Category Archives: India

All Food is Finger Food

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India is famous for the wonderful flavours of the exotic dishes it produces. From tasty chutneys and spicy curry to sweet chai and rose flavoured desserts, India has very unique style of cooking and using spices and herbs for an explosive flavour. 

While dining in India it quickly becomes evident that something is missing from the table setting: cutlery! There are many reasons why Indians eat with their hands. First, many eat with their hands because they think it is in fact cleaner to eat with fingers than with a fork or spoon. They know where their hands have been and they wash thoroughly before and after meals. Others believe that interacting with their food, not only by smelling, tasting and seeing it but also feeling it, is all part of the experience of eating. (Also it’s kind of fun!)

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India is a large country, so naturally the food varies in different regions of India. In the south, the food is generally unbearably spicy compared to the north. There are also often more vegetarians in the south. Along the coast lines seafood dishes are more popular, whereas in the jungles of India many tropical fruits can be found such as: mango, banana, coconut, guava and papaya.

My favourite recipe I learned while living in India is to make Masala Chai. Follow my recipe to try it out! What you will need for two mugs of Chai:

–       2 heaping tablespoons of loose leaf black tea.

–       2 cups of milk

–       ½ cup of water

–       2 tablespoons of sugar

–       3 teaspoons of fresh ginger (chopped)

–       Cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom to taste (I prefer chai with ginger only)

Heat saucepan with milk and water on stove on medium high for about three minutes. Add the tealeaves and stir until milk becomes a desirable colour. Add sugar and ginger and spices. Bring to boil then remove from heat and strain into mugs. Enjoy!

P.S. If you want a chance to try some delicious Indian dishes, desserts, and chai come to our Indian Dinner Fundraiser! More info here.

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— Julia Kutyn

Exciting News!

403123_10151223783530192_70022161_nWe have been preparing for something big here at thisvillage. Something you are not going to want to miss.

thisvillage is hosting our first ever Indian Dinner Event!!

Get ready for an evening of chai, henna, and (of course) delicious, authentic Indian food.

Why are we doing this?

In the state of Telangana, where most people are farmers, almost 90% of households are in debt. Debt is one of the biggest reasons that farmers commit suicide. Currently, Bandanpally is home to 42 widows as a result of farmer suicide. Thought of as cursed, these widows are punished and ostracized by society for no other reason than the death of their husbands.

We want to take this time to focus on the needs of these widows; most of them do not have any source of income. (Read more about all our projects in Bandanpally at http://thisvillage.org/about/)

When and where is the event happening?

On March 26th from 5:30 – 9:30, at the Hub, located at 71 Bank street Ottawa on the 6th floor, Take a peek at our venue here!

P.S (Parking on the Bank street is free after 5:30, or take your pick of lots near by. http://en.parkopedia.ca/parking/71_bank_street/)

You don’t want to miss this event!

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Facts About India

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From the freezing Himalayas in the north, through the jungles and deserts to the blistering heat in the south (trust me, its blistering) India is a fascinating country.

India, and the United States are the 2nd and 3rd most populated countries in the world respectively. USA, has a population of only 322.5 million; that’s almost a fourth of the population of India in a landmass 3 times bigger! [1]

The average age in India is just under 27 years old, and only 9% of the population is over the age of 60.[2]

1/3 of the women are illiterate. Almost 20% of children are married before 15 and almost 50% are married before they’re 18.[3]

There are more people living in poverty (less than a dollar a day) in India than the entire population of the United States and Canada put together.[4]

This information is overwhelming. I almost didn’t even believe it. It can be difficult to know what to do with information like this. One person alone cannot adjust these statistics, but if we work together one village at a time India has amazing potential to grow into a sustainable country.

In this village of 1200 people, our goal is to supply them with:

  • 6 wells
  • 3 classrooms
  • 1 library
  • 177 toilets

Education and hygiene will be instrumental in bringing Bandanpally out of it’s impoverish state. Donate and help transform the village of Bandanpally, and help those living there realize their potential.

— Julia Kutyn


Resources used in this article can be found here: [1] [2] [3]  [4]

 

IDW 2015

IDW 2015

Happy 25th International Development week!

This week, thisvillage has been reflecting on the Millennium Development Goals set out by the UN in 1990. These goals had a deadline to be achieved by 2015 therefore, the UN has also been reviewing them and weighing up their success. In fact, they have unveiled a new set of goals, called Sustainable Development Goals. (ßRead more about them, they’re cool!)

The SDGs consist of 17 targets to reach before 2030. For example, number 1 SDG is: End poverty in all its forms everywhere (whoa! Lofty!).

But hey. We would like to see an end to poverty too. And that’s not the only goal that we can relate to:

Number 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all ages.

Maternal mortality has fallen 45% since 1990, but we can’t forget that 50% of women do not receive the recommended health care during pregnancy*. One of our major projects in Bandanpally is providing wells and toilets for the community.

Number 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life long learning opportunities for all.

90% of children in developing countries are now enrolled in primary school, but what about the other 58 million*, or those that are forced to drop out. thisvillage believes in education, and that equipping marginalized community members with confidence and practical skills is essential to their long-term prosperity. Some of the projects we’ll be implementing in Bandanpally include stocking the school library with books and desks.

Number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

The enrolment in primary school is distributed equally among boys and girls*, but women still face inequality in education, work, and decision-making. thisvillage knows that empowering women and children is key to alleviating poverty. One program we’ll be implementing in Bandanpally is a support group for widowed women.

These statistics are encouraging. People working together can make a difference to the injustice in the world. thisvillage works to alleviate poverty on a smaller scale. You can also fight for sustainable international development. Help thisvillage make a difference, one village at a time!

–Julia Kutyn

*All statistics in above article are available at www.un.org/millenniumgoals/