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6th May 2018
Dear All,

Thank you all for your support to our campaign so far.

The current update is as follows:

1) Organic Waste Composting: Despite the challenges, we have managed to keep up our promise to 8 Mile hotels that we will collect their everyday organic waste and compost it at Tieedi. We have been doing this since the last 1.5 years and currently the compost being generated has been tested by the Darjeeling Tea Research Center and rated highly.

2) Inorganic Waste Segregation: The residents and hotels have been working with us to segrgate the inorganic waste and instead of dumping it into the 8 Mile river it is currently being stocked up beside the road and taken to a landfill once in every month.

3) Humanure Tanks: We have currently built two operational humanure tanks for the community that is connecting 3 households as of now (with an ability of connecting 4 more on the same tanks). It is a zero waste tanks where the water is drained into the charcoal filter soak pit and the sludge is being mixed with another waste product (wood chips from a carpenter store in Sonada) to generate compost after 2 years.

4) Massive River Clean-ups: Despite the fact that we have taken off more than 10 trucks of waste from the river, there is still a lot that needs to be done to clear off almost two decades of waste that is throttling the river right now. The next massive river clean-up being targetted is on 26th May 2018 as a partnership initiative with ZeroWasteHimalaya and DarjeelingPrerna NGOs of Darjeeling.

5) Socio-Ecological Workshops: We have hosted a number of socio-ecological workshops for school and college students to drive home the awareness of the precarious state of the hills of Darjeeling. More pictures of these events can be viewed by clicking on the respective albums in our facebook page link:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TIEEDI/photos/?tab=albums

Dear All,

Thank you all for your support to our campaign so far.

The current update is as follows:

1) Organic Waste Composting: Despite the challenges, we have managed to keep up our promise to 8 Mile hotels that we will collect their everyday organic waste and compost it at Tieedi. We have been doing this since the last 1.5 years and currently the compost being generated has been tested by the Darjeeling Tea Research Center and rated highly.

2) Inorganic Waste Segregation: The residents and hotels have been working with us to segrgate the inorganic waste and instead of dumping it into the 8 Mile river it is currently being stocked up beside the road and taken to a landfill once in every month.

3) Humanure Tanks: We have currently built two operational humanure tanks for the community that is connecting 3 households as of now (with an ability of connecting 4 more on the same tanks). It is a zero waste tanks where the water is drained into the charcoal filter soak pit and the sludge is being mixed with another waste product (wood chips from a carpenter store in Sonada) to generate compost after 2 years.

4) Massive River Clean-ups: Despite the fact that we have taken off more than 10 trucks of waste from the river, there is still a lot that needs to be done to clear off almost two decades of waste that is throttling the river right now. The next massive river clean-up being targetted is on 26th May 2018 as a partnership initiative with ZeroWasteHimalaya and DarjeelingPrerna NGOs of Darjeeling.

5) Socio-Ecological Workshops: We have hosted a number of socio-ecological workshops for school and college students to drive home the awareness of the precarious state of the hills of Darjeeling. More pictures of these events can be viewed by clicking on the respective albums in our facebook page link:

https://www.facebook.com/pg/TIEEDI/photos/?tab=albums

21st August 2017
Dear Donors,

Thank for supporting our cause to save our beloved '8 Mile Khola'.

There have been challenges but we have generated tremendous ground level support from the local residents of 8 Mile, Gorabari, Darjeeling to work towards this cause. 

The past two months has been a difficult time in Darjeeling due to the political unrest and people's movement demanding a separate state for Darjeeling within the union of India. Today is the 71st day of strike in the entire district of Darjeeling and life has come to a grinding halt. This has affected the construction work related to our cause and we hope to begin it as soon as the political situation is normalised in the hills.

As we pause the work on the project for a while we would like to share the updates on the work accomplished so far in the project. Attached is also an excel sheet with a detailed update on the expenses incurred so far into the project.

1. 2 Truckloads of waste has been unclogged from the river by our volunteers who have answered our clarion call for the river cleanup on 8 Sundays spread over April to June 2017. 1123 plastic and glass bottles has been harvested from this so called 'waste' and taken to Siliguri to be sold and to the 'raddiwalla' (can't find a better English word for this incredible group of workers/entrepreneurs without whom the problem of waste in India would be even crazier!).

2. Over 3 Tons of organic waste has been collected from the highway shops abutting 8 Mile to be converted into black gold (compost). 

3. Three Humanure Septic Tanks have been dug and once the work is completed it would be able to connect and harness the underlying potential of this resource into hu'manure' or bio gas. One of the humanure tanks was in the final stage of completion before work had to be stopped due to the strike in Darjeeling. The tanks have been constructed after having brainstormed the design with the Permaculuturist volunteers at TIEEDI from various corners of the world.

4. Volunteers from 15 countries have stayed at TIEED and joined hands with us in this project to execute the day-to-day tasks of collecting the organic bins from the shops, lending a hand in the river cleanups, construction of the humanure tanks etcs.

5. We have reached out to the nearest higher education institution 'Salesian College' in Gorabari, Darjeeling and their management has agreed to join hands with us in this project.

6. We have also reached out to the West Bengal Forest Department and they have also agreed to sympathetically examine our request to allow us to setup organic compost piles and waste collection bins on the forest land adjoining the road of the highway. Also, the 8 Mile river falls under the  jurisdiction of the Senchel Wildlife reserve forest and they have agreed to setup up a high level meeting with the Forest officials once the strike in Darjeeling comes to an end.

7. We have hired Safal, an unemployed but enterprising young man from Bijanbari, Darjeeling, at Rs. 6000/- p.m. salary to help us execute the day to day tasks of this project (primarily waste collection, segregation and composting).

