Community organization is the heart of social work profession. The ten day social work camp provided the social work trainees of Kristu Jayanti College a platform to experience and explore rural life and the challenges faced by the members of the rural community. Gaviyana Palya (near Kengeri) a village at the outskirts of Bengaluru was the destination chosen for the social work trainees to put their social work skills and techniques into practice.
The highlights of the camp were:
Sports day - The children, youth and women of the community actively participated in various sports events like lemon race, pebble race and musical chairs.
Cultural programs - Almost all the evenings the trainees performed theme based cultural programs with skits, mimes, documentaries, theme based talks and the like. Children, youth and women of the community also actively participated in the programs.
Tree plantation - The social work trainees took initiative to plant young trees, like tamarind, neem, peepal and banyan trees, in the school campus and also distributed plants to villagers.
Rally on health and hygiene - The rally was conducted to promote awareness on the importance of keeping the community clean.
Cleaning of the community: To show the importance of the having a plastic free village, the trainees spent the fore-noon hours of a day in collecting and disposing of the plastic wastes.
Three Day Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) Workshop: Theory classes on the methods and tools of PRA were held for two days for the social work trainees. The third day consisted of a practical session of using PRA tools like social mapping, transact walk, timeline, etc., with the community members of Gavianapalya.
Share of the rural life with the families - The social work trainees were divided into pairs and were sent to different families in Gaviyana Palya to spend a day with them. This was done so that the trainees would understand the condition and culture of the families in the rural community.
The social work camp thus provided ample opportunities to the trainees by giving them enriching first-hand experiences of rural community. The community members showed love and acceptance to the trainees which motivated them during the camp. The camp also helped the trainees to get to know each other and develop the we-feeling among themselves.