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Slum children in Thane turn ambassadors of cleanliness

The transformation took place after the children and youngsters attended a summer camp and learnt the importance of cleanliness and hygiene

mumbai Updated: Jun 03, 2018 01:05 IST
Ankita G Menon
Ankita G Menon
Hindustan Times
Thane,Thane Municipal Corporation,World Environment Day
Around 200 children have colourfully painted more than 1,000 houses across Thane. (Praful Gangurde)

It has been a fruitful summer vacation for children living in Janaka Devi slums.

The dirty and dull walls have been transformed into an art piece. A big nullah near the hutments was filled with garbage and had an unbearable stench. It has been cleaned. The overflowing garbage in dustbins have been picked.

The transformation took place after the children and youngsters attended a summer camp and learnt the importance of cleanliness and hygiene. They have now become ambassadors of change.

In a combined effort of Thane Citizens’ Forum (TCF) and Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC), the fun activities for children helped them ensure a clean environment in the slums.

“Initially, we held a summer camp where children were taught to dance, act and paint. Their eagerness in painting gave us the idea to let their creativity flow,” said Kasber Augustine, member of TCF.

Around 200 children from more than 1,000 houses painted the walls in two days. The walls have a social message or are showcase the children’s talent.

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A small corner has been turned into a green patch with lawns and plants.

Looking at the efforts of the residents, the TMC’s sanitation department has started collecting garbage from every house.

“All of us have realised that we can keep our vicinity clean and hygienic. We are happy with the change,” said Maria Anthony, 24, local resident.

The residents have also made sparrow houses and feeders which will be put up at different locations on World Environment Day. They also plan to set up a small library for children and an art gallery.

First Published: Jun 03, 2018 01:04 IST