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BUILD:India and NGO Payir partnered to organize health evenings for the rural Thottiyapatti community

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BUILD:India and NGO Payir partnered to organize health evenings for the rural Thottiyapatti community Jun 13

The second week of our trip to Payir consisted of us putting on two health evenings for the Thottiyapatti community, creating a promotional video for Payir, writing official reports on Payir’s solar panel project and annual report, distributing all supplies bought and establishing a phase-out plan for our club, which we would later discus with the founders Preethi and Senthil.

This past week we had the honor to work with Payir to put on two health evenings. It was interesting to work with members of the Payir community to come up with creative ways to introduce the ideas of mental health, sanitation, and nutrition to the Thottiyapatti community. We decided that we would make stress balls from balloons and rice for the mental health station.

Jun 05

In Thottiyapatti village, Build:India monitors and supports the Learning Center and EcoSan project

by tuftsigl

During our first week here at our non-profit partner Payir we have been helping with some projects, checking up on the state of the Learning Center and EcoSan toilets in Thottiyapatti village, working on health evenings to be held next week, and have been in discussion on the next semester of BUILD.

Mar 31

Putting on a Career Day for Thottiyapatti Children by BUILD India team

by mdillard

During the last days of our trip, before the Pongal holiday began, our team successfully put on a Career Day event for the children at the Learning Center! We wanted to present a higher education option to attendees, framing it as one path they could take in their lives.

Mar 30

Studying Public Health in Thottiyapatti by BUILD India team

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Throughout many semesters, all BUILD team members have participated in discussing theories of sustainable development and have attempted to devise successful and sustainable projects to be implemented in Thottiyapatti, a small village in the most rural section of Tamil Nadu, India.

Oct 27

Brandeis University professor spoke with Institute for Global Leadership student groups on philosophy of development

by tuftsigl

BUILD India and BUILD LA hosted an informative and engaging discussion last night with the Director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability at Brandeis, Laurence Simon.

Aug 30

BUILD Team Takes an Educational Field Trip with Payir’s Children, Visits Tribal Health Initiative in the Sittlingi Valley, Addressing Concerns of Thottiyapatti Learning Center about Solarpowered Light and More, by Kristina Chu

by tuftsigl

Previously, we wrote that we were planning an educational field trip for Learning Center, Payir, and village children from different socioeconomic backgrounds. We are happy to report that the trip was a success! The children enjoyed their time at the planetarium, airport, and tropical butterfly park.

Aug 01

Waste Management and Organic Farming in Payir, India by the BUILD team

by tuftsigl

Over the course of the past week and a half, there has been a monumental amount of progress within our team. For example, we have organized an educational field trip for approximately 70 children, including students of the Payir School and the Thottiyapatti Learning Center.

Sep 17

Long-Term Sustainability by Stephane Alexandre

by tuftsigl

As we make our way to Thottiyapatti one last time for the trip, I know that there are two major concepts that I will take home with me: long-term sustainability is possible and communication is essential.

Sep 13

Meeting the People of Thottiyapatti by Stephane Alexandre

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Today marks the halfway point of our summer trip! Being on this trip has helped me understand the mission and incredible work that BUILD: India is dedicated to doing in Thottiyapatti, our partner village.

Aug 28

Urbanization ≠ Isolation: BUILD’s 2014 Income Generation Scheme

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Gautam Kapur (’16) is majoring in Economics and International Relations with a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. He is a member of the BUILD:India Summer 2014 trip.
Indian villagers are no strangers to urbanization. 
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