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Updates 2016 - 2017

Nukkad Natak in Pacific Mall (Dehardun, March 2017)

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day on 8th March 2017, eighteen girls from the Waste Warriors Club of Doon Girls School in collaboration with Waste Warriors, used the visual medium to draw everyone's attention, in a bid to enhance awareness about the importance of waste management among the general public. The Nukkad Natak, which was performed in Pacific Mall highlighted different issues related to waste. We loved the enthusiasm and the passion shown by the students of Doon Girls School throughout their practice sessions and during their performance.They certainly captured the attention of the people visiting the mall, let's hope they changed some mindsets too!

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Schools Beautify the ONGC Dr B.R Ambedkar Stadium (January 2017)

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We always love working with school kids and this seven day event was no exception. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) contacted us and asked for our help to recruit schools to paint some awareness raising wall murals outside the Dr. B. R Ambedkar Stadium in Krishan Nagar. The painting began on Tuesday 17th January and finished on the 23rd January. We are super impressed by the quality of these paintings and the enthusiasm and talent of the kids that took part. The schools that participated were:- Aasraa Trust, , Purkal Youth Development Society, Army School Birpur, KV ONGC , GGIC and Rashtriya Purva Madhyamik Vidhyalaya School. Big thanks to everyone who got involved with special thanks to Mrs Savant from ONGC, Kasia Drobner and of course ONGC who covered all of the paint costs as part of their Swachh Bharat CSR.

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Ketto Campaign Raises Over 5 Lakh for Dharamsala (January 2017)

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WThe Ketto crowdfunding campaign to save the Dharamsla project raised Rs456,137 plus Rs10,000 from an unknown donor and India Calls Charitable Trust/Vaibhav Mittal have pledged Rs50,000 which takes our grand total up to Rs516,137. Many thanks to everyone that donated, for all your words of encouragement and for all the 'shares' on your social media pages! Donations came in from across the country, we never knew that we had so much support! In addition to that, Abhimanya Roy has pledged Rs2000 per month on an ongoing basis and Tiffany Brooke Fest donated some dustbins for Bhagsu and bought much needed winter boots for each of our Dharamsala Waste Workers. Thanks to the support we received the Dharamsala project is safe for now but Government support is still needed. Let’s hope the Chief Minister keeps his promise.

 

Himachal Chief Minister pledges Financial Support (January 2017)

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Waste Warriors Co-founder, Jodie Underhill met with the Chief Minister of Himachal, Virbhadra Singh at Circuit House, Dharamsala on 21st January 2017. She explained that since she started the weekly waste collection from Triund back in 2009 there had been a 1000% increase in the number of tourists and the garbage was becoming increasingly difficult to manage. He expressed his gratitude for the work that Waste Warriors has been doing and pledged his full support.
An update was posted on the Chief Ministers Facebook page soon after the meeting stating “Met the renowned ' Garbage Girl' Jodie Underhill founder of Waste Warriors at Dharamshala circuit house this morning. I have been told that her organization has been maintaining the cleanliness on the famous Triund trek route. Jodie told me that Waste Warriors - Dharamsala is planning to shut down their operations due to lack of funds. Promised her all possible help and directed the officials to immediately release some funds for the organization.” Please note: No funds have yet been received (June 2017)

 

Save the Dharamsala Project (November 2016)

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Our Dharamsala project may have to be closed down due to lack of funds. If you appreciate the beauty of the mountains, want a clean India or have seen first hand how important our work is, please donate. Share this appeal on your social media, speak with family and friends and help us to raise enough funds to cover our basic expenses for the Dharamsala project for the year ahead. Thanks in advance for all your help. Please donate by following the below link and please either read the text or watch the short video! The mountains are depending on your support.
The Ketto campaign can be viewed here

 
 

Meet our New CEO - Durgesh Raturi (October 2016)

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To enable Waste Warriors to become a successful organisation and find solutions to the problems we face, it is important that we have the right kind of leadership and management. To have a long lasting impact we need to become a national organisation with a presence in each and every state of India. We had nearly 200 applications for the post of CEO but when we interviewed Durgesh, we knew we'd found the right person for the job.Durgesh studied at St George’s College, Mussoorie followed by B Com, Commerce, Accounting & Economics. He has more than 15 years of experience, leading large and complex organisations/teams with P&L sizes in excess of 20 million USD PA. He was previously Head of Operations – Capita India Pvt Ltd, a leading business process outsourcing (BPO) and professional services company, managing teams of up to 1500 people.

