Bhubaneswar, June 9 (LocalWire): The students of KIIT have started an initiative, ‘ENACTUS KISS-KIIT’to help improve the quality of life of the underprivileged people.
In 2016, ENACTUS undertook Project SIDDHI which provided opportunity to the downtrodden communities near Bhubaneswar to change their lives for the better by making paper bags.
These bags replaced plastic bags thus helping the environment too.
Initially, the students approached transgenders to work with them. They were trained in making newspaper bags and successfully received a number of orders too.
ENACTUS then collaborated with a voluntary organization, Aaina to try and help physically challenged women self-sufficient by getting an order for 5000 gift bags made out of newspapers from Urban Micro.
Another Foundation Daya, working for women from backward areas, started working with ENACTUS.
They prepared an order for ‘Delight Bakeries’ and customised 14,000 paper bags. Simultaneously, the students signed a deal with the founder of ‘Biggies, Burger n more’ for an order of 20000 paper bags with customized print.
Likewise, Niyatee Foundation, with 1200 Self Help Groups, collaborated with ENACTUS and is now producing at least 1500 bags per day. Another organization, Udyog Foundation, produces 500 bags per day. Both these organisations worked on the Biggies order.
ENACTUS bagged these orders by convincing people replace plastic bags with paper bags.
ENWIPE, a project introduced by KISS-KIIT, is a unique concept of waterless car wash service at the customer’s doorstep. ENACTUS promoted a special eco-friendly solution for cleaning vehicles, adding only 500ml of water to 5ml of the solution.
‘We also use a vacuum cleaner in order to clean the interior, thus making the entire car dust-free. Unlike the normal car wash service, we bring shine to the exterior of the car with good quality wax, thus minimizing the scratches on them,’ said, Ashish Panda, a member of ENACTUS KISS-KIIT.
The main aim of Project Enwipe is to use minimal amount of water and provide employment opportunities to underprivileged and physically challenged (hearing and speech impaired) individuals, simultaneously helping them earn and live as equal contributors to society.
‘As there is a huge difference in the amount of water that is normally used to clean a car, it helps with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal # 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation,’ he added.
ENACTUS KISS-KIIT thanked Dr Achutya Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS, for encouraging them in different ventures.
They also thanked Dr Kaish Q Khan, the primary faculty adviser of Enactus KISS-KIIT and Dr Shyam Sundar Behura for their support and guidance.