Project CARE is CARE’s student volunteering programme, which facilitates group volunteering trips for university students to schools supported by CARE.

Project CARE was founded in 2012 and has since organised 14 volunteering trips for over 100 students from the University of Warwick and the University of Nottingham, raising approximately £100,000 for CARE. The funds raised have gone towards a range of CARE’s transformational education projects in India and Africa.

Currently, Project CARE organises trips to two schools in India – one in Bhuj, Gujarat and the other in Manali, Himachal Pradesh.

Project CARE plans to expand its volunteering programme so that it caters to students from other universities and to alumni from past trips. Project CARE is also looking to start trips to a wider range of schools supported by CARE in India and Africa.

If you have any questions or if you are interested in learning more about Project CARE’s volunteering opportunities or fundraising activities, please contact us at projectcare@careducation.org or any of the committee members (Darpit Mehta, Riya Pabari, Shivam Soni-Sadar, Meera Sindha or Sachin Shah) directly.

To stay up-to-date with Project CARE, follow our social media platforms:

1. Volunteer Blogs
2. Instagram
3. Facebook – Project CARE Warwick and Project CARE Nottingham
4. Twitter
5. YouTube

Our Trips

Navchetan Andhjan Mandal School | Bhuj, Gujarat, India

The Navchetan Andhjan Mandal School is a centre for disabled children where the focus is on teaching the students both academic and vocational skills. The centre provides boarding facilities for many of its students. The school is an inclusive and enabling environment, catering for students with a wide range of physical and mental impairments and is seen as a refuge for disabled children in the local and wider community. The school therefore plays an important role in providing a platform for students in a developing Indian society that, in part, still grapples with the realities of disabilities.

There is currently one trip to this school each year, at the end of June. During the trip, volunteers live in guest rooms on the school campus, with all meals provided at the school. Volunteers get the opportunity to run their own classes with the students on a variety of subjects outside of their usual curriculum. They are also able to spend time outside of school hours running sports, arts and crafts, dance and musical sessions with the students.

Aside from their time in the schools, volunteers will be able to experience the local community, including an eye opening visit to an old people’s home supported by CARE in nearby Bachau.

To find out more about the school, Click Here.

Click Here to read blog posts from past Project CARE volunteers who have been to  Navchetan Andhjan Mandal School Bhuj volunteers. 

Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association School | Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India

The Himalayan Buddhist Cultural Association School is a school located in a remote part of the Himalayan mountains and is the only school in this area to provide both educational and residential facilities. The children attending the school are often incredibly deprived and some travel up to 7 days through mountainous terrains to reach the school at the start of each school term.

The school is English speaking and volunteers are encouraged to support the existing curriculum by presenting lessons in more atypical and creative ways. There is also scope for volunteers to present bespoke classes on areas not covered by their existing curriculum such as geography and politics. Volunteers often also run fun and varied extracurricular classes, such as sports, arts and crafts and dance sessions.

Volunteers stay at a guesthouse which is a short walk from the school during their stay, where all meals are provided.

To find out more about the school, Click Here.

Auro Technical School | Pajwenda, Tororo, Uganda

In November 2019, four members of the Project CARE committee spent time volunteering at The Auro Technical School, a vocational college located in Pajwenda, a rural part of eastern Uganda, near Tororo town. The school provides students with an opportunity to access vocational training, and currently provides courses to over 140 students in hairdressing, tailoring, bricklaying and carpentry.

There are currently no trips planned to this school, however Project CARE is exploring the possibility of introducing an annual trip in the future.

Following the visit, the Project CARE team has decided to raise funds to reconstruct the school‘s kitchen and toilets, costing approximately £11,000 and £9,000 respectively. At present, the school’s toilet and kitchen facilities are extremely poor and requires urgent renovation. Not only will this help prevent the spread of diseases and provide vital facilities to the students, it will also enable the school to be registered with the local district (which is not possible without meeting certain minimum requirements, which the reconstruction work will allow the school to meet).

“We strongly believe that sanitation and food hygiene is a basic human right and that by constructing satisfactory toilet and kitchen facilities, we will transform the school.”

If you would like to donate towards the costs of the reconstruction of the kitchen and toilet blocks at Auro Technical School, please Click Here.

Organising Committee

Darpit Mehta

Chair

Darpit studied law at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2014 and currently works as a corporate solicitor at a law firm in London. He founded Project CARE in 2012 and has been on trips to Bhuj in 2013 and 2014, Manali in 2014 and Uganda in 2019. Darpit chairs the committee and is responsible for managing the overall direction of Project CARE.

Riya Pabari

Marketing and Communications

Riya studied mathematics at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2016 and currently works as an asset manager in London.
She set up Project CARE at the University of Nottingham in 2014 and has been on trips to Bhuj in 2015, Manali in 2016 and Uganda in 2019.
Riya manages communications with prospective volunteers at universities and manages the social media and other marketing activities of Project CARE.

Shivam Soni-Sadar

Volunteer and Trip Management

Shiv studied engineering at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2016 and currently works as a wealth manager in London.
He has been on trips to Bhuj in 2015, Manali in 2016 and Uganda in 2019.
Shiv manages the in-trip experience of volunteers, including organising the annual volunteers’ workshop, where Project CARE run a series of sessions to help prepare prospective volunteers for their upcoming volunteering trips.

Meera Sindha

Fundraising

Meera studied psychology at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 2016 and currently works as a youth worker in London.
Together with Riya, she set up Project CARE at the University of Nottingham in 2014 and has been on trips to Bhuj in 2015 and Uganda in 2019.
Meera manages and coordinates the fundraising efforts of prospective volunteers and is responsible for fundraising-related communications with both CARE and volunteers.

Sachin Shah

Logistics

Sachin studied MORSE at the University of Warwick, graduating in 2016 and currently works as a derivatives sales associate at a bank in London.
He has been on trips to Bhuj in 2014 and Manali in 2015.
Sachin is responsible for overseeing the travel arrangements of volunteers and organising trip merchandise for volunteers.

Fundraising Efforts

The funds raised by Project CARE volunteers each year goes towards CARE and enables CARE
to allocate funds towards needful projects that it supports across India and Africa. 

The funds raised in past years by Project CARE volunteers has allowed CARE to contribute towards, amongst other things, the following:

  • A sanitation project at the school in Bhuj
  • Infrastructure (including a playground) at the Manali school
  • Funding the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in Mombasa
  • Funding classroom construction by the Amara Charitable Trust in Nairobi
  • Rebuilding a school in Nepal following the earthquake in 2015

Unlike many charities where donations may, in part, go towards administration costs, expenses or salaries, CARE cover all such costs themselves and do not make deductions from donations. This means that, other than the fees charged by Virgin Money Giving for online fundraising, your donation would go towards projects supported by CARE.

Click the “Donate” button below to donate towards the fundraising page of the Project CARE committee members who volunteered at the Auro Technical School, with funds going towards the reconstruction of the school’s toilets and kitchen facilities.

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