EWB-UK Placement Proposal 2008-09
Neri Ratoli Cold Storage
Section A – Contact Details
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EWB-UK Project Manager
Name Siobhan McGrath
Phone Number -
Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org
Organisation RUCHI (Rural Centre for Human Interest)
Contact Name Mr. Dharamvir Singh
Contact Position Executive Director
Phone Number (+91-1792) 282454, 282516, 320057
Email Address email@example.com
Postal Address Bandh, Bhaguri - 173233
Distt. Solan, Himachal Pradesh,
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Section B – Placement Plan
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Narrative Indicators Assumptions
Overall Goal (1) To allow local farmers
more time to be
and reduce the amount of
/ goal does the
income they spend on
(2) To provide RUCHI with a
means of income so they
are not totally dependent
on funds from donors and
can reinvest this money
back into the communities
they serve, for example
investment in training of
local farmers in alternative
cash crop cultivation and
optimising crop growth.
Purpose The building of a cold store Cold store is built and The cost of using the
which local farmers can use being used by local cold store is favourable
What is the
instead of travelling over farmers. when compared to the
project trying to
100 km away to the nearest current cost of facilities
store. This would also and travel.
encourage more local
farmers to diversify into
floriculture and potatoes as
well as take advantage of
any new agriculture
investments which require
RUCHI continue to
To provide a facility for A sustainable income is operate in the area
RUCHI who can charge produced by RUCHI investing in the health
farmers for the use of this which is reinvested into and economic
facility thus generating an their community based progression of the
income which is reinvested programmes. community.
into the community.
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Outputs Farmers no longer have to More time spent by
travel to Chandigar to store farmers on being
What are the
of the project?
Increased growing of Farmers continue to use
Increased uptake of
flowers and other bulbs bulbs for floriculture and
floriculture and potatoes
requiring cold storage. vegetables which require
growing by farmers.
RUCHI has a stable
RUCHI generates income.
inflow of cash from the
store and money is
invested into their
Specific Design a low cost cold A cold store is
Activities store. designed and built in
What needs to be Build the cold store in the
carried out by the village of Neriratoli.
Establish the economics of A pricing structure for
the system and the prices Neriratoli cold store.
which RUCHI can charge.
Start the roll out the
1 other cold store built
building of cold stores to all
in the relevant village if
6 villages utilizing
A document which
Establish a design and
RUCHI technicians can
pricing template which
use to build further
RUCHI can use to roll out
cold stores to the 30+
villages farming potatoes.
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Section C – Supporting Details
More about the Placement
Volunteer Numbers 2
Duration 3 months
Supervision Volunteers will be supervised by the RUCHI technician and
regularly meet with the executive director.
Interaction with Volunteers will work closely with local staff.
Interaction with Volunteers will work mainly in the village agreeing a design
with beneficiaries and supervising construction. RUCHI staff
will help with translation of languages.
Volunteer Required characteristics:
Specification 1. Practically minded person
2. It is essential that volunteers have a desire to
interact with those around them and will persevere
where communication is difficult.
3. University undergraduate or graduate
1. Hindi language
2. Knowledge of concrete construction and/or water
Immediacy of need With the help of RUCHI farmers are increasingly diversifying
the crops they grow to include flowers and potatoes. The
bulbs for these crops need 6 months in a cold store, the
nearest being 100km away in Chandigar.
RUCHI rely heavily on donors to fund their activities and
hope that the setting up of a cold store owned by them and
charging farmers for its use will provide a stable income to
supplement donor funds and be invested back into the
community it serves.
RUCHI currently has 3 technical staff but no engineer or
equivalent. RUCHI and the project would benefit greatly
from full time volunteers with technical know how and fresh
More about the Partner Organisation
Organisation Type A non-political, non-profit making organisation committed to
development of rural India.
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Aims RUCHI was created in order to give a platform to initiate the
process of development at the grass roots level.
The major thrust areas of work as identified by RUCHI are:
Natural Resource Management; Technology Promotion &
Transfer; Education and Empowerments; Community Health
Services; Media and Documentation; and Other Activities.
RUCHI transfer their knowledge to the people through
education, awareness raising and empowerment.
RUCHI strongly believe that participatory collective action is
required for sustainable and balanced community
Living in rugged mountainous terrain presents village
communities and the RUCHI organisation with many
problems and trying working conditions. These problems
serve as hurdles that can only be overcome by working in
partnership with target communities to develop practical
solutions to challenges faced by rural people.
