Dear readers and interested people,
Welcome to my project in India. To be precise, in Maheshwar in the state of Madhya Pradesh. I work with "Rehwa" since April 2015 and will continue to work with them and support them until March next year.
What exactly am I doing in Maheshwar? I am on a governmental program called "weltwärts" and I am working as a volunteer. The main organizations that made this amazing experience possible are the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (Germany) and the organization "Deutsch-Indische Zusammenarbeit e.V." (German-Indo Cooperation). This is an amazing opportunity to work and live abroad and support a good cause. I am very grateful for this amazing experience and I want to give other people the chance to experience the same. Hence, it is important to contribute to the work of the Ministry, the NGO, and the German organization. In order to do that I would like to raise funds and donors. Furthermore I want to raise more awareness about the program and this NGO for future support.
Who is Rehwa?
The NGO was established in 1978 by Richard Holkar and his wife. We produce traditional Indian textiles such as sarees and dupattas. Specific about our textiles is the "Maheshwari" border, which is achieved through the special hand weaving technique that is used in Maheshwar. Rehwa is working to sustain this special tradition. Furthermore, we employ local people to give them a secure working place and regular income. Health programms and the development of "Ahilya Vihar Colony" are already successfully achieved. Further projects include the Ahilya School, which ranks among the greatest of our social projects. We employ about 30 teachers and they teach approximately 250 students every day. To summarize, Rehwa produces eco-friendly, sustainable, and fair textiles, supports good and healthy working conditions, supports local people especially women, and education.
What is my job?
My main responsibility is Public Relations. I work with Rehwa to raise awareness amongst the community and Indian society in general. Furthermore, I am responsible to manage Public Relations abroad. The work here is very fulfilling and interesting. I am happy to be a part of this NGO and hope there will be many future volunteers.
In order to secure the placement of volunteers in the future, it is important to raise money to cover the costs that arise. Accomodation, food and drink supply, flights/travel, support, seminars and lectures, insurance, and the pedagogical backing by the organizations have to be covered.
I would be happy for every single donation and I am looking forward to hear from you. If you have any further questions I am happy to answer them.
Best wishes and "Namaste" from Maheshwar,