The colours of Little Flower.

Leprosy - illness of the poor.

Making silk.

Children love to learn.

We are proud delivering to Austia

Multikultural experiance enlarge our all horizon

Planning the village expansion with help of base habitat

Scarfs made in Little Flower. Buy them an help!

 

NEWS from Little Flower

Kabita is giving a short report on the activities that are going on in Little Flower at the moment.
It seems a tremendous work has taken place!
ORGANIZATIONAL  ACTIVITIES:     We have finished  in implementing a basic inclusive, participatory, transparent, and  collective decision making system. It took us 3 years to make  them understand  the value of change. It was slow but a steady process. Things are much better  than before. Finally people are walking on path, who did not want to walk, the process had dragged  them along. Of course they are not happy and always sulking but now things have its own rhythm and  pace. It cannot  go back.  We have now 15 departments, now I am the last lap that is documenting and getting approval from board.  We also finalized the leadership issue, as chosen by late fr. Christdas,  we have made Krishna, the managing director, he now will be responsible for overall management of the organizational activities.  My role would be  mostly on policy, board, raising fund, working on website, developing proposal and focusing on reporting, and of course for time being financial management.
ACCOUNTING SYSTEM: Now  our  team is fully on board in using the new account software. Our patients with them  gives the best prize to us. Now we have a system where money cannot be spent  from any activities that were not meant for. The accounting system has the involvement of department head and managing director. Every department has an account that is connected to main account. We are working more on  reporting  now.
RAISING FUND FOR LF:  We are now getting  ISO certificate from Australia, this would prove our authenticity which impress the foreign donor to work with us. We are applying 35ac to get the  100 tax exemption for  any donor. This is given by central government,  this would allow us to receive the funds up to negotiated amount, as for this time we are going for  100 million rupees for school, hospital and housing as a comprehensive service provider to leprosy affected people. This would allow us to have an access to big donors. There are many who are looking for our kind of organization once we have government permission.
RENEWAL ENERGY:   A solar company and we are working on a project of 40 million rupees to  have solar energy in Sunderpur. We have so far arranged 60 of  total cost. We are looking for  40 % , this would give energy in hospital, dairy, housing with two lights and one fan. Let us see what happens?
KITCHEN:  The big kitchen has been shifted and now the food is being cooked from gas. We have stopped using coal. We are getting  rice cooker and  other kitchen equipment to make food preparation  and serving in a  better way. It will take a month to get all the equipment as the order has been placed to them.
WATER TANK:  The construction of big water tank  will begin from the end of September.  This would enable our people to have a piped water tap at their doorstep.
HOSPITAL:  Most of them received training in Kathmandu. We are negotiating with inter service church to get medicine for our hospital, no loss and no profit basis. LEPRA India is going to have RCT unit at Hospital.
AGRICULTURE: We have tried to have food sufficiency, in this regard we  tried successfully  harvesting paddy twice. We are now slowly changing  our crop to valued crop. We bought a new tractor with the bank loan. We are selling  the old truck and tractors.
We are having banana plantation. We have already planed more than 600 bananas in order to make paper, and get vegetables and fodder for cows.
with warm regards
kabita

review building practical in february 2014

One month later… Unbelievable how fast time is passing. I have the feeling as if I just came back, but it’s already been one month now. And we are thinking when to go to India the next time. But actually the deal is done: If they are finished with the to-do-list we left them we will come again.

But at first I would like to resume the impression from last February and March. It was a really intense and diversified stay!

When we arrived, Franz had been there already for more than a month and had started with the bamboo work. Therefore he could introduce us to the work on the construction site easily. Sebastian and me were showing the “newbies” around the village and tried to explain the story behind Little Flower to them. Now being here this was a lot easier than at university where we only talked theoretically about the hospital, the school and the village in general. Everybody was interested and curious and they didn’t understand why we didn’t start work immediately – we decided it would be better to really arrive at first. But it made me really happy to see how eager they were to start to work.

Well we started on Saturday. Thirst getting to know the team, discover how well or how at all to communicated with each other. And then we started to work. The first days we needed to organise ourselves and to find teams who could work together well, but then they really were good teams. One was working on the rafter, one on the roof with the pillars and the purlins and another one inside plastering the walls and designing the windows. Of course there were thousands of small tasks, which also had to be done, but those three were our main focus at first.

