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Here is an update of our work in the first 5 months of 2015
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2015 is turning out to be a very busy year for Waste Warriors. First of all, our brand new, completely revamped website is up and active. There is a lot more information on there now so we suggest you visit www.wastewarriors.org and have a look for yourself. 

Also, in all our three locations, we have taken up new responsibilities and expanded work. Here is a brief update. Do send us a reply with what you think is the most exciting update of 2015 so far. 

DEHRADUN

VILLAGE WASTE COLLECTION SERVICE EXPANDED
Last year we launched waste management projects in Jaspur and Purkal villages and have now expanded to Khairni, Chandroti, Guniyal, Untari and Bhagwantpur villages with help from students of PYDS Learning Academy. Prior to the launch we conducted a survey of the villages and their waste disposal methods (mainly burning).

On launch days, the students performed a street play to educate people about correct waste disposal methods. We distributed bags & information leaflets and are now visiting the villages every alternate week for waste collection. 
WASTE MANAGMENT TRAINING AT IHM
Waste Warriors conducted a Waste Management and Composting Training Workshop for the teachers, housekeeping staff, gardeners, cleaning and maintenance staff of the Institute of Hotel Management, Dehradun. During this two-day workshop for 40 participants, a composting enclosure was set up in the premises of the institute to compost all organic waste. It is now being maintained by IHM staff. 
MICROSOFT CREATE TO INSPIRE
The ‘Create to Inspire’ program, which is conceptualised and fully funded by Microsoft, aims to teach students of grades 5th to 12th about environmental sciences by using 14 different toolkits with various innovative exercises.

We held our second showcase event on 17th April at Drona's International School. 
The program launched in August 2014 was concluded with a grand Felicitation event at Welham Boys School on 30th April 2015. Twenty-eight 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. 

To find out more about the program please watch this wonderful
video.

RAJPUR TRANSFORMATION PROJECT 

The Rajpur Community Initiative, a citizen’s initiative for improving Rajpur have collaborated with us to conduct a revival project in the area.

Rajpur was one of the scenic parts of Dehradun with many picturesque locations & places of heritage value. In recent times, littering & open dumping has had a terrible impact on the cleanliness and beauty of Rajpur. This project, launched on Valentines Day 2015, is currently funded through contributions from the Rajpur Community Initiative and is aimed at transforming Rajpur back to its former glory. Special thanks goes to our volunteers from Drona's 
College of Management & Technical Education,  SGRR (PG) College, the Moravian Institute and Kzhidey Khangsar who have joined us in our monthly clean ups.

DALANWALA TRANSFORMATION PROJECT 

The Dalanwala Transformation Project, launched in December 2014 is proving to be a great success. In addition to having three full time members of staff working there we have hosted monthly community clean ups in various localities of Dalanwala and also organised a Children's Day at Doon Girls School.

Doon Girls School, Welham Girls' School and Doon International School have also supported us by participating in weekly clean-up drives to clean the perimeters of their schools. We have also organised clean up sessions with
Welham Boys School, Adriot Progressive School/Maple Bear School and Colonel Brown School where students have helped us with awareness raising as well as clean up activities.

We have now covered 90% of Dalanwala and are maintaining it on a daily basis. We have installed 10 dustbins in public spaces and many residents have appreciated our efforts. Sadly the rains are upon us and making the work very difficult due to the open drains. Special thanks to Malvika Ahuja, Clover Organic and Rajiv Sethy for their monthly contributions and all of the other people who have kindly donated towards the project. 
GANDHI PARK
We are still maintaining the cleanliness of Gandhi Park and the project is currently being funded by Neha Jain. She made a donation of Rs 70,000 in March. Due to the huge amount of work there and to enable us to clean the outside of the park as well, we would like to employ another member of staff. Can you help us?
ANEKANT PALACE
Our first ever transformation project! We continue to make improvements in addition to maintaining the cleanliness and collecting waste from the businesses. We recently painted the walls in the back alley to encourage people to park there. 

RESCUE CENTRE FOR COWS AND BULLS 

One of our official objectives as an NGO is the welfare of stray and abandoned animals. On 1st April in collaboration with Dehradun Municipal Corporation we opened a rescue centre for cows and bulls at Kanji House in Defence Colony.  Mr Pritam Singh Panwar, the Minister of Animal Husbandry has kindly allocated Dr Rakesh Nautiyal as our vet and has given us access to a hydraulic ambulance. 
 
