While most kids enjoy playing video games or meeting their friends for a movie after school, around 150 nursery to class IX students of Foutainhead Global School in Hydernagar took part in a noble cause. Through #MissionMeedhikunta, the young ones revived the Meedhi kunta Lake in Miyapur.
From taking required permissions from the government and raising funds by setting up shops and conducting activities to engage the community to organising cleaning drives, the students started the revival work back in August last year. And on July 5 this year, the lake was finally open. Walking tracks were laid around the lake for people and it was beautified to even attract birds, bees and butterflies.
“I was taking a class on different ways children can protect the environment and how we must take care of forests and lakes near us. It got the students really excited and they immediately asked me to take them to a forest! When I told them there’s no forest close to the school, they asked me to take them to a lake. And the Meedikunta Lake was quite close to our school. But there was no proper way to even reach the lake and its condition was bad, but the students said they knew all about reviving lakes through their science books. I thought it would be a practical experience for them to actually get out and do it,” shares Meghana Musunuri, the founder and chairperson of the school.
Even when the kids were told about the lack of funds, they said they would pool in money from their birthday parties. They even sold decorated diyas, clay Ganeshas and organised a 5k run to raise funds. They raised awareness through flash mobs and even invited the local community for a Tea Party by the lake.
They collaborated with GHMC, Swacch Bharat, Save Water and Save Nature. Their work has been recognized by United Nations, International Confederation of NGOs and Rex. The project has been nominated for the Karmaveer Chakra Award. “This isn’t the first time the students have taken up a social cause, they even provided ration for 6 months to 10 orphanages and 3 old-age homes,” informs Meghana.
Due to covid-19, Meghana didn’t let the kids come out since March and she took it upon herself to finish the work and get the lake ready for monsoons. “The kids even have a mascot for the project called ‘Cheru’. They wanted the mascot to be a girl because nature as a whole is referred to as a mother. Rivers, lakes and other water bodies are seen as women. Next, the kids want to start a series called ‘Cheru’ where they would like to narrate their story. They even want to start a picture exhibition and inspire others,” concludes Meghana.
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