They have collected over 380kg of e-waste from schools and community and donated it to a non-profit organisation and helped educate over 17,000 slum children
An e-waste collection drive might seem simple as an idea. But what if getting rid of your unused or scrapped electronic items could fund the education of a child?
Well, two Mumbai students not only conceptualised but also successfully executed the idea to raise funds for the education of over 17,000 underprivileged students.
According to a report in The Times of India, Trisha Bhattacharya and Soorya Balasubramanian, students of classes 9 and 10 from Vibgyor High School in Goregaon, were behind this initiative.
What started as an idea for a competition has turned into a year-long campaign to safely dispose of electronic waste and help the environment for two students from a school in Goregaon. In the past two months, these two have collected over 380kg of e-waste from schools and community and donated it to a non-profit organisation and helped educate over 17,000 slum children.
They got the idea when they decided to participate in a pan-India competition-where they had to pick up a cause, make a blueprint for the plan of action, and scale the impact.
Speaking to the publication, Soorya revealed how Vibgyor had already initiated several social campaigns. And while segregation of dry and wet waste was already in place, the idea of an e-collection drive wasn’t executed in its full capacity.
And so, the duo decided to pick it up. Their team won fourth place.
But little did the students know, the work and impact of the drive would continue long after the competition was over.
Soorya said, “As we were working on the campaign, we decided to continue with it through the year, even after the contest got over.”
The teenagers first mobilised kids from their own school to donate e-waste from their homes.
“Most homes have non-functional cell phones, chargers and other electronic appliances lying around because we don’t know what to do with them. We found a non-profit, India Development Foundation, which collected the e-waste and sold it to a recycling company. The money raised was used to educate over 17,000 underprivileged students,” said Trisha.
For the last month, they have hosted collection drives in three housing societies in the western suburbs, which have received promising responses from the residents.
The duo is now looking forward to getting more students on board to keep the project running.
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