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Clean-Up Foundation conducts health & COVID 19 vaccination awareness campaign for city's rag-pickers

Mumbai, March 10, 2021: Continuing its work to help the rag-pickers of Mumbai, Clean-Up Foundation conducted an awareness campaign on improving health and hygiene of the city's rag-pickers along with creating awareness about the COVID 19 vaccination. The initiative was part of the National Safety Week 2021 drive and was conducted in association with Aasra Welfare Association at ‘H' West ward of MCGM.

During this event, Dr. Jitendra Patil, MBBS and Occupational Health Specialist highlighted the hazards, risks and control measures for health and personal hygiene management. He also shared the importance of COVID-19 vaccination and how safe it is to get oneself vaccinated. A skit was also organized in association with Yuvak Pratisthan, an NGO focusing on behavioural change among rag pickers. Clean Up Foundation distributed 3 ply cloth masks to all the Safai Sathis at the event.

Commenting on this initiative, Sanjana Runwal, Co-Founder of Clean-Up Foundation said,
"It is our endeavour to provide the rag pickers with the kind of support that is not easily available to them. That's why we conducted a session on mental health some time back to help this segment deal with the anxiety and concerns that develop with the backdrop of the pandemic. Now, with the vaccination having commenced, again there are a lot of doubts, concerns and general lack of information about its impact on one's health. This event was planned with the clear objective of providing valuable insights to the rag pickers about the whole process and the associated health benefits."

Sanjana's aim is to improve the living conditions of those who keep our city clean - the garbage cleaners and rag pickers.

Clean-Up Foundation distributes insurance policies to rag-pickers in Bandra: Continuing its work to help the rag pickers and garbage cleaners of Mumbai, on December 4th Clean-Up Foundation distributed medical insurance and personal accident insurance policies to 60 rag pickers. The event was organized in association with Aasra Foundation and H West Ward of MCGM. Sanjana Runwal, co-founder of Clean-Up Foundation, handed over the insurance policies to the rag-pickers. Under the policies issued, each of the rag pickers will be eligible for health insurance benefits of up to 1 lac and personal accident coverage of up to 3 lacs.
Commenting on this initiative, Sanjana Runwal, Co-Founder of Clean-Up Foundation says, “Despite their immense contribution to urban waste management as they recycle almost 20 per cent of India's wastes, India's rag-pickers continue to struggle for survival in dire conditions-exposure to harmful substances and poor wages and lack of basic civic amenities. Currently, when the entire city is impacted due to this deadly virus, there is a necessity to extend our help to them. This segment does not have access to insurance and hospitalization benefits and this is a much needed facility in their profession, especially in the current situation.”
Clean Up Foundation firmly believes that it is imperative to help these unsung heroes of our society and shall continue its efforts in this direction.

Mumbai, July 25, 2020: The ongoing COVID 19 pandemic has unfolded some very inspiring stories. 15 year old Sanjana Runwal, co-founder of the NGO Clean Up Foundation is scripting one such story. She has been working diligently for the unsung heroes who tackle our city's waste crisis – the rag pickers. This is also one of the least recognized and appreciated segments of our society. In these difficult times with the COVID 19 crisis, the rag pickers are almost a forgotten lot. This is where Sanjana and her NGO have stepped in to provide some relief to the city's most vulnerable community. Today, Clean Up Foundation organized an event for rag pickers at Bandra in association with MCGM ‘H' West ward, where Mr. Rajesh Hundekar, a member of Manashakti Research Centre held a session on managing mental health and how to cope up with the challenges during these difficult times. Manashakti Research Centre helps people achieve success and peace of mind through scientific means and social welfare activities. Mental well-being techniques are not something this segment of the society has access to and Sanjana is trying to bridge this gap. On this occasion, Clean Up Foundation also donated protective gear to the rag pickers to equip them for the ongoing monsoon season. They were provided with rain coats and gum boots, extremely critical safety gear for the rag pickers in the rain.

In view of the current pandemic and the necessary lockdown, Mumbai's rag pickers and garbage cleaners need our help. On March 28th, Clean Up Foundation took a small step in this direction by donating food for over 60 cleaning workers at Bandra. The distribution was done by Aasra Welfare Association, with whom Clean Up Foundation works closely. Stay safe, stay at home and keep helping those who are in need.

Clean Up Foundation has also provided medical insurance for 60 workers, a much needed facility for this segment.

Sanjana Runwal, co-founder of the Clean Up Foundation, through her 'Revolution for Rag Pickers' initiative brought in some Diwali cheer among the rag picker community. The NGO donated a sanitary pad vending machine at the MCGM sorting centre to improve health & hygiene of the female rag pickers. The foundation also provided healthy meals to over 200 rag pickers along with financial assistance for their children's education.

Sanjana Runwal, the 14-year-old philanthropist, through her 'Clean Up Foundation', donates gumboots and raincoats, and also provides healthy meals to over 200 of the city's most vulnerable community of rag pickers.

Sanjana Runwal was felicitated by UN Environment, Ministry of Environment & Bhamla Foundation on World Environment Day for her efforts to provide better living conditions to the rag pickers of Mumbai. She was awarded at a high profile function held at the Amphitheatre, Carter Road, Bandra on Monday June 5th, 2019 with a crowd of over 8000 people in attendance. She was the youngest recipient of this award.

Sidharth Runwal was felicitated by Ministry of Environment, Maharashtra Pollution Control Board, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation & Bhamla Foundation on World Environment Day for his efforts to provide clean drinking water to the garbage cleaners of Mumbai. He was awarded at a high profile function held at the Amphitheatre, Carter Road, Bandra on Monday June 5th, where he addressed a crowd over 8000 people. As of today over 12000 garbage cleaners are enjoying the benefits of this endeavour.

On 7th July 2017, Sidharth Runwal was invited as a chief guest to St. Stanislaus School in Bandra where a tree plantation drive was held. The event was graced by many eminent personalities and Sidharth was invited in recognition of his charitable efforts towards creating a better environment.

Sidharth Runwal at the tree plantation drive initiative organized at St.Stanislaus School in Bandra.

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