Very few seventeen-year-olds know what they really want from life and even fewer can figure out the purpose behind their lives and learn how to differ in their approach and not to tread down conventional paths. So what makes, Deeya Shroff a student of Class 11 studying at Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai, different from most kids her age?
Deeya Shroff saw the evident lack of resources in her village and decided that something had to be done to alleviate the living conditions of the people living in her village and to find a suitable method to evade a perennial scarcity of water in her village. She was deeply moved by the condition of people in the villages who had to walk for miles to fill drinking water every day. Therefore, she started her own project called Jal Jeevan, an initiative to set up water ATMs in rural areas across the country to provide clean drinking water to people. With the help of Eureka Forbes, the first such ATM has been set up in Sholapur, Maharashtra and nearly 300 families in the region are already making use of this new resource and it was inaugurated on Republic Day this year by the Municipal Commissioner.
“There were bureaucratic hurdles and process delays, but I followed up. The water ATM is a system where the local source of water i.e. bore well etc. is connected to a water purification plant that is set up in a village. The purification plant works on the basis of Reverse Osmosis and purifies water. This purified water is then stored in a tank near the ATM, ready to dispense in 20-liter jerry cans. Each family is given a water ATM card for daily usage. When the card is swiped at the ATM, the purified water is dispensed,” says Deeya’s blog talking about the Jal Jeevan initiative.
Deeya is one of the two national winners who received a gold medal, a certificate of appreciation, and a cash prize of Rs. 50,000 and was also quite recently honored with the 6th annual Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards for her “extraordinary” contribution to community service. Deeya raised Rs. 15 lakh by contacting individuals, government officials, and the municipal commission.
Nikhiya Shamsher from Greenwood High School in Bengaluru,Another is another student who received the gold medal along with Deeya. He is working on making education accessible to children from underprivileged families.
By applying the right combination of skill, talent, and hard work, Deeya has succeeded in her endeavor to set up a project which will not just benefit her but also the people around her.
We owe a hearty thanks to heroes like Deeya Shroff and Nikhiya Shamsher for finding solutions in the gravest circumstances and making the lives of people around them easier, simpler and much happier.
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