This is for those of you who have been wondering what on earth I have been doing these past few months. I have been doing my second stint with an organisation in India, utilising my Myotherapy and Naturopathy skills to help those who are trying to help themselves but don’t have the opportunity or resources to do so. It has been such a humbling experience that I have decided, with the request from JJVS, to stay in India until they get sick of me. I am extremely excited but realistic about the challenges which will be placed before me yet I know that I am up for the challenge.
I thought I would add a bit of information about JJVS. Happy reading.
Jagran Jan Vikas Samiti (JJVS) is a non-goverment organisation (NGO) based on the outskirts of the beautiful city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, India. JJVS is committed to strengthening rural communities through facilitating local resource-based knowledge systems to improve the lives of the less fortunate in society and create community organisations for villagers to advocate for local issues and problems to establish equality-based, exploitation-free society.
JJVS is a grassroots organisation with livelihood development programmes that work directly with the people. JJVS believes the best way to improve the socio-economic status of communities is to encourage people to determine development issues on their own. The organisation team believes each individual in the community can find solutions to these problems and strive to implement its programs keeping with the customs, culture, and tradition of the communities. JJVS has focused its efforts on solutions that provide direct socio-economic improvements to marginalised populations. Typically, it is the rural poor and tribal communities who have been neglected the most. Therefore, JJVS was formed around the idea of local empowerment and self-help.
JJVS’s work is divided into two main sectors: Traditional Systems of Medicine and Community Development. Through these two initiatives, JJVS promotes social justice, democracy, gender sensitivity, empathy with marginalized populations, a secular outlook, integrity, ecological sensitivity and transparency.
For more information on this fantastic organisation or if you are interested in an internship or volunteer work please take a look at the JJVS website.