There is a large population of visually challenged children in Bhaarat (India). Audio Books are very useful in helping them learn various subjects.
Youth for Seva – Delhi Chapter has been recording Audio Books since Sep 2012. Based on feedback from blind hostels and schools, our understanding of the work is as follows:
- CBSE syllabus, IGNOU syllabus and state boards (in that order) – all need to be recorded
- Recording books in English is simpler due to existence of TTS (Text-to-Speech) software. The shortage is biggest in audio books in Indic languages. Hindi, Telugu and Bangla are where the largest needs exist.
- Younger children also want to listen to stories
- Children want to listen to books like life stories of inspiring personalities.
- Set up a core team that takes consistent care of Audio Book Recording even after the summer vacations.
- Set up separate teams for
- Content Creation (Recording Audio Books)
- Content Tagging as per subject, language, class / Cleaning for noise / Changing formats to a standard
- Distribution of content – by uploading files on internet (soundcloud, google drive etc.)
- Partnerships / coordination – with other NGOs doing similar work, with blind schools etc.
- Record 100 audio books in Hindi during the next 60 days
Ideal Team of Interns :
- 2 – 3 project coordinators / co-coordinators for each section (Content creation / Tagging / Distribution / Partnerships)
- 2 – 3 people to take care of file uploading / website
- 50 – 100 interns / volunteers for recording audio books – can be very well done from home.
Create online and offline campaign against objectification of women.
- Document various cases of objectification of women in popular media.
- Understand current legislation and provisions under which this objectification can be opposed
- Study the success / failure of earlier attempts to protest / fight objectification of women in media / advertising / entertainment.
- Create petitions
Ideal Team of Interns:
- 2-3 teams each having 2 or 3 lawyers / law students for understanding earlier approaches in this regard – like petitions to ASCI (Advertising Standards Council of India).
- One / Two designers (poster design / campaign FB / site design)
- One / Two content creators
Project : Train a group of young adults for a cappella songs
There is a group of musically inclined, visually challenged young adults. The group is called Suranjali. They give performances in public events.
A cappella music is specifically group, or solo, singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. Thus, all sounds are produced only by mouth or tapping on body or whistling.
A few examples of Hindi songs sung a cappella are:
- Pehla Nasha, Pehla Khumar – sung by Ali Wardi
- And this rendition of Ghanan Ghanan and Rubaroo…
Practice a few songs from different genre (Bollywood / nationalist / devotional) in a cappella style
The following traits would be useful :
- Sense of music
- Patience 🙂
- Working with other trainers
TED Talks (https://www.ted.com/talks/browse) bring variety of views on one platform. The talks by subject experts follow a 20 minute limit.
The structure of the TED event itself is designed to promote deep informal interactions amongst the speakers and participants who are curated, and for a long time, were invite only.
Volunteering has gain acceptance over past few years. There are a number of organisations (like Youth for Seva) to facilitate volunteering, and a number of companies who promote volunteering within. The third stake holder would be partner NGOs who work on the ground.
TED is a registered brand name that needs a prior license for using. Our intention is to pick up useful elements from TED / INK talks and create our own version.
Organize a 1 day event for various stakeholders in the volunteering domain. The desired outcome would be better understanding of challenges faced and solutions that have gained traction. Also provide 100 odd participants a platform to intermingle.
Ideal Team :
The following team members are likely to add value:
- Team of 3-5 people to connect with corporates who promote volunteering
- Team of 3 – 5 people to connect with partner NGOs who do on ground work
- Team of 3 – 5 people for creating marketing collaterals, branding, web presence, publicity
- Team of 3 – 5 people for logistics, administration, back end work
- Team of 2 – 3 to take care of resource mobilisation / raising money (not likely to be much effort – since likely to use some corporate / school auditorium)
- 8 – 10 people – one for each speaker – who will work with the speakers to ensure that talks stick to the time limit, remain interesting and add significant value to the attendees.
Useful Reads :
- Must Read
- Useful Links, worth reading
School Kit stands for a school bag, 5/7 notebooks (depending on size), a geometry box, 10 pencils / eraser / sharpener, and laminated health charts. In some areas, a steel plate and spoon are included.
