katrina tice via Crowdrise
April 17, 2012
BENEFITING: Foundation for Sustainable Development
EVENT DATE: Jun 16, 2012
I am a 24 year old Environment Studies major living and working out of the Bay Area trying to expand my impact in the world. I've spent the past year cultivating my skill set in the field of environmental work through local community development here in San Francisco. Through project work in school, I have implemented energy efficiency and conservation in my household to document the economic impacts while also participating in intense Green Career seminars which has provided me with a solid networking base.
Outside of school I have done much volunteer work for Golden Gate National Conservancy which includes year-round greenhouse work to restore local habitat through propagation and expelling of invasive species. Through all of this work I have gained certain skills that specific NGO's will consider an asset to their work in developing nations.
This summer I've been offered an internship to learn and work alongside Foundation for Sustainable Development in the village of Chandelao, just outside of Jodhpur, India. There other students and I will work with villagers to manage their new greenhouse in an effort to promote sustainable restoration of their biodiversity.
Specifically, this is a project that is being supported by Sunder Rang which is a tourist hotel that uses most of it's income to fund community development porjects linked with the traditional arts and crafts for women and youth in the village. These funds are also funneled into sustainability projects such as solar electricity and sustainable horticulture within the village. By ultilizing interns, such as myself and others, Sunder Rang is creating local jobs and providing a platform for nuturing and developing local cultural knowledge and traditional skills, the project has already developed a good reputation in the village, and is generating much-needed income to the women and their families.
I am specifically raising funds for the program itself. Besides sharing my own greenhouse knowledge I will also be taught a great deal about the technical side of grassroots development. The costs cover the tuition since I will not only be working but I will be learning useful skills such as grant writing, language skills, and project management. The costs also cover:
-one-week, on-site program orientation with group accommodations
-family homestay with all meals provided
-development training and workshops
-$200 seed grant to be applied to project work
-emergency medical evacuation
-eligibility for additional project grant up to $1000
My financial obligations also include airfare, visa, and vaccination charges.
My goal in this whole process is to evolve my skillset to become more applicable in the developing world. My current major is in Environmental Economics and Policies which I hope to take with me into the sustainability movement. With completion of this program I will not only have gained insight into the process of grant writing and community development but FSD also offers personalized recommendation letters to participants as well as possible job placment at their home office in San Francisco.
I am scheduled to leave for India mid June and I hope that this site will help me reach my goal.
Much appreciated :)