Help Gautham Become An Engineer

The Challenge: 
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.

Unmet Aspirations
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 
continue with his studies.

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?
  1. To pay tuition fees for 3 years ( 1.8 thousand)
  2. To buy books over 3 years (~ 20 thousand)
Nalini Shekar, Founder of Hasiru Dala:
Gayitri Handanahal, Founder Waste Impact:

Krishna's Story
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24th May 2018
Greetings everyone,

Gautham has clear his XII with 55%. But he wasn't able to crack the common entrance test. But, now is not the time to lose focus. His passion for robotics is still brewing. After the results, he found out he is eligible for a 3 year BCA course at SPM College. The cost of education will be around 2 lakhs.

As a result, we have requested to re-adjust our target to 2 lakhs and make another quick sprint to raise maximum possible funds. Please continue to share this campaign.

Thanks for your support
Archit, Nitin
3rd May 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank everyone for your love and support! To make sure this campaign is a success, Nitin and I urge you to share this campaign so that we are able to help Gautham in his education.

PS: We'll share Gautham's XIIth and Common Entrance Exam for Engineering in Karnataka's score.

Thanks for your support!! 
raised of Rs.200,000 goal

19 Supporters

Beneficiary: Gautham VN info_outline

Supporters (19)

Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
2 months ago
Vysakh donated Rs.1,000
2 months ago
Sreejith donated Rs.2,500
3 months ago

Wishing Gautham all the best for his future. 😊😊

Anonymous donated US $5
3 months ago
Anonymous donated Rs.1,000
3 months ago
Anonymous donated US $50
3 months ago

All the best