“Youtharia Revolution- A Day in the Village” event was organized under Anmol Bajaj (International Coordinator of Green Youth Generation) in village Charnia, Pinjore, Haryana (India) by the collaborative efforts of Green Youth Generation, Project RISHI (Rural India Social & Health Improvement) and Rotaract Club of Chandigarh (RAC) Rotaract International District 3080.
A Team of three members of Project RISHI from the United States along with seventeen Rotaractors participated in the event. It was an interaction with villagers of Charnia to know about their lives, health, sanitation and education of children. The event took place amongst the families of the farmers and brick workers in the village Charnia.
The following Themes were covered:
Oral Hygiene (Health)
Proper Hand washing
Children’s Education and Nutrition
The first two themes focused on educating and underlining the importance of good oral hygiene and proper hand washing in maintaining good health. We spread awareness regarding maintenance of personal and oral hygiene and demonstration of proper hand-washing. Tell-Show-Do technique was used wherein the children and women of the groups after learning demonstrated the tooth brushing and hand-washing techniques to their community.
For the third theme, we interacted with the children in the village. We first figured out where exactly the students go to school and from how long they are going to school. We also came to know what the daily habits of the villagers are and in particular, what types of foods they eat and where they get the food from. We also taught the children some English for fun as part of games.
The last theme was to make the villagers more aware about family planning. We emphasized the benefits to having only two children. We focused on the benefits to the individual family in terms of better being able to provide for children, their health, and education as well as decreasing burden on resources and curbing overpopulation.
Refreshments were also distributed encouraging the participation of these groups for such future interactions. It was an amazing experience for all the volunteers as they felt the gratitude of being able to return something to the community.