Omprakash Foundation: Project Narrative
-Location: Golok Sengcham Drukmo Home for Girls, Qinghai Province, Tibet, China
-Timing and Duration: March 1, 2009 – June 1, 2009 (Three months total)
-Focus of service: Teaching English, Geography, Personal Hygiene, general care of thirty girls
Description of the mission of the organization I will be working with:
The “biggest dream” of the GSD Home is “to enable every Tibetan girl to get an education. Then they will be able to stand up and choose whatever they want to do in their life. Until that day, we won’t stop working.” GSD provides thirty impoverished and disenfranchised girls with:
- An education, emphasis on literacy
- A loving home, quality health care and career options
- The tools to become an empowered woman, rather than a subservient household figure
Type of service I will be doing and the issue I will be addressing through the service:
-Maria, the co-director of the home, has asked me to teach the girls English, Geography, personal hygiene, and be flexible in terms of the other tasks that will present themselves. I am prepared to work hard at all service that will be needed at this home.
Additionally: As I prepare to volunteer in March, there are a couple different things I am working on to supplement this process.
-I am investigating a partnership with the Tibetan Women's Association, more specifially with their Tibetan Women Leadership Program (TWLP) in the hopes that some of the older girls from GSD can attend the leadership program. TWLP also has unique ideas for self-improvement (in terms of quality of life) for young Tibetan women, and I would love to implement some of their ideas. I have also contacted the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
-I am planning book drives, book swaps, movie and discussion nights, and other similar activities in order to boost the amount of educational material at the home.