It gives us an immense pleasure to share with you an overview of the GFF Helps Project India in the year 2020. This year has been an unusual one for the entire world and I believe we are all being able to adapt the new normal. As Sir Owen wrote in one of the key mission statements “To give hope where there is despair”, we GFF HELPS India team, have been putting our best foot forward to help the individuals and communities at large in this time of turmoil we all have been in, with the pandemic taking its toll all around the world.
Willyn Carrascal2020 END OF THE YEAR REVIEW – GFF HELPS India
The Indian Government has provided numerous schemes for its citizens in the past and present. There are schemes that benefit all groups of people and categories especially the marginalised like the Women, Elderly, Children, and Persons with Disability, Schedule Casts and Schedule Tribes. Although there being many beneficial schemes, people of Kalimpong hills lack knowledge about it. Thus, they have not been availing those schemes which are meant for them and could be of a great help in their daily lives.
Willyn CarrascalRaising Awareness on Government Schemes in India
“No one has ever become poor from giving.” – Anne Frank.
December 5th marks the International Volunteer Day and the theme “Together We Can Through Volunteering” fits rightly so. Having been in Kathmandu Valley for almost a year and witnessing the transition of Covid-19 phases has indeed been a humbling and enriching experience. The very process of all the volunteers of GFF Helps International coming together from various parts of the world and joining hands to create a difference in our own initiatives towards the country that we have volunteered has been a fulfilling experience.
The Glenn Family Foundation (GFF) is seeking for a new local volunteer for our HELPS programme. This programme aims to empower and uplift vulnerable communities by providing them with sustainable access to their most basic needs. This includes but is not limited to access to clean water, access to solar power, improved sanitation to reduce incidence of disease and improved living conditions to foster a sense of pride.
GFF HELPS has been visiting Srijanshil Rehabilitation and Special Education School for the Disabled and working closely with the children. Through the method of storytelling, children with disability were engaged in creative sessions like painting, dancing, music and film screening.
Willyn CarrascalSrijanshil Rehabilitation & Special Education School For People With Additional Needs
The GFF HELPS Philippines’ Vegetable Garden Project helped families to survive hunger due to COVID-19 house lockdown in Banga, Aklan, Philippines.
The Vegetable Garden Project made each beneficiary become more responsible in planting and monitoring the growth of the vegetables in their backyard. Most of them were very keen and hands-on in making plots, weeding, and taking care of the vegetables. The results may be favourable to some beneficiaries due to God-given healthy soil and abundant water supply but its with the beneficiaries’ hands on how to fully benefit from it.
Willyn CarrascalVegetable Garden: Healthy Meals, Healthy Bodies and Healthy Minds
Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) is an agricultural department of the government of India, the department is situated in various parts of the country which focuses on the rural agriculture. In Kalimpong the Kendra has been working since 1993 looking after the two districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong and is known as “Darjeeling Krishi Vigyan Kendra”.
Willyn CarrascalTraining and Sapling Distribution with Krishi Vigyan Kendra
On this day across the world, we pay tribute to the volunteers who play a crucial role in being at the forefront of community, societal and medical responses. According to the UN, there are also online volunteers worldwide who served virtually in support to civil society organizations working on peace and development.
Like in many parts of the world, football is one of the most captivating sports in the hills of Kalimpong. Every child has played football once during their childhood but due to lack of proper guidance and motivation, many of them are unable to pursue their goal in the field of sports. Especially during the COVID19 lockdown the children were not able to go to school and play their loved sports with their friends.