We stayed the night at the Hosavidahundi village in Karnataka. In the morning we met the ICS volunteers again and had some porridge with them. After that we walked up to the school playground and helped them with creating a “Venn Diagram” of the village.
The “Venn Diagram” empowers the community through giving them a better understanding of the resources in and around the village. The diagram also helped the villagers and volunteers form closer relationships as they will be staying there for 10 weeks building sanitation units and running health camps.
Through watching the volunteers work with the villagers we gained communication skills, helped give us a better understanding of community development, how important it is for communities to explore their challenges and how they will combat them.
In the afternoon, once we’d finished the “Venn diagram”, we had some refreshing watermelon and chai (tea) with the younger and older villagers and volunteers. After some relaxing, we split and joined with a couple of volunteers and went to the villager’s homes, helping the volunteers with surveys about health and sanitation. Then we had some lovely Indian food (a little too spicy for some!). Annie and I had our intricate henna done by a local girl whilst the rest had their beautiful designs done by another local woman. As we drove off we left the village behind and said goodbye to the volunteers and all the brilliant relationships we have made.