Volunteer Opportunities

All volunteer opportunities and projects have to be linked with the realities of the rural environment and the current season, i.e. the weather situation. It is important to learn by seeing and doing, thus getting practical experience and not just theory.

Current ongoing Opportunities include:

  • Building the community Centre
    This ongoing project is intended to provide emergency shelter to families whose houses are unusable due to the seasonal flash floods/mud slides. It is also intended to be a meeting place and cultural centre.
  • Building latrines
    R.O.S.E. has researched and developed a twin tank composting toilet that is easy to build and maintain and yields a nutrient-rich compost that can safely be used in the fields. A grant in the 1980’s allowed R.O.S.E to construct 40 of these latrines in the Kanda community which was, and continues to be, a great success. In addition to sanitation, these latrines offer privacy to women who are dangerously taught to wait until the cover of night to relieve themselves, no matter how many hours away that may be. With adequate funds, R.O.S.E hopes to continue with this important project.
  • Eco developments such as tree plantations
    R.O.S.E. supports the regeneration and improvement of the environment both directly and indirectly in all of its projects. Deforestation has led to erosion, low soil fertility and water shortages. The results are direct and clear.

Here are some additional details on projects that need funding and volunteer help for completion:

Building the community Centre (Main floor)


Draft plan of the community center (main floor)


Progress on building ROSE community center

 


Main room used for ROSE public school


Local labours working hard

Cause

This ongoing project is a multi-purpose building intended to help the people most need in Kanda.  It acts as an emergency shelter to families whose homes are unusable due to the seasonal flash floods and mud slides. It is also used as a free six-day public school for the children of poor family who cannot afford to send them to regular school.  It will be used by the community for a meeting place and a cultural centre for the locals. The community center is the first of its kind in Kanda.

Estimated cost (excluding future plan)

The total estimated cost for building the lower level is Rs.177,375

Resource and cost breakdown

Resources needed

Quantity

Cost per unit

Total Cost

Cement

65 bags

Rs. 375

Rs. 24,375

Sand

200 bags

Rs. 80

Rs. 16,000

Aggregate (gravel)

200 bags

Rs. 70

Rs. 14,000

Steel

17 quintels

Rs. 4700

Rs. 79,000

Skilled labour

40 people

Rs. 350 pp

Rs. 14,000

Unskilled labour

120 people

Rs. 250 pp

Rs. 30,000

GRAND TOTAL

 

 

Rs. 177,375*

 

*Costs may go up by 20% due depending on market inflation

Progress

Progress has been slow and steady and parts of the center are constructed as donations are received.

Two twin-tank composting toilets and a fair-price shop upstairs have been built with the aid of donations, volunteers and local skilled and unskilled labours.  The common meeting room and volunteer station in the basement level was a major achievement completed late last 2011. The construction of a wall has begun to build a school room.

Future Plan – Building Community Center - Upstairs (50' x 20' = 1000 sq feet)

 

The future plan for the community center is to build an addition to the upstairs once the basement level is completed.  The additions will include two public sitting-toilets (for disabled and old people who are unable to squat), and a free nursery to care for the elderly.

Item needed

Quantity

Cost per unit

Total Cost

Cement

210 bags

Rs. 400

Rs. 84000

Sand

700 bags

Rs. 90

Rs. 63000

Aggrigate (gravel) to mix with cement to make concrete

600 bags

Rs. 80

Rs. 48000

Steel

50 quintels

Rs. 5000

Rs. 250000

Labour

Rs. 125000

Door & window

Rs. 60,000

Paint

Rs. 75,000

Toilet & bathroom

Rs. 85,000

GRAND TOTAL

 

 

Rs. 790000*

 

 

USD

14,630

 

 

GBP

9,080

*Costs may go up by 20% due depending on market inflation

Donations appreciated

  1. New or used projector to teach children at the public school
  2. Donations for school furniture
  3. Donations for school supplies
  4. New or used clothing for children

Building a water management system

Cause

In order to provide safe drinking water to the locals, awater management system is needed at the community center. The project will bring fresh spring water, from a nearby hill, in a 700 meter long pipe to a water tank to be installed near the community center.  The water stored in the tank is then pumped into the taps by a small water pump.

Estimated cost

Total estimated cost is Rs. 236,000

Resource and cost breakdown

Resources needed

Quantity

Cost per unit

Total Cost

Pipe (700m)

120

Rs. 900

Rs. 108,000

Socket & Tee (for joining pipes)

100 / 20 unions

-

Rs. 8,000

Water pump

1

Rs. 12,000

Rs. 12,000

Water tank (8L x 10W meter, 6H feet)

1

Rs. 55,000

Rs. 55,000

Chamber (3x3x3 feet)
for water collection from source

1

Rs. 5,000

Rs. 5,000

Water filter

1

Rs. 6,000

Rs. 6,000

Tools (wrench & die)

-

-

Rs. 7,000

Skilled and unskilled labour

-

-

Rs. 35,000

GRAND TOTAL

 

 

 Rs. 236,000*

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*Costs may go up by 20% due depending on market inflation

Building a home for Ganga

Cause

Ganga, a recently widowed young mother of two boys, lives with and cares for her parents-in-law and mother, as it is typical in a nuclear family in India.  Ganga’s neighbour’s house was completely destroyed by the monsoon rains in 2012, with the roof collapsing in.  Ganga’s current house shares a roof and a wall with the neighbour’s house, and has become an unsafe place for the family to live it.  Building a safe and structurally sound home for the family has become a priority for R.O.S.E.

Estimated cost

Total estimated cost to build a new home is Rs. 267,070.  Land is already available.

Resource and cost breakdown

Item needed

Quantity needed

Cost per unit (Rs.)

Cost (Rs.)

Land development

 

 

12,000

 

 

Construction of walls

 

 

83,525

Blocks (created by mixing cement, stone and aggregate)

900

44

39,600

Cement bags

35

375

13,125

Sand bags

210

80

16,800

Labour cost

-

-

14,000

 

 

Plastering the walls

 

 

21,770

Cement bags

14

375

5,250

Sand bags

84

80

6,720

Labour cost

-

-

9,800

 

 

Flooring

 

 

7,075

Cement bags

5

375

1,875

Sand bags

30

80

2,400

Concrete bags

20

40

800

Labour cost

-

-

2,000

 

 

Roof

 

 

61,700

Steel  (in quintels)

6

5000

30,000

Cement bags

20

375

7,500

Sand bags

80

80

6,400

Concrete

120

40

4,800

Rent of stuttering (to hold up the roofing when cement is drying)

4,000

Labour cost

9,000

 

 

Doors & Windows for 2 rooms (stell frame + wooden doors)

 

21,000

 

 

Toilet & Bathroom with pit

 

 

45,000

 

 

White wash & painting

 

 

15,000

 

 

GRAND TOTAL

 

 

267,070*

*Costs are can go up by 20% due depending on market inflation

Building twin-tank toilets

R.O.S.E. has researched and developed a twin tank composting toilet that is easy to build and maintain and yields nutrient-rich compost that can safely be used in the fields. A grant in the 1980’s allowed R.O.S.E to construct 40 of these latrines in the Kanda community which was, and continues to be, a great success. In addition to sanitation, these latrines offer privacy to women who are dangerously taught to wait until the cover of night to relieve themselves, no matter how many hours away that may be. With adequate funds, R.O.S.E hopes to continue with this important project.

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