Bageshwar District, Uttaranchal Province, India
Rural Organisation for Social Elevation (ROSE)
To improve the health, education and quality of life of the rural poor in this region while maintaining cultural integrity and ecological balance.
Borderless World Team
Catherine Duclos, Sarah Blanchard, Eva Warden
Over 50% of villagers in this remote area live below the poverty line, lacking even the basics of life such as health and sanitation facilities and adequate shelter.
Small land holdings that have been divided among sons for several generations
Taught English at a local elementary school and offered tutoring sessions to students in need of individual attention.
Designed lessons on environmental sustainability and conducted a school and street cleanup with the students.
Completed administrative tasks to help increase the visibility of ROSE, writing articles, communicating with potential volunteers, and compiling reports.
Contributed to the construction of a Community Farm Shop, where basic commodities at reduced price were to be sold to local families in financial need.