Waste Warriors
October 2013
Welcome to the first ever Waste Warriors Newsletter! We realise that not everyone gets to see our regular updates on Facebook so now’s your chance to catch up on all our activities.

As always our days have been action packed and we are extremely grateful to everyone who has supported us including the many volunteers who have helped us to keep the projects running.

This newsletter is a general update and we will send October newsletters regarding our clean-up initiatives in Dharamsala and Dehradun very soon. Get ready to be amazed, we’ve been making great progress!

Who We Are
Waste Warriors is a voluntary organisation and a registered society committed to tackling India’s garbage problem.

You may recognize the ladies at the helm of the organisation Jodie Underhill and Tashi Pareek who until August last year headed the hugely successful NGO Mountain Cleaners.

No longer content with being restricted to the mountains and to enable them to reach out across the country, Waste Warriors was formed and registered in November 2012.
Abhi Gupta who has been volunteering with us for over a year has been appointed as Project Assistant in Dharamsala. He knows almost everything about the work, loves hiking and has more than proved his worth. We are delighted to have his part of the official Waste Warriors team.

At present we employ 5 Waste Workers in Dharamsala and 2 in Dehradun. This figure will soon increase in Doon as our projects have started to expand.
Managing Committee
To ensure the smooth running and success of the organisation we have appointed an experienced and highly reputable Managing Committee of whom we are very proud.

Our President, Mrs Shanti Varma is the ex Principal of Welham Girls School, Sanjay Aggarwal is a composting expert with 15 years of experience in the Solid Waste Management field, Anupama Joshi is a retired IAF Wing Commander and now runs a Microfinance company and Sujata Paul is an educationist and social activist. All seven members are featured on our website.

Seal of Approval from Mr. Anand Mahindra
When Jodie and Tashi were in Mumbai they were lucky enough to have a meeting with the Chairman of Mahindra, Mr. Mahindra himself. He gave them 45 minutes of his valuable time and was very supportive of our work. He has since agreed to feature as a Celebrity Supporter on our website. Click here to find out what he had to say about our work! We are truly honoured to have his support and look forward to a long lasting relationship! We are now providing consultancy to Mahindra regarding a clean-up operation around Mahindra Towers in Worli, Mumbai.
Be a Superhero - Don't Drop Litter!
Masked superheroes descended on Delhi in January with two important messages – keep your country clean and vote for Waste Warriors! The ‘Use a Dustbin’ video was filmed in Deer Park, HausKhaz with support from camera man Raj Sonowal and a Delhi based martial arts club aptly named The Warriors.

Our grime fighting superheroes Jodie and Tashi also marched from Parhar Ganj to Connaught Place cleaning the streets as they went. Lots of people voted for us in the Spark the Rise contest once they got over the shock of seeing us in our superhero outfits!
Waste Warriors win Spark the Rise Funding
Waste Warriors supporters across the country worked hard to get us the votes we needed in Mahindra’s Spark the Rise competition and we’re pleased to report that their efforts actually paid off. In January we were announced as winners and in June finally received our prize of 4 lakh. Sadly rs40,000 was deducted as tax but we’ll be able to claim that back in the next tax year! This money is specifically for equipment and projects outlined in our Project Plan which can be viewed here. Big thanks to everyone who voted for us and of course to Mahindra for launching such a fabulous initiative.
Kings XI Punjab – Clean Up India TV Ad
Our TV Ad featuring Adam Gilchrist, Piyush Chawla and Mike Young was shown on the big screens at Dharamsala and Mohali cricket stadiums and is also available to watch on our website. Silvercity, the multiplex cinema in Dehradun is still showing the ad during the intervals but the ultimate aim is to get it on TV so we can reach out to the masses. If you can help us to achieve that goal please get in touch!
Mohali Stadium
At the request of the Kings XI Punjab Management team, Tashi and Jodie went to the PCA stadium in Mohali to evaluate and help with the waste management. Under their guidance, the staff employed to clean the stadium worked much more efficiently and conscientiously and the vendors did a much better job of keeping their areas and stalls clean. Jodie returned to the stadium with new Intern Samriddhi Kukreja for the following game and again big improvements were made. We're not sure how well they'll do without our supervision and guidance but at least they now know that change is indeed possible.

