Informal sector plays a critical role in making our cities more “livable”. When we talk about municipal solid waste management, informal waste workers are largely responsible for recycling at least 1/3 of cities waste on a daily basis. As a group, they suffer from multiple marginalisation and discrimination. As a result, they lack access to basic facilities, like housing, sanitation and education.
Gautam is one of such bright student. Born to a family of 5 siblings, his parents work hard as waste workers to ensure their children don’t go to bed hungry. Because you have to stay alive to dream.
Gautham's mother, Nadhiya segregates waste at a dry waste collection centre (DWCC) operated by her brother, Krishna for the Bengaluru Municipality. Gautham's father, Venkatesh, works at the same place. He collects waste from residential households.
Gautham has been helping Krishna while studying with accounting at the dry waste collection centre since last 2 years. He got 70% in 10th class. Today he is preparing for the common entrance test for engineering in Karnataka.
Gautham participated in a hackathon called Reimagine Waste 2 in 2017 at IISc, Bengaluru. He also attended Public Area Cleaning Skills training program organized by Hasiru Dala. Gautham is a talented youth residing in the slums of Bengaluru, with a hope for a better tomorrow.
After 12 hours of hard work, Gautham's parent's collective income is about 800 per day. With this income, they can feed their 5 children. But teaching their children remains a distant dream. After Gsutham's 10th class, Gautham almost quit school. But, luckily, a good samaritan named Aditya, decided to help financially so that Gautham completes education till 12th class. Now, Gautham faces the same situation again. This time we can make sure he can
About the campaigners
Nitin and Archit met Gautham at IISc. They were impressed by Gautham's passion to build and design technologies to solve problems in waste management. Thus, they decided to start a crowdfunding campaign for Gautham's better future.
How will your funds be used?
- To pay tuition fees for 3 years ( 1.8 thousand)
- To buy books over 3 years (~ 20 thousand)
Nalini Shekar, Founder of Hasiru Dala: email@example.com
Gayitri Handanahal, Founder Waste Impact: firstname.lastname@example.org