CLEAN WITH ME - UPG Report
While commuting down to Vile Parle, Anjali, Kartish and Dimple, students of Usha Pravin Gandhi College of Management couldn't stop noticing the pile of garbage on Bandra Railway Station.
Be it the platform or the foot-over bridge the condition was more or less the same, in a devastated position. All you could see is huge piles of garbage and dirt all around. What makes it worse, there are families who have made these footpaths their dwellings. To survive, these people burn the piles. They'd rather die of harmful toxic gas than the diseases rising due to the surroundings. Not that they didn't try another way of seeking help from BMC but clearly failed. So they decided to get on their own way. The conditions had worsened so much that a person residing near this would literally spit blood.
Concerned with this, the 3 students decided to have and lead their own army. Gathered as many students as they could from the college, they contacted the railway authority only to get another setback. Losing hope there, students contacted the Dr. Anju Kapoor, Principal of Usha Pravin Gandhi College of Management, who extended all the support one could get. The college made the students available all the equipment’s and tools needed for the noble cause.
The CLEAN WITH ME drive kicked off on 14th February 2014. Students took an oath and went on cleaning the area. This effort of the students was observed and appreciated by the commuters. The initiative also grabbed the attention of Dr. Puja Sukhija who came forward and lent her support through the OASIS NGO.
All of this was supported by regular mentoring, feedback, and discussion with college authorities. All participants have reported growing as individuals and leaders with increased confidence in working with others, especially on a social project. They have also learned what it is like to be a part of a new initiative and work in the midst of challenges and dynamic situations.