8. As mentioned earlier in the project plan, there was a need of a Project Co-ordinator who would be able to manage this project as professionally as we used to do in the corporated world. We were lucky to be able to convince Vishal Rasailee an ex Product Manager from HP, Bangalore who brings along with him heaps of experience in managing and executing large scale and multiple dependency projects. He has joined hands with us as a Project Coordinator from April 2017.

9. We have managed to raise almost 10% of the project cost (~35000) through Milaap as on 21st Aug. Kindly, do help us by spreading the word amongst your friends and colleague so that we are able to raise the rest of the funds as soon as possible.

We thank you once again from your support. Do feel free to revert to us for any clarification.
Regards,

Utsow Pradhan
Founder - Save8MileKhola
[P.S. : For latest pictures and updates pls follow our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/save8milekhola]
Dear Donors,

Thank for supporting our cause to save our beloved '8 Mile Khola'.

There have been challenges but we have generated tremendous ground level support from the local residents of 8 Mile, Gorabari, Darjeeling to work towards this cause. 

The past two months has been a difficult time in Darjeeling due to the political unrest and people's movement demanding a separate state for Darjeeling within the union of India. Today is the 71st day of strike in the entire district of Darjeeling and life has come to a grinding halt. This has affected the construction work related to our cause and we hope to begin it as soon as the political situation is normalised in the hills.

As we pause the work on the project for a while we would like to share the updates on the work accomplished so far in the project. Attached is also an excel sheet with a detailed update on the expenses incurred so far into the project.

1. 2 Truckloads of waste has been unclogged from the river by our volunteers who have answered our clarion call for the river cleanup on 8 Sundays spread over April to June 2017. 1123 plastic and glass bottles has been harvested from this so called 'waste' and taken to Siliguri to be sold and to the 'raddiwalla' (can't find a better English word for this incredible group of workers/entrepreneurs without whom the problem of waste in India would be even crazier!).

2. Over 3 Tons of organic waste has been collected from the highway shops abutting 8 Mile to be converted into black gold (compost). 

3. Three Humanure Septic Tanks have been dug and once the work is completed it would be able to connect and harness the underlying potential of this resource into hu'manure' or bio gas. One of the humanure tanks was in the final stage of completion before work had to be stopped due to the strike in Darjeeling. The tanks have been constructed after having brainstormed the design with the Permaculuturist volunteers at TIEEDI from various corners of the world.

4. Volunteers from 15 countries have stayed at TIEED and joined hands with us in this project to execute the day-to-day tasks of collecting the organic bins from the shops, lending a hand in the river cleanups, construction of the humanure tanks etcs.

5. We have reached out to the nearest higher education institution 'Salesian College' in Gorabari, Darjeeling and their management has agreed to join hands with us in this project.

6. We have also reached out to the West Bengal Forest Department and they have also agreed to sympathetically examine our request to allow us to setup organic compost piles and waste collection bins on the forest land adjoining the road of the highway. Also, the 8 Mile river falls under the  jurisdiction of the Senchel Wildlife reserve forest and they have agreed to setup up a high level meeting with the Forest officials once the strike in Darjeeling comes to an end.

7. We have hired Safal, an unemployed but enterprising young man from Bijanbari, Darjeeling, at Rs. 6000/- p.m. salary to help us execute the day to day tasks of this project (primarily waste collection, segregation and composting).

8. As mentioned earlier in the project plan, there was a need of a Project Co-ordinator who would be able to manage this project as professionally as we used to do in the corporated world. We were lucky to be able to convince Vishal Rasailee an ex Product Manager from HP, Bangalore who brings along with him heaps of experience in managing and executing large scale and multiple dependency projects. He has joined hands with us as a Project Coordinator from April 2017.

9. We have managed to raise almost 10% of the project cost (~35000) through Milaap as on 21st Aug. Kindly, do help us by spreading the word amongst your friends and colleague so that we are able to raise the rest of the funds as soon as possible.

We thank you once again from your support. Do feel free to revert to us for any clarification.
Regards,

Utsow Pradhan
Founder - Save8MileKhola
[P.S. : For latest pictures and updates pls follow our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/save8milekhola]
9th May 2017
07-May-2017

Another successful Sunday! :)
Apart from us, the local residents of 8 Mile, we had volunteers coming in from Darjeeling and Kurseong again.
Some major achievements of the day:
1) The cleaned up section of the river was cordoned off with the branches so that any debris that is washed from upstream by the river is easy to pick-up and sort Next Sunday.
2) There has been a ban enforced on poultry chicken vehicles cleaning their waste on this river by the cleaning agency.
3) Every shop-owner has contributed Rs. 100 each towards transportation cost of waste unearthed to the segregation and recycling centre and municipality landfill.

Pls follow this link for photos of the day: Save 8 Mile Khola - River Clean-up 07-May-2017




07-May-2017

Another successful Sunday! :)
Apart from us, the local residents of 8 Mile, we had volunteers coming in from Darjeeling and Kurseong again.
Some major achievements of the day:
1) The cleaned up section of the river was cordoned off with the branches so that any debris that is washed from upstream by the river is easy to pick-up and sort Next Sunday.
2) There has been a ban enforced on poultry chicken vehicles cleaning their waste on this river by the cleaning agency.
3) Every shop-owner has contributed Rs. 100 each towards transportation cost of waste unearthed to the segregation and recycling centre and municipality landfill.

Pls follow this link for photos of the day: Save 8 Mile Khola - River Clean-up 07-May-2017