Chloe and Amber’s traveling life is inspiring for the whole world.
Travelling whilst supporting pachamama. Travelling is the perfect time for many things. For seeing amazing sights, meeting wonderful people, tasting all flavors the world has to offer and funnily enough — becoming environmentally conscious. When you go travelling one of two things will happen; you will come upon countries whose sustainability is significantly poorer than your country — rubbish on the streets, animals eating garbage, plastic covering everything in sight OR you will come upon countries who make an enormous effort to improve their sustainability — buses powered by biofuel (go Sweden), things made of recycled material, plastic bans (go Rwanda). And as you travel around observing all these things I find it is best to be one of the people without a country implementing the best sustainability practices possible.
And so that’s what I do. Travelling Africa I had a few handy and relatively cheap items that would allow me to leave a smaller footprint (any air travel causes massive CO2 emissions from planes).
In my backpack: a steripen – uses UV light to kill bacteria and virus from any water so that in 2 years I have bought 0 plastic water bottles
A stainless steel container – if you travel a lot and economically you will take a lot of longgggg buses; my stainless steel container allows me to bring food onto the bus so I don’t have to buy things in plastic from highway shops. And I take it when I eat out so that if there are leftovers…they go into the container.
Stainless steel knife, fork, spoon and straw — single use cutlery and straws….DON’T GET ME STARTED! Just bring your own!
Plastic free water bottle — hard to find but worth it, my baby has been banged around the world for 2 years and she’s going strong!
I never buy fast fashion; the world is full of second hand clothes that are seriously awesome. I like to change up my wardrobe every few months and donate my clothes back. I do however support small business hand making clothes — I’m kinda a fashion lover and I think it is an art form to make clothes!
So yeah these are few things we do to take care of pachamama while on the road. People tend to laugh at my straw or my refusal of plastic, but if you explain it to them they end up being really impressed!
Saathee- Chloe Adriana
Insaff foundation is proactive organization in Sangali- Miraj city founded by Mustafa Bhai in 2010 who is serving homeless people, curing their diseases whom anyone hardly touches. Government has given them a space in city to keep street people and look after them. Plenty of citizens joined him in the path. We can’t categorize their work in particular fields. Whenever any need arises across the city the team moves like emergency services.
Mustafa Ilahi Mujawar and his fellows rescue animals and leave them at safer places, provide treatments to injured animals. During the Sangali flood in 2019 this team helped with essential needs consists of regular food packets to the victims and the force. His leadership skills, how he distribute volunteers on any campaign and outsource the help is a great learning. He is simply living to ‘serve’.
He aim to build a school for all homeless children, to provide them everything during their education and most valuable love, absence of care turned many of them to the wrong deeds. He believes, nourishment and education are the thresholds to come out of the dark flood.
saathee- Mustafa Ilahi Mujawar
Daniel and Sharon an artist couple in Jinja, Uganda developed this work for the exposure of children art from their own interest and skills.
The concept is unique in a way that it is helping to address children’s abilities through arts but as well as building to the possibilities of skills. Children’s art is one area which has not had an audience in seeing children gifts exhibited but also exposed which they are addressing at Nissi Rephidim Care. Daniel received an opportunity to handle a museum project which will help to reach the kid’s art creations program across Africa bringing talent to the front especially with harnessing the early years of child growth and development.
Namulndwa Sharon & Daniel Atwenda
Emmanuel, a child survived by a soldier through Rwanda Genocide 1994. One of the cruelest conflicts which had affected the whole country and most of the children lost almost everything. He grew up in the orphanage like thousands of other Rwandan kids. The hangover of genocide will remain for the coming few generations.
This is about Emmanuel and his friends who left everything behind and stood up for the education and the village Kunda which is located in Gisenyi, northwest of Rwanda along with the DR Congo border gate. During the genocide, huge number of Rwandans escaped the country through many ways like this over the borders. Women saved most of the children by hiding them from killers during 1994. Women, they‘ve always remained kind and kept saving the world. Guys like Emmanuel, his friends and youth of Rwanda are living in oneness as the citizens of Rwandans after what the country had gone through. The government has regularly put efforts in the process of strengthening the nation, the act of forgiveness for all and promoting youth to make families.
Emmanuel has built a caring center for kids hereafter the Rwandan government closed all the orphanages by 2011. In 2012, he established Kunda Village Ministry and took about 200 kids needed help. Many women left their children before going to farms or works on the other side of the border. Emmanuel’s team look after all of the kids, feed and teach them. He invites and introduces travelers or volunteers from all over the world and constantly working on developing the levels. His work also consists of empowering women by selling their handmade dresses, jewels, art pieces or house stuff, etc. Emmanuel, his friends and alike all Rwandan kids survived from 1994 genocide raised together in orphanages, today they are together as a family.
Kunda stands for love
Glimpse of Cultural Exchange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_e9dPng7C_E
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In 2003 Mr. Sandip Jadhav a teacher appointed in a Vetale tribal school where people used to migrate in dry days and school attendance was around 10-15. This is journey of how he and his co teacher placed the efforts to make these people believe in education. Started with small activities and books to bathing students he felt to aware parents about hygiene. He focused on renovation of schools, gradually he arranged more campaigns and events for the whole village which mainly content games, plantation, general classes for villagers, yoga, tailoring classes for women, anti-drugs & anti-superstitions programs, small scale business training for youth and plenty more programs resulted into effectively transformation of the entire village.
