An education is nothing if it is not well rounded. That's why Green Dupatta works in close partnership with JDS Public School to raise awareness about important environmental issues that effect students both at home and at school. We aim to provide students with the opportunity to create change in their communities and become both local and global leaders!
UPDATE: In addition to our projects at JDS Public School, we have now expanded and were able to provide clean water to the Adavasi people of Devdaspur!
Devdaspur is a village in Suriyawan, located about 60KM (2 hour drive) from Varanasi.
We learned that the Adavasi (Musahar) people residing there did not have access to clean water. They would walk over 1KM in hopes that homes with private pumps would provide them with water.
We were able to provide this village with:
With access to clean water and a community garden, the Musahar community now has:
With a water table of over 200ft deep, it is extremely important that we attempt to conserve some of the water we use everyday. Green Dupatta was able to implement a system that collects rain water from the schools roof, along with some of the single use water in the building, filters it, and funnels it directly back into the water table!
In order to upkeep the school gardens that were established in 2019, Green Dupatta provided the staff and students with a water irrigation system that surrounds the schools perimeter. Staff and students are now able to water their gardens, and their school tree (located on a 15 ft mound) with ease!
In accordance with Prime Minister Modi's 'Fit India' initiative, we were able to collaboratively construct the schools only two sports facilities, a cricket pitch and basketball court!
Grade 7 students were challenged to clean up their schoolyard and create a student garden for their school community. These students have successfully planted, and are currently caring for, over 6 new fruits trees, 25 flowers and over 50 vegetables plants!
As most communities burn excess plastics, the students at JDS are always excited to learn about and implement alternative methods to reducing waste. Grade 6 students learned how to sort recyclables and garbage and began an awareness poster campaign to help educate their peers.
JDS' 8th grade students love learning how to upcycle! They turned used plastic bottles into planters, watering devices and birdfeeders!
It is not only the students at JDS that are committed to making a difference. Teachers and administrative staff worked with Green Dupatta to create a community outreach program offered to villages after hours. These community engagement sessions promote the importance of education, gender equality and environmental responsibility.
Both Green Dupatta and JDS Public School believe that all students should have access to an amazing, well-rounded education. In addition to the 200+ students JDS waives tuition fees for, Green Dupatta was able to have 3 additional students participate in JDS' exemplary schooling and programming!