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Basic sanitation is one of our fundamental needs. Every human being should have access to it. But sadly that’s not the case. Many government schools in India do not even get enough funding to fix/clean their existing toilets, that is if they have any Girls, especially opt out of school because of poor hygiene and lack of sanitation. Poor sanitation also causes the spread of many diseases which could otherwise be prevented. This youth artist worked with his mentor, Gautam, a member of the organisation Reap Benefit, and restored the confidence to attend school by physically clearing debris, cleaning toilets and cisterns, fixing pipes and creating green areas.They took up work that many of us would rather not take up. As a result of their efforts, toilets are now functioning and clean, water is available in the schools and grey water is being channelized to water small gardens that the youth artist has developed in the schools.
My name is Rohit Sathish and I'm a 10th standard student of Sri Kumaran Children's Home - CBSE which is located in Bangalore,India. Social and environmental work has been very close to my heart for many years. But in December of 2012, I had realized that I had done nothing at all for my community and the environment. I was disappointed in myself. This moment I would describe as a turning point in my short life. Even though I am just a teenager, I wanted to create change and be a part of the solution and not the problem in today's world. I wanted to help those who needed my help the most. I decided to take action. This video displays my first project with Reap Benefit, the organisation with whom I decided to start working with, and I was very happy to be helping in the government schools of my country where conditions were very poor for less fortunate teenagers of my own age. Under the guidance of my mentor Gautam, I was able to create changes in the areas of biodiversity, sanitation and water to help the students of two schools namely VV Puram School and Sarakki School. I went away with a feeling of satisfaction and it has motivated me to do further projects for my community. I hope you find this video has been insightful on the nature of work done and the effort put in