The organisation that I will be working with is called Vasavya Mahila Mandali (WMM) which serves a population of 2 million in Andhra Pradesh, India in the areas of:
Children – shelter and counselling for street children and support from trafficking families
Community-based health – HIV, AIDS, tuberculosis; sanitation; safe drinking
Women and adolescent development – so that they can plan for a better life
Human Rights – advocate for changes in regressive policies.
VMM was set up by followers of Ghandi and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. I will be helping VMM evaluate and review its structures, particularly around HR, data management and documentation; to find creative ways of generating new income streams and new ways of promoting and profiling its’ work.
Following my trip out there, I will continue to work with VMM for another 6 months using Skype and email. I have made a personal pledge to carry on with this end of 2011.
My challenge before I even get there is to raise the £2000+ funds that is required and raising awareness of VMM at the same time. As a technophobe, not very good at marketing and selling this is going to be a huge learning curve for me. Any tips / help/ advice would be gratefully received!