Yuvadharti, an NGO founded in 2010 by five students from various schools in the city has been passionately working on collecting and recycling waste paper by stressing on the three 'R's namely reduce, reuse and recycle.
Students of class 12 namely Anshuman, Jigmed Dorje, Anmol Garg, Vinayak Kumar and Kshitij Sachdeva have been collecting waste papers, used pamphlets, and shredded office papers and transforming them into notebooks and notepads.
Anshuman Mohit Chaturvedi who is also the president of the organisation got the idea in school one day after noticing all the used paper lying around in the class and in his neighbourhood. "I used to see all this waste paper lying around and used to discuss it with my friends. Then suddenly it struck me to make this waste paper useful and recycle it."
They collected pamphlets distributed during Team Anna's India Against Corruption campaign, and collected used paper from offices in sector 26. Then the students would make notebooks by folding pages and stapling or sewing them together.
But this would certainly take time out of your busy school lives? Jigmed quickly replied: "At school or after, whenever we got time to spare we did it."
After making the notebooks and pads they started distributing them free of cost to school children and shopkeepers. "We thought shopkeepers would be able to use these for calculations and underprivileged children who could not afford notebooks," said Anmol.
The group comprising of toppers, state and school level cricketers met during their school days in KBDAV, sector 7. Although after class 10 some shifted to other schools the team still kept up with their goal to save paper and save trees.
"We planted some saplings in sector 8 but they died due to lack of care, after that we pledged to plant trees and take care of them. So as of now we have successfully planted 300 saplings in Chandigarh and Panchkula," Anshuman claimed.
The organisation's next move is to generate traffic awareness by asking vehicle owners at red lights to turn off their engines and save fuel. Apart from this the teenagers are spreading the message of national integration and fighting against corruption and polio. They aim to continue with this organisation even after they go to college. They have brought numerous co-workers in and have extended their group to 11members.