Farming techniques and health education for girls and women in rural areas

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

Are you interested in women’s health, rural development and agriculture? This project deals with farming and water management as well as women’s and girls’ health education. For this project, skills and previous knowledge in organic farming, pest management and growth promoters are beneficial. In addition, knowledge in reproductive health, cloth sanitary and hygiene education are an asset.

The host organization Women’s Organisation for Rural Development (WORD) works with 17 permanent staff and 7 volunteers. The organization has four main objectives: (1) attaining socio-economic health, education, culture and environmental development without gender disparity, (2) promoting women’s health rights through training and awareness, (3) bringing economic sufficiency and independency through cottage industries and vocational training and (4) encouraging women in the protection of livestock and bio-diversity conservation. WORD encourages organic farming activities among small farmers and facilitates small businesses like garment unit, coir unit or plate making.

The GLEN internship will take place in the state Tamil Nadu in the town Pothanur, which is located in Southern India. During your internship you will focus on various environmental concerns, among others on farming and water management. You will also work together with adolescents and women on health issues like reproductive rights and education of rural adolescent girls and women on using cloth sanitary pads. In this regard, an overall focus will lay on girl’s education in rural areas for future livelihood. In particular you will be engaged in three main areas of activities.

First, you will get engaged in the field of organic farming and relevant agricultural techniques. You will participate in the organization of the WORD training programme in various villages. Second, you will work on health and education for rural girls. WORD runs water and sanitation health programmes with the objective to raise awareness on the use of eco-friendly sanitary pads. You will inform girls and all interested people about the effects of the use of regular sanitary pads on the environment and water resources. The third area of activity deals with documentation. You will contribute to the long-term organizational planning, for example by collecting case studies and best practices of WORD. You will be asked to find tools to document the whole programme and distribute the newly gained information in a creative way. Finally, you will write training reports in collaboration with WORD.

The scheduled time period for the internship is three months between August and October 2017.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by an Estonian and a German participant.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English

Topic / area(s) of interest: Health, Farming, Ecology/Environment

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Health / Health Care, IT / Web design

Field(s) of study: Agricultural / Forest science, Medicine

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Agriculture, Forest Science, Health, Health Care, IT, Hygiene Education, Farming

Period of the internship: 3 months between August and October 2017

Country: India

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Sivakamavalli Ramachandran, Secretary of Women’s Organisation for Rural Development (WORD)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: (2) Education, (5) Health, (13) Environment

Number of the internship: 50004002-1107



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