SAVED! Going to the roots.

The rising temperature, as a result of global warming, has led to the emergence of drought scenarios. Sustainable use of water and other resources have become the need of the hour. We cannot blame the government, industries and corporate offices for not taking up preventive measures unless we have done our part.
Meet the two masterminds, Vedant Goel and Yusuf Soni, who have taken an initiative to save the environment and address the drought issue.


The Initiative:

Saving the environment.

The duo has sought to resolve the issue from it's roots. They believe in educating the young minds on the importance of saving our environment. So going down to the schools in Maharashtra, as a result of the initiative taken up by Vedant and Yusuf, you would see over 7,000 students and staff members from different schools have been contributing the left over water in their water bottles back to the plants in their campus. It is beneficial in two ways:

1) Saving water.
2) Nurturing the plants and trees.

Children pouring the left over water in their bottles into a drum.

They aim to teach the young minds, the importance of water and sustainable use of resources.
Vedant and Yusuf visited schools on every Saturday and highlighted the importance of saving the environment in a simplified way.


During the water conservation session in a school, Pune.
"After an event at a school, when I went back to meet the principal, many kids referred to me as 'water dada'. Not only did I feel proud but I am also glad that kids remember water conservation. 
We have even received phone calls, where parents told us that their kids had stopped using the shower when having a bath, they insist on using buckets."


Since January 2016, they have educated over 10,000 students on the same. "Now, since schools are closed, we are targeting summer camps and visit them on every Saturday and Sunday.",says Yusuf.

Cleanliness:

Another key issue of the country is cleanliness. Keeping ourself clean is a pre-requisite in order to keep our surrounding clean. Oral hygiene is one of the most important problems that needs immediate action. Leaving no stone unturned, Vedant and Yusuf went ahead to provide dental education to more than 2000 students. 
They organised a camp where 1,011 students brushed their teeth together and took important lessons on cleanliness. This initiative being first of it's kind was felicitated by Limca Book of Records.
"If further damage has to be cured, educating children can really go a long way.", says Vedant.

Students at My Teeth Campaign.

They have entered into talks with a few NGOs regarding furtherance of this initiative and asked them to take it forward on individual levels.


Meet the masterminds:

Vedant Goel and Yusuf Soni, in early twenties, a point when their career is ready to take off, manage to take out time for the saving the environment by doing their bit. Their friendship can be traced back to their college days. Currently, they are working in an IT company.
Vedant Goel and Yusuf Soni.
They started a social organisation, Ineedsai, in 2012 which seeks to provide education to the children who cannot afford it. They also indulge in organising blood donation camps, traffic awareness programmes and many such informative sessions.


What led to this initiative?

Vedant hails from Vidharbha region in Maharashtra which is one of the drought prone areas. One day, his mother told him about the trouble they are facing due to the unavailability of water in the region.
"She suggested me to create some awareness and she gave me the idea of saving water and reuse in plantation and cleaning school wash rooms. Hence, Yusuf and I decided to visit schools and educate the importance of water to all children."
A session in Bal Bhavan.

For taking a great step and wisely coming forward to save our environment, it is a WOW! to Vedant Goel and Yusuf Soni.
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