light today serves more than 250 children of various age groups.

The services offered by New Light includes education, healthcare, nutritional support, recreational facility, HIV/AIDS care, income generation opportunities for the women and residential care for many of the young children from the community. Legal aid and advocacy against gender based violence are other thrust areas of New Light`s operation.  

Over the years New Light has set up multiple facilities to cater to the needs of children and young adults at risk. New Light Shelter for children not only from the red light district but from the Dalit community with the children of municipal crematorium and sanitation workers who have traditionally been treated as untouchables. All of these children live in equally precarious circumstances, exposed to violence and subjected to discrimination and sociial stigman. In New Light, the children receive support to continue formal education, remideial education, nutrition and healthcare. 

The residentail facility, the Soma Memorial Girls Home is located un the southern fringe of the city to protect adolescent girls at rish. Thrity-seven girls from 6-18 years reside and are cared for by dedicated staff recruited within the community. There is a boys home set up in 2014 with the same dedication to boys who were vulnerable in the influences of the red light district. Outstanding performances in school and in the arts is normal for children from challenging backgrounds who are given a chance their parents didn't have in life. There is also an adult home for students taking their education to the next level. 

Last but not least is Operation Starfish. They meet the growing demands to strenghten care for toddlers who needs are laregly neglected. The preschool follows traditional as well as Montessori system of teaching and accommodates around 50 children up to five years of age to stimulate and nuture. 

Explaining the important work of New Light is our way of saying thank you and to demonstrate the ongoing need to break the chain of oppression by providing children a way forward.  

Thank you,

Shana Greene

Urmi Basu Founder and Director
Urmi Basu Founder and Director

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Mar 1, 2016

Delays but always moving foreard!

Govinda working the land
Govinda working the land

Dear friends,

With delays, based on the slow recovery of Nepal, Govinda at Mountain View Eco Farm is coming along. They are rebuilding as funds are available using earthquake proof technologies. While they are building, they are giving trainings on earthquake-safe masonry. Throughout the rebuilding proecess thay are teaching community members to build their houses with local materials and ensuring their safety in the event of another earthquake.  When they are not able to build, they are planting trees, and continuing their trainings while terracing land, composting and continuing to share their knowledge with their farming community.

For Govinda, Mountain View Eco Farm is a way to share the technologies of abundance based on natural systems. His passion and love of teaching sustainable farming methods is inspiring. Govinda's wife Chetani is college educated and has also chosen to honor sustainable and organic farming education as a noble profession. So many young people go to the cities to try to get jobs because farming is seen as a poor man's life.
Govinfa and Chetana are examples for others to return to the land to provide healthy food that works in harmony with the environment.

Thank you for your generosity in your support of Mountain View Eco Farm and the multiple benefits that are gained in Nepal through sustainable farming.
Shana Greene
growing tumeric
growing tumeric
 
   

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