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September 2023

Smile mission, a smile for future

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This month, thanks once again to your donations, a new project was born: the “Smile mission” within the Shanti School of our partner SEVAI. Funds were raised to purchase oral hygiene kits: kits consisting of a toothbrush and toothpaste contained in small bags for transport. These bags were notably sewn from old masks used during the COVID period. The “Smile Mission” will benefit 131 kindergarten children. Agathe, a volunteer in civic service in this school, will be responsible for teaching the appropriate gestures, both simple and sometimes complicated, to these children who do not necessarily have parental figures allowing them to reproduce these gestures. Thank you again for making this project possible!

July 2023

Pilot Project of Busy Bees: a real success

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Over a year ago we launched the Busy Bees project, and after a year of activity we can say that it has been a great success. Since the project began, 104 beehives have been donated to 52 women. This beekeeping project enables these women to supplement their families’ income by spending just 30 to 60 minutes a day. Moreover,  the investment and costs of beekeeping are lower.

One beehive produces 8 liters of honey per year, with 1 liter worth 500 INR (€5,45). This means that families can earn an additional income of around INR 4,000 (€43) a year. With 2 beehives each, the families receive an additional income of INR 8,000 (€87) per year. The women use the money they earned to reinvest in beehives.

March 2023

New roofs for our partner ICOD (West Bengal)

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At our partner NGO – ICOD in West Bengal, we have
successfully completed the first phase of the roof construction
project. The objective of this project is to create a safe and
adequate environment for the residents and also to obtain the
necessary permits for the continuity of ICOD's actions. The new
concrete roof construction will also meet the Indian building
standards. The roofs will replace thatched roofs that are more
vulnerable to climate change. The project is starting with 2
houses - Tagore Bhavan: A home for the Old and unwell
Woman & Mother Teresa Bhavan: A home for the
intellectually and physically disabled Women.

January 2023

Miyawaki method of afforestation

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As part of our efforts to reduce the CO2 impact, we are creating Miyawaki forest at our project sites in Tamil Nadu, India. Over the months, around 6000 trees have been planted as part of this afforestation Program. Miyawaki method of afforestation is a method of growing dense forests on small patches of land. These forests grow much more quickly compared to a conventional forest that may take over 100 years. And as part of this, our partners plant a diverse mixture of trees close together to maximise density and create balance. Through this method, it restores native habitats using native trees.

Octobre 2022

La journée du volontariat français à Delhi

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7 volontaires de OFI et de ses partenaires (SEVAI, ABC) se sont rendus à l’Alliance Française de New Delhi pour célébrer la journée du volontariat Français le 07 octobre 2022, organisée par l’organisation France Volontaires. 18 volontaires français.e.s sont venus des quatre coins de l’Inde et une centaine de personnes ont participé à cette journée.
Les volontaires français et des étudiant.e.s indien.ne.s ont partagé leurs expériences lors de tables rondes. Des sujets comme l’interculturalité, les apprentissages et le volontariat de réciprocité ont été abordés. En cette occasion, les volontaires ont célébré le volontariat comme un moyen de réaliser les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD), au coeur de l’agenda 2030 de l’Organisation des Nations Unies (ONU) pour vivre dans un monde de paix.

Avril 2022

Salles de classe

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La construction de 3 nouvelles salles de classe ainsi que de toilettes et d'un bloc cuisine à l'école de Bichandarkoil de notre partenaire SEVAI (avec l'aide de la Fondation Raja) a commencé.

L'école est située à Trichy dans le Tamil Nadu. Les enfants de cette école (100 enfants âgés de 3 à 10 ans) sont des Dalits, des Tziganes et autres communautés.

Le projet comprend la démolition de l'ancien bâtiment et la construction de nouvelles salles de classe, offrant ainsi des conditions d'apprentissage plus sûres et meilleures aux enfants pauvres. Des dispositions seront également prises pour la construction de salles de classe supplémentaires dans le futur.

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Janvier 2022

Busy Bees

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Busy Bees est un programme d'apiculture de l'ONG Issai destiné à 40 femmes de villages tribaux dans la région de Dindigual. La production de miel est adaptée à ces populations qui n'ont pas de terre. D'autres projets avec la création de groupes d'entraide sont prévus.

Mai 2022

Visite au Tamil Nadu

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En avril 2022, l'équipe OFI a rendu visite à ses partenaires du Tamil Nadu. Ce fut l'occasion de constater les impacts positifs des réservoirs sur la population locale. Nous avons pu également nous entretenir avec les bénéficiaires de nos actions et comprendre plus en détail le fonctionnement des groupes d'entraide (SHGs). L'équipe a eu la joie de constater que les réservoirs étaient pleins malgré les fortes chaleurs. Le niveau élevé de la nappe phréatique est très encourageant et est un témoignage que les projets que nous soutenons ont un véritable impact dans la durée. 
 

Au cours des deux derniers jours, l'équipe OFI a également visité des projets sur la côte du Tamil Nadu.

November 2021

Floods

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Many of our schools and secondary education institutions have been affected by floods and cyclones in West Bengal. We are therefore, in particular for one of our projects in Marakona, doing the renovation work on the classrooms affected by the floods

October, 2021

Watersheds

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The monsoon rains filled our reservoirs/tanks in Tamil Nadu. These are tanks maintained by our NGO partner Gramium.

