SAMBALPUR CITIZENS' WELFARE INITIATIVE

We are non-profit trust motivated towards tackling the very immediate problem of solid wate management in India. We are currently working in Sambalpur, Odisha where we are trying to develop a reproducable model of urban development. Our current focus include developement of disposal techniques, garbage segregation, development of community spaces, urban infrastructure maintenance, etc.




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A Short Message from One of our Founders

"उद्देश्य"

ना किसी को रोकना है,ना किसी को टोकना है।
ना किसी को नीचा दिखाना है,ना ही किसी को नुकसान पहुँचाना है।
सिर्फ चारो तरफ बिखरी,गंदगी से पार पाना है।
समस्या है,समाधान ढूँढ निकालना है, समाधान की दिशा में,हम सबको बढ़ते जाना है।
रुकावटें तो आएंगी,रूकावटो से पार पाना है।
बुरा मान रहे उन साथियों की ओर, दोस्ती का हाथ बढ़ाना है, हम सबको मिलकर,सुन्दर स्वच्छ वातावरण बनाना है।

-- Rita Agrawal




WHY BOTHER?

Aesthetics aside, improper waste management pose serious threats to the health and general well-being of civilians. Water borne diseases kill 6000 children every day worldwide. In India alone, water-borne diseases cost an annual $600 million dollars (or almost 4000 crores) due to losses in production and medical treatment costs (Source: UNICEF). The recent collapse of the landfill which caused several deaths in Ghazipur, Delhi points to the more immediate threats and the urgency with which we need establish a culture of waste segregation and recycling. As a country which generates more than 100,000 metric tonnes of solid waste every day, we are unfortunately very ill-equipped to meet the environmental demands that such massive waste generation creates.




WHAT WE DO

The Sambalpur Citizen's Welfare Initiative (SCWI) was created to tackle the severe urban sustainability crisis that is plaguing our nation today. We are targeting this issue on multiple levels - starting from garbage segregation and disposal at the household level, to establishing a city wide waste recycling system, and subsequent employment of people in the generated economy. We intend to establish a model in Sambalpur that can be reproduced across the nation.

We have successfully implemented the first stage of our cleanliness drive in most areas of Ward 27 and 29 of Sambalpur. We targeted several areas affected by littering and indiscriminate garbage disposal and with the help of local residents converted them into aesthetically pleasing sites devoid of rubbish and garbage. This has been followed by development of community spaces in the reclaimed areas and increased efforts in urban landscaping.




Awards

We were recently recognized as a Lesser Known Agent of change by the Yes We Can Foundation. Congratulations to all on this feat.




MEDIA FOCUS




  • Rita Agrawal, President and Co-Founder
  • Sristy Agrawal, V. President and Co-Founder
  • Rajashik Tarafder, Secretary and Co-Founder
  • Ramesh Gupta, Field Manager
  • Tarini Bhoi, Field Manager
  • Stuti Agrawal, Field Work and Record Management
  • Alka Sinha, Community Education



SUPPORT US

We thank you for your interest in our efforts. We hope that with the support of individuals like you we shall soon achieve all we set out for. You can now be a part of our efforts by supporing us monetarily.

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All donations will be utilised for field work support and yearly reports will be published on the site.