Vanakkam! A very warm welcome from all of us at Nalamdana.
We are excited that you have chosen to spend time with us. Your participation and support will
help to create effective tools and strategies to educate millions of people and thwart widespread
malnutrition in India.
Since 2005, the research program has moved into an interesting stage of pilot intervention
studies and development of participatory communication materials, including new drama
scripts. Additionally, our ongoing programs in urban sites and select peri-urban communities
near Chennai are expanded when partner organizations invite our teams to rural areas.
We started off 2005 with a terrible experience: the tsunami that hit on December 26, 2004 has left
many coastal areas devastated. Luckily for us, Chennai escaped with minimal damages. In
response to overwhelming support from past Earthwatch volunteers and friends abroad, our
research team developed a special script to address post-tsunami rehabilitation issues. The 2005
and 2006 Earthwatch volunteers will be fortunate in joining our teams in these areas, to address
post-tsunami as well as regular prenatal health issues among our target groups – women and
The Nalamdana team of professional communicators entertain as they educate. You will be
gradually eased into a routine that will afford plenty of opportunities to interact with Nalamdana
staff and local community members, and to explore deeper insights into the problems that we
intend to address. Your two weeks will end with brainstorming and idea sharing.
While in stark contrast to the “wild jungles” of some Earthwatch expeditions, the urban slums
and rural settlements of our project’s focus will pose a different kind of challenge. The sites are
crowded but colorful knots of humanity, curiously multi-faceted and often mixing the worst of
conditions with the best of people. They are semi-literate but wise, economically chall