 August 2022

Opening of St Ignatius School

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Dream India Network  (A long time partners of OFI) are happy to announce the opening of St. Ignatius School under the Back to School program. St. Ignatius School is located in Begur in the outskirts of Bangalore and welcomes children from migrant communities. This project is the result of a close collaboration between OFI, DIN and Vonisha Foundation. St. Ignatius School runs in a rented premises which was renovated to accommodate all the children from  Bridge School and the students who can go back to a regular curriculum. Currently, more than 200 children between the ages of 5 and 14 are availing free education under this program.

September, 2021

School
 

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Schools (grades 9-12) and colleges in Tamil Nadu will reopen from September 1, 2021.

Sevai Shanthi School is preparing to welcome students after a long break. COVID protocols will be strictly followed within the campus. All staff have been vaccinated

August, 2011

Menstrual hygiene

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Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) and access to sanitary napkins is a basic necessity for women. To tackle the lack of access to appropriate menstrual facilities and awareness of menstrual hygiene and health in rural areas, OFI launched a #MHM project at SEVAI Shathi school.

In the first phase of the program, free reusable sanitary napkins are distributed to girls in rural areas. Training sessions are conducted by volunteers and teachers to educate adolescent girls about the importance of using sanitary napkins and hygiene.

July,  2021

Organic agriculture

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Objectif France Inde has always been at the forefront of promoting organic farming through our SHGs in Tamil Nadu. Recently, SEVAI facilitated a workshop on agriculture with “Panchagavya”. It is a biological product and has the potential to play the role of promoting growth and providing immunity to the plant system. When properly mixed and used, they have miraculous effects.

June, 2021

Cyclone YASS

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Thousands of people became homeless after the very violent cyclonic storm Yaas hit the west coast of Bengal in late May 2021. It happens at a time when India is already struggling to cope with its Covid-19 pandemic. Rural homes and farmland have been hit hard. Our partner, Asha Bhavan Center (ABC), was at the forefront of the relief activities. ABC distributed dry rations and baby food to those in need.

June 15, 2021

Tanks in Tamil Nadu

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These are recent photos from the villages of Molapudiyanoor and Kosur in Tamil Nadu where 2 of our watershed projects are being implemented as part of OFI's #LetsCultivateDevelopment initiative. Once a dry and arid land, these areas are now teeming with activities. A healthy watershed provides drinking water, provides food, conserves water, and enables healthy soil for crops and livestock.

May 15, 2021

2nd wave of COVID

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The second wave of the COVID pandemic has hit India very hard. Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are not exempt. Like last year, OFI and its NGO partners Gramium, SEVAI, HUT are actively involved in relief activities.

March 3, 2021

Water for Life

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Our new project in association with Gramium and SEVAI, aims to promote rural development through economic activities based on agriculture. It includes the rehabilitation of hydraulic infrastructure, water and soil conservation, reforestation, drinking water infrastructure, animal husbandry and training for women.

The project - Water for life II, is funded by Alstom Foundation and extends the initial “2020 Water for life” program.

March 23, 2021

Christic Home

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A bigger and more spacious living space for the children of Christic Foster Home. It is managed by Sr. Daisy and supported by OFI as part of the “Small Home, Big Dreams” program in partnership with Dream India Network. The house can accommodate 8 boys aged 5 to 10 years old. The project takes care of their education, food, and accommodation.

February 25, 2021

Training center

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The newly opened training and production center managed by Gramium Trust started operations recently. When fully operational, the center will train 100 women each year and provide employment for 60.

February 8, 2021

Christic Home

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Our #educationforall projects supports disadvantaged children with free education, food, and shelter. Here, the children of Christic Home are having a great time n the playground. This Project is implemented by Dream India Network, in Bangalore and is supported by Objective France India – OFI

January 25, 2021

Education for all

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3 new classrooms built and dedicated to the cause of #educationforall. These classrooms are built in a government primary school in Ramagondanahalli, Bangalore and in partnership with Samridhdhi Trust, and Whitefield Rising and funded by Objectif France Inde - OFI. This will help at least 60 to 90 children from migrant families who have settled in camps every year. For the first time, the government has given permission to provide education in English at this school. Training and running costs will be provided by one of the international schools in Bangalore.

January 20, 2021

Time of harvest!

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The SHGs had a bumper harvest this year after good rains. All the village reservoirs are filled with a good monsoon and the water tables are replenished.

With SEVAI and Gramium, Objectif France Inde - OFI supported several watershed projects in 2020 which produced excellent harvests.

January 12, 2021

Learning Center

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The learning center is built for SEVAI Shanthi school. When completed, this center will have a fully functional library (accommodating around 2,000 children) and space for learning activities. Project initiated and supported by Objectif France Inde

January 4, 2021

New in Kannakapillayur

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Kannakapillayur is a small hamlet in Karur district of Tamil Nadu. With the help of Objectif France Inde - OFI, our partner Gramium Trust has set up a training and production center in this village. This center will train more than 100 young women / men each year in sewing and in cloths production and will provide employment to more than 60 women.

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