Volunteering to improve socio-economic wellbeing in rural Indian villages
In the green, hilly regions of Wayanad, Kerala, lemongrass grows in abundance, allowing local people to make a living from its essential oil. Currently, these remote communities have only a solar power system, making it impossible for them to make their products efficiently all year round, and diminishing their already minimal income.
Through the Live-In-Labs volunteer programme, we will be going to live with villagers in Wayanad for six weeks. During this time, we will work alongside other students to help develop and transport a prototype of a hybrid power system. This will be used to produce high quality lemongrass essential oils and will ensure the people can maintain continuous revenue all year round.
Who are you?
We are students of the School of Materials at the University of Manchester, all currently studying Materials Science and Engineering. We’re at different stages of our studies, from the first year to the fourth, and each of us comes from a different background, but we’re looking forward to coming together to be part of this amazing project.
We expressed our interest in being part of Live-in-Labs back in January, but unfortunately we’ve only officially found out that we were selected 4 weeks ago, and are set to arrive in India in mid-July! Due the very short notice we really need your help to raise the funds we need for the project go ahead. You know we can do it, but we need support now.
Having been carefully selected by the University of Manchester we are excited to use the knowledge from our studies and apply it in real world applications.
Previous Live-In-Labs projects have been successful in significantly improving the well-being of villagers in rural communities. We are honored to be the first University of Manchester students to be a part of this outreach project and are excited that we will be able to make a difference in a sustainable and ethical way.
Each member of our team brings a variety of skills that will be essential for the success of our project, particularly creativity and ingenuity. We each have a different story as to why we came to be part of this project, but we all believe in our common goal to help those in need, and improve the lives of as many people as possible.
While we’re working on the project, we will be living with the locals in the villages and we will be immersing ourselves in their culture and way of life. Sharing this invaluable experience we will learn how to adapt to the everyday challenges of a minimalistic lifestyle. By donating even a small amount of money you will help us fulfill our overall goal of making a big impact on these rural communities.
Where will the money go?
The money donated will go directly to helping pay for necessities needed to allow us to go out and volunteer. This includes
- Vaccinations : £150-£200
- Flights: £700 (due to short notice)
- Student Visa : £170
- Accommodation/Food : £400
- Transport within India : varies
- Any extra money that we receive will go directly to the rural villages that we will be volunteering in.
We’ve got some great rewards if you donate to our project (see the left hand side of the page). We’ll be making a video of the time we spend volunteering and we’d love to share it with you.
Images and video
These images show the previous projects that have taken place in the past and we hope and more to this
The link below is a video of past projects through the Live-In-Labs
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Please share our project with anyone you think might support us. We need donations now to make this project happen. It will be an invaluable experience for us, but most importantly will improve the lives of communities who live without consistent access to power or many of the things we take for granted.
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The University of Manchester matchfunded £500
1 anonymous donation of £20.00