Cal Poly Humboldt

Rural Youth Volunteers in India

In the summer 2018, 7 students from Cal Poly Humboldt, Arcata, California and 8 students from Lady Irwin College (LIC), New Delhi worked in two rural communities, Daula and Tavelagarhi (District: Baghpat), India, on social entrepreneurship projects while addressing the environmental issues of water conservation and waste management in these communities. 

Student were divided into product and community/school engagement teams. The product teams created safe water storage containers in Tavelagarhi and newspaper pens, upcycled plastic clipboards and tiles in Daula; the community/school engagement teams worked with people of diverse demographics (e.g. age, caste, class, gender) in creating awareness around the prevalence of the issues and the importance of created products. They used various mediums: using songs, posters, rallies, street play, and educational fairs. Students will be presenting on their experiences throughout this semester.