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.
Sep 16, 2015

A More Efficient System!

Dear Donor,

We are excited to announce that the machines for the sanitary pad manufacturing site have a new design by Aakar Innovations. The new machines are efficient, easy to operate and cost effective. With an improved process, the machines make better quality sanitary napkins and instead of 2,000 pads a day, we can now make 2,500 pads and employ 20 women! We have also added equipment to continue research and development of pads made from water hyacinth and other products for women. This project not only affects the life of vulnerable girls who are provided pads during their menstruation cycle but it particularly affects women of the often oppressed Dalit community who have a job and health insurance.

Now is the time to subscribe to your support girls and women at our first sanitay pad manufacturing site in West Bengal, India through our wonderful partner New Light, a shelter and home for the children of sex workers and an advocacy organization for Dalit women.

Any donation is greatly appreciated as we work towards our goal of making a truly sustainable impact on the lives of girls in developing countries.

Thank you for your support!

Shana

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Sep 10, 2015

Two Special Success Stories

Girls at New Light
Girls at New Light

Dear donors,

Thank you for donating to support the education and shelter of the children of the red light district in Kolkata. The New Light shelter is a busy place where volunteers come and go and are always inspired. We love being able to celebrate the successes. The children of sex workers who had been trafficked themsleves, are vulnerable to being sold themsleves. To cut the chain of sex work, it takes education and a safe place to grow. New Light is one of those havens that shines brightly in a sea of darkness. 

Lata and Supriya were admitted into New Light on 3rd October 2006 and 12th March 2007 respectively and there was no looking back. On April 1st, both girls were sent to Soma Home, a safe home where they can study and be away from the red light district and the fear of being sold.  Eventually they graduated from secondary school and became part of Sonar Tori, a home for the girls in continuing education. 

Good humoured, considerate and intelligent Lata is a good student and she loves to be among her friends. Intelligent and studious Supriya enjoys her studies. Supriya likes to act in plays and has won numerous medals for debates and recitations too. She is also training to be a Kathak dancer.

Today, the two have started their training at The International Institute of Hotel Management Kolkata and have added one more feather to their caps. We are so proud of you Lata Mondal and Supriya Majhi!

Thanks for your ongoing support.

Shana Greene, Village Volunteers 

 

Sep 3, 2015

A Personal Recollection of the Earthquake

Dear Donor,

As always, we want to thank you, the donor, Global Giving Grants, and the assistance from volunteers who have traveled to Nepal to work with Govinda.

This is Govindas recollection of the earthquake.

Everything suddenly was shaking so strongly and loudly when we  just started having lunch. Everyone was screaming and running to a safe place in the garden but the earth kept shaking. We can hear people screaming and running out of  buildings, birds were flying, and buildings are failing down. It was even hard to stand so we sat down on the ground and held the grass very tightly. Then after it gradually stopped and the aftershocks were less………more then 10000 of our people died and there were lots of injuries. We lost our beloved house but luckily we  are safe and sound.

Gradually we are rebuilding the farm and thouse an plan a raining centre. We have been already receiving some funds to rebuild the farm from Village Volunteers. through the kind support of friends and Global Giving Some of the funds we already spent for the temporary hut where we live now. At the moment we are in the monsoon season in Nepal so we are waiting for it to stop to work on the rebuiild. During this time we are looking for different types of construction for an earthquake resistant house and researching better material,

By November, we will need a lot of help.  If you want to volunteer to help Mountain View Eco Farm, please contact info@villagevolunteers.org or apply online at https://www.villagevolunteers.org - Govinda

While Govinda and his family lost their home and several farm buildings from the earthquake, they are not deterred from their original goal to  build a training hall to teach during monsoons and other times, a hostel to offer school kids and farmers housing while teaching them about  organic farming, sustainable lifestyle, climate change, and awareness of plastic use and waste etc. Govinda's personal goal is to show youth that being an organic farmer and an environmental advocate is a proud profession. That pot of gold youth seem to want is simply in the soil. 

Shana Greee

Executive Director, Village Volunteers

 

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