RUCHI foster a desire in the underprivileged to improve their
own living conditions, helping people to live a life of dignity
Beneficiaries Villagers in Sirmour and Solan districts.
History RUCHI began in October 1980 in a remote village in Chopal
in Shimla District, Himachal Pradesh.
It was formally registered under The Societies Registration
Act (1860) on 16th February 1983.
RUCHI’s head office is currently located in the small village
of Bandh in Solan district.
RUCHI is working in about 100 villages in the steep
mountainous terrain of Sirmour and Solan districts.
Human Resources Provide approximate numbers for Location where EWB-UK
volunteers will be placed
Number of paid staff: 22
Number of volunteers: 0
Number of staff with eng. degree or equivalent: 0
Number of other technical staff: 3
Financial Approx. annual turnover for organisation: Rs 7,800,000
Main sources of funding for organisation: Oxfam NZ,
MISEREOR Germany, Help Age International UK, Rotary
Clubs NZ, Ministry of Science and Technology, India.
Experience with RUCHI have vast experience with volunteers RUCHI has
substantial experience of employing foreign volunteers and
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is aware of their needs.
An EWB-UK Placement volunteer was there from Sep – Nov
External / Internal Audited annual financial statements, donor evaluations,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (India) annual financial audit.
Placement Volunteer Welfare and logistics
Accommodation Volunteers would stay with the technician, Naginder, in his
home and be cooked local food.
RUCHI has previously hosted volunteers for a few days in
Naginders home and has also hosted volunteers for work
camps in this village.
Internal Transport RUCHI has a mini van and a full time driver.
Visa Requirements Indian tourist visa.
Cultural Opportunities RUCHI is in a very rural area where most villagers have
little (if any) English. It is a great opportunity to live in a
rural hill side community. RUCHI staff are locals and speak
Is the partner organisation happy with EWB-UK Yes
handling applications and selecting the
Ruchi asks that the potential
volunteers? volunteer provide them with:
a brief summary of previous work
experience and attach a CV as
separate page(s) to help RUCHI
plan for the volunteer's stay.
a summary of the volunteer’s
previous travel experience.
a summary of the volunteer’s
expectations for their experience
Has the partner organisation been informed of No – have seen 2007/2008 version.
their liability in the event of negligence, and
have they been shown the draft agreement
needed if the project is approved?
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Please attach any further supporting information to the proposal, either
as a separate document, or pasted into section F
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Section D – Health and Safety
Country Security Are there any security issues in the country or region that
EWB-UK should be aware of?
Not in the region (Himachal Pradesh) or any region needed
to be travelled through (eg. Delhi) – volunteers should take
normal precautions as they would when travelling to any
Note that EWB-UK strictly follows the advice of the UK
Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office at
Date Information Last Accessed: 17/11/2008
Emergency In an emergency RUCHI will immediately do everything
possible to get the volunteers out of danger. The nearest
international airport is in Delhi (450 km away) and the
nearest national airports is at Shimla (86 km away).
Medical Care Local facilities are not comparable to those in the UK,
especially in the immediate area surrounding RUCHI.
However, in major cities private medical care is available.
Medical insurance is essential, as for a visit to any non-EU
country. The nearest hospital is at Rajgar (6 km away)
Hazards As with many developing counties, probably the greatest
hazard is road traffic accidents.
Very low malaria risk
(http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk/ accessed 17/10/09 )
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Section E – Placement Budget
Costs per Volunteer cost variation
Flights from UK 325 +200 travelsupermarket.com
Accommodation 380 - RUCHI Rs 28,000
Food 380 - RUCHI Rs 28,000
Essential in-country travel 15 +10 Personal experience
Visa 30 -
Vaccinations 150 - Personal experience
Travel insurance 59 +20 travelsupermarket.com
Total Placement Cost 1,339 +230
Based on how many months? 3 months
Contribution (if applicable)
Accommodation 0 0
Total Partner contribution 0 0
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Section F – Attachments
Please attach any additional / supporting information here:
1. References for RUCHI See below
Dan Boswell – Project Manager 2008
Dan works for the Environment Agency and paid a visit to RUCHI in 2007 after
his wife spent 9 months volunteering for them. This visit identified a project
which EWB-UK could support and a placement was set up.
Siobhan McGrath – Project Volunteer 2008
Siobhan was a EWB-UK placement volunteer for 10 weeks in 2008 and the
Project Manager for this proposal.
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