From A Reporter
SHILLONG, March 26: In an effort to make Shillong city green and clear college students on Sunday conducted a cleaning drive at Anjali Harijan Colony.
It may be mentioned that Anjali slum Harijan Colony is one of the most vulnerable slums exiting in the heart of the city still yet away from all developmental programmes and welfare mission.
The area has become a dumping ground leading to residents especially children suffering from a lot of sicknesses.
In this connection, Shima Modak President and Founder, SPARK, Meghalaya said, “In light of this, a cleaning drive was conducted at Anjali Slum Harijan Colony today from 10 a.m. onwards.”
For the first time, the students from St. Edmund’s College, Women’s College and IGNOU come forward and showed the courage to clean up areas filled with garbage at Anjali Slum Harijan Colony, to provide relief to slum dwellers from dust and garbage that can be seen lying everywhere in this area.
SPARK together with the Social Work students have succeeded in motivating the community people of the said slum to understand the importance of cleanliness and their important role in living a healthy life.
Modak informed that the cleaning drive is completely on voluntary basis for the interest of the slum residents without any fincial assistance.
“It is strongly felt that instead of making tall claims on such missions, it is important to visit the slum areas and solve the basic problems of the residents,” she said adding spending lavishly on banners and posters would not help but there is a need to understand real issues on the grass-root level.
She observed that, considering all the facts and issues to make Swachh Bharat Mission a success in true words and deeds, this particular cleaning drive is initiated and will continue on regular basis.
The cleaning drive was conducted at every corner of Anjali starting from Parking lot to the interior of the residential areas all loaded with huge garbage being cleaning by the Social Work students without any hesitation.
Cleaning drive conducted by college students
From A Reporter