The EYVP volunteers arrived in India on the 2nd of September 2017 at the CSI synod Secretariat. They landed with great excitement looking forward to a memorable experience at the Church of South India for the period of 10 months.
An orientation program was planned to induct the young volunteers to give them a foretaste of what they would encounter during their time in India. The first phase of the orientation was organised in the headquarters of CSI in Chennai, while the second part of orientation was planned in CSI-Board of Child Care, Bangalore.
Topics like Understanding India and its realities, Church of South India and its mission and various ministries of CSI, were dealt in Chennai for the volunteers to understand the Church as a whole which is hosting them. An exposure visit to Mahabalipuram and Sunday worship service at a rural church community were the other highlights of their induction in Chennai.
In Bangalore, CSI-BCC organised a systematic orientation on topics like Overview of EMS supported projects, sensitivity towards Social Concerns through exposure visits, Golden rules and orientation on Indian Culture, Children in India with particular reference to Girl Child, Safety and security, child protection and child protection policy were the themes dealt. Eminent resource people including the Welt Warts representative in India Mr. Robinson Doss, were present to talk to the EYVP Volunteers. The orientation came to an end on the 7th September 2017 and the wardens who were in-charge of hosting these volunteers had come to accompany the volunteers to their respective project places.
The Youth Department of the Church of South India, which co-ordinates this program acknowledges and thanks the EYVP program for sending these volunteers fostering the continuous partnership and committed relationship between CSI and EMS. It also acknowledges with gratitude all the Directors of the Synod and other resource people including the staff of CSI-BCC for organizing this induction program for the volunteers from Germany.
Last but not least, the Youth department of CSI, with assured prayers and accompaniment wishes these volunteers God’s blessings, good health and a memorable experience for the next 10 months in India.