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Aug 01, 2017 at 07:27

Voiceless India is a youth-run campaign which has been initiated to spread awareness about animal welfare and environmental sustainability. Reaching out for more causes they recently conducted a  cleanliness drive in Noida’s Gejha Village.

On the 7th and 8th of May, 2016 Voiceless India organized a cleanliness drive in one of Noida’s most urbanized villages, Gejha. The children who participated in the cleanliness drive were from schools across Noida and Ghaziabad, including Step by Step School Noida, Genesis Global School, Delhi Public School Ghaziabad, Delhi Public School Noida and Dr. Ruhi’s Foundation. Dr. Ruhi’s Foundation is a school for the underprivileged and most of the students of the school are inhabitants of the Gejha village. This made Ruhi’s Foundation the target group for Voiceless India as they aimed to spread awareness about sanitation and cleanliness amongst the villagers. The area which was cleaned by the students was a stretch of the green belt, littered with a layer of garbage, making it difficult to even see the grass below. The students believed that a patch of a city which is supposed to encourage greenery should be the first to be cleaned and thus chose that location.

Both the days of the cleanliness drive, together, saw a gathering of over 180 volunteers from schools all across Delhi NCR. The drive began at 8.00 in the morning and it was not long, before all the volunteers were seen cleaning the green belt. The volunteers were exceptionally dedicated towards the cause, were determined to bring a change and it

seemed that they had set a target in their mind which they working

towards. Voiceless India had called a garbage collecting tractor from Noida Authorities, which arrived on time. The students filled up huge sacks with garbage and emptied it in the tractor. By the end of the drive, the children were tossing sacks of garbage in the tractor because it was filled to its maximum. In addition to the cleanliness drive, Voiceless India had also arranged for disinfectants from the Noida Authorities, which was sprayed into the near-by gutter to prevent mosquito infestation in the village. The drive was so influential that villagers also appreciated their efforts and some of them even joined the volunteers in their sincere efforts to make the area unpolluted. During the course of the drive, the volunteers along with some villagers realized how easy it is to spread litter and pollute a place but how difficult it is to remove that garbage.

Ankit Puri

Student Reporter