Inspired Words

Volunteers experience in India. Our volunteers share some of their experiences and memorable photos.

Hot sun, warm hearts in India

Posted in India on March 6, 2017

March 17 The final day dawned pretty much like our other days in Rajasthan: clear, hot and sunny. The difference was that today we did not have to work.  Today was all about celebrating how far we had come with the project, about the connections we had made with the local villagers and about the Read More…

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Posted in India on October 19, 2016

This is the first time that a DWC project has been completed in a two-week period, according to Heera. We think it is largely due to the hard work of the self-help groups (community members) of the Bhinder area and all the fun we had helping them. We like to think that the relationships we Read More…

INDIA: Location and Culture

Posted in India on October 19, 2016

In the southeast corner of Rajasthan lies the town of Bhinder, home to some 30, 000 people. The town is made up of a mix of Hindu, Muslim and tribal people. In the center of town is a 600-year-old palace. It has been converted into a historic hotel, the Raj Mahal Bhinder, with 25 rooms, Read More…

India: Computers for empowerment

Posted in India on October 12, 2016

From Oct. 8 to 22, 2016, the Softchoice Cares board was volunteering in Rajasthan, India with Jatan Sansthan. The team worked to update two computer labs that Softchoice Cares built in 2015, and train locals from the community, particularly kids, on how to use them. And, of course, there were adventures along the way. October Read More…

View from a volunteer team leader

Posted in India on May 25, 2016

Ray Fowell and his team went to one of the hottest, driest parts of India, Rajasthan, at one of the hottest times of the year: May. Despite temperatures reaching 50C, they worked full days to ensure a water-retention structure got built. Here is Ray’s perspective. Rajasthan, Udaipur, Bargatua Kella, May 2016. Unless you have been Read More…

February 16, 2015: Access To Knowledge Is Power

Posted in India on February 16, 2015

  Access to knowledge is power. An easy thing to say but a difficult concept to grasp when we in North America live with a device attached to us at all times. We have the power to learn and to explore the world at our fingertips and we often forget how powerful that is – Read More…

February 15, 2015: India – A Feast For The Eyes

Posted in India on February 15, 2015

Glances out the window reveal life in action. A bare-foot and bare-bottomed boy running down an alleyway using a stick to control a rolling bicycle tire. An old man wrapped in many layers of clothing to ward off the morning cold, lighting his morning cigarette. A young girl, maybe 10, carrying a toddler along the Read More…

Friday Oct 24th: Final Thoughts and a Bittersweet Goodbye

Posted in India on October 27, 2014

With Bob feeling under the weather and out for the count with a head cold the rest of us set off to sightsee the Chittoorgarh Fort. It is located a few kilometers south of Bhilwara and is the largest fort in India. It was once the capital of Mewar and is now a World Heritage Read More…

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