We are looking for students, staff and alumni who can help with our four umbrella themes.
Most volunteers who come to the village spend the majority of their time teaching in the school. They bring new ideas and ways of teaching based on their own experiences. Whilst this greatly benefits the students whose classes they take, we aim to focus on supporting the teachers so that the students will continue to benefit from our experience and knowledge when we have returned home. There are two main ways we can help: 1) with subject knowledge, English grammar, science, maths, history, geography etc, and 2) developing teaching skills, especially lesson planning and lesson interaction.
This project is a great opportunity for education students or anyone with experience of teaching (especially teaching teachers)
Chronic poor health is the root cause of many of the difficulties that people face in their day to day lives and often creates a vicious circle of poverty. The poor typically are undernourished, live in unhygienic conditions and have little access to health care (the costs are prohibitive even if it is available). In children for example, diarrhoea, worm infestations, skin infections and fevers are common and it reduces their capacity to learn, attend school, develop properly and later to gain employment.
Projects areas include:
These projects are a great opportunity for students from our Biology department and/or Health Faculties, or anyone with experience of this type of work.
The pipeline that delivers spring water to the village is old, rusty and leaking. Whilst the source is probably unpolluted, by the time it is used by villagers it is contaminated with bacteria and possibly parasites. A new water supply infrastructure is needed but this is unlikely to happen anytime soon. By understanding more about the sources and types of contamination it should be possible to help the villagers avoid some of the health implications of having to reply on this water. We would like to be able to identify and measure the sites and sorts of contamination in order to help villagers understand what is happening and how to avoid it.
This project would be ideal for scientists and engineers wanting to investigate and address Sainji’s water problems.
In July 2017 GEMS school were forced to leave their school building and are currently housed in a new temporary building nearby. They are numerous ways in which this structure can be improved. For example, the 2017 Sainji team were involved in providing a concrete floor, and building some steps to the building.
Anyone with basic DIY, practical and painting skills could get involved in this project.