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non-electric water purifiers

When two 17-year old girls from Delhi brought access of clean water to slum dwellers

Manya Kalra and Sana Kharbanda from The Shri Ram School in Delhi managed to raise Rs. 4 lakh to install non-electric water purifiers in the homes of slum dwellers.

We often take the availability of clean drinking water in our homes for granted. But, the elixir of life is often a scarce commodity in the lives of the less fortunate. In big and small cities, slums coexist with colonies and condominiums, yet few venture out to see the appalling condition of these dwellings and the unfortunate lives of their inhabitants.

This harsh reality hit 17-year old Manya Kalra and Sana Kharbanda from The Shri Ram School in Delhi after they visited some slums in areas like Chakkarpur and Aya Nagar in and around Delhi. After realizing that many underprivileged areas in the national capital lack access to safe drinking water, the girls decided to undertake an initiative to provide pure drinking water in and around the slums of Delhi and Gurgaon. Through a crowd funding called initiative ‘Elixir – Shudh Paani ki Shapath’, Manya and Sana have managed to raise a sum of around Rs. 4 lakh in four months to install water purifiers in the homes of slum dwellers.

Elixir is an endeavour to make pure drinking water accessible to everyone; particularly the slum-dwellers in and around Delhi-Gurgaon. They have pledged to help in the installation of more than 1000 non-electric, yet 100% efficient water filters installed in their houses – enhancing the quality of thousands of lives.

non-electric water purifiers

Seventy water purifiers have already been distributed among the households of Chakkarpur settlement in Gurgaon so far. With their successful crowd funding campaign on Ketto, they now have fresh funding and are planning to give away more such purifiers in the first week of December.

The duo had wanted to do something for the underprivileged for a long time now. They interacted with the women and children in the Chakkarpur area and realised that unavailability of clean drinking water was one of the biggest worries these people faced.

Once they had decided they wanted to work on this issue, they came up with the idea of distributing water purifiers. They teamed up with Tata Chemicals and chose the Tata Swach Cristella Plus filter, which is a non-electric and economical, yet effective, purifier. On learning that this project is a social initiative, Tata Chemicals agreed to service the purifiers for free for two year. The cost of one purifier, including servicing for two years, is Rs 1500. So far, the duo has donated purifiers to 70 households in the Chakkarpur settlement.

The teenagers are now planning to approach the corporate sector to augment their efforts of raising funds and also planning to make a short film to impart awareness in society about the hardships faced by the slum dwellers.

Would you like to help and know more about the project? You can visit their crowd funding campaign page here.


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