For the past twenty-five years hundreds of Lasallians, teachers, past students and friends have given their time and effort to develop and complete various projects in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Togo, Kenya, and India. In India Lasallian volunteers have been involved in three projects to date. Br. Thomas Walsh has spent the last five years in India and was based in Keesara until May 2010. He has now transferred to Madurai but will still be involved with the projects. He has seen the great need for schools and education in poor communities and instigated projects that would better the lives of some of the poorest children in India. For the past number of years Irish volunteers have been involved in these projects. In 2008 volunteers went to Nagappatanam an area that was devastated by the horrific Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Volunteers worked on building a new school and teaching. That work is ongoing. In 2008 and 2009 two Irish volunteer groups worked on a new school building project in Keesara which was completed by another volunteer group in 2010.
Volunteer Project 2011 - Mosavadi
The project for 2011 is the completion of the school building and hostel in Mosavadi. Great work was done here by the sixteen Irish volunteers last year. It is hoped that all will be completed this July/August.This project welcomes people who want to be part of a group of Irish volunteers based in the local community in Mosavadi. Volunteer activities involve physical work and hands on activities in order to create proper educational facilities for the local children. Opportunities for teaching abound. One can teach any age group up to age fifteen. This short term volunteer project offers an authentic, cultural and meaningful experience to people with limited time. The project also includes exciting and varied cultural excursions and learning experiences.
If you are interested in volunteering in India this summer and you want to find out more about the project contact Tom O Neill, De La Salle College, Waterford: email [email protected]
John McDermott, Mount La Salle, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10 will also have information on this project [email protected]Contacts: John McDermot & Thomas O'Neill