A school kit, not including steel plate / spoon, costs Rs. 300. This includes 10% administrative expenses.
The recipients of school kits are students of un aided, smaller / informal schools in Delhi / NCR. School kits shall also be sent to children in Uttaranchal (last year 2100 kits), Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal and Uttar Pradesh.
The money is raised and the school kits are packed by YFS volunteers themselves. Furthermore, when the kits are taken to schools, some of YFS volunteers accompany the kits and ensure the distribution.
A school kit adds lot of value to young children.
Get kits for 25, 000 school children.
Ideal team of Interns :
- 7 – 10 people for contacting Industry / trade associations and making presentations to them
- 7 – 10 people for contacting MNCs / corporates and making presentations to them
- 3 – 5 people for sourcing the kit materials
- 3 – 5 people for coordination / logistics etc.
Traditional Indic agriculture and village economy has been significantly dependent on Indic cow / bull. While water buffalo has existed since ancient times in India (reference of demon Mahisasur riding a buffalo / slayed by Durga Ma) and milk of other mammals (like goat / yak / camel) has been and continues to be consumed, none except cow was given the title of mother.
Over last 4 decades, the dynamics of agriculture have changed. Following factors have drastically changed and have all lead to Indian cow breeds reaching a precarious situation.
- Wide spread use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides,
- Wide spread use of tractors,
- Milk being sold by fat % – thus giving higher weightage to buffalo milk,
- Destruction of “gauchar” land (village common lands – left fallow for cow grazing),
- Forced hybridization and destruction of native cow breeds by Indian Govts,
- Promotion of export of beef as part of pink revolution and
- Promotion of illegal cattle export to Bangladesh under Mrs. Sonia Gandhi’s UPA regime
The small and marginal farmers, who often used cow dung / urine (with other natural solutions) as fertilizer as well as pesticide and the bull as draught animal, now purchase chemical fertilizers, pesticides and diesel for tractor fuel. 2, 000 Indian farmers have been committing suicide EVERY DAY.
Relooking at cow based agrarian economy in light of changed dynamics and using technological tools now available, a team of technocrat volunteers has been working at a Gau Shaala (cow shelter) having nearly 800 cows, in Ghazipur (Delhi / UP border near Anand Vihar Bus Terminal). Many new innovations have been done.
Interview the subject experts like Shri Subodh Kumar (aged ~ 85 years) – a Gold Medallist in Engineering from BHU, who has spent last 25 years volunteering at the Gau Shaala and reading and understanding the science behind high status traditionally accorded to the cow.
Create a documentary / short films and a self published book that cover areas like :
- What are the differentiating characteristics of milk of Indian cow breeds vs Holstein Friesian, Jersey etc.
- What is the impact of A1 / A2 milks on our health ?
- Why is cow dung considered superior to dung from any other mammal
- Understand how distillates of cow urine – are helping reduce dosage medicines – from anti biotics to anti cancer drugs
- Understand why hybrid cattle were forced on the Indian farmers by the Govt. when Indian breeds have been preserved in US and Brazil
- How did cow breeding techniques lead to Gotra system followed in Hindu marriages (to prevent inbreeding, the bulls were always brought from another herd. The word gotra has gau or cow in its root)
- And many other interesting facts…..
Useful Reads :
About A1 / A2 milk
About destruction and struggle for preservation of native Indian cow breeds
- P Sainath’s articles in the Hindu newspaper, highlighting how hybrid breeds of cows were systematically promoted by the various governments, while destroying the native Indic cow breeds
Ideal Team :
- Interns must have some amount of “shraddha” for this work.While almost the entire team of volunteers at the Gau Shaala comes from technical / science background, and are very keen to freely discuss questions, a bias / preformed opinion against native cow breed protection work will simply not allow the immense amount of required work to happen in short time span available.
- 2 – 3 people to shoot videos
- 2 – 3 people to do story boarding
- 1 coordinator
- 2 – 3 people to take care of video editing work
- 2 – 3 people for video uploading, website / blog updation etc.
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