Healthcare and More in New Delhi, India
Caregiving : Volunteers care for infants and children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. Since the needs of many households require both parents to work, and many families cannot afford daycare, many children and other people needing care may be left along during the day. In the local organizations that provide caregiving services, there are usually not enough qualified caregivers. Volunteers provide human support and give the one-on-one attention and care that many would not otherwise receive in daycares and community centers.
Teaching : Volunteers help to teach at organizations that offer education and empowerment to socially disadvantaged people including working children, drop-outs, and people with physical and mental disabilities. There are 40 to 80 million people with disabilities in India, and because of social stigmas, this population can be neglected. Volunteers help to teach basic life skills, English, recreational activities, and provide therapy to build self esteem and support for people with disabilities and at-risk children.
Community Development : Volunteers can work with women’s groups and community centers for youth teaching conversational English, sharing skills, and discussing family planning or hygiene. Many of the women in these groups may be illiterate, or unskilled in a specific trade, so the goal is to help women attain better employment opportunities to help support their families.
Healthcare : Volunteers observe and assist local health professionals at community organizations that serve children and adults with physical and mental disabilities. In addition, volunteers provide basic medical check-ups and hygiene education within underserved communities.
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