About Mandore Project

About Mandore Project

A variety of volunteering opportunities available with Mandore Project officially registered as an NGO Organisation as Marwar Medical and Relief Society, founded and incorporated as an Non Government Organisation (NGO) in 1988/89, to share skills, creativity and learning with the aim of building a fairer world through the active involvement and collaboration between volunteers and the host community. We believe that each of us is capable of making significant contributions to the lives of others, and collectively, our contributions make our world a better place to live.

These short & long term volunteer projects are aimed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged people of Rajasthan as well as focusing on improving the basic infrastructure in schools with the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. We all need energy and patience and you will receive the warmest welcome into the local community and leave with a lifetime's experience.

Gandhian Model

Mandore Project is based on Gandhi’s principles. The mission is to work with underserved people and strive for equality for all. The Mandore Project also seeks to work with people who have encountered discrimination (by race, sex, caste, addiction, etc.). Many of the schools set up by the Mandore Project have posters of Gandhi to remind the new generation about his principles.

Our Mission

Our short & long term volunteer projects are aimed at improving the lives of the disadvantaged people of Rajasthan as well as focusing on improving the basic infrastructure in schools with the belief that education is a critical requisite for socio-economic change. We all need energy and patience and you will receive the warmest welcome into the local community and leave with a lifetime's experience.
A variety of volunteering opportunities available with Mandore Project officially registered as an NGO organisation as Marwar Medical and Relief Society, founded and incorporated as an Non Government Organisation (NGO) in 1988/89, to share skills, creativity and learning with the aim of building a fairer world through the active involvement and collaboration between volunteers and the host community. We believe that each of us is capable of making significant contributions to the lives of others, and collectively, our contributions make our world a better place to live.

Services

There are a broad range of projects that focus on several different areas of community development which includes the following

Education
Health
Environment
Empowerment of Women

Education

We believe that education is the key component for the ultimate solution to many of India’s problems. In underserved rural communities, the literacy rate continues to be much lower than in cities. The Mandore Project has a few basic goals as part of its educational initiative:

Increase the motivation for students to attend school
Address student drop-out, and keep students in school longer
Improve education for women

To address these goals, we take a practical, “from-the-ground-up” approach. The schools in the villages around Mandore lack a very basic infrastructure that is necessary to ensure a proper learning environment. Many of the Mandore Project endeavors focus on creating or improving school’s infrastructure.

Volunteers have been linked directly with students to work together on making basic furniture for schools. This experience provides an opportunity for cultural exchange and an invested interest for the students.

The Mandore Project has also added basic toilet facilities at schools. By fourth or fifth grade, many female students walk home to use the toilet and do not return back to school. In a practical fashion, Mandore Project is addressing drop-out rates amongst female students by equipping the school with basic toilet facilities. This conversation was eye-opening for me as I often take for granted the basic educational infrastructures that are already in place in the U.S.

Health

Health check-ups in school - Health records are stored with School ID Card.
The ‘School Health Check-up’ program undertakes detailed health check-ups of school children:
To improve the health of children and awareness of parents - check the height, weight, eye sight, blood composition, Dental examination even oral health and a report would be sent to the Parents.

Empowerment of Women

The culture of the villages lies within the homes. A critical piece of any initiative is to build trust and rapport, and the involvement of women is crucial. The project has many practical advantages, such as:

Minimizing smoke and maximizing heat generation,
Decreasing the amount of wood used (a small check on deforestation), and
Improving family health (by protecting the lungs and eyes).

In two months, the volunteers have completed all the homes, and the village women are very pleased with the outcome. We have now plans to continue the project in other villages

Environment

The key components to Mandore Project’s environmental programs are to fully educate and engage the communities and to especially involve women. Drought and deforestation are severe problems in this part of India, and the use of resources makes an enormous impact.

Some of the Mandore Project programs have been:

Making kitchen stoves more efficient
Planting trees and gardens, which were given to children to take care of, and
Hosting discussion groups that address the role of environmentalism within the villages.

Mandore Project

The Mandore Project is a secular, all-inclusive, nonprofit organization. It takes a grassroots approach by involving local communities and linking them with volunteers. The project has an unorthodox approach to the typical, hierarchical bureaucracy that drives India. Run out of the guest house, there is no formal, centralized office, and the aim is to minimize paperwork and unnecessary planning.

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