“I have been working for the Corporate Sector for 15 years and decided it was time to do something different. I had been watching Waste Warriors for a couple of years and knew they were trying to clean up the town I grew up in. In the competitive corporate world, I knew there were people queuing up to do my job and there was a likelihood that my experience could actually make a difference to Waste Warriors. In the last 2 months that I’ve been around, I’ve probably felt as rewarded as when I got my first promotion. The future for this organisation is looking very exciting and I’m delighted to be a part of it.”

 
 

IndiaHikes - Waste Management for the Roopkund Trek (September 2016)

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Set at an altitude of 16000 Ft, Roopkund is one of the most famous treks of India. Thousands of Trekkers visit Roopkund every year through adventure companies and individually, leaving behind tons of waste on the trails and at the campsites. IndiaHikes, a leading Adventure organisation has a program called 'Green Trails' to control the damage on trails through a variety of programs such as waste management and water harvesting. Indiahikes give an Eco Bag to every trekker in their groups and request that they pick up litter whilst hiking. Waste Warriors was invited to assess their current procedures and give advice. Experienced trekker and Waste Warrior, Avinash Pratap Singh joined the hike and advised as to how waste should be managed when trekking, educated the India Hikes team and the trekkers on the basics of waste segregation and joined in the clean-up activities. The waste from the Roopkund treks is bought back to Dehradun for further processing and proper disposal.

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Composting Workshop with UPES and Doon Business School (Dehradun September 2016)

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On 3rd of September we conducted a composting workshop with students from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies and Waste Warriors interns from Doon Business School. The students were educated about the composting process - from making composting heaps to sieving the compost that was ready. All the students including their Professor, Dr. Atul Razdan enthusiastically took their new-found knowledge and turned it into action. At the end of the composting session, we were able to collect 80 kg of compost and also made a new composting heap, which will be ready in a few months.

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Waste Warriors Progress Report 2012 - 2016 (July 2016)

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Our journey has been a challenging but rewarding one and we have made great progress over the past four years. We have put together a beautiful and informative report that provides information about our work across our 3 chapters including our waste collections, clean-up drives, event waste management, educational initiatives, testimonials from volunteers and staff members, information about our Managing Committee and all you need to know about Waste Warriors. The financials are all in there too as we are big believers in transparency and want our donors and sponsors to feel confident that their contributions are being spent wisely.

Please follow the links to read the report and please do share it with others. We are getting a small number of these reports printed and are hoping that a copy will end up in the hands of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as this report has Swachh Bharat Abhiyan all over it! We’ve always dreamed big, why stop now! The report can be viewed here

 
 

Low Micron Plastic - Collaboration with the PWD (July 2016)

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On 11th of July, we started our partnership with the Public Works Department and handed over 345 kilograms of low-micron plastic. This plastic was collected from our various project locations in Dehradun. The PWD will be utilizing this plastic for the construction of roads. The great thing is that, not only will the roads be stronger and more durable but it's a cost effective practice that provides a solution for non-recyclable plastic such as chip packets, foil lined packaging etc, all that stuff that has no use and ends up being dumped at the trenching ground. If you would like to help please keep your low micron plastic and drop it off at the Waste Warriors office, in fact why don't you keep your recyclable waste too and let us send it for recycling :) To find out more see this article:-
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Uttarakhand Environment Protection & Pollution Control Board collaboration (June 2016)

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The Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board reached out to Waste Warriors and together launched a fortnight long ‘Clean India’ campaign on June 1st, 2016. In order to accelerate the efforts to achieve total sanitation and cleanliness across India as part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, all of the Ministries have been requested to implement a 15 day event every year named Swachh Bharat Pakhwadas from 1st June to 15th June 2016. A total of 11 events were conducted including skits and street plays, a slogan writing competition, an educational children’s event, composting workshop, wall mural painting, dustbin and cloth bag distribution and clean-up drives at the Clock Tower, Robber’s Cave, Gandhi Park, Behl Chow and Nemi Road. Huge thanks to UEPPCB, the NCC Cadets and all of our volunteers.

