Over the last few months, Welham Girls School has organized two Residential Projects for students pursuing the Gold Award. Students completed their residential project by rendering their voluntary services to Vistaar, Mother’s Own at Village Paigambarpur, Dist. Bijnore, Uttar Pradesh. Situated at a distance of 200 km from Dehradun, Paigambarpur is a small village of 30 families. This program focused on giving the students a first-hand experience in understanding The Panchayat System Village Life and Agriculture. They stayed in the village over five days and interacted with the village students and shared their lives with them so that the divide between urban-rural was reduced and both learnt to be more empathetic towards each other and realized that they shared common dreams and aspirations. The Welham Girls helped in the construction of a wall around the temple in the village. The students took English speaking classes for children and adults. They learnt about organic farming, vermi-composting, dairy farming, traditional cooking and chulha-making from the village adults and youths.
In November twenty girls of Welham Girls School working at the IAYP Gold level completed their residential project by working at village Shuklapur under the guidance of an NGO - HESCO (Himalayan Environment Studies and Conservation Organisation) headed by Padmashri Dr. Anil Joshi. Dr. Anil Joshi and Dr Kiran Negi of HESCO have been applying knowledge of the environmental sciences and simple technologies to bring consistent development to the rural areas of this sub-Himalayan region. For some years now, Welham Girls School has been regularly helping in projects directed by HESCO. The girls stayed at village Shuklapur and undertook a number of tasks such as building low-cost toilets, repairing compost pits and carrying out backyard farming. They also interacted with the village children, conducted surveys to find out more about the lives of the women and their priorities in the village. It provided them with the perfect platform to discover and understand their personal selves in an unfamiliar environment, giving them a sense of the work which needs to be done in rural areas and what can be done to alleviate living conditions.