Swachh Bharat!

Apr 13, 2017

Steph Duff

The Indian Government has called for a country-wide clean up and the children on the Hope Campus were happy to oblige.

“In support of Prime Minister Modi’s Swachh Bharat (Clean Up) India initiative, we started a recycling/clean-up the campus/composting system together,” shared Adam Petticrew, Campus Captain.

Together, the boys and girls on the campus picked up trash, raked certain areas, and have been diligent in recycling appropriate materials. The recycling initiative is exciting and helps the children to learn about environmental conservation.

Their recycled materials are helping them to earn money, as well.

“We made 30 rupees in one week after dropping off the recycling,” shared Adam. “Although this is only 50 cents in American money, it all adds up! It is more about the lessons the children learn than the money coming in.”

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The children, caregivers, and staff are all learning how to recycle food waste through composting, too. In preparation, Adam and the children watched several videos about composting and why it is important. “All their vegetable scraps and any leftover food is being thrown into the compost bin; we add soil and dry leaves to keep the smell down and avoid attracting unwanted insects.”

As the children on the Hope Campus continue to learn about ways to help the area around them, they are pursuing different avenues for sustainability and cleanliness. They are dedicated to doing their part in making a difference that will follow them the rest of their lives.

Steph Duff is a writer, daughter, sister, and really loud laugher. By day she lends her voice on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children with Back2Back Ministries. By night she is readily found with her nose in a book and spending time with her dachshund, Addy. At all hours, she can be found consuming copious amounts of coffee. She feels most herself in the heat of India and prefers her mugs big, her books long, and her words intentional.

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