Hyderabad Marathon
The Airtel Hyderabad Marathon was a big success! Managing the garbage generated by 9000 people over a distance of 42km’s is no easy task. It was an action packed adventure full of surprises.
With 680 kgs of waste collected sent for recycling, three 140 litre drums composted and only ten bags of non recyclables, we can confidently say that it was one of the cleanest marathons in India.
We are very grateful to 4G Identity Solutions and Dr. Sreeni Foundation for sponsoring the waste management, Srinivasa Hatcheries Group for making a donation of Rs. 25,000 and of course to Bhupesh Bhupathi who provided us assistance whenever we needed it! A big thank you also goes to all the volunteers who came from various University of Hyderabad, Dhyanhita High School, the Nirankari Baba Mission, Green Nest. And to our 'well wishers' specially Anusha Dandapani, Shravanth Koneru and Karishma D'Souza our champion fund raisers. Read More

Reaching out through TEDx
Jodie had the honour of speaking at two more Ted X events, one at IIT Roorkee in February and the other at Tughlaq Road in Delhi in April. The response was overwhelming and Jodie got her first standing ovation! She’s always suffered from nerves so was really happy to get such a good response from the crowd.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to Swetha Dandapani for helping us to keep the funds coming in. She emailed all of her friends and family and asked them to support us when we didn’t have enough money to pay basic running costs like staff salaries.

She’s also helped us plan the waste management system for the Hyderabad Marathon, which wouldn't have been possible with her and is always on hand to help with Facebook and admin. Thanks a million Swetha!

Getting Mobile - Thanks to the Mahindra Group

As a result of our meeting with Anand Mahindra we are super excited to announce that will be receiving two Mahindra trucks, one for Dharamsala and one for Dehradun.

Having vehicles will make life much easier and we’ll be able to do so much more as a result of it! Thanks a million Mahindra!

No-one has done more to help Waste Warriors than this man. He found out about us through a mutual friend, Colonel Rana from the Eco Task Force and has been helping us out ever since.

Not only has he made monetary donations and paid the down-payment on the new HQ in Dharamsala he has also given us a whole host of items including a washing machine, 100 t-shirts, a printer, gloves, Children’s Day materials and a camera to name just a few.

Thanks a million for your generosity Bhupesh, it’s greatly appreciated.

Clean Up Britain pledge their support

We’d like to say a big thank you to Clean Up Britain for donating a video camera and tripod but are sorry to say that it was chewed beyond repair by one of our rescued street dogs.

We intend to write to Panasonic and explain our plight in the hope that they might replace it. Thanks none the less to Clean Up Britain for their generosity!

We absolutely love our new printed garbage bags donated by Tesna Tech. They have been helping us out for a number of years but this is the first batch of bags that has been printed. Huge thanks to Navesh Nirula and his team, eternally grateful!

Berghaus to the Rescue

We are extremely grateful to Berghaus for donating two pairs of hiking boots to Waste Warriors. Way to go Berghaus! We love their entire range and were over the moon when these boots arrived. Tashi especially was delighted to receive the boots and needs them more than most. Having legs like a super model isn’t always a good thing! Tashi has twisted her ankle several times whilst out hiking but she can now look forward to safer hiking trips thanks to the generosity of Berghaus!
Woof Warriors
Believe it or not, one of our objectives as an organisation is taking care of our four legged friends. All the animals you see on our main Facebook page are up for adoption so please get in touch if you can provide a loving home!

Huge thanks to Hemendra Rana (AWAS) for donating rs5000 and Kushboo Dua for giving rs600 to cover the cost of treating Scratchy the dog who was suffering from severe mange. This more than covers the cost of his food and treatment so we have some spare to help other dogs in need too.
Contact information
VPO Bhagsunag, Dharamsala, HP 176219, Himachal Pradesh
144/4 Rajpur Road
Jakhan, Dehradun 248001
Thanks to our Supporters!

Our projects continue to succeed thanks to each and every person who has made a donation and we simply can’t thank them enough.
There are too many people to mention individually but a list of their names is on our Facebook page.
Help the Good Work Continue

If we had rs100 for every person that likes what we do, we would most certainly be financially stable by now. Our running costs total nearly one lakh per month and we are in urgent need of donations.
Please consider making a contribution to support our valuable work. All information is on the Donate page on our Website.
Volunteers and Interns Needed

If you would like to volunteer or become an intern in either Dharamsala or Dehradun please get in touch by email. We’d love to hear from you.
Thanks for reading – exciting updates from Dharamsala and Dehradun coming soon! If you simply can’t wait, check out our Facebook pages for up to date information and volunteering opportunities.
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