Habitat for Humanity, India organised a cleanliness drive with more than 100 students in Mumbai
Habitat for Humanity, a non-governmental organization dedicated to the cause of housing and sanitation, organised a cleanliness drive with Mr. Gopal Shetty, Member of Parliament from Mumbai North and Billabong High International School in Malad today, in order to clean up streets and open spaces of Mumbai.
Hundreds of students picked up the broom to clean the streets and the BMC ground around their school. They also took out a march around the streets of Jankalyan Nagar holding placards and banners of clean India along with brooms to clean the streets.
Speaking about this initiative, Mr. Gopal Shetty – Member of Parliament, North Mumbai said, “To see so many students come together and making a difference to their society at such a young age is commendable. I am proud to have working towards a clean India and bringing change in people’s attitude towards cleanliness in the city. This initiative will encourage other students and parents to come forward and be a part of the Swach Bharat Abhiyan”.
Mr Rajan Samuel, Managing Director – Habitat for Humanity India, said, “ We at Habitat India would like to thank Mr. Gopal Shetty and Billabong school for participating in this initiative. A big thank you to all the students who came forward to participate in the drive; to make this event a great success. Our aim is to spread the message that every citizen has a role to play in creating access to sanitation facilities to needy communities and keep our surrounding clean. This is certainly a giant step in the right direction”
Speaking on this occasion, Ms. Madhu Singh – Principal, Billabong High International School said, “We are glad to be part of this initiative by Habitat for Humanity. We at Billabong High believe that fostering goodness and social responsibility at a young age helps in the overall development of students and this initiative is a step towards achieving this.
800 students from Billabong High International School also took part in a sanitation workshop under Habitat for Humanity’s Sensitize to Sanitise campaign which aims to build 100,000 sanitation units by 2015. The workshop sensitised the students on the issue of poverty housing and need for sanitation in India.
Students along with their parents are also contributing towards making sanitation units in Maharashtra by participating in a 2D art competition around the topic- Importance of Sanitation in India. This is the first of a kind in India where in the school is coming forward to both cleanliness and making sanitation units.
About HFH India:
Habitat for Humanity India is an international NGO . For over 30 years, Habitat and its partners have been working with low-income, marginalized families to build homes, provide housing-related services and spread awareness on the needs of proper housing & sanitation.
Habitat India through its disaster response programs has helped rebuild the lives of more than 20,000 disaster affected families in India through emergency shelter kits, repair of damaged houses and construction of new homes.
Habitat’s disaster risk reduction initiatives help build capacity and preparedness of the local communities against future disasters.
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