Aamir Khan shares Recycling Rap (Dehradun 26 March 2016)
A ‘Recycling Rap’ created and performed by Doon Girls School and Dehradun Boys School has captured the attention of Bollywood legend Aamir Khan. The children created the brilliant recycling rap as part of our Microsoft ‘Create to Inspire’ educational program. Recognizing the talents of the kids after seeing them perform at the felicitation event, Jodie Underhill Co-Founder of Waste Warriors invited the children to do a live performance in Jakhan fruit and vegetable market where Canadian Street Artist Pan Trinity Das and his wife Kyrie Maezumi were painting an awareness raising wall mural. We sent the video link to Aamir Khan who immediately gave the rap song a big thumbs up and shared it with his 16.9 million Twitter fans and 15.2 million Facebook followers. The rap can be viewed here
ROLF Green Ribbon Campaign - Baldi River Clean Up (Dehradun 13 March 2016)
The Baldi River Clean up near to Sahastradhara Road was organised in support of the International Day of Action for Rivers by ROLF-DKU (Rainbow Of Life Forces-Drikung Kagyu United). The event kicked off at 8 am from the D.K. Guest House with around 200 participants. A team of 6 Waste Warriors staff along with their 11 volunteers were working with the monks and nuns from the Drikung Kagyud Institute, Kagyu College, D.K Nunnery, Songtsen Library and Drikung Labrang. The other organizations that were a part of the clean up were Green Field School & Tibetan Youth & Womens Association. We collected approx. 5 tons of garbage from the event.
Times of India Collaboration (Dehradun February and March 2016)
During the month of February, Times of India with our inputs published a series of articles on Waste Management and together we conducted a number of waste related and awareness raising events. We managed the waste at the rainy TOI Cyclothon on 7th February. Did a clean up at the Parade Ground again in the pouring rain on the 13th removing 1.6 tonnnes of waste with help of from the 127 Infantry Battalion (Eco Task Force). On 20th February we cleaned outside Gandhi Park and the clock tower area. On 21st February, we hosted a "Garbage Fun-Day" where we invited children to join us for craft-making activities, in order to teach them about waste management and we hosted a workshop session for adults on the importance of segregating their waste, how to host a clean-up and composting.
On 4th March we did a ‘Waste Management & Cleaner Communities’ Workshop for 110 people comprising of members of the Resident Welfare Associations (RWA’s), Nagar Nigam Supervisors, Sanitary Inspectors & Councillors. On 5th March we did a clean-up at Behl Chowk with 40 Nagar Nigam staff collecting 1700 kg’s of waste.
New Awareness Raising Wall Murals (Dehradun 24 February 2016)
New awareness raising wall murals have been painted in Dehradun by ‘You Only Always’, a husband and wife team, Pan Trinity Das (Canada) & Kyrie Maezumi (US). Spending 8 months of the year on they road, they travel to far out destinations creating landmark murals that beautify spaces and enchant those who happen upon their work. Combining unique, soulful and traditional imagery, the major component of their work is activism through street art. Whether it’s working at environmental festivals, with social organizations such as Waste Warriors or orphanages in Bali, they use their passion and creativity as an instrument of change and inspiration. The artist duo has created 3 wall murals in Jakhan Market and Darshanlal Chowk. Pan painted the Lord Shiva painting there in 2013 and photos of it subsequently went viral across the country.
Microsoft's Create to Inspire Programme: Felicitation Event (Dehradun 19 February 2016)
We hosted a felicitation program at Welham Boys School to congratulate the 50 schools that fully completed the Microsoft Create to Inspire environmental education school program. The felicitation was the final event of the MCTI program, which began in September 2015. Teachers who completed the programme were awarded “eco-friendly” prizes donated by the Uttarakhand Environment Protection and Pollution Control Board.Doon International School won the award for collecting the highest amount of e-waste, Doon Sarla Academy won the award for the 'Best Implementation of Toolkits'. Shri Kalawati, Universal Academy and Flower Dale School won the 'Best Community Outreach'. The top-prize of 'Most Environmentally Sustainable School' was awarded to Ebenezer School, Doon Cambridge School and Himalayan Public School.