Special thanks to 
Gauri Maulekhi, 
People for Animals Uttarakhand, Malvika Ahuja for all her help getting the place fixed up and Ankur Agarwal for donating for the office equipment. Nagar Nigam has made major improvements to the office/living quarters and we are grateful to them for their assistance. Please have a look at our Facebook page to see some the animals we have under our care. 
OTHER PROJECTS
We continue to work in Jakhan, Rajpur Road, Astley Hall, and are extremely grateful to all of the businesses that support us by making monthly donations. We would love to hear from volunteers who would be able to assist us on a regular basis. 

DOON SCHOOL CLEAN UP 

Students from the Doon School took up the task of cleaning  the land opposite the school's main gates. After a briefing session about waste segregation, twenty-five students, two teachers and Waste Warriors CEO Jodie Underhill, cleaned the heavily littered area armed with garbage bags, gloves and litter grabbers. A small group of children from the neighbouring slum area also joined the clean up. 

CORBETT

The Corbett Team - growing by the day!  

CORBETT SPONSORS

We are extremely grateful to Mahindra Holidays and Resorts Pvt Ltd, the sponsors of the Corbett Project from November to April. They donated 25 lakh and we are now working in 18 of the villages and provide employment to 35 people, mainly local residents.

We are proud to announce that the new sponsor for the project is Anand Mahindra, Chairman and Managing Director of Mahindra and Mahindra.  

CHHOTI HALDWANI 

In January we added Chhoti Haldwani which was home to James Corbett (Jim Corbett), who was a legendary conservationist & naturalist. The village is located 2 km from the main Ramnagar Road and we collect waste from 177 households & shops there. We have joined hands with the local school and make compost in the village itself. 

OUR NEW MAHINDRA TRUCK

Thanks to the funding we received from Mahindra Holidays and Resorts Pvt Ltd we have purchased a new Mahindra truck for the Corbett project. With 18 villages to cover over a distance of 60 km's and new villages being added regularly in addition to regular trips to the trenching ground and kabadiwala we needed an additional vehicle. We've been super happy with the two vehicles previously donated by Mahindra and Mahindra so another Mahindra vehicle was the obvious choice. 

SITABANI 

Sitabani buffer zone is a hugely famous tourist spot of Corbett National Park. However, this buffer zone is not under jurisdiction of the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR), so Corbett Park’s rules & regulations do not apply there.

The increase in tourism has resulted in a large amount of waste being discarded in this area. We added Sitabani to the Waste Warriors Corbett project in the month of January this year. 

CHUNAKHAN 

Chunakhan is a small hamlet in Ramgarh Tehsil. Located 19 km towards East from District head quarters Nainital, it comes under Nathuakhan Panchayath. We are collecting waste from 1 forest rest house, 3 shops and 6 households, all of which belong to forest personnel. There's also an eco tourism centre with 16 rooms with 1 main kitchen and a museum

RAMNAGAR DIVISION FOREST OFFICE 

We started working with the Ramnagar Forest Division soon after the 2nd Uttarakhand Bird Fair in February. The enthusiasm shown to us by the DFO and the people in her office was extremely encouraging and positive. It's a large office complex with 20 rooms and we have managed to set up 2 compost pits already.

SIGNBOARDS & DUSTBINS 

We have brand new signboards which have been put up across villages around the Corbett Tiger Reserve. We have also set up dustbins at several points from which we regularly collect the waste. These sign boards and dustbins are meant to serve both local residents and tourists that visit the area. 

MEDIA

BUSINESS STANDARD ARTICLE

In the month of May, the Business Standard did a full length feature of our Corbett project. "An intrepid ex-hotelier has been helping villagers at Jim Corbett National Park clean up their act, one bin at a time." 
Read the full article here. 

THE TRAILWALA INTERVIEW

Trailwala is an online company that wants to bring transparency in the travel industry. Last month, they interviewed us on the growing garbage problem in India. We also spoke extensively about waste management at tourist sites.
Read the full interview here. 

DHARAMSALA

CHILDREN'S PARK RENOVATION


We utilised the winter, when there was too much snow for us to get to Triund, to get the school playground renovated.

We regularly clean up this area, so it made perfect sense to get the equipment painted and add a new wall mural to the park. 

WALL MURAL PROJECTS

This year we undertook several wall mural projects across Bhagsu. We thankfully had plenty of volunteers offering to help us clean-up and paint the walls and we are delighted with the results. A big thanks to everyone who helped. 
MEET JOGINDER - MAGIC VIEW
Anyone that has been to Triund will recognise this wonderful man. Joginder runs a cafe called Magic View which is at the half way point on the hiking trail. Not only does he segregate his waste very well, he also educates hikers and tourists about the importance of cleanliness and sells our T-shirts. 

