Live In Labs

Sustainable development to help India's rural communities

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This project received pledges on Sat 01 Jun 2019

I’m raising £1,300 to volunteer with a sustainable development initiative in India which will improve countless lives of people living in India’s rural communities.

Who am I?

I'm Jenny Feron a first year physics student. I regularly volunteer, assisting my instructor in teaching Taekwondo to children and with the Physics Outreach Society which I thoroughly enjoy. This has inspired me to do more volunteering and undertake this project.

My story

With three other students from The University of Manchester, I’m going to be volunteering in India for two months this summer. We will be joining a sustainable development initiative called Live in Labs which is run by the Indian government and Amrita University to improve the lives of India's rural communities. The program has been running since 2013 with 150 projects completed in 21 states so far. Live in Labs brings together students from 30 institutions around the world to allow us to put our theoretical knowledge to a practical use that will benefit the local communities for years to come.

Live in Labs creates projects in seven main areas

1. Agriculture and Risk Management

2. Education and Gender Equality

3. Energy and Environment

4. Livelihood and Skill Development

5. Water and Sanitation

6. Health and Hygiene

7. Waste Management and Infrastructure

I am passionate about protecting our environment which is why this project stood out to me as it makes use of local materials to create long lasting sustainable solutions to common practical problems.

Around 70% of Indian residents live in rural communities so this project is important in improving the lives of numerous whole villages. It's a ‘help people to help themselves’ initiative which engages locals in working with us in order to enrich their community years after the project has taken place. Strict guidelines from the government ensure the local wildlife is protected throughout and only appropriate local materials are ever used. Through donating to this project you'll be enabling me to directly help to improve the rural communities of India in a sustainable, environmentally friendly way!

I will also be taking part in the Manchester 10K on the 19th May for sponsorship for the trip.

Where will the money go?

If I hit my minimum of £600 then I will spend the funds on flights to and from India which will cost approximately £600.

If I hit my full target of £1,300 then the additional money will go on:

£450 - Accommodation, food and material costs for the full two months

£150 - Student visa

£100 - Internal travel to and from the rural communities that I’ll be working with

If things really take off and I raise more than my target then I’ll spend the extra funds any unexpected costs which come up during the trip.

I will give updates on the project as they occur, for example I’ll let you know which region my project will be based in and the exact nature of the project when I find this information out. I’ll also publish an update after completing the project so donors can see how their money has been spent. I will aim to give updates on here and my Facebook (Jenny Feron) and Instagram (jennyferon) accounts twice weekly in order to keep donors in the loop during the campaign, when I'm able while in India and then a final update on the finished project during September when I return.


There will be rewards available for donors dependent on the amount donated. Check them out!

Find me here

Follow me to find out how I’m doing!

Facebook: Jenny Feron

Instagram: @jennyferon

Help me succeed!

You don't need to give money to help me succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support me – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.

In fact, share it with everyone you know as I think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely I am to make this work out brilliantly.

And I know I said you don't need to give money to help me, but I'd love it if you did! Please sponsor me and help make this happen.