Swechha – We For Change Foundation: An NGO that Dons Many Hats
Inception and Vision
Conceived and popularized amidst the “We for Yamuna” campaign, Swechha is a New Delhi based, youth-led, youth-run organization which has emerged as the loudest voice of the nation echoing the “Be the Change” call.
Swechha envisions a just, equitable and sustainable society, for everyone and forever. The organization seeks to develop a powerful combination of people’s potential to revolutionize the nation – to assimilate the knowledge and wisdom of sustainable development.
The founder Vimlendu Jha – an enthusiastic environmentalist – has been acknowledged as one of the top 25 youth leaders of India by Outlook and India Today. A successful green entrepreneur, Vimlendu has been carrying out a number of successful initiatives to heal the planet and develop sustainable ways of living. His understanding and portrayal of the environment and related social issues is unique and influencing millions of people worldwide.
To build an equitable society and foster sustainable development, the organization focuses on 3 key areas – Education, Environment and Enterprises.
Taking the UN goal “Education for All” to a new level, Swechha seeks to bring about an improvement in the quality of education imparted as well as in the capacity of the educators, for it is quality education that lays the foundation for active governance.
The organization also focuses on the cruelties and criminalities being carried out against the environment. It initiates and encourages a number of programmes to construct an environmentally sound society. To build an equitable society and foster sustainable development, the organization focuses on 3 key areas – Education, Environment and Enterprises.Swechha seeks to bring the society together to act on issues like the depleting green cover, overflowing landfills etc. at the local as well as national levels . The initiatives are targeted towards creating the awareness that cumulative action is the only way.
Enterprises are the third focus point of the organization. It stresses upon the sustainability of an idea and building of a strong financial foundation to back it. The various enterprises under Swechha’s umbrella focus primarily on financial empowerment of women and adolescents. They encourage enthusiastic individuals and help them build on a dependable, sustainable and responsible livelihood.
Lunchbox 17 is an enterprise initiated by Swechha, in which enterprising young women prepare fresh, hygienic and home-cooked food, catering to the residents in the nearby areas. This programme provides a means to earn a livelihood to the womenfolk. Pagdandi, that essentially started out as an open roof school, has grown into a full fledged informal school for the underprivileged children with the passage of time. With avenues like Kitaab Ghar - a children’s library – the programme creates dedicated development zones for children to indulge in their academic and creative pursuits.Apart from delivering delicious home-cooked food, Lunchbox 17 provides a platform to these women to take control of their lives and prove themselves.
Gram Anubhav is a village programme where young individuals from different parts of the country are encouraged to experience village life. More than a mere field trip, this programme helps the youth gain an insight about the active governance in rural areas. They are motivated to interact with the village folk to understand the diversity of life that exists in our society.
Pagdandi, that essentially started out as an open roof school, has grown into a full fledged informal school for the underprivileged children with the passage of time. Pagdandi moves beyond the formal education of science and math and inculcates in children strong values to develop them as environmentally sensitive and politically active citizens. With avenues like Kitaab Ghar - a children’s library – the programme creates dedicated development zones for children to indulge in their academic and creative pursuits.
Bridge the Gap is a learning module consisting of 12-16 sessions. It seeks to sensitize the youth of the nation – especially the school going category – about the issues of climate change, life skills and active citizenship . The programme has been successfully implemented in a number of formal educational institutions enriching the minds of hundreds of individuals.
Yamuna Yatra is an intriguing, adventurous, and a highly educative journey that traces the course of the river Yamuna. The journey begins as Swechha educates about Yamunotri – the origin of the Yamuna – and goes on till Agra. Through this 2 day long trip, the travelers discover and explore the story the river has to tell. Most importantly, is is jarring to observe the river’s numbing pollution as one nears Delhi and Agra. While appreciating its beauty, the Yamuna Yatra promotes the need to keep the river clean and free from pollution.
Swechha Store, initially known as Green the Gap, is an initiative for upcycling of goods. The programme aims at making every-day utility and other objets d’art out of waste materials and selling them in the market. These products are also showcased at the Trade Fair encouraging the people to adopt an alternate way of life. You too can shop from the Swechha store. Just log on to www.Swechhastore.com and buy their attractive eco-friendly “green” products today.
Swechha is a one of its kind majorly volunteer-driven N.G.O., which caters to the 3 most important aspects of sustaining an environentally aware society. It aims at a holistic development of our country making the citizens environmentally aware, politically active, educationally well equipped and capable of earning their livelihood.
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