We are delighted that the positive impacts of the programme caught the eye of a Dutch waste company, Sidcon who have signed an agreement with ISWA to sponsor the Scholarship Programme initiative in India. Sidcon will be supporting the programme for at least five years, enabling ISWA to support underprivileged children in Bengaluru, India who have been negatively impacted by the open dumping of waste.
In cooperation with two local foundations: One Billion Literates, and Samridhdhi Trust, the sponsorship will be used to provide quality education to children from socio-economically weaker sections of society in rural Bengaluru ??? especially those impacted by poor waste management. By working with these two organisations, we can ensure that we have a solid understanding of the local situation, and that the programme provides measurable, sustainable and significant positive change in the lives of local children and indirectly their parents.
Furthermore, a number of community outreach initiatives and a focussed curriculum will be developed to foster a generation of awareness on some of the fundamental issues of our time from waste management, sustainable development, to climate change.
ISWA would like to extend its gratitude to the generosity of Sidcon. Sidcon is a market leader in the field of underground compactors for plastic, residual and industrial waste. The goal is to collect waste efficiently in order to be able to recycle it after collecting. In this way Sidcon tries to contribute to a sustainable and circular economy and tries to help municipalities to achieve their waste targets. Sidcon very much shares ISWA???s mission to promote and develop sustainable waste and resource management worldwide.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Sidcon director Reinier Siderius said ???As a former player of the Netherlands hockey team, I visited India in the late 1980s. I’ve always wanted to return to this fascinating country. Last year the time had come. A wonderful journey, but I could also see with my own eyes what enormous waste problems there are. With Sidcon we would like to make a contribution to get children off the dumpsites and to be able to follow a scholarship???.
This sponsorship is just the beginning, and we hope that as many of you as possible will join us on this journey. We???ll keep you up to date with the developments of the programme and the children.
ISWA Managing Director Marc Tijhuis ads ???ISWA is thrilled the Scholarship Programme can cooperate with such a dedicated organization putting sustainability not only in practise in the Netherlands but in India as well. Hopefully many will follow???
Should you wish to donate, or simply learn more please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org / kids.iswa.org