Udupi, Aug 14, 2018: As part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, 24 Youth organisations and seven individual Self Help Groups had registered under the Swacch Indian Summer Internship programme.
Three of these SHGs recorded more than 100 working hours, said the coordinating officer of Nehru Youth Centre, Wilfred D’Souza.
Samruddhi Self Help Group at Pethri in Cherkadi, one of the SHGs that had registered for the programme has completed 108 hours of work which include 30 different programmes including planting new saplings and initiating cleanliness drives.
Group president Prasanna Prasad Bhat said that the programme was a part of the three-month Swachh Indian Summer Internship Programme. “The 13-member team worked on planting new saplings, creating health awareness programme and maintaining cleanliness. The SHG is in existence for the past 40 years.”
She said that the programme was taken up in slum areas, bus stops and migratory workers dwellings.
“Poor drainage systems were identified and repair works were taken up. A group of women also created environmental awareness drives. Bus stops and other public places were provided with waste bins. Waste bottles were used as flower pots, and tender coconut shells were used to develop the saplings,” she said.
The wet and dry waste was segregated, people were taught to segregate the waste at the doorsteps. There was also a demonstration on converting wet waste to compost fertilizers, which could be used to grow vegetables in the home garden, she added.
In the ST colony at Kannaru, the members of the SHG pooled in money and built toilets. People were trained to make artistic handbags using old clothes.
The first week of August was spent evaluating the work and the based on the work, prize will be announced. First prize is Rs 30,000, the second prize is Rs 20,000 and the third prize is Rs 10,000. Certificates will be given to all the organisations and individuals who have completed 100 hours of work.
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