School-going children in many government schools are greatly disadvantaged when they go to school. They walk long distances barefoot, they do not have a proper school bag, and they sit on the floor. All this leads to poor attendance, health issues, and a lack of interest in studies (as their sitting posture itself is very uncomfortable).
The Mumbai-based NGO Greensole has developed a unique back-to-school kit that has:-
1. Footwear (No more barefoot walking)
2. Study Mat (Makes it comfortable to sit at school for long hours)
3. School Bag (Ergonomically designed and colorful)
These elements are made from recycled material. For example, the sole from old footwear (which would be burnt or thrown into a landfill) is turned into new footwear. Old clothes are used to make the bags and mats. This is very environmentally friendly. Greensole also provides employment to women at their manufacturing unit.
PIC: The items that will be included in the back-to-school kit.
PIC: The students with the contents of the back-to-school kit.
The back-to-school kit contains a pair of recycled footwear, a soft study mat to sit comfortably on the bare ground and attend classes, and a school bag to carry all their books and stationery. This dramatically changed a student's attitude to school and studies. It improves attendance, focuses at school, and helps them fall in love with education. It also eliminates both foot-related diseases and improves the child's posture, decreases strain on the eyes, and reduces stress on the neck and back.
Up-cycling refers to using end-of-life materials to make a new product with added value. That is to say, we re-use a product that is no longer used, or that can no longer be used, and turn it into a useful product.
This type of recycling has a positive impact on the environment since it defers and reduces the amount of waste in a landfill. In addition, the material is not processed like in downcycling, instead, it is cut, folded, molded, etc. into a new product.
EACH BACK-TO-SCHOOL KIT COSTS JUST INR 900.
WHAT GOES INTO THE KIT AND BENEFICIARY INFORMATION:
PIC: The facade of the school and students from the Ashram School, Amgaon, Palghar, Maharashtra.
My name is SAFA KHALIL KHAN SARGURO. I am 14-years-old and a Grade 9 student at the Podar International School (CBSE), Nerul, Navi Mumbai
I have undertaken this campaign because I was surprised to learn that many students from low-income homes in Maharashtra, who go to school (mainly govt schools) do not have basic school gear like proper footwear or a school bag and often sit on the hard ground to study at school.
Sitting down on the floor for a long time means 9 in 10 students will face posture-related problems. It also has an indirect impact on their eyesight and their ability to concentrate and study. Lack of footwear also leads to foot-related diseases and health issues.
The back-to-school kit costs just INR 900 and gives students a pair of recycled footwear, a recycled study mat to sit comfortably at school or home and a recycled school bag for books. This is a very small amount to impact a student. Each kit costs just INR 900 including the cost of distribution. Fund INR 1800 for example and transform the lives of 2 students.
Please support my campaign and let us together impact the health, attendance, and grades of these fellow students. This kit also brings a big smile to their faces and gives them a lot of confidence.
PREVIOUS DISTRIBUTION DRIVES:
PIC: The distribution of Back-To-School kits in a school in rural Telangana.
PIC: The students of Govt Primary School, Palwal, Haryana received the back-to-school kits from the students of a school who took part in a crowdfunding campaign like this and raised funds.
Greensole Origins :
As athletes, the founders of Greensole, Shriyans Bhandari, and Ramesh Dhami ran hundreds of kilometers every year. They also ran through at least 3 to 4 pairs of sports shoes every year. The soles were in good condition but the shoe sides tore within months. The duo always wondered if they could find some use for the intact soles of these quality sports shoes. A bit of research led to the idea of refurbishing them into trendy slippers. That brainwave eventually spawned an eco-friendly enterprise that reuses shoe soles and is appropriately named Greensole. Greensole used to previously only recycle shoes but now they also give back-to-school kits to rural students which include upcycled footwear, masks, study mats, and school bags.
MAP SHOWING AREAS WHERE RURAL STUDENTS WILL BENEFIT IN MAHARASHTRA:
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as the NGO, Greensole is a registered trust and you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT Act. Foreign funding is NOT accepted.
FEEDBACK THAT YOU GET:
To ensure that there is complete transparency I shall get a report from the NGO (this takes between 1 to 3 months usually after the funds are raised and transferred to them) telling me who benefitted from the funding. The details will then be posted in the UPDATES section of my campaign. As soon as I post an update, the platform will send an EMAIL alert to all the funders - i.e. to you. Click on the link in the email and you can read about who benefitted. That's transparent, right?
The below image is an example of the FEEDBACK FORMAT that will be shared.
Will we get to know the details of who benefitted?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to GREENSOLE FOUNDATION. They will update you on the details of the beneficiaries as soon as possible. Once we get this information we shall upload a report on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert and can read details about the beneficiaries.
When do we get the receipts?
The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How can we fund this campaign with a Cheque?
Fueladream Online Ventures Pvt Ltd account details are as below
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3) Telephone/Mobile no and Email ID:
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5) Cheque number:
6) Amount funded:
7) Whose campaign are you funding. (Name of the person OR campaign number/ID):
After the funds are received and the above details are verified, the fund amount will be transferred to the respective campaign. This can take from 1-3 working days.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept and is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations and ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding.