In 2007, a group of three volunteers
traveled to Kanda, a rural village in the mountains of Uttarakhand,
where they worked for the Rural Organisation for Social Elevation
(ROSE). The Director of this local grassroots NGO, Mr. Jeevan Lal
Verma, welcomed the volunteers into his family. During their
six-week collaboration with ROSE, volunteers taught English at a
local elementary school and offered tutoring sessions to students
in need of individual attention. BWV volunteers also designed
lessons on environmental sustainability and conducted a school and
street cleanup with the students. One of the volunteers also
conducted administrative tasks to help increase the visibility of
ROSE, writing articles, communicating with potential volunteers,
and compiling reports.
In addition to working in the local school, the volunteers contributed to the construction of a Community Farm Shop, where basic commodities at reduced price are to be sold to local families in financial need. This was a key economic development project for Borderless World Volunteers. By altering the supply chain and eliminating middlemen, essential goods were able to be purchased by the villagers of Kanda at a significantly lower costs. This allowed for increased savings and the ability to pay for essential services including higher quality health and education that were previously unattainable. ROSE continues to be a key partner organization for Borderless World Volunteers .