SCAD Oorani AidCamp

Tamil Nadu - September 2018

This is a three-week project based initially at the SCAD campus in Cheranmahadevi and then Vilathikulam, Tamil Nadu. The third week is spent visiting Madurai, Periyar and Cochin. The project takes place between 15 September - 6 October 2018.

The total fundraising target is £1,550. This is divided into a registration fee of £600 and a fundraising target of £950 which is due by 23 June 2018.

A silted-up Oorani in need of repair

Tamil Nadu has been faced with the growing problem of water shortage for some time and the situation only seems to be getting worse for the people who live and work in the region. Drought is a real and growing challenge and people are faced with the need to walk, sometimes for several kilometres, to reach the nearest source of drinking water.

One of the ways that we can help local people cope with this lack of access to water is by helping to renew the traditional water capture and storage systems or Ooranies.

Volunteers will be able to help complete the repair work during their time at Vilathikulam as well as plant trees around the bunds and reconnect the water supply to key parts of the village, helping dozens of families.

A recently refurbished Oorani filled with water

Prior to the week in Vilathikulam volunteers will have had the chance to see and experience the diverse range of programmes that SCAD operates to support some of the most vulnerable adults and children in the area. Following the project work, we will be touring around some of the better known cultural and heritage sites in Tamil Nadu and parts of Kerala.

The Itinerary

Please note the itinerary above is for illustration purposes only and may be subject to change.

Additional Information

Accommodation will be at the SCAD campus at Cheranmahadevi, local guest houses and hotels. One night will be spent on a house boat for the Back Waters tour.

Volunteers are responsible for booking their own flights and arranging their visa, insurance and any vaccinations as required. Guidance is provided wherever possible.

It's always hot in southern India – even what the locals call the "cool" season has daytime temperatures of 30ºC (86ºF) or more, so pack "hot". The monsoon season in Tamil Nadu runs from July to November – in theory. It's very fickle and some years it hardly rains at all and the locals talk of the monsoon having "failed"; it's a serious problem when that happens. When it does rain it's most often of the "liquid sunshine" variety where it'll rain suddenly and heavily for a brief period, and then the sun will come out again.

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