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Minister Sudhir Sharma visits the Triund Project (May 2016)

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A big day for the Waste Warriors team as Triund was visited by Sudhir Sharma (Minister of Housing, Urban Development and Town & Country Planning), Ritesh Chauhan (Deputy Commissioner), Shravan Manta (Sub-divisional Magistrate), Parveen Bhatti (District Forest Officer), Sanjeev Gandhi (Superintendent Police) and representatives of the Electricity and Water Boards. The media and police force were there in large numbers. Jodie spoke to Sudhir Sharma about how she started the waste collection at Triund in 2009 and how Waste Warriors had been working there since their inception in 2012. She highlighted the need for funds and how the mules to bring the waste down, had cost 1 lakh the previous year.

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VKJ Builders Pvt Ltd sponsor the Cleaner Villages Project (Dehradun April 2016)

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VKJ Builders are the first sponsors of our Cleaner Villages Project. We started the village waste collection service in Purkal and Jaspur in August 2014 when students, Jyoti and Shailini from PYDS school came to us with a wonderful proposal and were so enthusiastic about cleaning up their villages that we had no choice but to agree to help. Once news of our waste collection began to spread, other villages requested our services and we are now working in 8 villages on the outskirts of Dehradun namely Purkal, Jaspur, Chandroti, Guniyal, Untari, Bhagwantpur, Untari and Khairni. Every Wednesday we go to the villages and collect their waste. We are very grateful to VKJ Builders for funding the weekly waste collection, clean-up drives and educational children's events for all eight of the villages.

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The Niranjanpur Mandi Project (Dehradun April 2016 onwards)

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We launched the Niranjanpur Mandi project on 5th April, 2016 with a cleanliness drive conducted with help from some of the vendors. The aim of the project is to clean up the mandi and utilise the food waste for the benefit of the bovines at the Kanji House Rescue Centre. VKJ Builders Pvt Ltd are donating monthly to cover the cost of 2 staff members whose job it is to fill up 19 drums then load the food into the Nagar Nigam truck which then goes to the rescue centre. They also clean, collect straw for the animals and newspaper for recycling. In April we sent 29 tonnes of food waste to the shelter and in May, 59 tonnes. We hosted a cleanliness and awareness drive from the 27th to 30th April with 6 schools getting involved. The children collected Rs.28,172 in donations enabling us to purchase 10 more drums and 100 dustbins for non-biodegradable waste. Jodie, our Co-founder and a volunteer from the Czech Republic Voita cleaned the urinals over the course of 3 days.

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Prem Nagar Slopes with UPES and Alpine College (Dehradun 3 & 23 April, 2016)

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The steep roadside slopes on the way into Prem Nagar have received a much-needed makeover thanks to the efforts of the Mountaineering Institute, the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Alpine College and the 127 Battalion Eco Task Force. 305 Bachelors Business Administration (BBA) students from UPES participated in a clean-up drive on 3rd April and collecting 3 truckloads of waste weighing approximately 3 tonnes of waste. On 23rd April we went back to the slopes of Prem Nagar to continue with the challenge with a group of 120 students from Alpine College. The morning group was one of the best we have ever had and they worked with breathtaking enthusiasm, without any encouragement at all. Together we collected over 2 tonnes of waste. A presentation had been given to all of the students several days prior to the clean-up’s so they could become more aware of the importance of waste management and could be properly briefed about the plan for the clean-up drive.

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Thapar Public Charitable Trust (April 2016)

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We are proud to announce that after a meeting with Gautam Thapar at the end of last year, the Thapar Public Charitable Trust has made a donation of 30 lakh towards awareness raising and education for children and young adults. Here at Waste Warriors we truly appreciate the importance of educating the next generation so this grant is of huge significance to us as an organisation as it allows us to work towards our goals. We are already working with a number of schools but this funding will enable us to reach out to even more. We would like to thank Gautam Thapar and the Thapar Public Charitable Trust for their valuable contribution.