|Event location||Shree Ganesh School, Hattigauda, Budhanilkantha|
|Date||Sep 21, 2019|
|Cleaning Duration||3-4 hours|
|Participants||Abesh Shakya, Bandana Bhandari, Bimal Tamang, Binaya Dahal, Binod Sujakhu, Bishal Bhatta, Bishal Giri, Bishal Shrestha, Dipesh Manandhar, Jaya Ojha, Milan Lamichane, Mohan Singh Bomrel, Nabindra Twati, Nirajan Rijali, Nisha Shrestha, Prakash Chandra Joshi, Pramita Twati, Prayash khatri, Rojesh Charan Shrestha, Rujal Mali, Sangita Maharjan, Sangita Nepal, Santosh Pariyar, Sojan Shrestha, Subash Aryal, Sumit Karki, Sunil Manandhar, Uttam Sapkota|
|Report By||Sangita Nepal, Uttam Sapkota|
|Photos By||Nirajan Rijal|
|Creative Support||Swornim Bhattarai|
On Saturday, September 21, 2019, we, the Deerwalkers of Squad C, got ready for Deerclean. Deerclean is a campaign organized by Deerwalk Services to create awareness about the importance of a clean and healthy environment. This was my first experience in participating in the Deerclean event, and I was really excited about it.
Our venue was Shree Ganesh School, Hattigauda, Budhanilkantha. We gathered at Deerwalk Complex at 7:30 in the morning and started collecting all the equipment needed for our event. We loaded them on the bus, and when all of us were together, we headed to our destination. After half an hour, we had our breakfast: sandwich and tea. The sandwich was really tasty. After breakfast, we went to the school, which was not far. We reached there and unloaded our materials for Deerclean.
We wore aprons, masks, hand gloves, and were ready for our task: cleaning the classroom and the school premises. There were two buildings to clean. Some of us already got started on the school ground, and some of us entered classrooms on different floors. The classrooms were not extremely dirty, but there was a thick layer of dust on the desks and benches. The floor also needed some scrubbing. We took small pieces of cloths to clean the dust and used cleaners and brooms for the floor. It took us around three hours to complete the job. It got easier as we divided the work. After the cleaning was done, we felt good as our hard work was reflected in the classrooms, which were dustless and spotlessly clean.
After a while, we gathered at the school ground and collected all the materials that we had taken for cleaning. After confirming that all of those materials were collected, we washed our hands properly. Some of the children hovered around us this time, so we gave them notebooks and pencils. They were thrilled by the gifts. Then we collected all our stuff, loaded them on the bus, and were ready to return.
All of the hard work for a few hours made us really hungry. So, we went for lunch in a nearby restaurant. We had Thakali set there. The food was delicious. We took some rest and came back to the office. All in all, it was quite a wonderful event.
DEERCLEAN is a cleaning campaign organized by Deerwalk. In this event, a squad is assigned to clean one of the selected government schools. The campaign is mainly focused on creating awareness among the public and to educate them on waste management. Moreover, Deerclean aims to encourage individual responsibilities among local communities and students to help them take care of the waste. Apart from this, this event provides an opportunity to interact with the squad members. This episode of Deerclean was conducted on 21st September 2019, and we were assigned to Shree Ganesh School, Hattigauda, which was six kilometers away from our office.
Bandana Bhandari coordinated the whole event. All volunteers gathered at the office premises by 7:30 am. By the time I arrived, our coordinator along with some volunteers had already managed to collect the cleaning items such as aprons, buckets, mops, brushes, brooms, gloves, and masks. We left the office premises by eight and headed to our destination. We also picked up some volunteers on the way.
Shortly after we reached Hattigauda, we had our breakfast. After having delicious sandwiches and sweet tea, we went to the school and clicked some pictures before starting the campaign. The team proceeded cleaning along the school ground that led to the first floor of the school. Some picked up brooms, some had mops, some were handpicking the bigger wastes like plastic bottles and wrappers, and just like that, we went on. We divided ourselves into many groups and selected the cleaning area of the school as per our decision. A group was designated to clean the floors, corridors, and stairs of the school. Another team started cleaning dirty desks, benches, blackboards, and windows. Scrubbing molds on the walls, picking up the plastics bag around the school periphery, mopping the floor, and clearing out the bushes were some of the other cleaning activities we did.
The event had started at around nine and was completed after three hours of hard work. In fact, these three hours of cleaning campaign were of great success as we collected a lot of waste and dumped it properly in waste bags. The team believed that they contributed their share to clean the designated area, and brought awareness to the community, enriching them with proper management of waste. At the end of the campaign, the team distributed notebooks and pencils to some of the students of the school. Students were excited to receive those gifts from us. After that, we cleaned ourselves, clicked some pictures, and headed for a midday lunch at a nearby hotel, where we had delicious Thakali lunch.
In the end, everyone was tired but equally satisfied by participating in such a noble cause. Thanks to Deerwalk for providing us the opportunity to participate in such worthy community service, and I would definitely love to volunteer and serve the community in the days to come.