The ten of us will be working in three teams with local communities and enterprises on the following challenges:
Malcolm, Claudia and Anton will work with SAVA (Saurasha Voluntary Actions) to develop a management systems & business plan for the Farmers-Producers Organization at Jamnagar. The idea is to spread the spirit of volunteering among the people of Saurashtra and ultimately achieve sustainable rural development through the management of natural resources, increased access and supervision to public resources, and mobilising private resources for the common good. SAVA have asked for recommendations for accounting and financial, organizational structure, personnel and HR, information and reporting processes for a producers company having ca. 3500 shareholders and (Rs. 75,00,000) annual turnover as well as helping with a business plan for the company which deals in input supply, trade, processing, storage, and educational activities. SAVA's first attemt to help farmers with the challenges faced have failed due to problems with the business partner selected - so no pressure now for us...
Keith, Emily and Peter have been asked to develop a five year strategy plan to expand and develop up to 60 “Happy Children Center” for deprived slum children in Jamnagar city. The Chaitanya Charitable Trust (CCT) already runs three "Happy Children Centres" to encourage deprived children such as child labourers, rag pickers, and children who had to drop out of school to take up and stay in education e.g. through access to libraries, games, access to technology and extracuricular activities. The Charity's growth plan is to establish a total of 60 centres by 2016 which would benefit up to 3,000 children! As part of this, the CCT have asked our team to review its current marketing, branding and messaging techniques and strategies and make recommendations for increasing funding. They'd also like us to review the Happy Children Centre programme and make recommendations to improve the design and offerings to deliver on their growth targets.
Working with the Essar Group Foundation, Elyse, Gica, Paula, Katrin and I will work on improving the quality of English Language Teaching in Government Schools in and around Jamnagar. As part of its corporate social responsibilty programme, the Essar Foundation has taken a keen interest in improving the quality of teaching and learning of English as this increases people's changes for employment and supplies them with a highly valueable skill in a globalised world. To help with this, we've been asked to
- assess current challenges and make recommendations on how the quality of English education in government schools can be improved,
- come up with creative ideas on how we can leverage the Essar foundation volunteer programmes to help improve English education for students and
- design an education fair in 2014 which will focus on Englisch language teaching and learning.
So here is a sneak preview of the Jamnagar Essar CSR team, Awadhesh, Deependra and Diti:
I'm sure there'll be more pictures from them once we meet in Jamnagar - but for now it's over to me to try and create a little video to introduce myself to them... Any creative ideas on this are of course highly welcome!
Watch this space for more updates on the projects and the final preparations prior to our Jamnagar experience in August!