The first bus came here since the school started was when Mr. Sandip planned distance picnic. The action got reactions; later he came in contact with Bombay Mother and Child Welfare Society who helped his school to install solar kits, computer and E-learning sets and made school digitalized. Self spirit of students started night schooling and parents interest were developed in the education here. Various officials and honorable people visited the school including Indian cricket team’s physio Dr. Anant Joshi, actress Smita Talwalkar and guest from many countries. Symbiosis International University and Sofia International Women University and some other institutes visited the school to witness the life here. Everyone come here surely wonders about the growth. Mid-Day News, Indian Express and several others reported about the school progress.
Mr. Sandip also coordinated to resolve water issues here and people started coming back in the village. They contributed in everything and always been standing with him in the whole process. He was selected among the 16 teachers panel of Maharashtra State went to New Delhi for the cultural training program. Art Gallery Kshetr-5 did a exhibition in Pune’s Balgandharv Rangmandir which is possibly the first tribal primary school showcased in the state. He feels proud about his people and students and guide other schools now. He beautified school and the lives here and never stopped, he come to school with every new creative day. He completely supports some children till their education lasts. After 15 years he got transferred to another school but still he holds his old ship, the bond is for the lifetime he believes. He helped a kid to undergo a face surgery and brought smile back on his face and so to the Thakarvadi of Vetale..
This is for all the teachers in the world for their beyond efforts for the children and education. Thank You.
saathee- Mr. Sandip Jadhav
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Few years ago I came to Pune, while walking a hill I saw plastics and waste of all types. It was a dumping yard. People were misusing the forest as a shortcut to cross another side. Once I met Mr. Umesh Khera who used to come here to water small herbs and shrubs. I was totally unfit even to carry 2 ltr of water. I had asthama, high BP and high cholesterol. But in morning I used to bring 10-35 cans daily from nearby office. Later Mr. Neerav helped me and likewise more people started to gather and contributed daily. This government forest dumping hill turned into a clean canopy with major help of 5 senior citizens. Mr and Mrs Nigam, Mr. Soni, Mr. Lateef, and his son Mustafa contributed wholeheartedly on daily basis to make Anandvan.
Now Anandvan arranging different drives and workshops for students to share information about plantation, environment care mainly consist of seed-balls making, country plants to help birds to restore life, planting & conservation techniques. Anandvan Sanctuary is the citizen movement to increase ground level of water and reduce warming, we need Anandvan everywhere.
saathee– Mr. PK Anand Uncle
Anand Van Mitr Mandal
Contact- 084120 55755
Address: Anandvan, Near Cloud Nine, NIBM Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411048
BMCWS is a public charitable trust established in 1919 in Mumbai. The organization working in urban (Mumbai) and rural (Rajgurunagar) sides for health and education. They run Day Care Centers and Hospitals in Mumbai, Rajgurunagar and Bhalawadi. They have special cancer treatment center which is affordable and more than 2.5k people use it every year. The organization is more popular with their Rural Development Programme in Khed Taluka covering about 100 villages.
- With contribution of villagers they made 280 schools digitized- helped improve education.
- Made 250 rural schools solar powered to free them from electricity bills and power cuts.
- BMCWS renovated required and beautified tribal schools to grow interest in rural students.
- Annual science exhibition, summer camps and activities for all kind of schools.
- Computer Education on wheels for tribal schools.
- Started a nutrition plans for thousand of tribal students resulting improved health.
- Water supply to 3 tribal villages.
- Diwali Festival gifts to thousand tribal families every year.
- Sports Grounds in some tribal schools.
- Conducting campaigns for Sex Education in high schools.
- Nursing training to girls and women.
- Free Basic computer education course (MS-CIT) to girls & lowered fees to boys.
- Supporting Organic Agriculture and spreading information in schools.
- Complete Tailoring Education to more than 3.5K women.
- Special Art course like Mehandi, Rangoli, Craft and Ceramic, Jewelry Making.
- Program to give fruit saplings to tribal families to grow their own seasonal fruits.
BMCWS provided many tribal families solar panels and made India’s first complete solar tribal village in Kanhewadi Bk without government aid. In addition they painted every house in the same village to glow and look joyful. The organization bringing different projects for health and education with social networking and connectivity with volunteers.
Dr. Madhav Sathe, Swati Shinde
Tel- 23085794, 23096875
Unity is important for the villages..
The platform is the concept of uniting the people of Kanhewadi Bk village. Few friends thought the only thing can change the village is unity.
It started with a Whatsapp group which they named Kanhewadi Bk United and so far this group have helped generating so many funds for different causes in village.
In year 2015 the youth celebrated Shivotsav. They believed sport brings people together and it worked well, in 2016 girls and women played cricket match which was possibly India’s First Rural Women Cricket Match.
New ideas kept coming and KPL grown as the heart of village. They later arranged Independence Day Rural Run was also been the first ever attempt to do such event in Indian villages. KPL keep doing plantations and conservation with the help of people and Panchayat. They did cleaning campaigns made people aware of hygiene, helping kids, tribal people, water conservation and giving hands for every work. Gram Panchayat did vital work by building their major roads, gyms and schools.
KPL unity reached to different organizations. BMCWS (Bombay Mother and Child Welfare Society) they created India’s first complete solar tribal village without government aid and also collected funds to make all three schools of the Kanhewadi Bk digitalized. KPL created the website and social media to connect with the world. The village got momentum. KPL is always been the favorite concept which is the application of how the entire village life has been transformed.
-KPL, The united people of Kanhewadi..