Posted in Do it yourself!

The moving Jungle

They call them The moving jungle. When The Moving Jungle walks into a restaurant and ask for food, the stale food is quickly offered left from yesterday or previous day whichever will do.

What the restaurants’ attendants don’t know is that The Moving jungle have more purchasing power than the well dressed executives walking up and down the crowded streets, streets made sparkling clean by The moving jungles. Sometimes all they want to do is sit down during their lunch break and buy something to eat.

I had the pleasure of meeting The top of the cream of the so called The moving Jungles.

The Moving Jungle is the individuals who clean our streets, collect the garbage that we don’t want to see, clean our markets and make sure the restaurants and the hotels are spotless cleans.

They are the waste pickers, the garbage collectors- We have not found a name for them and so The Moving Jungle but they have. They introduce themselves to me as The Solid Waste Managers.

The Moving Jungle

I have been going round the country meeting the Solid Waste Managers, interacting with them, knowing them and I am humbled.

I am humbled by my ignorance about their situation , I am humbled by the meekness of their work, I am humbled by the grace with which they do their work and in disbelief of their starvation of honor and dignity.

They are forgotten until you meet them and awe at what they are achieving and contributing to the socioeconomic development of our countries.

Internationally, the language has changed from garbage collectors to environment managers, Small and medium enterprises and so it should from The Moving Jungles to  a more appealing and appropriate title because it is only then that they can become visible.

How much trash and waste do you generate and how much do you dispose off?
Posted in Day....

Awe-inspiring moment

Barely a month since I attended the world breaking global hand washing day that almost broke me with fatigue but it was the most awe-inspiring thing I have done so far in the water and sanitation sector.

I can still feel that the children filled with energy and excitement all around me- about the day’s events. The total number of the people was 19,352 among them being 18, 302 children surpassing the current 15,000 people record set in 2009 in India.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBnx3rR4Tf0

Awe-inspiring excitement