Corbett Project Receives Funding (Corbett December 2015)
A huge thank you to our Corbett Project sponsors for this upcoming year, Mr Anand Mahindra, CEO of Mahindra & Mahindra; and Mr Rasesh Vissanji of Samskara Wellness and SOS organics. They have both contributed 25 lakhs each, thus enabling us to continue provding a service to our existing 47 locations for another year! Mr. Anand Mahindra has been an incredibly strong supporter of ours since we first met him in 2013, when we won funding in Mahindra's "Spark the Rise" competition, and we thank him for his strong belief in the importance of our work.
Samskara wellness and SOS Organics is our new major sponsor this year. SOS organics founded by Amrita Chengappa and Santosh Thomas, it is an Uttarakhand Based organization which seeks to preserve the biodiversity of the Kumaoni Himalaya. SOS today employs over 30 people from the Chitai Village area and sources herbs, grains and other unique material from several terrace farms across the Himalaya. You can learn more about SOS Organics at www.sosorganics.com.
Clean-Up with Flower Dale School (Dehradun 12 December 2015)
Flower Dale School, one of the schools we are working with as part of the Microsoft Create to Inspire educational programme conducted a clean-up drive near to the holy Tapkeshwar Temple. The students started from Tapkeshwar Road and then finally cleaned the adjoining grounds leading to the temple. During the clean-up, we ensured that students had proper equipment, including gloves, litter grabbers and two types of bags to ensure that they segregated all the waste that they collected. We collected 212 kg's of non-recyclable and 64 kg's of recyclable waste.
NCC Cadets and Eco Task Force Clean-Up Trek to Santhala Devi (Dehradun 23 October 2015)
We were joined by 356 NCC cadets for a clean-up hike to Santhala Devi, Janthanwala side. The event was organised in collaboration with the 127 Battalion Eco Task Force.
The trail, which leads to the Santhala Devi temple, was beautiful but the centre area of the temple at the top of the mountain was full of discarded animal remains from ritualistic sacrifices that are carried out there. As per our mission, we emphasized the importance of segregating waste while we did the clean up - all the waste was separated into recyclable and non-recyclable items. A few days prior to the clean-up hike Project Assistant Shraddha Zende did a presentation to the Cadets so they could be informed about the work of Waste Warriors and have some basic information about waste management.
Microsoft Create to Inspire Induction Phase II (Dehradun 3 October 2015)
The Second Teacher Training Session for Phase II of the Create to Inspire Program was held at GRD Academy, Niranjanpur. MCTI is an environmental education program that we are conducting in 75 schools across Dehradun, in collaboration with Microsoft. A total of 62 teachers from 41 schools, a mix of private and government attended the session. The session began by briefing teachers on the program, and the work that Waste Warriors does. Then, teachers were split up into groups and each teacher was given a different “toolkit” to work with – which deal with various topics such as water and energy conservation, waste management, bio-diversity etc. One teacher from each group was then asked to present the toolkit, to brief the other teachers on the importance of the subject, as well as key activities highlighted in the curriculum.
500 Volunteers Particpate In Swachh Bharat Events (Dehradun 21 Sept to 2 Oct 2015)
To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the Prime Minister’s Swachh Bharat campaign, Waste Warriors decided to organise not 1 but 11 events. On 21st September, 75 volunteers participated in a clean-up on Inder Road, Dalanwala including 30 students from Drona's College of Management & Technical Education (DCMTE), 15 students from Dehradun Boys School and 20 students from Doon International School. On 28th, we joined forces with the Aasraa Trust and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) to host a “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” clean-up drive and educational children's event. On 29th we were joined by twenty students from Hilton School for a clean-up at the Parade Ground. On 30th we held clean-up drives in Dalanwala with 80 students from Welham Girls School, Drona’s International, Doon International and Brooklyn School and painted a wall mural at Darshanlal Chowk with students from The Asian School.
On 1st August we held a clean-up drive in Jakhan with 30 volunteers mainly children from the mosque, 12 volunteers from PYDS School, 16 staff from Hotel Sheraton-Four Points, 15 staff from Pacific Mall and a whopping 100 students from Scholars Home! On 2nd October, we collaborated with CII & Young Indians Dehradun for clean-up drives, awareness raising and skits at the Clock Tower and in Paltan Bazaar. In total over 500 people participated.
