100% Of the funding will go towards this project
Fort Kochi is a small town in the district of Cochin, Kerala. The area has high potential to be a tourist hot spot with beautiful palm trees and ancient fishing nets. However the main attraction, Mahatma Gandhi beach, is covered with litter and driving away tourists.
The amount of litter is due to both a lack of bins and education about waste management. The local population are used to throwing their rubbish on the floor, and this is a habit we want to change.
Our project proposal is to manufacture bins, organise a collection service with the local council, and to educate locals about using the bins and not littering.
The current state of Mahatma Gandhi Beach - July 2014
GVI India on their first litter pick - July 2014
This project will be undertaken working with GVI India Kerala, the base currently focuses on English education in impoverished schools, improving the care at schools for the disabled and working with improving the quality of life at a local orphanage.
There is a constant supply of active volunteers who are always looking for more ways to help the community, and simply making the environment a nicer place to live in is one that they are currently very excited about.
In the west we usually take our public services for granted, bin collection being one of them. It is shocking to see the state of a community without these public services. Not only is the area unpleasant to look at and live in, there is also a serious public health risk to the public and local wildlife that many of the community need to survive.