Praveen who runs the chai shop at the foot of the climb to Triund is also a true waste warrior and does a great job of managing his own waste. 

TVE - FILMS FOR CHANGE

We held the second phase of Nokia Films For Change in the month of March. The program was overall very interactive, knowledgable and insightful with several young minds discussing issues relating to the environment passionately. Huge thanks to Television for the Environment (TVE) and Nokia for initiating the program. 

AWARDS

ROTARY CLUB - SERVICE BEFORE SELF AWARD
Our Co-Founder and CEO, Jodie Underhill, was honoured with the Rotary Club’s “Service Before Self” award on 22nd February at the National Sports Club of India in Worli, Mumbai. Jodie received a standing ovation at the WOW District Conference after she gave a moving presentation on how much Waste Warriors has accomplished over the years.  
 
REX KARMAVEER GLOBAL FELLOWSHIP AWARD
One month later,  on the 23rd of March, Jodie received the REX Karmaveer Global Fellowship instituted by the United Nations and the International Confederation of NGOs (ICONGO) for her commendable work for society at Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi. It seems that news of our work is spreading far and wide!   

CHILDREN'S DAYS

We are committed to educating children to create future warriors that are more aware of the massive waste problem we face. 

We conduct regular Children's Day events across all three of our project locations. These activities are a mix of waste education, games, craft sessions, banner making, poster colouring and painting. Kids of all backgrounds are welcomed to join and learn. 

We constantly need stationery to support our Children's Day activities. If you wish to 'Sponsor a Children's Day', you can do so either by sending us stationery or by making a cash donation for the same. Do write to us at info@wastewarriors.org if you would like to donate or volunteer.

DONATE A LAPTOP

We currently need a laptop for our Dharamsala office. If any of you is willing to donate an older laptop or sell one to us, please write to dharamsala@wastewarriors.org. 

CELEBRATORY GIVING

Why not nominate Waste Warriors to benefit from your special occasion instead of accepting gifts on your birthday, anniversary or other celebration? 

Swati Panchmatia has kindly donated Rs5,000 in lieu of gifts for Tanvi Bhatnagar from Bangalore who just turned one year old!

VOLUNTEER

We constantly need new minds and hands helping us out in the short term or in the long term. If you wish to volunteer at any of our three project locations, please drop us a line at info@wastewarriors.org. If you'd like to organise a clean-up in your local community, get in touch and we'll teach you how.

THANKS TO OUR DONORS

All of this work would not be possible without the support of our donors. We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributes to our cause and appreciate every rupee. Thank you so much! 

WASTE WARRIORS
T SHIRTS

Endless Earth have kindly donated 250 T-Shirts to us.

If you would like one, all you have to do is visit one of our project locations and make a minimum donation of Rs. 400. Alternatively, you can make donation through bank transfer and we can send you the T-Shirt via post.

There are two T-Shirt designs available,
both of which are the same on the front along with the Waste Warriors and Endless Earth logos on the sleeves. The text on the back is:

1. I am a Waste Warriors OR
2. Be the change you wish to see in the world

The T-Shirts are available in S, M, L, XL and XXL. Please write to us at info@wastewarriors.org to place an order. 

GET A HOODIE

Sanjay Aggarwal from SBIL in Delhi has donated 300 hooded tops to Waste Warriors. 

To obtain one of these stylish and super comfy hoodies, all you have to do is visit one of our project locations and make a minimum donation of Rs. 500. Alternatively we can send you one via post.

 

The hoodies are available in sizes, S, M, L and XL. Please write to us at info@wastewarriors.org.

DONATIONS & SPONSORSHIP

 
We work hard to make our projects sustainable and many of them are funded by donations from residents or local businesses. If you are a concerned citizen that believes in our cause and appreciates what we do, you can help us by making a donation. No amount is too small and everything you donate will be spent wisely. All donations are 50% tax exempt as we have a Section 80G certificate. 

Our bank account details are as follows:- 

Account Name: Waste Warriors Society
Account Number: 33742176465
Bank Name: State Bank of India (SBI)
IFSC Code: SBIN0006155
Branch: Jakhan, Dehradun 

If you are part of a company, that would like to support us as part of your  Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), please write to jodie@wastewarriors.org for a funding proposal. 
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