The Kakelao Project | YALE Alumni Service Corps & AFS Intercultural Programs India

 

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Community service done by YALE Alumni Service Corps in the village Kakelao, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India.

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The Kakelao Project An Initiative by in association with AFS Intercultural Programs India

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The Association of Yale Alumni is delighted to o er an innovative service opportunity for alumni, families, and friends. Yale Service Trips build on the diverse talents and energies of our alumni volunteers to provide critical services to communities in need. Projects vary from construction to medicine, education, athletics, small business consulting, and more. These programs provide opportunities to work alongside people in the local community, enjoy meaningful cross-cultural exchange, and form incredible bonds with fellow alumni who share a passion for service. AFS Intercultural Programs India AFS Intercultural Programs promote international understanding and world peace AFS is one of the world's largest community-based volunteer organizations dedicated to building a more just and peaceful world through international student exchange. More than 13,000 students, young adults and teachers participate in AFS programs annually. AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-pro t organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to create a more just and peaceful world. AFS was created in 1914 and has been doing intercultural programs since 1947, currently present in more than 54 countries with over 14,000 exchanges per year.

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The Kakelao Project With the help of 35 AFS Intercultural Programs India volunteers, 18 students of Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls Public School and 10 students from The Veerni Institute - 130 volunteers from Yale Alumni Service Corps came together to do a community service at Kakelao village in Jodhpur, Rajasthan from 4th to 8th August, 2014. We had support from Raj Dadi Ji Hospital as we have had one doctor, three sta members, nine trainee nurses and one ambulance readily available for us throughout the service. With the opening ceremony on 3rd of August, 2014, all the villagers came together to welcome the YALE volunteers. They all were excited and happy to see the group of volunteers at their village. A huge thanks to His Highness Maharaja Gajsingh Ji II and Her Highness Hemlata Rajye Maharani of Jodhpur for providing their unconditional support in making this project successful. With the cooperation and collaboration of Brigadier (Retd.) Shakti Singh, Ms. Neera Singh, Principal of Rajmata Krishna Kumari Girls Public School, Mr. Mahendra Sharma, Veerni Project Manager and Mr. Amar Singh, Deputy Administrator of Raj Dadi Ji Hospital, this community service took place triumphantly. The volunteers worked on various departments in the village Kakelao. With the help of numerous volunteers from various organization, they conveyed their message across the school kids, villagers and communities by large. Their volunteering work focused on teaching the primary and secondary school students; spreading awareness through the support of Aanganwadi; Public Health; Medical support; Construction where they created benches for the school kids; discussion on creating strategies and developing ideas for better business in village; and art work at Aanganwadi. Volunteers of YALE had time to interact with the villagers. They also got to see the culture of India, spent time with their host family and understand the di erences between Indian and American culture. The volunteers of various organizations were delighted and gung ho working with YALE volunteers as they learnt a lot, shared their experience and contributed towards making a di erence. It was a wonderful service as the energy and e orts put by the volunteers brought constructive and productive changes in the village. The villagers were happy and showed gratitude to YALE for choosing their village and making di erence in their lives at the closing ceremony on 9th August, 2014.

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It seems that most everyone you meet Has come to India on account of Puneet And Kathy who as soon as she opens her eyes Is looking for something to organize Shona and Hun did so much to prepare us So the foreignness of this place would not scare us. We've taught children all sorts of things in our classes And given the gift of clear eyesight with glasses. Painters made murals to cheer the angawadi Images of butter ies please everybody. We ran them and danced them, brought them some laughter And hope they live better months and years after. No time to sit home being lazy like bookworms We were there in the mud watching out for the hookworms. It would have been easier had we had fewer showers The monsoon rains cost us valuable hours Construction especially needed a break You can't build those benches in the middle of a lake The builders were careful, security fears By today we had many local volunteers At night we relaxed and begged for drink tickets. Some of us played our rst game of cricket. Somehow we squeezed in time for some shopping The fabric store frenzy had everyone hopping. The hotel, our safe house was mostly compliant Pretty good dinners, lunch boxes giant. A selection of food, some spicy some mild The startling view of peacocks in the wild None of this could have happened no less Without brilliant help from team AFS For local knowledge and help with translation Our partners deserve a standing ovation The image that'll stay with me when I'm back in my house Is the colorful saris, the children, the cows. Together we labored to generate this tale Serving the world in the name of old Yale. Stuart Cohen This week has been special. We're all here today Some from close by, some from half a world away. We are doctors and artists, lay folks and teachers Brought to this town full of people and creatures Street dogs and bu alo, did you see a cow? All living together in wet Kakelao. verses by We've come here to Jodhpur our big diverse crew All hands on and minds on, with something to do Where service for others is the name of the task The rst time in India, this project for YASC

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naugration I ceremony

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naugration I ceremony

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m edical p ublic health

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m edical p ublic health

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m edical p ublic health

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c onstruction

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c onstruction

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business team

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education

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education

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education

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