National Institute for the Blind - Children's Day (Dehradun 23 August 2015)
Waste Warriors and Pramukh, a non-profit, non government organisation, which has worked in collection and civic waste management for almost twenty years, hosted a Children’s event for 75 students at the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (NIVH). The event was held to raise awareness and educate the children on the importance of the Swachh Bharat campaign, cleanliness and proper waste management. 75 children participated in the event. Welham Girls School kindly provided 25 volunteers to assist the children with the activities. The children were told a story called ‘Anjanli and the Garbage Prince’ then they participated in a number of fun, educational activities, including a recycling relay game, banner painting with clean-up slogans, a ‘how long does waste take to decompose’ memory game and a garbage collection race.
Aamir Khan meets Waste Warriors (Mumbai July 2015)
Bollywood star Aamir Khan spent 90 minutes with Waste Warriors, CEO Jodie Underhill and Project Assistant Shraddha Zende at his office in Bandra East, Mumbai on Friday. The crusader for a Clean India avidly watched a presentation given by Jodie about the work of Waste Warriors then they spoke at length about India’s garbage crisis. They agreed that lack of civic sense and proper systems contributed to the problem then discussed solutions including segregation at source, recycling and composting, the Swachh Bharat campaign and the need for awareness raising on a nationwide level.
Flash Mob At Pacific Mall (Dehradun 14 June 2015)
Waste Warriors, in association with Naach Dance Academy-Dehradun, organized a flash mob in Pacific Mall, Dehradun on 14th June, 2015 to raise awareness about the importance of cleanliness and the need for proper waste management. The flash mob attracted a large amount of people, many of whom stayed behind after the event to talk about the work of Waste Warriors and various issues related to waste. We would like to thank the Naach Dance Academy for all their hard work and for being our partners in this activity and Pacific Mall, Dehradun for so kindly accomodating us.
World Environment Day (Corbett 5 June 2015)
To celebrate World Environment Day, our Corbett Chapter organized cleanups in five different locations. Staff members of Namah, one of the hotels we work with, actively participated in a cleanup outside their hotel in Dhikuli Village. Another one of our teams cleaned the main road along Dhikuli village, the most touristic village around Corbett,and thus the dirtiest. Another team cleaned the main road along Mohan, where regular dumping of waste still occurs, despite our consistent waste collection service. A fourth team cleaned Kunkhet village with the help of children from the village. Our final team went out to clean Choti Haldwani where sadly, volunteers failed to show up. Nevertheless, we did our own cleanup around the village. Though we consider everyday world environment day, on this occasion, we make an extra effort to show the Earth that we care.
Untari and Bhagwantpur Villages Project Launch (Dehradun 22 May 2015)
Seeing the work that Waste Warriors is doing in the Jaspur and Purkal villages, the neighbouring villages also requested that we collect their waste and help to clean up their villages. The students of PYDS conducted a survey in the villages to know the number of households and their current waste disposal methods. On 18th May we organised a meeting of the villagers and launched the project in Untari and Bhagwantpur villages. The PYDS students performed a street play to show the villagers about the harmful effects of burning garbage. After the play we distributed bags for recyclables and non-recyclables and information leaflets for each household. The villagers pledged that they will not burn or dump their waste. The information leaflet shows the types of waste to be put in each bag. We collect the waste from the villages every fortnight.
Schools Awarded At Waste Warriors & Nokia’s Felicitation Event (Dehradun, 1 May 2015)
On Thursday, 30th April 2015, Waste Warriors hosted the felicitation event of their Microsoft ‘Create to Inspire’ school program at Welham Boys School. Fifty schools had enrolled to the educational program which focused on a number of environmental topics including bio-diversity, environmental careers, carbon footprint, the journey of waste, energy saving, environmental petitions, e-waste and water. 28 schools completed the program by completing 7 activities or more from the toolkits and eight schools received participation certificates for completing 3 or more of the activities. 200 students, principals and teachers attended the event. The program was launched in August 2014 when two induction workshops were conducted followed by showcase events in November and April where the students presented their findings and performed.
Awareness Raising - Adroit Progressive School (Dehradun, 29 April 2015)
In a bid to raise awareness about cleanliness and civic sense, 10 boys and 10 girls from Classes III to V studying at Adroit Progressive School in Dalanwala went out into the community to interact with local residents. The children had made colourful handmade cards with messages about using dustbins, protecting Mother Nature and the importance of having clean surroundings. The students distributed the cards amongst the general public and went door-to-door appealing to the residents of Dalanwala to take pride in their community. At one house, an elderly lady was burning garbage and the children told her how harmful it was to the environment and their health and urged her not to do it again.