An international not-for-profit organisation that helps students develop leadership skills by establishing sustainable business models for marginalized communities. SIFE or ‘Students In Free Enterprise’ was established at SSCBS, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies (SSCBS), University of Delhi in January 2009. Project Akshar is the second community outreach initiative by the team started in April 2011.
Since its inception in April 2011, Project Akshar has reused 8,00,000 sheets & recycled 3,56,400 sheets preventing a carbon footprint of around 30.64 tons. In India, nearly 9 million tons of paper is directly dumped into landfills & is lost forever, leaving a mammoth carbon footprint in its wake. The business model begins with the awareness sessions being held at the premises of schools, colleges, households & companies to encourage them to drop their waste in the drop-boxes installed at the same. The paper is then collected at regular intervals & sorted. The fully-used sheets are sent to a recycling unit. The recycled sheets from this unit along with the sorted reusable one-side-used paper are directly taken to the 3 production centres, where the hearing impaired individuals and victims of drug abuse and trafficking create notebooks. The entire proceeds from the sale of these notebooks go to them.These recycled eco-friendly notebooks are sold in urban markets through stores and student networks in over 47 institutions. Also, one-side-used notebooks are supplied to underprivileged children through partner NGOs at Re. 1. Furthermore, a fixed educational reserve on every recycled notebook sold in the urban markets ensures a steady supply of notebooks to the underprivileged children. We also have schemes that allow companies to not only buy a notebook but also sponsor another for underprivileged children. Another such scheme allows everyone from the society to sponsor notebooks for underprivileged children by contributing any amount possible. So far, 1200 children have benefited collectively from all these initiatives in associating with Teach for India, an initiative by The Times of India. Also with the reuse & recycling of paper, a large amount of carbon emissions are prevented.
HOW TO ACT?
- Install drop boxes at their colleges/schools where people can drop their waste paper. We have a dedicated program called the College Leaders Program and School Leaders Program as part of which each institution has a team of 5-10 members representing Project Akshar and carrying out operations. Students in Delhi can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if they wish to be a part of the same
- Many college students will be interning at a corporate organisation during the summer. They can speak to their supervisors regarding collection of paper from the company's office. In Delhi/NCR, the collection will be handled by our team
- In case any individual wishes to sponsor notebooks for a child in need, they can do so by signing up here: http://bit.ly/zqRRnd. The notebooks will be sent to these children through our partners, Teach for India
- We are open to expanding operations outside Delhi. If a team of 8-10 people wishes to start Project Akshar in their city, we'll be glad to provide them with the necessary resources and training
Phone - Divik Girdhar: Vice President,External Affairs +919654074326
Arushi Sharma: Executive,External Affairs +919810920107
Website - www.sifecbs.org
Twitter - @SIFESSCBS
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/projectakshar