Slowly we got into a routine: At 7.30 we met for a morning circle, to talk about what has to be done and who will do it, around 10 am we had a chai-time and at 12 o’clock there was a lunch break with one hour to rest and then we worked until 4.30 pm and after the daily work was done we had a meeting with tea and snack (Samosa or Pakauda … mjam!). Then the evenings were free and we could do whatever we felt like: take a rest, go for a walk, go shopping into the city or visit a family. Every now and then I would give Hindi-lessons, with help from Laxman, one of the workers, who was have a blast listening to us. After dinner which was always served at 7 pm, we often sat at the fire place reflecting the days work and then we went to bed pretty early because we knew that we would have to get up around 6h to get breakfast.

But we also took some time for trips: Once we went to Varanasi for a weekend, the holiest city of India. It was also the first time for me and those ghats really are impressive: Every evening we walked along the water and the smooth light combined with the sound of the water tapping against the stairs creates a mystic atmosphere. And another time we went to Laxmanoa to have a picnic together with all the workers. We cooked great food and did some acrobatics and also relaxed of course. That was a really great Sunday.

We also were invited to a wedding, for which we all bought Saris and which was really exotic. So much glitter and glamour and lights and music, a gorgeous bride and a long queue of people behind the bridegroom when he arrived. Everything was completely chaotic and somehow it still worked well to follow all those rituals.

Also our “Richtfest” was awesome: a colourful mixture of Austrian tradition with Indian flavour. We had a “tree” which was actually bamboo and they brought ribbons out of flowers to hang on the now finished roof. And then they made us help them with lifting the tree and while we were helping them from below suddenly a bucket full of colours was emptied on our heads. When everybody was coloured we met for a “Völkerball” competition on the field and then we played tug-of-war and it was an amazing afternoon.

Time passed really fast and for me it was really beautiful to see how friendships came into being. Our guys are so warm hearted and open, you will just have to like them. Therefore saying goodbye was even tougher at the end of the five weeks we spent together. But in the evening before the departure we had a really nice celebration with food and huge sound system. And sitting together beside the fireplace until dawn was breaking…

I didn’t tell anybody that I had changed my flight ticket to surprise them. So the day of the departure I took some pillows into my backpack and brought it to the bus, telling the driver I would need to add something later on so he should not put it on the roof of the vehicle yet. As soon as everybody sat in the car – I was saying them goodbye secretly in the morning – and the driver started the engine, I approached Kabita to ask her, if it was fine for me to stay another two weeks. I think at first she didn’t take me seriously but when I said I am honest, she said she was as well. So I unloaded my luggage while everybody was staring at me in disbelief. Suddenly Abdul burst into laughter and hugged me. But then he was like: you will leave with Motilal on the bike later, right? And when I denied he and the others finally were really happy. And I was glad that I took the decision to stay some more days. I really wanted to prepare the time we wouldn’t be there as good as possible.

And that’s what I did during the next days: I was drawing plans, printing pictures, was discussing plans with them, took field measurements of the building, wrote manuals in English, which I translated with Laxman into Hindi. The to-do-list Sebastian made with me before he left, I revised with the workers, translated it as well and made a timetable together with them according to the single steps of procedure. Again and again I asked if there is anything, which needs explanation and what they will need to be able to continue properly also when they are working alone.

And all of the sudden the two weeks were over. I think time has never passed this fast in my whole life. Somehow I still had the feeling I wasn’t able to cover every detail and every question, but over all I had a good impression. And knowing that I will come back as soon as the work on the to-do-list will be done, made it even easier to say goodbye.

I left via Nepal where I spent five great days with Costanza and Maria and suddenly I was back home. Well “suddenly”!? The travel was a torture because we were stranded in Delhi for 24h. The reason: Our first plane left late from Kathmandu and we missed our connection flight. Well it’s past now.

And now watching the construction work from Austria and to see how good and autonomous they work, and especially how fast it is going, it is… indescribable. I could laugh, shout out loud and cry because I am so happy, every time Motilal uploads new pictures on facebook. We are in touch frequently: every Saturday I meet Motilal on Skype to talk about the work and the progress which we can see on the pictures and Mondays we have a video conference with everybody, which also students from the practical join, which motivates us all a lot every time.

I have a good impression, the progress on the construction site is good, the guys are motivated and here in Austria we are planning our next journey to see them all again! =)

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2013 in Little Flower, a volunteer summarizes

Magnus Peterson, a Swedish volunteer who stayed in Little flower all autumn gives us an over view of the projects in Little Flower:

There are many exiting projects and structural changes going on in Little Flower. All departments are now organized into committees with the intention of getting more and more democratic and transparent in decision making. It will need a lot of training and capacity building before everything is working as planned, but the process has started.

 

The leprosy hospital run by Little Flower has exchanged all of the old beds. Thanks to Mrs Vilanek and the sister organisation in Austria there was funds raised for 140 new hospital beds. This also includes new more comfortable matrasses, which makes a huge difference for the patients. Little Flower has also continued the work on the clay and bamboo houses in collaboration with Austrian architect students and their university. There are now three houses ready to have the bamboo roofs constructed and the young men from the village, who are benefiting from vocational training, are now more skilled and experienced. Some of them even left for special training in Nepal for a couple of months.

 

The most important work in Little Flower is to get self-sufficient. There are on going work to get the dairy farm, agriculture and spinning and weaving department to be profitable and support the hospital and the village running costs. The Government is also approached to take its responsibilities by providing leprosy treatment and better education for the children. This does not mean that Little Flower doesn’t need help. It is of utmost importance that the organisation is supported during this process because it will take time. Thank you for your generous and loving contribution and work for Little Flower. It is needed.

 

Magnus Peterson, Swedish volunteer

Little Flower Presentation at 25 years anniversary of SONNENTOR

Little Flower – BREAKING NEWS

Kräuterfest – 25 years Sonnentor anniversary with Little Flower

Waltraud Martius has been invited to the 25 years anniversary at SONNENTOR a mayor Austrian nutrition supplier and drugstore company.

She presented Little Flower in lots of statements and interviews and of course the beautiful handmade colourful silk Scarves.

Waltraud Martius collected  donations in total of 1750 € for Little Flower.

Many thanks from Little Flower to Waltraud and all her work for Little Flower

 

woundEX

vistiting the hospital and the production of woundEX. Also seeing the news beds and the ambulance being finished…

Scarf gallery online!

We created a scarf gallery where you can now donate for Little Flower and as a thank you for your donation you will get a scarf of your own choice from us. Because of the logistics we could only send our scarves within Austria, Germany and Switzerland. But this Web gallery might also be an impulse for others to deliver the scarves in their places and we are ready to support everybody with our experience, our logistics, the pictures etc.

If you want to see the whole gallery please go to the German site and click SCHAL GALERIE or you open it via schal.littleflower-india.org

Indian summer, Sun kissed lemon, Soft Moss, Midnight sky,… you will love the color and the clear structure!

Thanks to Elisabeth, Mira, Lukas and Jasmin for their presentation in front of the camera! Thank you Christof for the photographs and all others for their work pro bono for Little Flower!

And last but not least all weavers and all workers in Little Flower who produce these scarves as a thank you for our donors!

Norman MacIsaac/Leger Foundation/Canada in Salzburg

Norman MacIsaac from the Leger Foundation/Canada paid a visit to us in Salzburg. It was a wonderful time of sharing and discussing all topics about Little Flower. We all are interested in a good and intensive cooperation between Austria and Canada to create the maximum of support for Little Flower. THANK YOU NORMAN for a wonderful time with you!

 

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an article on our project in arch+

 

think global. build social – building for a better world

… an exhibition opening in Frankfurt

Sebastian and me went to Frankfurt on the 7th of June to attend a symposium there, which was called „think global – build social“ and also to be at the opening of the same named exhibition.

The symposium was very interesting and also informative. We got to know to new people and learnt a lot about new things for example about bamboo. We met people we knew already but haven’t see for a long time and were discussing about news. Furthermore it was decided to keep in contact more regularly and try to build up a better network so mistakes won’t happen twice and also to minimize or better to disburden our colleagues from the research work which has to be done before you start a project like this.

We are very proud that BASEhabitat is represented with our project in India.

Here are a few images:
(soon there will be better ones 😉 )

 

2nd addition to the construction site

– pictures from Johannes in the time of 12th of March until the 3rd of May 2013
(some photos you might already have seen, this is a résumé)

1st addition to the construction site

– pictures from Motilal 8th of March 2013

Hospital beds for Little Flower

Little Flower Austria decided to finance 140 beds, mattresses and bedside lockers for the patients in the hospital in this year.

This is 285€ for one bed all in all. We got allready donation for 47 beds, still 93 missing. We hope and trust that we will find supporters for all 140 beds and kindly spread the message around!

Whoever donates a bed will get a label on “his” bed in Little flower “donated by…” as a kind regard to the patient and one more support for his healing.

The new beds and bedside lockers, that were produced in Mumbai, arrived in Little Flower already. They came by  trucks, and it was a big excitement all over the hospital! The old beds will be renovated if possible and used in the colonies, where many patients still sleep on the floor.

 

 

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